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Looks like the “early adopter” tax is gone from the Kindle to the tune of a 10% price reduction. At the current check, Amazon has the eBook reader in stock and selling for $359, much to the chagrin of the eBay Kindle market. I’ve borrowed James’s […]

KindlehandLooks like the “early adopter” tax is gone from the Kindle to the tune of a 10% price reduction. At the current check, Amazon has the eBook reader in stock and selling for $359, much to the chagrin of the eBay Kindle market. I’ve borrowed James’s Kindle but I’m still not sold at $359. I realize that many Kindle buyers are happy with their purchase and I can see their reasons why. EV-DO is integrated, buying content is quick and easy, plus there’s a huge amount of content available when compared to other eBook shops.I’m still happy enough to read books on my UMPC for now. Perhaps the Kindle 2, or a solid eBook client for the iPhone, will wow me enough to drop eBooks from my Samsung Q1UP. Maybe the issue is that I’d lose the rights to all of the eReader format books I’ve bought since 2003. I tend to read my books again and again, so if Amazon offered a way to convert those prior purchases, I’d be more interested.

  1. >>>Amazon cuts Kindle price by 10%, I’m still 100% not interested

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That’s as great as Sam Goldwyn’s “Include me out.”

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  2. That’s what happens when you invest in DRM formats. :)

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  3. Kevin, nothing compares to reading in e-paper beside reading from a real paper.

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  4. I agree Kevin. I have plenty invested in eReader and pure PDF formats. One’s a no go and the other is a hassle just to get on the device. I’m also not willing to pay for a device which I feel has a poor physical layout. I’m also hoping that Kindle2 will be an improvement in all those areas.

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  5. borax99 (Alain C.) Tuesday, May 27, 2008

    Nah, I’m sticking to ereader until further notice. Haven’t seen a reason to go e-ink yet. Maybe if the Bookeen supported the .pdb format. Quien sabes?

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  6. Alan Wallcraft Tuesday, May 27, 2008

    The Astak Mentor line of E-Ink devices will support the eReader format and perhaps Adobe Digital Editions (the similar Astak LiteBook will support MOBI only, because Amazon requires DRM exclusivity to license its software). The latest projected times for the launch are:

    July for 5 inch screen
    August for 6 inch screen
    October for 9.7 inch screen

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  7. If anything this highlights the evilness of DRM. The inability to take your content wherever you want and being artificially limited by some arbitrary “anti-piracy” dreck just annoys me immensely. Of course, that’s why I still refuse to buy any DRM:ed material at all.

    People have always copied, people will always copy, and the content producers need to just suck it up and accept that they won’t get paid by 100% of the people viewing the content. As long as they make healthy profits anyway, what’s the big deal? Ah well.

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  8. Once the Kindle gets into the 250-$300 region, I’ll consider one. As it stands, it takes too much scratch for a device I won’t use very much.

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  9. borax99 (Alain C.) Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    Thanks for the tip, Alan, I will look into the Astak Mentor.

    As for the DRM-despisers out there, my take on it is that some form of DRM is inevitable – and the ereader DRM, being linked to your personal credit card number, is the least intrusive method I have seen so far. Call me old school, but I can’t stand any form of DRM that links to a machine ID (hear that, Microsoft Reader).

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  10. borax99 (Alain C.) Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    Hey wait a minute, I just checked the specs page for the Astak device:

    http://www.astak.com/97Ebook_Reader.html

    “E-Book formats: TXT, PDF, RTF, HTML/CHM”

    … so no pdb, darn it !!!

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