Kindle 2 Finally Arrives with Longer Battery Life and More Storage

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lunchbox73

Let's face it, this will be the way of the future. Once other companies can get around Amazon's patents and there is some competition out there this will take off big time. It will be especially big for newspapers and magazines. Newpapers are already half dead, imagine the cost savings of not having to print and deliver all those papers.

It's a neat device but there's this building in my town called a library that actually let's you borrow books for free. Until they can figure out a way to do that I'll pass on a Kindle.

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BaggerX

If they'd make one that doesn't require you to go through Amazon every time you want to put a file on it, then I'd consider it. The hoops they make you jump through to use it are ridiculous.  There's no reason I shouldn't be able to attach it to my PC via USB and transfer PDFs and other files to it.  I wish it could do CHMs as well.  That would make it even more handy for reference material.

Also, it seriously needs removable storage.  I assume they don't allow it for the same reason they don't let you just transfer files onto it.  I want to be able to carry docs on SD cards.  Why can't I do that?  Maybe if Amazon someday decides to take the leash off of the Kindle, I'll get one.  

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Tekzel

I agree 100%.  When will people realize the fastest way to kill a technology like this is to encumber it with restrictive DRM?  When they come out with one that supports a wide range of open formats and allows me to just plug it into my computer and put what I want on it, and the price comes down to around 150 bucks, I will probably get one.  But, no matter the price, if the thing is stuck on proprietary formats, or DRM crap, I will pass.

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yagisencho

Looks like a solid feature set and a nice update from the original. If it were $100 cheaper and displayed PDFs, I'd be sorely tempted.

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Shalbatana

 Wasn't one of the initial annoyances of this thing that it didnt' read PDF's or anything else not kindle proprietary?  Doesn't sound like that's fixed. Hopefully I'm thinking of a different brand.

 Either way, There is absolutely no way I'd pay more than $125 for it. I'm dying for an e-book, but I'd never pay more than that. I'll just carry the book I'm reading instead.

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D.E.

IIRC it did support many different formats including PDF, its just those were DRMed.

 Also, ebooks cost much less than the analog versions... so if you are a heavy book buyer... it could pay for itself... eventually. 

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maniacm0nk3y

A giant ipod frame that lets you read books. Who reads books anymore. I used to but not I never do.

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BaggerX

I'd say that's pretty obvious...

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Tekzel

For some reason, I found that immensely hilarious... and exactly what I was thinking.

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D.E.

That's why Barnes and Noble is going out of business...

 

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