Decipher my Kindle concerns.
October 21, 2011 4:26 PM Subscribe
I may or may not want a Kindle. Help me decide with your experiences and advice.
posted by DoubleLune to Technology (38 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I have been thinking about asking for a Kindle for Christmas. Price-wise, the Kindle Fire is out of the question but the other versions are all on the table. I don't know anyone locally who has a Kindle that I could play around with. I've played games on my uncle's, but never read on it and never explored it. I am not interested in a Nook (I looked at them at B&N and just didn't like them).
So if you have (or had) a Kindle, what did you and did you not like about them. I've only heard from owners that they love them (but not why) and I've never heard someone say "I hate my Kindle."
One of the big things for me is the new ability to check out library books on the Kindle. Has anyone done this? Has it worked well or were there problems? Are you able to find what you want to read, or is there a very limited selection?
What are the advantages/disadvantages of each model? With or without ads? Ideally I would like to go cheap as possible, but is that $20 worth it in terms of a better product/features? I'm not interested in it for its Internet ability, so unless this is somehow a big issue, no need to comment on that aspect. (I have a smartphone that I already use for that stuff).
Are there any unforeseen charges? I am a broke college student, so if I do get one, I'll be aiming to keep charges minimal (as in, free books and borrowing from the library).
Is it possible to get textbooks on it? Some of the books for my classes are available in digital copy -- would I be able to use them on the Kindle?
What about other ebooks? Is there a way to read them on the Kindle?
What kind of data input is available? Would I be able to write documents using the Kindle? I haven't seen this anywhere, but you never know...