[FoRK] Kindle price slashed...

Michael Cummins michael at i-magery.com
Wed Oct 7 11:57:39 PDT 2009

We have two.  My wife and kid love them.  The support has been superb; when
one of them broke, they shipped her a new one immediately.  All her books
re-downloaded pretty quickly.

Both of them read a lot more than they used to.  They're nearly constantly
reading a new book.

My wife loves being able to read the first chapter for free before deciding
to buy, loves the selection at Amazon.

The classics are cheap cheap. 

The Kindle Edition of Dan Brown's last book outsold the dead tree version.

It is a little creepy, the ownership issue, but a lot of life seems to be
going that way these days.  I can't tell you how many songs we've purchased
for Rock Band.  Yeah, they live on the xBox, but when the xBox dies you
download them all again from Microsoft, so the xBox is kind of like the
Kindle in a way.  Your local hardware is a temporary repository for the
rights you "own" in the sky.

-- Michael 

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From: fork-bounces at xent.com [mailto:fork-bounces at xent.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 2:05 PM
To: Friends of Rohit Khare
Subject: [FoRK] Kindle price slashed...

Oh look, the Kindle price has been slashed by about 13 percent!
Now it's only about 85% more than it ought to cost, given the
very similar cost of some or most e-books to paper books!?!?!

Will anyone be running out to buy one now?

Less facetiously, I'm bugged by how Amazon deleted files in the
recent "1984" brouhaha, though the native PDF support and larger
screen the Kindle DX sported did bring some interest. Should anyone
encounter a viable alternative that does not involve running all ur
data through their server and that is more competitively priced,
I'd like to hear about it. Or maybe Amazon will finally get the clue.


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