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Initial post: Nov 5, 2008 6:11:10 PM PST
Geoff Masci says:
someone help me here-what are pro's and cons ?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2008 6:16:40 PM PST
eliza lou says:
the biggest thing for me was that the sony has to be hooked up to a computer to download books while the kindle is able to download from your computer OR using wireless whispernet that is a free option

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2009 2:22:29 PM PDT
Doobee says:
Yes this is very true. The download from the wispernet can be from the Kindle or from your computer and is very fast. It doesn't even require a cable to down load from the computer. It just magically sends over the Wispernet. Really neat technology.

Posted on Aug 15, 2009 9:38:00 PM PDT
I have had the Kindle for over a year now and I think it is definitely superior to the Sony. I have traveled with Kindle on several occasions and all I have to take is the reader and the power cord to charge. But it even holds a charge for a long time if you have the receiver turned off and are only reading. Having the option to download to Kindle from the computer is nice, but the Whispernet technology is pretty awesome. I live in rural Virginia and have very good signal. With the lower price now of the Kindle2, I think it is a much better choice than the Sony.

Posted on Sep 5, 2009 11:44:45 AM PDT
I am thinking of buying a kindle but nowhere have I seen anything on what happens to the battery when it gives out. Can you replace it, or do you have to buy a new unit?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2009 4:22:29 PM PDT
John, great question! I am also considering purchasing a K-2 and would like to know what happens to the battery when it gives out. Also, how much will a replacement battery cost?

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 6:22:07 AM PDT
John C. says:
Unfortunately, this device is just another addition to the new class of "disposable electronics". Amazon doesn't want you to replace the battery when it wears out in three or four years, they expect you to want a new Kindle with the newest features by then. Just read the reviews; they're obviously not built to last, just like cell phones and lots of other stuff these days.

Even knowing this beforehand, I still ordered one for my wife. I'm just another sheep in the flock.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2009 8:28:10 PM PDT
Thanks so much. Bah Bah. lol

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 3:47:35 PM PDT
P. Schaeffer says:
I have a Kindle 1 that has never let me down (two years now). Thinking of ebook reader for my wife, but am torn. I like the size of the uber-expensive DX, but by the reviews, it can die VERY easily. The new E reader from Sony due out this December would make my Christmas date, but would it be better than my K1 and better backed up than the DX?

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 10:31:24 AM PDT
B. Hanks says:
Yes, whispernet and all that is sweet, but here's the bottom line:


I'm glad all you Kindle Fanbois love your device, but if you believe that "1984" ( was an isolated, one-time event, you're living in delusion.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 4:36:01 PM PDT
I have a group of friends (5) and we are all avid readers. We are all contemplating purchasing the K2, however, we all enjoy sharing the books that we read. Any ideas on how we could do this using the Kindle.
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Posted on Dec 2, 2009 10:54:07 AM PST
Why is the DX so much more expensive than the K-2? Other than screen size, is it worth it? Matt Kremer

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 10:55:19 AM PST
J. Mcgrath says:
My kindle snapped in half and melted after the first week. Be careful around baby lions.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 5:37:26 PM PST
does anyone know if you can get a newspaper subscription for kindle for weeks at a time instead of months, i'd like it only when im traveling.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 2:09:03 AM PST
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Ray Kawamura says:
Personally, I ordered a Sony, and I'm completely happy with my purchase. Sure, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles the Kindle has, but then again, who the heck needs them? And, i can backup all of my books, pdfs, and text files on my computer. Amazon being the one who decides what you can and can't have on your machine, and the fact that you don't "really" own anything on your kindle is kind of a fascist move on their part. Someday, if a version of the Kindle comes out addressing all of the many problems of the Kindle 2, i may buy one, but i am not going to be beholden to Amazon for anything beyond the point where i hand over my money to them.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 8:39:49 AM PDT
marigoyle says:
Richard, et als, do you continue to be happy with your decisions and are your opinions the same? I have read that it's important to download all books we "rent" to our computers because our Kindles are more vulnerable to deletions. Does that continue to be advisable now? I just got my Kindle DX and need to review whether I should get a Sony instead.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 9:52:26 PM PDT
JDB says:
I am really confused now. I was under the impression that any book downloaded to the Kindle becomes the property of the Kindle owner because it becomes a permanent "archived" book. Help!
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