That would be an error IMO. I've been doing a lot of forum reading this week and the common thread is "I don't own a kindle because they aren't worth the cost." Even the owners love them but hate what they paid.
Just in my family alone there are 3 of us not buying Kindles because of price. All avid readers, all the target audience. Oh well, if the price drops I'll be getting one. If not, used books it is.
If you have an Amazon Visa and earn Amazon Gift Certificates with your purchases, that can help. I recently bought a refurbed Kindle 1, which is $149, but I had saved up $50 in gift certificates from my Amazon Visa, so it cost me $100 out of pocket. I love it. I'm sure the Kindle 2 is nice, but this thing is great, too.
I really really want one, and I keep some Kindle books on my iphone, but I have a nice little library a half mile from my house. I have been getting most of my light reading from there, and the thought of paying $9.99 for even the older books keeps me from buying one.
Many of you people would be bi-tching if the Kindle were $50 and that it was too expensive. Buy it or don't buy it. But don't act like you're entitled to a Kindle on the cheap. Amazon owes you nothing. This is just like the Amazon needs to lower their prices threads.
I want one, but do wonder if there is going to be a clear "winner" between Sony and Kindle soon. I don't want to be stuck with the BetaMax or the HD-DVD model of an e-reader. Maybe the 2 brands will continue to co-exist, but there always seems to be "the one" that is a clear front-runner (say, like the ipod versus Zune.) It seems late to be an "early adopter" but just the fact that there is a Kindle2 and a DX already, makes me sorta happy I didn't buy #1. For me, I think I will wait one more year or until the 3rd generation, that seems to be my buying point.
Then there is the fact that many of the Kindle versions of books are just too close in price to a printed one (which I can donate or re-sell.) But the ease and potability of e-books are indeed pushing me. Another price drop (or even a promo for say, 50 free books or something) might push me the whole way off the fence!
I'm having surgery next month, and considered getting a Kindle so I could enjoy some reading, but a couple of things turned me off. The price was one. But then I read something about the battery not lasting long and having to replace it frequently at around 20.00 a time ( I guess I had thought the Kindle would be rechargable like my cameras). But the hardest for me was having to buy all the books and then just "keep" them. I love swapping books with my mother and friends. Or just going to the library. I honestly don't own many books here at home due to their weight (we're military and are only allowed so much weight per move, and books get really heavy). The kindle just isn't cost effective for me personally. Doesn't stop me from secretly wanting one though.
The user-replaceable battery is another area where the Kindle 1 beats Kindle 2. If you have a Kindle 2, I think you have to send it back and it costs much more than $20.
I know not everyone is into public domain reading but there's an awful lot of good stuff. Also, google the Burgomeister and check out his ebook library. I have converted a couple of his for my Kindle 1 already, very easily, from PDF format.
Maybe that's where I read about the battery. I know I read somewhere about having to send it back and thought that was nuts, then today I saw batteries being sold, so I was very confused. I didn't realize different versions of the Kindle handled the battery differently.
Actually, Nawora, that was one reason I felt fine getting the K1 instead of K2, because this way, I can even carry a spare, charged battery on vacation or a camping trip where I'd be away from power for awhile. That's impossible with the K2. A lot of K1 owners who wanted to upgrade were pretty bummed out at the "no user replaceable battery" deal with K2.
I read quite a lot. I get all my books from the local library. I have two problems with the Kindle - the price of the Kindle and the price of the books. The books I do purchase are ones I want to underline in, write notes in (did the recipe turn out and what did I do to change it) and keep. So the Kindle is just not for me. I do use technology and have an iphone so it's not that I don't use this kind of thing... just why pay for what I can get for free at the local library?
WeLLLLLLLLLLLL, Evidently It's Principally Old White Folks Like Myself Buying It...........The Top of The Kindle Lists of Books Downloaded Are Usually Dominated By The Likes of The "Conservative Windbags and Wing-Nuts" Like Mark Levin and Glenn Beck.............
Somebody has to be making (or should be) a way to recharge the Kindle 2 using a little external battery pack. There are several for the iPhone which has the same non-replaceable battery design. I even have one for my Motorola phone (regular USB) and one that uses standard AA's to charge my PocketPC with a weird connector.
@Nawora - I purchased my Kindle and think it was one of my greatest purchases ever. The battery has not caused me any sort of grief at this point, with the wireless turned off I can easily read 8+ hours without having any issues with battery running out. The battery IS rechargable, however in the K2 you can not replace it if the rechargable battery dies somehow, but seeing as how I usually charge it every other night or so that hasnt been a problem for me. I remember reading it for approx 3 hours one day and it took less than 5 minutes to recharge. I wouldnt let the battery be a reason to stop purchasing.
@NancieJeanne - 50 Free Books? You realize depending on the books that can be way above the price of the kindle itself? Amazon already loses money on many of the best sellers with the 9.99 pricing. Also I have downloaded more than 50 free books, based on public domain books, other sites that let you download for free, and publishers who will release a book free initially in order to boost rankings. Most of the free books I have read have been very good, some not so much.
@ekory - Not all of the books are 9.99. If you are interested in the Kindle you might want to check out the Kindle pricing. The only books they pseudo-gaurantee at 9.99 are the best sellers. If the book is in paper back the price is usually a bit less than the paper back would be. I have heard of people contacting customer service to get prices updated when paper backs come out and the list price will drop to reflect that.
One thing that annoys me about my Kindle is that the 4-3 promotion never applies to Kindle books even when it applies to their corresponding paperback books.
There is a Kindle app for the IPhone which allows you to read books on it. You can take advantage of all the public domain books and some of the indie books if you are interested - often the indie books are under 2 bucks.
Also in the Kindle you can take notes and highlight sections... You just have to use the 5 way controller and keyboard to do so. You can also book mark which is nice for cook books.
According to cnn and fox, kindle face-planted at (where did Bezos go Princetown or Yale?). A number of students didnt like it for doing their coursework--seems like Robert A. Heinlein, they prefer real paper books--Gee, what a suprise.