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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle 2 OWNER Review, February 24, 2009
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Okay,first and foremost, IF YOU'VE NEVER USED A KINDLE 2 PLEASE DON'T WRITE A REVIEW! People who are writing negative reviews based on reading the product description are not contributing anything. Rather they are just muddying the waters for those who come here for owner/user reviews. Amazon used to have a program that would put you in contact with Kindle owners to test drive a Kindle before buying. My Kindle 2 will be arriving on the 26th, so anyone interested in SW NH can contact me for this purpose.

Secondly, I am a Kindle 1 owner, awaiting the shipment of my Kindle 2, so I am a bit of a hypocrite I suppose. Technically, this title, though misleading, is not completely false--I own a Kindle 2, it just happens to be in the hands of UPS at this time. I won't waste much space with this initial post and will update as soon as I have spent some time with my new Kindle.

RIGHT NOW, I WANT TO ADDRESS TWO OF THE MAIN MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT THE KINDLE AND ITS DRM FORMAT.

PIRATES AND TORRENT LOVERS WELCOME: Kindle books are DRM protected. It is not really possible to share Kindle Books with friends, unless you also share a Kindle account--which means sharing a credit card. As an owner and Kindle Book buyer I find this to be the most frustrating aspect of the Kindle. There should be a way to transfer ownership of a book you own. HOWEVER, there is nothing stopping anyone from transferring legal or illegal copies of other books to the Kindle, providing they are in one of the supported (non-DRM) formats. There are even sites by which you can transfer public domain books through the Sprint "whispernet" connection. As a writer, I often transfer my own work to my Kindle in .TXT to review and edit rather than print to paper. My brother, an unrepentant pirate, has transferred quite a few of his books to my Kindle over the airwaves through my @kindle.com account. How much (if anything) he paid for these books, I don't know. The net cost to me was the Amazon standard .10 fee. Amazon has an agreement with their publishers to protect the material they sell--it is an unfortunate though necessary evil and the regulation will probably change over time--as it did with iTunes.

My second gripe is the rising chorus among Kindle 1 owners that there is no trade-in or upgrade policy. I sold my Kindle 1 on ebay about a month ago for $[...]. After the ebay and paypal fees, that still makes my upgrade fee about $[...]. This seems very reasonable to me. The going rate for the first Kindle might be slightly lower now that the wait time for a new one is back in control, but really bookworms, show a little gumption!

I will update in a few days.
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