Amazon's own Black Friday deal is a good one: they'll be selling the last-gen-but-still-good Kindle 2 for just $89, starting at Noon EST on Friday. They'd like to remind you it uses the same e-ink tech as the current Nook!
People sure are making hay out of Amazon being fresh out of Kindles! And while there's certainly a chance this could herald the imminent arrival of Kindle 3, it seems more likely that Amazon hit an unexpected wave of demand. But who knows?
Here's a pretty over the top deal: you can get a refurbished Kindle 2 for only $110. That's about $80 less than a new Kindle, and pretty much one of the cheapest ebook readers you can buy. UPDATED:
In a recent study, Jakob Nielsen (no relation to "Nielsen ratings" Nielsen) found that it took it took individuals 6.2% longer to read a story on an iPad and 10.7% longer on a Kindle 2 as compared to reading it in print.
There are too damn many ebook readers and it's tough to figure out what's worth buying and which reader will even survive the market. To make things easy, here's our guide to the readers that matter—for now. Updated.
Gadget Lab has a simple tutorial on setting up a Mac to automatically beam your Kindle any web-based content, conveniently stripped of any ads. If I had a Kindle, I'd try this. But I'm with Kat. [Wired]
Amazon claims that all it took was a six month firmware improvement test to get the Kindle 2 to run for 85 percent longer than before, which is a pretty damn impressive feat of engineering.
Behold, the power of a scary-sounding letter from a lawyer! Paul dropped his Kindle 2 and it broke. Amazon wanted $200 to replace it. Instead, they replaced it and gave him an additional $200. Damn, son!
Remember Amazon's remote deletion of all Kindle copies of 1984? Big bro' Amazon is trying to make nice by offering affected users some pretty words along with either $30 checks or redelivery of 1984 (with your original annotations).
According to a survey of 4,706 consumers conducted by Forrester Research, the vast majority of consumers are only willing to pay $50-$99 for an eReader. Obviously, this doesn't jibe with retailer price points currently set at $199 and up.
Hacker Jesse Vincent, who's previously written software to allow PDFs and ePubs to be read on the Kindle, wheedled and cajoled the Kindle 2 into running Ubuntu 9.04. You know, just because.
With the Sony Reader Daily Edition, the 3G-enabled ebook reader battle is pitched. At the end of this year, it'll fight Amazon's Kindle 2 and DX and Plastic Logic's eReader to the death. Here's how they all stack up now:
Nicholson Baker of the venerable New Yorker decided to try out Amazon's Kindle to see if it was really the future of reading. He wrote a whopping 6,300 words on the subject, but allow me to summarize: it sucks.
Amazon basically guaranteed that I'll never buy a Kindle last night by bending to the wishes of a publisher and deleting every single legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely. Ridiculous.