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Do you own a Kindle?

I've been considering getting a Kindle 2. I'd like to hear feedback from you guys if you own one, specifically the Kindle 2 (but even the first one), please reply.

How do you find the book availability to be? Specifically trading related books?

Are there any issues with the charts and diagrams that would be in a trading book?

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don't own it but I read somewhere Barner and Noble's device has some advantage like you can import your own files.

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Kindles and Nooks...
I don't own one either.
I've considered them but decided my new netbook was a better option.
It will do all that the Kindle/Nook will do plus much more.

Netbooks can be purchased for as little as $200
Kindles and Nooks are overpriced.

The only advantage of the Kindle/Nook I see is the ability to download books from B&N or Amazon. They are using that method of keeping people buying from their stores by providing a proprietary format for ebooks.

(If you have not discovered, there are ways to get around the protection on these ebooks and view them on the netbook.)

With the way technology progresses, I expect the new Kindles/Nooks will quickly be upgraded to new and better. The netbook will upgrade easier since it is already more advanced. The Kindles/Nook will need a hardware change.

If you want the tablet type format, check out Asus Eee PC T91 or Gigabyte T1028. I'm sure other models will soon enter the market.

I guess I have just missed the point of having a small, limited, tablet to view text when you can get Full Video, Audio, Bluetooth, WebCam, Choice of Internet providers, 1gig or more of ram, external expansion, MS Office, Photoediting, Ninjatrader, Internet, Firefox, futures.io (formerly BMT), Flash, Java, PHP, Visual Studio, flash or regular hard drive options, etc on a simple netbook for the same or less $$$.

IMO Kindle/Nooks are a fad that will either evolve into a much more powerful platform or go away completely.

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The benefit of Kindle etc. is the E-Ink display - you can read it in broad daylight (although need a lamp when it's dark!), and causes little or no eyestrain. It's very crisp, and it's much more enjoyable to read on after staring at screens all day.

I have a Kindle DX, and of the last 10 or so trading books I've read, 3 haven't been available, which were the more math-based, older books. Formatting can get a little wonky when you run into a full-page chart, although nothing unrecognizable. Loading can be pretty slow on charts too, especially in PDF's.

Overall I think it's been a good purchase. It saves a lot of space, and I read a lot more than I would otherwise. However, if I were looking to buy one now, I might wait for the newer readers coming out -- 1st gen vs 2nd gen benefits and all that usual stuff.

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Just wanted to update --- I bought my Kindle 2, and have had it for a few days. So far, I am really enjoying it immensely.

I actually sold all my paperback/hardcover books (wow, many trips to post office!) and am buying all new material and my all-time favs on Kindle in e-book format now.

The convenience of being able to highlight/clip paragraphs, or make notes, and have them all in one single place is really awesome. I plan to utilize that feature a lot and will be sharing some of my 'clippings' on the forum, after all I only 'clip' what I think is really important!

I put a few blogs and magazines on it, but for the most part I am all business, so it's probably 75% business books at this time and the rest of leisure/fun stuff. Being able to instantly switch and flip through the entire library is awesome. As is being able to sample the first 20 pages or so of a book for free, and in an instant. Then when you decide to buy, you have the book in just seconds.

I know some people were skeptical of the display showing Trading Charts properly, and I am concerned too. But really the books on trading I am reading these days are not methods of trading, so not many charts, but instead are all about psychology and money management aspects of trading. But the few charts I have seen seem totally fine to me, there is a zoom feature that works well and is quick and easy.

I'm sure the next version will make this one look obsolete, but man I've been on the cutting edge of computer tech for over 20 years, I am used to things being obsolete, so that doesn't bother me. I'll just ebay this one or give it to a family member, and get a new one. I chose Kindle over Nook because I'm a huge fan of Amazon and have been since they were barely known. I used to own lots of stock, wish I still did I'm not a big B&M guy so the attraction of Barnes and Noble really didn't do anything for me, I would rather go online and do my research, and not to mention save money. So amazon means Kindle. Even though I am a fan of Android, and Nook runs Android...

Battery life has been terrific. Speed and ease of use is terrific. I guess my dream would be a larger screen but no added weight or girth (or cost! lol), but give it time. Like others have said here, the e-ink display is fantastic. There is no comparison to reading an LCD monitor vs. the e-ink display. It is for sure the ideal solution for this medium.

Anyway, I've got some more reading to do!

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I would probably get one if it had better PDF support (ie real pdf support, no conversion)

I've been using ebooks as my primary reading source for a number of years and have amassed a large library in pdf format, converting it all to kindle format would be time consuming not to mention that many of them don't convert correctly.

I do love the e-ink screen though, can't wait till those are more mainstream.

Right now I do most of my reading on hp tablet pc or ipod touch (which is an excellent ebook reader imo despite its small screen)

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I would probably get one if it had better PDF support (ie real pdf support, no conversion)

I've been using ebooks as my primary reading source for a number of years and have amassed a large library in pdf format, converting it all to kindle format would be time consuming not to mention that many of them don't convert correctly.

I do love the e-ink screen though, can't wait till those are more mainstream.

Right now I do most of my reading on hp tablet pc or ipod touch (which is an excellent ebook reader imo despite its small screen)

I am pretty sure the new firmware just released a few days ago adds native PDF support without the whole email@kindle.com conversion thing. I haven't hooked mine up via USB yet so the only PDF I tested I just was lazy and emailed it to my kindle address, it did have some conversion issues but it was a complex layout not a traditional book.

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I am pretty sure the new firmware just released a few days ago adds native PDF support without the whole email@kindle.com conversion thing. I haven't hooked mine up via USB yet so the only PDF I tested I just was lazy and emailed it to my kindle address, it did have some conversion issues but it was a complex layout not a traditional book.

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Cool thanks for the heads up, hadn't noticed that they finally released that upgrade. Just ordered a DX. Love the new $5.99 saturday delivery option on amazon prime ; )

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Cool thanks for the heads up, hadn't noticed that they finally released that upgrade. Just ordered a DX. Love the new $5.99 saturday delivery option on amazon prime ; )

hehe, awesome! Man I wanted the DX, but was trying to be reasonable with the spending Still have 21 days or so left on my return, Santa might yet bring me an upgrade LOL.

Be sure to let us know how you like it!

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Cool thanks for the heads up, hadn't noticed that they finally released that upgrade. Just ordered a DX. Love the new $5.99 saturday delivery option on amazon prime ; )



The Kindle DX gets only two changes with this firmware upgrade-
  1. Automatic cropping of whitespace in PDF files. It’s an important change as it’ll greatly increase readability of lots of PDF files.
  2. Longer Screensaver TimeOut Wait – You now have 20 minutes (instead of just 5 minutes) before the Kindle DX’s screensaver gets activated.
But it seems like it is shipped with native PDF support already


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