Review by Robert Cook
Okay, I’ll admit the Kindle 2 is not for everyone. In fact, it’s not for every book I want to read, but the 2 makes me believe that the electronic reader is here to stay.
What I Like About the Kindle 2:
· Easy on the eyes. It really is like reading text on paper, black on white with no backlighting and no flickering screen. And best of all for my mature eyes, you can change the size of the text of any book! I find that the next larger text size from the default setting is perfect. But if my eyes get tired, with two clicks I can enlarge the text so that even Mr. Magoo could read it. In the past, I have passed over some paperbacks I wanted to read if the print was too small. No more.
· Feels good in the hand. The 2 is light and easy to hold. It’s a breeze to turn pages. In fact, the 2 handles a lot easier than a hardback, particularly for late night reading in bed.
· Lightweight. If you travel at all you know the dilemma. Is it worth lugging around the hardback you are reading? Do you need to carry two paperbacks in case you finish that first one? What’s going to fit in the briefcase? No worries with the 2. You carry your entire library (up to 1,500 books) in a device smaller than a crossword puzzle book.
· Most books, anytime, anywhere. Just heard about a good book and want to read it now? The 2 will take you to the Amazon Kindle Store via its wireless WhisperLink, which seems to work everywhere. It connects over one of the fast cell phone networks. Downloads are amazing — the Bible in less than two minutes. Instant gratification. They have most of the bestsellers, some more obscure books aren’t available — yet.
· Cheap books. Current New York Times bestsellers all seem to be less than $10. Older books may be $5 or $6.
· No monthly fee. Unlike most wireless gadgets, there is no monthly fee. You buy the 2, you buy the books. That’s it.
What I Don’t Like About the Kindle 2:
· Can’t share the books. This is why I will not buy all my books on the 2. If I think my wife or kids will want to read the book, I will buy the paper version. I could always hand my 2 over to one of my kids for a week or so, but I’m already too attached to my 2 to let it out of my sight.
· Expensive. At $359 (another $25 for a leather cover to protect it when I throw it in my briefcase) the 2 is a stretch in these hard times. But this will be my one electronic splurge this year (but please don’t tell my wife I promised that).