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Old 01-16-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Anyone else out there on the boards own a Kindle? I ordered the Wi-Fi only model. I know it's on the way, but what are your impressions of the Kindle? Anything, accessory-wise, that I need to order? I'm really excited about it. I also see they have tons of free books. Does the batter really last one month? Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I love my Kindle. I would definitely recommend some kind of cover for protection. A lot of people opt for a third party cover because the Amazon one is expensive, especially with the built in light, but I love it. It's kind of bland looking but it's well made and the built in light is SO convenient.

I don't have any other accessories but the other popular one is skins.

The battery life depends on how much you're using the Kindle, how much you have the wifi on and how much you use the light on the cover (if at all). I find with heavy use, even when turning wifi off most of the time, my battery only lasts about a week. With more moderate use, about 2 weeks. Of course I use the light almost every time I read.
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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I love my Kindle. I would definitely recommend some kind of cover for protection. A lot of people opt for a third party cover because the Amazon one is expensive, especially with the built in light, but I love it. It's kind of bland looking but it's well made and the built in light is SO convenient.

I don't have any other accessories but the other popular one is skins.

The battery life depends on how much you're using the Kindle, how much you have the wifi on and how much you use the light on the cover (if at all). I find with heavy use, even when turning wifi off most of the time, my battery only lasts about a week. With more moderate use, about 2 weeks. Of course I use the light almost every time I read.
Thanks for the reply!!!

I noticed the skins they have for them. That light looks cool and may very well be a must have if reading in bed by a lamp doesn't suffice. I also notice some of the accessories cost nearly as much as the unit itself. Weird. Any suggestions on my first book on the Kindle?
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I love my Kindle too - and when I leave it behind, I frequently read the books on the Kindle app for my iPhone. I agree with a case as being the first and really only investment in addition to the unit. As far as the books, that is up to you since we all have different tastes. I read a lot of non-fiction at the moment. The sky really is the limit as I have never been able to not find a book I was interested in not on Kindle. You will love it - but I still buy plenty of paper books. I just like the feel and smell of them...and am having a hard time giving up the real thing.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:02 PM
 
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I love my Kindle too - and when I leave it behind, I frequently read the books on the Kindle app for my iPhone. I agree with a case as being the first and really only investment in addition to the unit. As far as the books, that is up to you since we all have different tastes. I read a lot of non-fiction at the moment. The sky really is the limit as I have never been able to not find a book I was interested in not on Kindle. You will love it - but I still buy plenty of paper books. I just like the feel and smell of them...and am having a hard time giving up the real thing.
Not that it matters to me much, but I noticed J.K. Rowling forbids any of her works to be on e-readers. I know she is wealthy to no end, but I find that to be a bad business decision in my opinion.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Not that it matters to me much, but I noticed J.K. Rowling forbids any of her works to be on e-readers. I know she is wealthy to no end, but I find that to be a bad business decision in my opinion.
There was a rumor that the HP books would finally be made available as ebooks early this year but who knows.

If you like Harry Potter, have you tried the "His Dark Materials" trilogy?
Amazon.com: The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials eBook: Philip Pullman: Kindle Store
Amazon.com: The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials eBook: Philip Pullman: Kindle Store
Amazon.com: The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials eBook: Philip Pullman: Kindle Store

If you come across a book you want and it's not available on Kindle, you can use Advanced Kindle Book Search to "watch" for it - if/when it becomes available on Kindle, it will send you an email to let you know. You can also use the price drop watch so if a Kindle book is too expensive for you, it will alert you when it drops below a certain price that you set.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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Know that when you become a "1-click" junkie, there will be people there for you.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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Know that when you become a "1-click" junkie, there will be people there for you.
Haha, I have managed to resist this. I'm a sample junkie. If I'm interested in a book, I download the sample to read later and then only after reading the sample do I buy the book. But because the samples are free, it's even easier to load up on them!
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply!!!

I noticed the skins they have for them. That light looks cool and may very well be a must have if reading in bed by a lamp doesn't suffice. I also notice some of the accessories cost nearly as much as the unit itself. Weird. Any suggestions on my first book on the Kindle?
Check ebay for kindle accessories. There are lots of possibilities for covers also, like the smaller canvas covers for the DayTimers or other organizers, the little storage cases for CDs/DVDs, and wallets. Just make sure the dimensions match what you need.

Another source for ebooks is to become a 'fan' of your favorite authors on facebook, they will often announce when one of their books is available for kindle for a special price, like .99 instead of the normal 6.99. I have a kindle for PC and it's loaded to the hilt! Good thing I have a really big hard drive.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I'm excited for you, Karibear! You're going to love your kindle! I have a nice case for mine, that folds backwards when I'm reading. I also have a skin for it, too. I've changed out the skin a couple of times, just for a new look. I always order here: Amazon Kindle 3 Skins | DecalGirl

You are soon going to be overloaded with books! If you like reading the classics, start there. So many are free. Enjoy!
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