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Old 07-01-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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There are a few other places you can download from - manybooks, for instance - but for the most part you download books directly from Amazon and all others go through your PC to your Kindle. The process is pretty simple.
ManyBooks.net - Free eBooks for your PDA, iPhone, or eBook Reader is great! You can download a lot of oldies for free because they are in the public domain. I got Sherlock Holmes and a lot of other classics through this site.

There are a lot of other sites you can download free ones from too but sometimes you have to get a converter to read the files. With manybooks you can download a Kindle version.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:49 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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It's been a few months since this thread started, but thanks to all of you I finally bought the Kindle 2 a couple of weeks ago. I'm loving it so far and here's what I think of it:

Pros:
* It's light weight, very sleek, and paper thin; I like the no glare screen, and Amazon's claim that the device is designed to 'disappear' once you start reading is true.
* All the little buttons are placed just right that they're there when you need them and out of your way when you don't. They must have a good human factors designer when they designed this thing.
* No problem with the page turner either.
* The battery is supposed to last for 1 week in regular use but I haven't tried it yet. I'm going on a 23-hour flight soon so that will give me a chance to test the battery life.
* The price to download kindle books is actually cheaper than paper books, you can even download certain books for free. I recently paid $9.99 for a hardback that costs $23 retail.
* I don't have to worry about complain from my husband that my books are taking over our house

Cons:
* Not all books are available to download. Like another posted has said earlier, older books may not be available on Kindle. But that's ok, it gives me the chance to buy it in paper version (I still love an old fashioned book afterall).
* You can't jump to certain pages when you read, so it may not be a good idea for someone who only wants to read certain pages for reference then move on to another reading material.

Overall, I think it's one of the best gifts I've given myself in a while.
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