But I thought the Kindle was going to force feed me DRM'd books!?!
First up, the Kindle is no longer holds you in some kind of DRM vicegrip. Pretty much any type of file you want to put on this thing, including those pesky PDF files, can now be freely transfered to the Kindle.
Does Amazon still have to convert PDF's for you? Yes. Do they charge you to email them *directly* to the Kindle? Yep. But there's a pretty simple alternative solution. Instead of having them emailed to your Kindle, you can have them emailed to your computer and then transfer them to the Kindle via USB. Yeah it's still slightly ass-backwards but it is free at least.
The Kindle is like $400 dude!
Amazon.com has recently reduced the price to $359. Also, and I don't know how they're doing this and making a profit, they are available on eBay for around $320 with free shipping
. Brand new, unregistered, at about $80 off the original price. Still fairly pricey, but considering the next best eReader on the market, the Sony Reader retails for $300, it's not all that bad a deal.
Also, you can buy all new books for $10. The same books that retail for $25. If you bought two $25 books a month previously, that's a savings of $30 a month.
$30 x 12 = $360
What what now? That's the newly reduced price of the Kindle! See? Just like those late night infomercialed products, the Kindle pays for itself!
Even if you don't buy new books all the time, you'll still get reamed at most retail bookstores for classics. Old books are in the $3-$6 range, those whose paperbacks at a place like B&N or Borders retail for $12.95 most of the time.
Initial entry price is high, but if you don't live in that Steve Jobsian reality where reading is dead it amounts to quite a savings in the long run.
But they're just gonna come out with a new one right after I buy the first version!
In an interview last week, Steve Bezos said:
"On Kindle 2: â€˜There will be a second version, a third version, a tenth version. â€¦ but a second version is not that near.â€™
While this isn't definite, it's pretty safe to say that it's at least 6 months to a year away.