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Old 13th October 2010, 15:58   #46
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Thanks ampere.

I take it that PDFs can be read without any hassles. My main reads are about 100s of PDFs and PPTs (every month) as a part of my job and studies. Right now, I manage to squeeze time and read them on my laptop. With this thing, hope I can find some more time to read, for instance... when my wife spends hours shopping on a weekend ;-)

BTW, a few more questions -

How's the readability compared to a lappy?
From your 7th point, it seems that even powerpoint shows cannot be opened (with their animation effects and hyperlinks). So, Kindle converts them automatically to PDFs or do we have to do it manually and then transfer the files?

TIA!
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BTW, a few more questions -

How's the readability compared to a lappy?
From your 7th point, it seems that even powerpoint shows cannot be opened (with their animation effects and hyperlinks). So, Kindle converts them automatically to PDFs or do we have to do it manually and then transfer the files?

TIA!
As I said earlier, only black and white PDFs are supported. Kindle will NOT convert. You have to do it and then transfer.

Readability is fantastic. No doubts about it. No strain to the eyes, whereas, LCD (Laptops) are not that easy on eyes.
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My Kindle has shipped yesterday, it was last reported in Louisville KY.
wow, it must be a large distribution center then. All my supplies come from there and I thought its because I am only 60 miles from there.
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How's the readability compared to a lappy?
The Kindle screen is not backlit, it is called E-ink technology. It will be like reading any regular book. That is why you need external light to read it in dark. Notice the reading light in the photo posted by ampere.

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wow, it must be a large distribution center then. All my supplies come from there and I thought its because I am only 60 miles from there.
It has already left Cincinnati hub.
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Question :
I have loads of ebooks downloaded on my comp. Can it be transferred onto the kindle?
Or i can only read content bought from amazon.
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I have loads of ebooks downloaded on my comp. Can it be transferred onto the kindle?
Or i can only read content bought from amazon.
Again as I said earlier, if they are pdf files, you can read them. Also note only black and white. Not sure what happens to colour pdfs. (May be they just loose the colour and then are displayed.)
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The Kindle screen is not backlit, it is called E-ink technology. It will be like reading any regular book. That is why you need external light to read it in dark. Notice the reading light in the photo posted by ampere.
Thanks for this piece of information. I think I'll place an order ASAP. It looks like a must have gadget for avid readers. Besides my bookshelves are full too

@ampere - I guess Vinay is asking if the PDF files are transferrable (from a laptop/PC) or one has to just read stuff from Amazon alone (even the PDFs).
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Thanks for this piece of information. I think I'll place an order ASAP. It looks like a must have gadget for avid readers. Besides my bookshelves are full too

@ampere - I guess Vinay is asking if the PDF files are transferrable (from a laptop/PC) or one has to just read stuff from Amazon alone (even the PDFs).
Sorry I missed that part. Yes it can read an external pdf (as it has a native pdf reader). As @Samurai said, E-Ink needs an external source of light. Hence I purchased the lighted cover. Really worth it. The Kindle is fixed on the mtallic hooks and the LED lamp uses the Kindle power! Really cool!
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My Kindle has shipped yesterday, it was last reported in Louisville KY. Expected to arrive on 18th. Let's hope there is no delay.
Did your order got charged with Import fees deposit? This is the first time I'm getting into my account and it has always been shipping and handling charges so far in my previous purchases.

In my case its almost 82 USD
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Did your order got charged with Import fees deposit? This is the first time I'm getting into my account and it has always been shipping and handling charges so far in my previous purchases.

In my case its almost 82 USD
Yeah, it is the same in my case. The crazy part is I had 3 of my engineers in US since 3 weeks, who will be back in India today. I could have easily asked them to carry it for me and saved 5K in customs and shipping. But, it is their first trip abroad, they will have their own purchases to fill up their bags. I didn't want to impose on them.

BTW, my Kindle is in London-Heathrow.
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Got my Kindle yesterday.

I did order the cover with light.

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This E-ink technology is just mind-blowing. At first I thought this was a sticker on the screen and was annoyed. Then it struck me that this is E-ink screen. This is how the screen looks when it is off. The image keeps changing to different authors every time you switch off.

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It is like reading any other paper sheet, no back light to hurt your eyes on prolonged usage.

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Great! I was waiting to hear! Congrats.

The one click purchase, is very addictive.
You see a book being reviewed some where in a magazine or TV, you like the review; One click and bang! the book is on your kindle!

EDIT: Keep the Wifi Off. Increases stand-by time in a big way.

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Here is the most compelling reason to buy a Kindle with your eyes close.

Top 100 - Project Gutenberg

You can read all the classics on Kindle, for FREE!!!
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The reason why the battery last so long, power is required only to render the screen. Once the screen is rendered, no power is needed to sustain it.

I am loving the Kindle experience. Now it travels wherever I go.

Couple of pain points:
1) Kindle can't sync via USB. Wifi access point is the only way to Sync.
2) I don't have a Wifi AP in Bangalore, so I tried ad-doc Wifi networking. Then I found that Kindle doesn't support enterprise or ad-hoc networking. Now I am forced to consider buying a Wifi AP just for Syncing.

Now am I thinking, may be 3G version would have been a better choice.
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Here is the most compelling reason to buy a Kindle with your eyes close.

Top 100 - Project Gutenberg

You can read all the classics on Kindle, for FREE!!!
This is available in iPad and iPhone also.

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Now am I thinking, may be 3G version would have been a better choice.
Yup have one at home, which dad uses and its a definite boon to have cell connectivity.
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