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    new kindle e-reader

    Have never used an e-reader but seriously thinking about pre-ordering one of these - wifi only is £109. Can anyone give me feedback on using previous versions?
    See amazon front page - www.amazon.co.uk

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    I'm tempted as well for manuals, study texts and DR docs.

    Need a few pre-sales questions answering first though. Would like to be able to convert password-protected .pdfs to kindle format, which doesn't work via email (nor would I want to email them), so I'm hoping for a corporate config toolkit.
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    If you go for the 3G version then you get basic web browser as well though could come in handy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    I'm tempted as well for manuals, study texts and DR docs.
    I may be tempted myself if it can display Microsoft manuals that are in pdf format. Call me a slacker, but I cannot be bothered to sit down and try to read for more than a few minutes with a book that would kill a kitten if you dropped it on it.

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    I've ordered one, so I'll do a little review after it arrives

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post
    I've ordered one, so I'll do a little review after it arrives
    I'd definitely be interested to hear your thoughts about it as I'm quite tempted by one aswell. As above I loathe having to lug around 1000 page tech manuals. The thought of a nice lightweight PDF capable reader is pretty appealing especially at the £100 price point.

    Would be nice if there was some way to 'subscribe' to your favourite websites and have it auto-download the latest articles/news/etc over wi-fi. Sort of like a podcast but for books!

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    Is there any DRM on what you download etc ? As I like to share books........

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    AFAIK you can copy across PDFs/txt files onto it but if you purchase any books from the amazon store (effectively itunes for books!) I believe they're all DRM'd so you can't give them to anyone else. I *think* you can install the Kindle reader software onto you're PC/phone/etc so given your account details you can, in theory at least, read any book you buy on any device you own.

    To be honest I'd never download a book from amazon (or a song from itunes) simply because I object to the DRM. Especially when I can buy a physical book/CD that I'm free use wherever I like or lend to my friends!
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    Anything DRM is a no no in my house, they can go and swivel then - certainly won't be getting one now. [ Unless someone finds a way of breaking the DRM ]

    Just found this - may get one after all !!

    http://i-u2665-cabbages.blogspot.com...or-pc-drm.html
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    I am sure no one would sugest breaking Amazon's copywrite and of course removing DRM is ilegal.

    It is nice to be able to lend a book to a friend, one of the downsides of electronic media I suspose.

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    Pre-ordered a wireless one, since 3G is a mythical beast hereabouts.

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    Have pre-ordered the 3g one. Will tell you after xmas if the promised free mobile coverage in Nairobi* works Pete - it will drop to GPRS etc. in absence of 3G so you'd have been ok?

    * May test in the city, but i'm staying in kitingela area, a few miles south, so may not be a fair test. Still, looks like its on amazon's coverage map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Have pre-ordered the 3g one. Will tell you after xmas if the promised free mobile coverage in Nairobi* works Pete - it will drop to GPRS etc. in absence of 3G so you'd have been ok?

    * May test in the city, but i'm staying in kitingela area, a few miles south, so may not be a fair test. Still, looks like its on amazon's coverage map.
    Do you know if worldwide 3g roaming is included, or is it an extra cost? I know the US kindle doesn't include worldwide roaming (you have to pay extra), but the UK Kindle page isn't very clear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Pete - it will drop to GPRS etc. in absence of 3G so you'd have been ok?
    Not that fussed and the extra £40 bumps it out of my "impulse purchase" bracket. With readily available Wifi and sufficient reading material for a few years, I'm unlikely to be stuck bookless in Elbonia.

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    Well, at least most places appear to charging less for the ebooks than paperbook, which makes sense as no extra production, cost of paper needs to be added on.

    Unlike downloadable games of course. Was looking on the GAME website yesterday at some classic PC games from around 10 years ago and you could purchase a physical copy of one game (forget which) for £1.49, yet it cost £9.99 to download.

    Plonkers!

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