What You Should Know Before Buying a Kindle

Posted by The Wine Whore |

These "high tech" versions of the old school paperback book are great... they're fun to read, easy to use, and have all kinds of neat accessories you can buy for them. But there's something they don't tell you about the Kindle that you NEED to know:

They are made like crap!

I bought my wife her Kindle a little over a year ago for her birthday. Everything was great at first. She'd spend hours reading the thing. Until the other day when the LED screen froze and horizontal lines permanently covered the display.

I called Amazon support and they won't even replace the thing. The only thing they offered was to sell us a refurbished Kindle for $99.

It just seems crazy to me that I paid $350 and spent hundreds more on books, accessories and other Kindle B.S., only to be told that I'd need to spend even MORE just over a year later when the stupid thing breaks.

Be warned, if you buy a Kindle from Amazon, make sure you spend for the warranty!

P.S. I've also heard of people STILL having trouble even with the warranty... seems that Amazon is being very picky in what they want to cover even if you pay extra for the warranty.

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Psycosis said...

Personally I'd go with Nook but then it wasn't an option when you bought the Kindle. Its already been hacked, and given a little time there will be programs that can translate Amazon's and Sony's proprietary ebook format. Then again I'm seriously pro open source. Just look what it does for the Firefox and it's community.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you for the advice... my wife's only question was whether or not she could get her old books on the Nook to which I answered, who cares, you'll get new books! :)

I'm with you, I like open source, and now that Amazon has pissed me off, I will NOT be buying another Kindle!

Have you used the Nook? Is it basically the same (if not better) than the Kindle?


Psycosis said...

Nooks book prices run around $7 from what I'm seeing. I haven't gotten my hands on it just yet but its looking so much more promising than the Kindle. Micro SD slot for expanded memory, possibly being opened up for Android OS apps that could turn its touch screen [full color touch screen at that] into a calendar or maybe even a web browser. It has 3G through ATT so no need to be tied to wi-fi to get books.

I've heard tell the touch screen can be a little laggy at times. But I'm willing to overlook that for all its benefits. Another major plus is the battery is replaceable, not an option with the Kindle.

I think most of the Barnes and Nobles will have Nooks to try out before mid February. At least that's their goal. If she seriously wants another eReader then I would say Nook is the one to keep a close eye on as a replacement.

Pam said...

good info to know. you need to post it online somewhere Randy... Just when I thought a Kindle might be kinda fun to have...

Nathan Meyers said...

Apple may or may not release something soon that may or nay not be a game changer here. I suggest you wait until the end of Jan to see if this highly anticipated iSlate is coming. The possibilities would be endless if even just some of the rumoured features are true.

Single-feature devices like the Kindle are not the future.

The Wine Whore said...

That sounds pretty cool Psycosis! I'll have to keep an eye out and as Nathan said, maybe wait a couple of months before making a purchase!

I'd also love to post this somewhere Pam, any suggestions on where it would make the most impact/benefit?

Richard Auffrey said...

Sorry to hear about this bad experience. I guess I am old-fashioned and just prefer the feel of an actual book in my hands. I can read it anywhere, no need to worry about batteries, and I think it is easier on my eyes.

I can see some use to Kindle like devices for searching books, but I am not ready yet to go that route.

The Wine Whore said...

My wife is usually the same way... she hates technology. For some reason though, she really grew attached to this thing. That's why I was so pissed when it broke and they wouldn't stand behind it.

I think we'd be better off just sticking to the physical books too!

zinbythesea said...

I have the Kindle (free) app for my iPhone which works very well for reading books!!! I have also downloaded the free PC version of Kindle and the books I am reading sync between my PC and iPhone (and would the Kindle itself if I owned one.) I thought my iPhone screen would be way too small to read a book, but it's not.... :)

The Wine Whore said...

I wasn't sure if it was for free for the iPhone.. that's really cool! It's not too small? I was wondering if that would be the case. As for the PC app, I think it's cool but my wife doesn't like it. Go figure! :P

Have you used any of the other virtual book platforms?

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