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So like any Canadian with a penchant for shiny, bright objects, I’m considering the Kindle as a Christmas present for, well, myself.

I divested myself of a household full of books a few years ago (yes, it hurt) in favour of Audible.com. But I miss reading.

It’s available from the States for $259USD (approx $275 Cdn) plus duty, and we need to purchase all the books from the US amazon site in $USD.    (side factoid:  apparently the average book takes 60 seconds to download).   We can download over a cel wireless connection, however, unlike its US counterpart we won’t have browsers on the Cdn Kindles so we can’t surf the net.

Three questions I’m curious about are:

  1. Which wireless company will provide the wireless connection – Bell?  Telus?  Rogers?  (he he – I wonder if they even know amongst themselves who got the contract!)
  2. Will apple produce a kindle-killer tablet in 2010, as rumoured?
  3. Can my eyes bear to look at an lcd screen any more than they already do?

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  1. Vasile


    If you want a good answer for #2, you should ask Steve Jobs :-). Other than that, it’s just speculations.

    Regarding #3, it’s not a LCD, but e-ink. The same technology is used by Sony eReader, so if you happen to have a Sony store that you can visit, you may take a look. The big advantage is that it only uses power when changing the image (= turning the page), so the battery lasts for weeks before needing recharging. The bad part is that it’s only black&white, AFAIK. And only a few shades of grey, so don’t expect to use it for showing pictures.


    Dec 01, 2009
  2. brad

    Regarding question 3, don’t think of it as an lcd screen. It really reads quite a bit like paper — it’s not backlit, so the experience of reading it is remarkably book-like.

    I’m as old-fashioned as they come, and yet I plan to get a Kindle too: it’s not going to replace most of the books in my collection, but I do think it’s absolutely perfect for books that go out of date quickly, such as computer software instruction books. I’m a big fan of the Missing Manual series, pretty much all of which is available for Kindle. Once I get my Kindle I can clear out about a meter and a half of bookshelf space and not feel guilty about having to kill all those trees to buy books that go out of date a year or two after you buy them.

    I don’t think I could bring myself to read poetry on a Kindle, but novels, nonfiction, and most reference books are fair game.


    Dec 01, 2009
  3. As much as I would love a Apple Tablet I don’t think we will see one anytime soon. If we did, I don’t think it would be as simple as the Kindle. What makes sense to me would be to have it done more than just read book. When I think of an Apple Tablet, I think of a iPhone mashed up with a MacBook Air kind of deal. That being said it would mean it would probably at least double the Kindles price. The iPhone itself is $599.99 at its cheapest point without a contract.
    As for reading on it, I’m such a lazy reader, I love Audible. I mean half the time when I want to read a blog I get the computer read it back to me so I can do something else at the same time.
    .-= Kyle´s last blog ..New Theme Design =-.


    Dec 01, 2009
  4. Christopher Hylarides

    To answer your questions:
    1) It’s done via AT&T’s roaming partners, which for now is Rogers. The coverage maps for it in Canada match exactly Roger’s network. This may change in the future. You don’t pay for data directly, but the carriers get a cut of the downloads. This is why books bought in Canada cost $2 more and the newspapers/magazines will have the images removed. Go backwards Canadian telecom industry!

    2) The rumours of the apple tablet abound, but I don’t think it’s going to compete directly with the kindle, as it won’t be epaper (unless they’ve got something devious up their sleeves).

    3)The kindle is ‘epaper’ which is not like an LCD. You can read the wikipedia entry on it here. It looks like those fake screens on TVs in furniture stores you sometimes see. It’s almost exactly like reading a book directly. I love my kindle and there’s tons of free content available via Project Gutenberg.


    Dec 01, 2009
  5. It doesn’t look good up in your part of the country, Nancy: http://client0.cellmaps.com/tabs.html#cellmaps_na_tab

    Why do you care which company is delivering the signal? Are they not all (3 of them) represented in Yellowknife?

    The device can be used wired, too, I believe.
    .-= Jan Karlsbjerg´s last blog ..Silent letters in English: Almost all of them =-.


    Dec 01, 2009
  6. ARGH! So bad news and good news then:
    We only get Bell coverage up here and when I checked the map you provided, @Jan , xnay Yellowknife 🙁
    The good news is – and I had no clue on this – all the info you all provided re: it’s not an lcd screen. I’ll be in Vancouver over christmas, so I’ll check the e-reader look (tx for the idea, Vasile).
    Thanks all, for the valuable intel!


    Dec 01, 2009

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