Why the hell is the Kindle great?

There are a few more Kindle users now and even Oprah has adopted it I am finding myself more and more often talking with other people, Kindle owners or not, about what makes the Kindle great.

To get it out of the way, the Kindle is great, but as this late review hints at, what makes the Kindle great is not the gadget part. As a gadget it has a lot of defects, it leaves you desiring so much more, stupefied about some design decisions and lack of a feature (or ten! ). No, as a gadget the Kindle is a failure. But there are three things the Kindle does great. First, you can read books on it. It is, after all, its main purpose, and when you are reading a book, the gadget doesn't exist. Second, it allows you to buy books. This gives you instant gratification, which I can't emphasized enough how great that is. Finally, it allows you to manage your book inventory in a very efficient way. Most readers fear being left cold without a good read. When you are on a trip or when you have to wait for your books to arrive. You want a pile a books. But the pile gets hard, you want to read the latest book, leaving some of your early purchases in the cold. Well, no more. If you want a book, and if it is available for the Kindle (a big if! ), then you can read it immediately and you don't have to buy it, until you want to read it. It's a great feeling.

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Posted by   www
on November 1, 2008, 10:22 am
Hi, did you know I work for the Kindle? :D
Im one of the guys behind NOWNOW and askville, NowNow is the website where many Kindle users send his questions, Im not able to answer technical questions, but i do a lot of answers about other topics for Kindle users everyday.
However I have a question that I been unable to solve since long time, does the Kindle works outside the US? if it does where? its Venezuela in the list? How does the Kindle works from Venezuela? Do you need to contract a service with some movil service?

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Posted by Alfredo  
on November 1, 2008, 12:17 pm
That's so cool that you work there, I think that's a very nice project. The wireless connection (wishpernet) of the Kindle doesn't work outside of the US. So, features like nownow do not work here in Venezuela. But you can always buy the books and download them to a computer and pass them to the Kindle. On one hand, that's less instant gratification, on the other hand, compared with waiting for weeks until the books get here from Amazon is amazingly gratifying!

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Posted by   www
on November 1, 2008, 8:30 pm
Hummm, very interesting, you also save a lot of money in the shipment from Miami to here, thanks for the info :)

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Posted by Alfredo  
on November 2, 2008, 8:59 am
That was my reasoning when I bought it. At my rate of reading (I am a voracious reader) I can recoup the price of the Kindle in less than a year in shipping alone! And I save money on top of that because the books are cheaper.

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Posted by   www
on November 1, 2008, 8:32 pm
Lobo, since you work for the Kindle, let me ask a question.

Why Amazon does not sell the Kindle to Canada? The moment I put my canadian address, the systems tells me that I cannot buy it.

Is there a reason for that?

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Posted by Alfredo  
on November 2, 2008, 8:57 am
Well, I am not Lobo, but I can answer that. The reason is two fold. First, the network services do not currently work in Canada (Amazon would have to make a deal with Rogers or other carrier). Since the lifetime service is included in the price, Amazon is reluctant to sell it outside the US. Second, there may be licensing issues with the books. The trick is to use a US based credit card for your first purchase.

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Posted by   www
on November 5, 2008, 1:22 pm
Can be bought with Gift certificates too?

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