Monday, October 12, 2009

Amazon Kindle International

It looks like we'll be able to get the Kindle in Canada soon. Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6" Display, U.S. & International Wireless, Latest Generation): Kindle Store

I've been getting close to buying a Sony reader, now I'll have to choose:

- touch screen
- more open formats e.g. ePub
- access to public domain Google Books
- access to some public libraries

- bigger selection of books
- free 3G wireless
- access to Wikipedia
- purchased books can also be accessed on iPhone or iPod Touch

So far it's only the smaller Kindle that's going to be available internationally.

One thing it would be good for is computer books. I hate buying them because I know they'll be out of date within a year or two. But you can't get most of them from the library, and even if you could, often I need to refer back to them for longer than I could borrow them from the library. And it would be great to not have to haul physical books back and forth between home and office. Environmentally, you save trees, but you consume another gadget, which wouldn't be so bad if it lasted longer, but you know it'll be out of date in a year or two.

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