First of all: I didn’t buy a kindle 2.
The SU library recently started offering kindles for checkout. They come with a selection of books already loaded, some text books and some pleasure reading books. Here are my and Ali’s thoughts on the experience:
The reports that eInk contrast is as good as newsprint are generous. I didn’t find it to be that good. I’d rather actually read a newspaper than one on the kindle.
I really didn’t like that it costs 99¢ to read a blog for a month on the kindle. This says to me: “get a laptop”.
The whole blinking process on page flip was rather jarring, I didn’t like it.
The placement and style of the buttons aren’t good, and the 5-way switch (like the little red mouse-button on some laptops) should be used differently or even removed all together.
It feels really goddamned slow.
Personally I’m rather disappointed, this is a technology I have been waiting for since the late nineties. I really wanted to like the device. But I didn’t. I’ll keep an eye on it, just not as closely.