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First off, the screen size of the Kindle is 9 x 12.3 cm. I needed to put that out because before buying it I had a terrible time finding the dimensions of the screen in the web. Drove me literally nuts to calculate this before purchase. There! I feel better already!
After 2 months of owning this gadget, I find it just convenient. This will not be the gadget to hold my entire library because: (i) obviously not all books are available for the Kindle and (ii) even if someday all books would be available for the Kindle ... What are the chances that Kindle 10 will read the books I bought for my Kindle 3 without some conversion, upgrading or re-buying?
The Kindle 3 is an ergonomical masterpiece and a pleasure to use for page to page reading. You can hold it in one hand and flip through pages without having to put down the beer in your other hand. Navigation through a particular book requires some button pushing (there goes the beer to the table) but is not that bad.
|The Kindle is a white and black gadget. The photos from this Osprey book look so-so in the Kindle. Click the image for a better view.|
The Kindle 3 can hold a lot of books and it's great not having to decide which book I'm going to take in my next business trip.
Now for a guy like me who is not into James Patterson, Jodi Picoult or the NYT best seller du-jour, the future marital troubles between the military history/sciences genre and the Kindle can be seen from a mile. Maps look atrocious in the Kindle: small, out of focus ... Unreadable. Even maps that span in a whole page in the printed version of the book. There is no evident way to zoom-in into images, photos or maps.
|This map is as good as useless. Click the image for a better view.|
Stay tuned for an entry about game manuals in the Kindle.