Amazon Kindle & Sony eBook

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    Side-by-side comparison. Check out the Kindle's birdie screensaver.

    Travelin' Librarian, amy_kearns, and 14 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. lauren_pressley 89 months ago | reply

      Thanks for this picture! exactly what i needed to understand the size/look of the Kindle!

    2. mauramae 89 months ago | reply

      birds are the new squids, which were the new deer.

    3. Travelin' Librarian 89 months ago | reply

      Keep in mind that that's the old Sony Reader. The 505 came out in October. Same size but slightly different layout.

    4. David Lee King 89 months ago | reply

      My library has the sony and we're getting a couple of kindles, so I can't wait to touch! But - the kindle's design reminds me of an old Mac designed in the late 80's! Not sure why, but to me it just looks extremely dated.

    5. newrambler 89 months ago | reply

      Well, at least with the birds there's something attractive about the Kindle.

    6. NowPublic 89 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing your photo!This photograph appears in a NowPublic news story: Can an electronic newspaper be profitable?.

    7. Caroline A. Bowen 81 months ago | reply

      That's my favorite Kindle screensaver. :D

    8. Ken, KE1RI 76 months ago | reply

      I just recently got a Kindle. Good move! It works great and the design is very well crafted. I have always been a very heavy reader but this Kindle has upped it a notch. Now I'm switching from new historical nonfiction to the collected works of Emily I download and borrow from our state library system and the other I get free from the Guttenberg Project. Fun stuff.

      Just in case you don't mind joining another group, I think this shot would go well in the Kindle group on Flickr. Please consider posting it there. Thanks.

    9. Golden Striker 75 months ago | reply

      Are the e-books made for them cross-compatible? It would suck if they weren't. I hope there is a standard. You just *know* the Kindle is going to have a color screen one day, but having seen it in person, I have to admit the no-glare design is indeed easy on the eyes. It just seems the design is going to be easily and quickly upgraded. Then again, since this thing mimics a book, it may in fact be better that this piece of technology-for once-NOT be upgraded or changed any time soon.

      The way the Kindle displays things is ingenious: It only uses power when it changes the display from one page to the other. When you're just looking at it and the display is static, it's consuming no power at all.

    10. Ken, KE1RI 74 months ago | reply

      Golden Striker....The new Kindle is out. They changed the screen resolution for graphics from 4 to 16 shades of gray. They also gave it text-to-speech capability so it can read any book.

      The Kindle can read books in Amazon format (amz) which is just another form of Mobipocket, now owned by Amazon. It will not read a Mobipocket unless it has no DRM (copy protection rights management) installed. You can use a program to convert a DRM Mobipocket to DRM AMZ format. That's what I do. The Kindle will also read PDF books, again if there is no DRM.
      I will upgrade my Kindle in about 4 years when and if they get color.
      Color, hopefully in 256 shades, will make the Internet browsing more fun.....right, I browse the Internet with the Kindle.

    11. Golden Striker 74 months ago | reply

      Sounds plenty versatile and capable enough to be useful. Interestingly, even after basically being used since the beginning of when human beings even started to recognize time, the printed word is still the most enduring form of any media.

    12. Ken, KE1RI 74 months ago | reply

      Golden....Along the same line as your comment, I am now reading all sorts of literature that is available free since the copyright is gone. Lots of early stuff that I would never have considered reading before now have been downloaded into the Kindle. Right now I am reading P. G. Wodehouse (My Man Jeeves), Civil Disobedience (Thoreau), and poetry by Emily Dickinson. I've read other stuff by Agatha Christie,Mark Twain, and David Herbert Lawrence. I am discovering 'new' old authors. Fun.

    13. r.coppola 63 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Kindle, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. benwerd 59 months ago | reply

      Thanks for releasing this under a Creative Commons license - I've used it to illustrate a blog post here:

    15. Golden Striker 59 months ago | reply

      I wouldn't touch one of these right now since they seem to be replaced and made obsolete by more advanced ones every six months. I said they would have color ones six months ago, now they have color ones. Can they be back-lit for reading in the dark? If not, they will soon. They'll also have computer displays or even iPads and iPhones that can switch between traditional and this more eye-pleasing e-ink. It's just a matter of time.

    16. Musa a las 9 50 months ago | reply

      Hello! We have a group called Digital Literature and we'd love to have your pic added to the group, please join us :)

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