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Mary Anne Shew

Tom~I bought a Kindle a couple of months ago and absolutely love it. Here are my reasons:

1. I love having a device totally dedicated to just books and reading. While I also love my Blackberry, I don't need to carry still another device with access to email.

2. The Kindle is slim and small enough to fit in the small backpack I carry everywhere as a purse. This means most of the books to which I refer all the time, like Getting Things Done and others, are right at hand when I want them.

3. When I'm out and about and I see on my BB that someone has sent me a PDF attachment, I can now read it on my Kindle rather than having to boot up a laptop (if I have it with me) or to wait until I return to my office.

4. Its power supply is more than enough for 2 weeks' worth of reading time. I don't need to hunt for an outlet when I'm just looking to sit down and relax with a book for an hour or two.

5. Taking a laptop to bed so I can read there is too much work. Also, my cats have a priority reservation for my lap during my reading time.

6. When I plug my Kindle into my laptop, I can copy the clippings.txt file to my hard drive to do what I want to do. (It wasn't until I learned this feature was on it that I bought it.)

7. The Kindle's screen is kinder on my eyes for long-term reading. Reading a computer screen for hours on end causes me a lot of eye strain.

In summary, it all depends on what you are looking for and how you want your technology to support your book-reading lifestyle.

Tom Collins

Hi Mary Anne,

Glad you're enjoying your Kindle.

We just got back from covering the North American Veterinary Conference for Purina and in prep for going we bought an HP Mini laptop (10" screen; slim design; very light weight) and used the built-in broadband card to add it to our Sprint cell phone account.

This comes close to the device I'm hoping for. I can get the free downloadable BN or Amazon reader and buy all the books I can fit in its 160GB hard drive. And I don't need to connect it to anything to interact with, process, re-purpose, and otherwise USE the information in the books.

We were able to log on and use Twitter to live-tweet from the conference sessions. I could have downloaded and clipped quotes from the books mentioned, if I'd wanted.

With Skype, we have at least some phone capabilities (not to mention video conferencing).

And tonight, we had it in bed watching the Hope for Haiti Now special on TV and just logged in to make a donation.

So, all in all, I'm still not a fan of dedicated, single-function devices like Kindle.

Apple Computers

I can get the free downloadable BN or Amazon reader and buy all the books I can fit in its 160GB hard drive. And I don't need to connect it to anything to interact with, process, re-purpose, and otherwise USE the information in the books.

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