I spent sometime this weekend researching ebooks, ebook readers, and in general reading more thinks in a digital way. I have been reading a few magazines on Zinio recently, and decided I wanted to branch out to books. Rather than make an order for some new paper based books, I decided to order myself a Kindle. It will be here on Tuesday…is it Tuesday yet?
So why a Kindle and not a Sony or other option? There are two major reasons I went the Kindle route.
- Trust - I tend to trust Amazon. I spend quite a bit of money there already, and I think they are moving in the right direction with the services they offer. I think that if ebook sellers move to a DRM free model, Amazon will be leading that move. Regardless, I perceive Amazon to be more trust worthy than other options so they get my money.
- Wireless - I just think this is an amazingly cool feature of the Kindle. I don’t know how much I will use it, but I can see myself using it on occasion. If nothing else I might browse for books I see, just to get an idea of wether or not the Kindle option is available. The online wikipedia access is very cool, especially since I plan to read a lot of books about history. I am sure that I will encounter plenty of references I do not know the details of.
It does not hurt that it can play Audible books either. My biggest concern right now is that the Kindle won’t fit in my bag with the EEE PC very well.
I am starting to collect ebook links for use on the Kindle. What should I be reading blogwise? What sites do I need to have bookmarked if I am going to be an ebook reader? Here is my short list thus far.