The Kindle has caught my eye for quite some time, but I’ve always convinced myself that it’s too expensive, or I don’t really need it. That is until the Kindle 3 came on the scene.
The Kindle 3 was touted as a significant upgrade from previous models, sporting an enhanced e-ink display, and faster page turning (refreshing). The form factor was greatly reduced, Amazon chose to eliminate much of the unused space from previous versions, making the Kindle 3 about the size of an average paperback book.
Reading on the new Kindle feels a lot like reading a paper book. The e-ink display looks a lot like ink on paper, and since it doesn’t have a backlight, long periods of reading don’t hurt your eyes.
I know many people will sing the praises of the iPad or other similar devices for reading, and those are definitely great, but at the Kindle’s price point, I don’t think you can beat it.
So far I’ve only been singing the Kindle’s praises, but there are a few things that I think aren’t perfect. For starters, I wish it was possible to lend books to other users, like it is with a real book. I’ve heard this feature is coming, but I think it should’ve been one of the first features implemented.
I’m also surprised that the Kindle doesn’t support the ever expanding ePub book format. I believe every other popular e-reader out there supports it.
What are your thoughts on the new Kindle 3? Will you buy one? Have you already bought one?