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Old 01-10-2009, 17:07   #1
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Kindle UK

Well, it looks like the Kindle will finally be arriving next week to the UK.

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/...cle6856803.ece

Not sure whether to get one or buy a Sony instead. Will probably go for the kindle though - quite fancy the newspapers over 3g etc.
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Old 01-10-2009, 18:46   #2
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Interesting, been toying with the idea of getting a Sony eReader for ages now, so will have to see what price they set the Kindle at
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Old 01-10-2009, 23:57   #3
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So who or what is going to run the UK Whispernet? A mobile carrier, or Qualcomm themselves operating on our mobile infrastructure?
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Old 02-10-2009, 20:05   #4
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So who or what is going to run the UK Whispernet? A mobile carrier, or Qualcomm themselves operating on our mobile infrastructure?
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:22   #5
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Would really like the chance to see one of these in the flesh. Can't decide whether they are really worth it (cost, fragility, DRM etc) against the advantage of having loads of books with you at one time. I don't really know how often that would be an advantage, as I only read one book at a time.

I do think they look cool though....
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On the UK Amazon site, they are announcing that you can ship one from the US now.
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:32   #7
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International version now available from amazon.com - works out at around Ł215 with import duties - pre order for the 17th October...

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Comes to $344.98 though by the time you add $21 for shipping and $45 for 'import fees deposit'.
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The free 3G wireless integrated technology makes it tempting. Always thought the Kindle's ability to download content about anywhere was its great strength. I still need to convince myself I want Kindle more than paper (Kindle is certainly more convenient to me) and audio books (which I use as the portable option when I can carry or hold a book, e.g. when driving).

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"UK Customers can order Kindle now on Amazon.com. In the future we plan to offer a UK-centric Kindle experience, enabling you to purchase Kindle and Kindle books in sterling from our Amazon.co.uk site."

ok so this can now be purchased from the US store, does that mean though you will only be able to buy the books from the amazon US store with it? i.e. charged in $.
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Do both the kindle and the SonyReader allow you to add your own ebooks?

There are hundreds of classics that are now freely available and it would be cool to add them to the device without having to download them from amazon.
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No, not from what I head read anyway. The Sony reader allows you to add your own PDFs, however these are not resized. The Kindle on the other hand only allows you to read books that uses its proprietary format - i.e. downloaded and bought from the amazon US book store. Though there is this bit 'Although you can send it to them for conversion free of charge, still this process can become tedious, especially if you have several eBooks that you wanted to read but couldn't since it is not supported by the Kindle.' - sounds a bit odd that they don't provide a conversion tool.

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Old 07-10-2009, 10:47   #14
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You the books I've bought on my Sony Reader, I wouldn't be able to use on the kindle so sticking with that until these uber tablet PC's finally show up.
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always on the lookout for a new gadget

I suppose I could convince the wife that it'll mean reading more
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Gahh, I've been after a Kindle for ages and had always delayed because of the Whispernet limitations. I'm actually emigrating to the USA in two months so I can't really justify the additional cost to have it a few months early but had this been released a few months ago I'd have snapped one up!
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On further googling it appears it is possible to convert other files to kindle format yourself. I only did some searching for converting PDFs, and there are GUI tools that will do this for you. Not sure of the reliability and quality of the conversions though.
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Do both the kindle and the SonyReader allow you to add your own ebooks?
You can add any ebook (except probably Kindle format) to the Sony Reader. Sony have even now binned off their prefered format (not that I can remember what that is) to start using the more popular .epub format.
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:37   #19
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Long as we don't get more "1984" situations or the "Spycatcher" lunacy of the early 80s when it was banned in the UK but you could get it imported from abroad, could they block you from downloading? Are e-books cheaper? And,
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Good news, but I think I'll wait for the Sony PRS-2121 eReader, which is a direct rival to Kindle DX but has much better file support, native PDF support etc...should be out before Christmas.
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