Kindle Pros and Cons

Now that Kindle 2 and Kindle DX have come out, you might be tempted to take the leap and invest in one. However, will Kindle be obsolete soon? Is the pricey device worth it if you have so many other ways to read online? For example, new apps, such as Stanza, have appeared on the iPhone. Amazon has even released a Kindle for iPhone, giving iPhone users access to the eBooks that are available on Amazon. These pros and cons can help you make the call.

The Pros
The books are cheaper. Amazon has kept prices for the latest books at $9.99, far cheaper than a brand-new hardback. Older books by popular authors fall into the $6 range.

Getting books is a breeze. Kindle's Whispersync lets you download a book quickly. No more trudging to the library or driving to the bookstore.

Your library is portable. The best part about the eBook is that you can carry so many books with you at once. Long train commutes and trips to the beach are much easier because you'll never run out of reading material.

Kindle is easy on the eyes. Reading on a computer or on a handheld device can be difficult. The lighted screen can strain your eyes, and the page is too small, meaning you're constantly clicking or scrolling to keep reading. Kindle overcomes these issues because it uses electronic ink to generate the pages of the books you buy.

You can do research as you read. Kindle lets you take notes, and it has a built-in dictionary.

The Cons
Once you drop it in the tub, it's gone. Items are backed up on Amazon, but a Kindle runs about $300 bucks, so you want to be careful with it.

No sharing allowed. When you buy a book, it is yours forever, no reselling or letting a friend borrow it, unless you trust a friend with an expensive Kindle.

Don't expect full Web access. Although Kindle uses Whispersync to download books and you can look up facts online, actual Web surfing via Kindle takes a long time.

A limited selection of books. Die-hard readers might be underwhelmed by what Kindle has to offer, as not all publishing companies have gotten on board with Amazon.

The decline of the print industry. The rise of Kindle might have an impact on newspapers, textbook companies and publishing houses. While these companies are working hard to catch up with Kindle's technology, not all of them have done so, which means some books might not be available for a while.

Impulse buyers, beware. The cheap price and ease of downloading means you might wind up with some bum books on your hands. Even though the books are sold at a discount, bulk buying can add up.

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