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Kindle DX: Good Enough

I'm rapidly approaching the end of the return period for my new Kindle DX, so I spent some time this weekend to seriously consider whether or not I'm going to keep it.

As I wrote previously, the reason I purchased it was its ability to display PDF files. While I'm slightly disappointed with how it does this (see Kindle DX: First Impressions), I've decided the support is "good enough" for most uses. It bothers me some to settle for good, but it seems there is no better alternative at this time, so I'll live with the warts. (And accept the possibility that I've simply become spoiled by the polish of Apple's products.)

In a surprising twist, while I was initially dismayed by the over-the-air purchasing process, it turns out that Kindle-format books are what finally tipped the "keep it" scales. (See Kindle DX: Second Impressions.) I've found that many, if not most, Kindle books have free samples available. They're almost instantly delivered to the device and this really gives you a chance to see if the book is going to be worth purchasing, often at a lower cost than the printed version.

While I won't want every book in such an ephemeral format, there are many where the Kindle version is "good enough" for books that I just want to read and then never re-visit. One example is Ignore Everybody, a self-help/creativity book that I'd enjoy, and at about half-price for the Kindle edition, is easier to justify buying.

In addition to inducing me to spend money, the Kindle samples have saved me money too. I spotted Cabinet of Wonders in the San Jose airport a few weeks ago. It looked good, but I didn't want to travel a big hardback book so I didn't buy it. (Yes, it's a Young Adult fantasy book, so is Harry Potter, so stop giggling.) Well, I tried the Kindle sample version, and after reading the 1 1/2 chapters it provided, I found that the book wasn't what I expected. That's good, as I hate disappointing books.

I'm also currently sampling a free subscription to the Chicago Tribune and TidBITS magazine. Both automatically delivered every day. I might have more to say about those in the future, so far I'm enjoying them.

So now that I've decided to keep the Kindle DX, the next step is to procure a suitable case for it. I'm thinking that the Amazon folding cover is the best, as a separate slip case just seems like it would be another thing to keep track of. I'm going to pass, however, on the extended warranty. At 20% of the cost of purchase I think it's too expensive, and the requirement to purchase it within 30 days of the unit just seems like a high-pressure tactic that I don't want to support.


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