As if I don't have enough gadgets already: Aluminum Macbook 13 inch, Canon Rebel T1i, iPhone 3GS, Blackberry Curve, Pulse Digital Pen–these are among the ones I use most often and there are several others that I probably don't use as much but just had to have like my JVC Everio HD camcorder and all the earphones, speakers, and adapters that I bought for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Well the latest additon to the tech arsenal is an Amazon Kindle 2.
I'm sitting at home waiting for it to arrive and I've already purchased electronic versions of books that I have in hard copy but have yet to read. I've listed some of those hard copy books on Amazon as part of my seller's account and two have already sold helping to offset the cost of the electronic versions. The big question that still remains is whether the cost of the Kindle ($299) is really worth it and if the electronic books that I'm purchasing are discounted enough to justify their purchase.
Until I have a chance to actually use the device, I won't be able to fully answer these questions. It's been said that the cost of owning a Kindle and the purchase of at least one ebook per week at $9.95 will set you back $816. With that same money, you can buy over 40 hardcover books at a cost of $19.95 which can be resold, traded or donated and thereby extending their usable value. So is it better to be 12 books ahead of the game with all your books with you all the time but locked into a proprietary system? Having purchased the Kindle and thinking about my need for convenience, I would have to answer yes at this early stage of ownership.
Amazon took a page out of the Apple playbook and built a product that uses its own distribution software. The Kindle is equivalent to an iPod for ebooks. Amazon has the largest selection of current titles avaiable electronically–over 300,00 and counting–with more being added everyday. The device is intended to optimize your reading experience and provide unparalled access to your reading library while making it extraordinarily easy to purchase new books without the need for a computer or any administrative or technological hassle whatsoever. It's an intellectual crackpipe and I don't even have my device yet.