Kindle 3: Initial Reaction, the Good and the Bad

After much research and deliberation, I decided to take the plunge and order a Kindle 3. FedEx delivered my new gadget one week ago and, though I’ve only had a short period of time to use it, I must say that my initial reaction is a positive one.

The Kindle was a tough sell for me. I love books. I love the way they feel. I love flipping through the pages. I love the way they look on a shelf. That said, the popular ebook reader had plenty going for it as well. As I read reviews, comparisons, and specs and considered the reasons why I might consider purchasing such an item, there were a few key observations that stuck out and tipped to scales in Kindle’s favor:

The Good

The Kindle isn’t all cupcakes and unicorns, however. I have discovered a few negatives along the way:

The Bad

All things considered, I really like the new Kindle. It brings a number of useful features and advantages to the table and I am thankful to have it. That said, the page numbers issue is a looming cloud, especially as I consider my academic pursuits and research over the next year. I’ve heard a number of reports about professors who do not look favorably upon Kindle location number citations. We’ll see how it goes…

Do you have a Kindle? What convinced you to buy?

What do you think about the page numbers issue? Am I ill-informed?

Comment below.

✒︎ September 16, 2010 · academics · Books · citations · ebook · ebook reader · Kindle · reading · research · Technology


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