February 28, 2009 Tony Morgan

Loving My New Kindle 2

Kindle 2When the original Kindle released, I didn’t bite. I decided to wait until version two. That wait ended this past week. My new Kindle 2 arrived on Thursday. It was worth the wait.

To catch some of you up to speed, the Kindle is a wireless reading device. It holds books like an iPod holds music. And, just like an iPod, it does a lot more.

At some point in the future, I may share a more comprehensive review of the Kindle. But, for now, let me give my first impressions of the new device.

  • The size and shape lives up to the hype. It’s very sleek. I can’t believe that this device stores 1,500 books.
  • Although the functionality is relatively intuitive, I’m still finding myself referring back to the user’s guide to learn how to use some of the features.
  • You can read more than books. You can also subscribe to newspapers, magazines and blogs. I’m testing a free trial version of USA Today. The newspaper is waiting for me on the Kindle when I wake up in the morning. That’s pretty amazing.
  • The wireless functionality is free after you make the initial purchase. And, true to Amazon’s promise, my first book downloaded in less than a minute.
  • The fact that it’s wireless means I can also access the Web. The Kindle becomes a relatively good way to keep up with blogs when I’m on the go. It also gives me access to YouVersion.com, my online Bible.
  • I didn’t order a cover with my purchase. I should have. You need a cover. Mine will arrive early this week.
  • I also wish there was a clock in the top header where the wireless and battery icons are located. I like getting lost in a book, but I also need to know how long I’ve been reading at times.
  • My favorite part of using the Kindle may be the ease of adding highlights and notes to what I’m reading. It’s going to make blogging a lot easier, because I can download all my notes to my computer for editing and inclusion into blog posts. Far easier than retyping notes from traditional books.
  • With that, I wish there was a way for Kindle users to share notes similar to the way YouVersion allows users to share content. If Amazon offered that service, it would revolutionize the way people read books.

After I purchased my first iPod it was only a matter of months before I stopped buying CDs. I can easily see how having the Kindle will likely mean I’ll only purchase and read electronic versions of books going forward. Books are cheaper that way. And, honestly, it’s a lot easier for me to have several books available on my Kindle than trying to carry books around in my book bag when I travel.

Just in case you’re curious, U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was the first album I downloaded to my iPod. And Bill Hybel’s Axiom was the first book I downloaded to my Kindle.

Any other Kindle owners out there? What do you have to add to this initial review?

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Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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