Chris, have you also considered the SONY eReader?  My husband is using  
one while we're on sabbatical, and really loves it.

Here's a CNN "Smart Traveller" (Richard Quest) review we caught back  
in February.  See especially the fact that Kindle relies on wireless  
connectivity.  Our experience thus far says you can get the same books  
for either device, despite Amazon's Kindle-centricity.



QUEST: Welcome back to CNN BUSINESS TRAVELLER, where I have forsaken  
the swimming pool for the delights of the beach and the Pacific Ocean.  
There are few places more perfect than the beach for sitting down and  
enjoying a good book. And this year, you may be tempted by one of the  
new range of eReaders that are on the market, electronic books instead  
of the old paperback variety.

We received an enormous number of emails when we reviewed the Sony  
eReader and the Amazon Kindle. So much so, we've decided to give you  
another chance to see our "Smart Traveller" report.

Kindle and the Reader both work on the same principle. The screen uses  
a special process to create the words. It's not a computer, which is  
back lit. There's no eye strain. You can read these things for hours.

You push buttons to change the page forwards or back. And until you  
change the page, the machine isn't using any power. So a full battery  
charge can last days or, in this language, hundreds or thousands of  
page turns.

Mention electronic books or eReaders to most people and they'll ramble  
on about needing to have the texture of the page or the crinkle of the  
turn. Ah, rubbish, I say. We all got used to writing letters and  
documents on computers. This is no difference.

With the Sony, you buy and download books using your computer and a  
special website. The Kindle has dedicated wireless technology built  
in. You can download newspapers, magazines and journals. And because  
Kindle comes from Amazon, there are 90,000 titles available. Sony  
offers 20,000 instead. But be warned, Kindle's wireless often doesn't  
allow you to roam overseas. I failed to connect in two countries.

In the end, you wish each had the advantages of the other. For the  
eReader, you'd like to be able to make notes, annotations and have  
better management of material. For the Kindle, while it's great for  
nonfiction books, but you'd also like it to be sleeker, smarter and  
feel less like a computer.

Time to come off the fence. Which do I prefer? Hands down, the Sony  
eReader. I've already polished off four or five novels and there's at  
least another five in here waiting to begin. This is a great benefit  
to my traveling life and I have no hesitation in saying the Sony  
eReader is a searing "Smart Traveller" tip.

The Sony eReader and the Amazon Kindle, two of our CNN "Smart  
Traveller" road tests.

Quoting Chris Moran <[log in to unmask]>:

> Yeah, I'm still around this place :)
> Have asked around other list haunts and forgot all the gear whores I
> know live here.
> Anyone own a Kindle or have used one that would like to comment on it?
> I'm thinking of getting one, but reading reviews on amazon shows utter
> hatred and pure lust for it. Not being able to actually try before I
> buy goes against my "research a purchase to death first" mantra.
> :)
> Chris
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