If you feel like i do about reading large amounts of text on a PC screen you probably use your printer a lot.

Somehow i feel bad about printing a lot of documents, reading them once and then dumping them in the waste bin. Because i love electronic gadgets i felt that now it was the moment to try an e-book reader.

I guess that the situation is equal in many countries - some local publishers have their branded e-book readers, and then there are Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook  and Sony. Despite the lack of support for the widely accepted epub format i decided to go for the Kindle.

If you have never seen an e-ink screen you are in for a surprise - everybody i have shown it to find it wery good and close to printed paper. It works great for reading litterature and it handles pdf files OK but not brilliant (room for improvement here dear Amazon).

The only thing that you cant do in comparison to a pile of printed paper is to browse quickly through it to find just the information that you need. My private workaround for this when reading large pdf files is to print the table of content and the index on paper.  Living in europe we have the problem that newspapers and magazines are without illustrations and this combined with the fact that you cant browse quickly  through a document takes makes it difficult for me to judge the potential of the Kindle for this purpose.

I tried to download a sample of a technically oriented book, where text and illustrations are an integrated part, in order to get a feeling of how this works and my first impression is that it is the same as with the pdf files - room for improvement in the way that illustrations are handled.

Being generally happy with my Kindle 2, i think the close connection to Amazon and their rather weak guarantees on user privacy raises questions like the ones we now hear about regarding Apple tracking all iPhones locations etc. The same applies to other e-book readers sold through publishers.

Amazon can track my approximate position based on the cellular network and they can characterize my reading habits. On top of this they can  take a peek at what i have in my Kindle and use it for marketing purpose. The point here is that since i can store material not brougth through Amazon on the device i find it is violating my privacy if they take a look at document titles or content and use this in any way.

I can hear you saying that i can turn off the wireless connection but can i be sure that "Turn wireless off" really mean TURN OFF or does it mean turn off but wake up once a day and give us a report of the user pattern.

If you want privacy you have to open the device and remove the SIM card.


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