First, Dan Nosowitz's report for FastCompany is primarily on his first few days with the Kindle 3 review copy and on his 3 months with the Kindle itself (2nd generation).
But we've seen a number of reviews of that Kindle 3, and they're fairly glowing.
So I'm going to start with the questions Dan had for Amazon.
LACK OF SUPPORT FOR EPUB FILE FORMAT AND PUBLIC LIBRARY-BOOK ACCESS
' ...Kindle users can't rent ebooks from their local library. Amazon told me that the process for getting library-rented ebooks onto ebook readers is cumbersome, which is why they left out the feature. Well, why not just fix the process, rather than ignore it altogether? '[I agree, since sending personal docs to our free.kindle.com device-address to save personal-doc-transfer fees requires a very similar 'cumbersome' process to get the doc onto our Kindles.]PERCENTAGE OF KINDLE BOOK SALES SOLD ON THE DEVICE ITSELF
' Amazon told me that 80% of its Kindle ebook sales are sold on the Kindle device itself, so an affordable, well-made ebook reader is a major help for ebook authors. '
NOW TO SOME KEY QUOTES FROM THE REVIEW
'...the best ebook-reading device on the market.
Its web browser, now based on WebKit (like modern smartphone browsers) is much improved, but due to the limitations of the hardware (most importantly the greyscale e-ink display) it's easily bested by any modern smartphone
But for reading books and newspapers, it can't be beat. The newly revamped e-ink screen is startling in its clarity and contrast; gone are the days of dull greyish screens. The Kindle's text absolutely pops. The screen is also the fastest in terms of page refresh times of any e-ink screen I've used.
The screen almost glows outdoors. In comparison to the iPad, which turns into a pretty but useless mirror in sunlight, the Kindle only gets more readable. This is a gadget that loves the beach.
What's hard to get across to someone who hasn't owned--and having picked one up doesn't count--an ebook reader is how enjoyable the Kindle is to use. I've bought more ebooks in the three months I've owned an ebook reader than I've bought physical books in the last two years. I've certainly read more in those three months than in any other three months since I was in college. You remember how fun it is to accumulate books, to read them, and to talk about them '
He did puzzle over the location numbers and found them not particularly useful and definitely he misses page numbers.
I wrote a comment to his article, explaining them a bit, and that awaits moderation. I'll include it here for others who wonder what is up with those Location numbers and why Amazon doesn't just use the traditional page numbering system.
' ... As for Locations -- traditional page numbers are less meaningful on an e-reader because they can't match up with whatever edition of a book you're interested in. If you increase the font [size], there are less words on a page, and the page numbers change as a result, giving you somewhat different content.
NOW, if publishers hardcoded Begin & End page info for each page digitally, then there could be a 2nd number indicating what original book-page you're on if that's wanted.
In the meantime, a location number is an absolute number or range identified which will always bring you to the same paragraph(s) - no matter what your font size is.
It's very much like page numbers except that there will be 4000 of them instead of 400 and will usually indicate a range, like 2568-74, meaning location area 2568 to 2574. I always choose the first number.
In comparing two versions of a DX today (one being sold), I brought up a page I wanted to make a photo of and then looked at the location number. On the other DX, I pressed Menu button, then on "Go to" and typed that location number and then clicked on "Location" and was on the same 'page' as a result.
The status line will indicate your location number at any time, as is done with a page number, and the percentage bar below tells you how far you are into the book. The one I'm on was 72% so I know I don't have that much further to go. '
Kindle 3 (UK: Kindle 3), DX Graphite
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