Oprah’s New Favorite Thing: Kindle

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It’s not everyday that you get a gift that changes your life. This summer, Oprah says she experienced just that. What was the gift, you might ask? Amazon’s Kindle, a wireless eBook reader that is capable of providing instant access to more than 190,000 books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines.

The Amazon Kindle can hold about 200 books by itself, but if you pop in a memory card, you will be able to store more than 4,000 books. Every time you buy a book, an archival copy is stored for you at Amazon. Even if you should loose your Kindle or accidentally delete a book, you can get it back anytime you want for free.

"Anyone who knows me knows I'm really not a gadget person at all, but I have fallen in love with this little baby," Oprah says. As she puts it, "It was so easy. And the fact that it's wireless [means] you don't have to download them from your computer."

The device also has a built-in dictionary, which Amazon founder Jeff Bezos finds very useful: "I was always trying to guess the definition from the context, and I found I'm not as good as guesser as I thought I was."

So what does this type of portable goodness cost, you might ask? Traditionally, the Amazon Kindle costs $359, but Oprah likes to share the wealth, so as a special offer for Oprah Show viewers (and really, anyone who reads this post as well), Amazon will give you $50 off the purchase price if you enter the promotional code OPRAHWINFREY during the checkout process. The offer is good until November 1. Consider it an early Christmas gift.



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3vi1 replied on Wed, Oct 29 2008 10:52 AM

 >> "Even if you should loose your Kindle or accidentally delete a book, you can get it back anytime you want for free." <<

And thanks to the wonders of Kindle DRM:  You lose all your purchased books forever if they go out of business!

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I mentioned in the forums the other day didnt get to much of a responce. I think its a cool gadget because you can download entire books even the news paper and dont even have to leave the house! Thats cool itself.When the price comes way down I think I,ll get me one!You guys in college could probably use this for a lot of things dictionary and Hmmmm test!!!LOL And And maybe even read the news on HH that will put a smile on Dave and Marco, face!Zip it!

 

 

 

 

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Oct 29 2008 1:58 PM

I was going to use mine to give the duty roster to Captain Picard.

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I think they are very cool. I will be waiting a while though. The price is still way to high and there are a lot of things that are not ready yet. Such as the fact that you have to mail a PDF to amazon and then wait for them to send it to your kindle. Why can't you just drag it on?

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Oct 29 2008 7:00 PM

>> Why can't you just drag it on?

Because Kindle *only* allows you to view DRM protected content.

Some hackers have already figured out how to add the DRM, but I'm not anxious to buy something that I'm going to have to immediately hack just to view my own content.

 

 

 

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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I love XKCD!

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Oct 30 2008 8:48 PM

XKCD RULES!

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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