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The new Amazon Kindles! Finally a book killer?

Posted By Bon Jin Koo On Oct 1, 2011 @ 4:18 pm In Sci/Tech | Comments Disabled

kindle picTo usher in the beginning of October, the online retailing giant Amazon introduces a revamped line of Kindle products [1]. Is it finally time to get rid of our lowly books of paper? Not quite.

If you’re hoping for a product review [2], this is the wrong place to look. Ever since the Kindle was first introduced [3] in 2007, the hype over this thing brought forth doom for books made from measly paper. Students today can even benefit from renting textbooks [4] via Kindle, which can seriously lower book costs. However, the Kindle can never replace a book.

Yes, the ability to carry a whole library with you seems impressive … so why doesn’t everyone do it? Last time we checked real books don’t suffer from glitches and lack of battery. No matter how impressive the Kindle’s battery life is, it’s still a “book” you need to charge. No electricity? Too bad, so sad.

Why bother with Kindle? Quite honestly, no one really needs an iPod, just as no one really needs a Kindle. And the Kindle Fire [5]? Amazon wants a tasty piece of the tablet market as well.

So before buying a shiny, new Kindle, think about your lifestyle. Carry around a bunch of books like an overzealous nerd? A Kindle might be for you. Don’t even own enough books into double digits? Don’t bother. The page turning is slow as molasses anyway.

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[1] revamped line of Kindle products: http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Touch-Wi-Fi-Ink-Display/dp/B005890G8Y/ref=amb_link_357575542_6?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=gateway-center-column&pf_rd_r=0WFC3V5PKN4PA6TC449P&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1321696362&pf_rd_i=507846

[2] product review: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/which_kindle_should_you_buy

[3] first introduced: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Kindle

[4] renting textbooks: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000702481

[5] Kindle Fire: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051VVOB2/ref=famstripe_kf

[6] jwordsmith: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jwordsmith/4331627170/

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