I am going to revise some of my snarky
Amazon Kindle review since part of it
is in error.
It turns out that you can put your own content on it for free. You can either
email a document and have the converted documented emailed back to you or you
can download Mobi Converter (which might be Windows only) to do this yourself.
After converted you can use a USB cable to put it on the device. If you want
than a $.10 fee is charged.
Also it turns out that the Kindle does have a web browser on it so that you
could use an aggregator such as Google Reader or Bloglines to read any content
that you want without being charged a blog or newspaper description fee. This
feature is actually quite interesting since the Kindle uses the Sprint EVDO
network and this service is free with the Kindle. So this is quite interesting
and maybe its best feature and one which Amazon is not advertising – probably
since it costs them money instead of generating it for them. So the price of
the Kindle could be more than compensated by those who would use it primarily
as a internet text reader with free internet access. One caveat though is that
this web browser is on the Experimental menu and so there is question as to
whether Amazon could simply yank this feature at a latter date.
Though they do have some things still to fix in regards to Kindle books they
sell such as the fact some of them cost more than the Hardcover version of
the same book.
For some the Kindle even as a first generation device might
be worthwhile just as an internet device (though the e-ink technology is
not color). For
me though I can buy a lot of books for the price of a Kindle and am still waiting
for a text reading device that would entice me.