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Hi Gang,

I was just reading some of the Kindle reviews on Amazon and I have to say that this one caught my eye. I think this Kindle user sums up my experience, so I'll let his words do the Kindle justice!

"I've had my Kindle for just two days now and I am already in love with it. This is, without a doubt, my favorite electronic device. Now I don't want to mislead you. I am a bit of a computer/technology geek. But I'm also 54 years old so there is certainly a fair amount of "old school" thinking and behavior in me. But the fact is, the resolution and readability of the Kindle, under any lighting conditions, including bright, outdoor sunlight conditions, are simply outstanding. I've already purchased and downloaded several books and two magazines. Download times are eactly what Amazon says they are for the Kindle. You really can download an entire book in about a minute or less.

I did read through the hardcopy manual as well as the user's guide that is preinstalled on the Kindle itself but I did not have to spend much time doing so. Using the Kindle is easy because it is just so, so intuitive. From now on, the only reason I'll actually buy a hardcopy version of a book is only because the title is not available for download to my Kindle. And there are now over 170,000 books available for download to the Kindle. I cannot recommend highly enough this superb, user-friendly, powerful electronic device. I am positively thrilled with my purchase. I can assure you, if you buy a Kindle you will not be disappointed. "

 
Try a Kindle 09/06/2008
 

Ok - I hear about this scenario a lot. I really want to see a Kindle, touch the Kindle, and play with the Kindle, but there is nowhere to try out a Kindle. Here's my suggestion. I bet that Amazon doesn't want to hear it, but who cares. Go to Amazon and buy a Kindle! Have them deliver the eReader and give it a shot. Buy a few eBooks and see what you think. I'll bet you like it - if you don't like it - simply return the eReader to Amazon. They will gladly take it back if you stay within the return policy, which I have found is pretty liberal. So what are you waiting for!? Check out my Amazon Kindle store and test drive a Kindle

 
 

At first I was a little weary about trying to read a magazine on the Amazon Kindle. We all know how we like to sit back, relax, and flip through a traditional magazine. Can you recreate that same experience with an electronic eReader? Are eBooks and eMags as good as the real thing? In one word: Absolutely.

At first you might think it is awkward to hold, and all in all just not that convenient. Think again. With having tons of subscriptions at my fingertips, I find that I get a lot more out of my Kindle magazine subscriptions than ever before!

 
 

There is an important election taking place here in the US this year. With both candidates having selected their running mates, I thought now would be a great time to recommend a political Amazon Kindle book.

This book is non-partisan. This book is filled with facts and history - not rhetoric and pandering. Check it out - it's a winner. Click any of my Amazon links and jsut search for the title.

"US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Bill of Rights, and Guide to US Government" for mobile reference, Kindle edition.

 
 

Here's another review I read about the Kindle online. I think it sums it up pretty good. The author is a little harsh in the article, but he comes out on the right side..

"Having lived with the Kindle, I can say that it serves most of my immediate reading needs. As a guy who enjoys amassing a vast library of books and displaying them in bookcases, I am a little frightened of the future, but inevitability is the name of the game, and fear of change isn't a good enough excuse. Will I continue to buy books or will I jump into Amazon book buying mode? That remains to be seen, but you, o early adopter, should not share my fears. The Kindle is a quality invention, and I can see why the first batch sold out so fast."

Cheers to that!

 
 

Just finished reading "The Billionaires Vinegar" by Benjamin Wallace. Here's a synopsis:

In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie's of London, a 1787 bottle of Chateau Lafite Bordeaux--one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson--went for 156,000 dollars to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. But rumors about the bottle soon arose. Why wouldn't Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret? Suspenseful, witty, and thrillingly strange, The Billionaire's Vinegar is the vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries.

Great book - get it here!

 
 

Here's a great video I found on YouTube that gives a good description of the Amazon Kindle, and the fact that you can see the guy holding it gives you a good sense of how big it is, how you can hold it, etc. The Kindle really is light and portable, which in my opinion makes it better than some of the other ebook readers.