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    News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    Amazon has put rumours to bed by confirming the launch of its revamped e-reader.
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    Re: News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    Interesting to see they've launched a UK site too selling the wifi version for £109 or the 3G version for £149.

    I'm very tempted with a 3G version. I've currently got an iRiver Story which I know I can sell on without a problem. The idea of being able to have a daily newspaper 'delivered' every morning when I'm travelling is very appealing as is being able to get a book within a minute of paying for it. The Story requires Adobe Digital Editions which on the Mac is a hideous piece of software, almost bad enough to make me not buy new books for the Story.

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    Re: News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    I've gone for the 3g, the idea of getting some of the magazins and journals, not just the papers is excellent.

    Not to mention it covers it effortlessly when I'm abroad, because sure I could use the wifi and make my phone a hot spot, but really? I want something thats quite effortless, and i'll pay a one off fee of £40 for that functionality!

    Then a small margin for each book I find I want/need as I will be mostly using it for a lot of my reference books.
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    £109 ? Couldn't they have squeezed it to the magic £99 figure ?

    Still a much better price point than previously, I might buy one even through I have an ipad (with kindle app).

    Are my kindle books tied to one device, or are all books on my kindle account transferrable between devices ?
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    Dependent on the available periodicals I may well be interested in oue of these myself - the price is a pretty sweet spot, and if they can get the Kindle edition prices down to a little less than paperback prices on books I'd definitely be interested.

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    Re: News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    am thinking of getting one for the missus.

    My only question is do you have to buy the books from america amazon or will they put them on uk site too soon.


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    Re: News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    Both new generation Kindles have access to our new UK Kindle Store, which offers the biggest selection and lowest prices of any e-bookstore in the UK. Enjoy more than 400,000 books including bestsellers and new releases, plus UK and international newspapers, magazines and blogs. Our vision is to have every book ever written, in any language, all available in under 60 seconds
    Lifted from the large "letter" on the front page of Amazon.co.uk

    I have to say, these things are getting to the point they are tempting. I'll have to see what others think of them first though.

    One thing I would like to see is a free download with every physical purchase, that would probably do it for me

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    Re: News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    It will all come down to the prices of the ebboks for me. IF it is the same price as the paperback - Ill buy the paperback. If its cheaper then this is definitely a viable option for me.
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    Re: News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page <-- Free cheap enough?

    Thou personally I would probably be willing to spend £1 a book if it meant I could download it effortlessly in whichever country I'm in without having to find wifi and it was well formatted/presented
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    Re: News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Lifted from the large "letter" on the front page of Amazon.co.uk

    I have to say, these things are getting to the point they are tempting. I'll have to see what others think of them first though.

    One thing I would like to see is a free download with every physical purchase, that would probably do it for me
    I agree they're getting tempting with dropping prices, at least for the hardware, but I have a couple of reservations, at least one of them being a deal-killer for me.

    The first reservation is a general purpose one. If I buy a book, I can read it, lend it to someone else, and then sell it on if I wish. If I buy an e-book, all I've got is a limited licence to use and explicitly not to give away or sell on. That would perhaps be acceptable if e-books were cheaper, or free when you buy the printed version ..... but they ain't.

    Next comes remote revocation.

    When Amazon got into a copyright mess last year by selling (via their store) content from a provider that didn't have the right to sell that content, Amazon reacted by remotely deleting content from user's Kindles ... and content that the user had paid for too, and Amazon did it without permission, and without even advance notice.

    Now, personally, I understand the copyright imperative. Amazon had facilitated the supply of material in direct breach of copyright, and acted to rectify that. They refunded the money paid by people that had bought this illegal material, so they were not out of pocket, even if they were a bit miffed, to say the least.

    But the problems is that the fact that they did it highlighted the fact that they can do it. And the issue for me is .... who controls the hardware I "own"? It's a bit like buying a book from a store, then finding that because the book had been stolen and sold to the store, they burgle me in the middle of the night and take the book back, and leave the price paid on my desk. If it's MY house, they don't have the right to waltz in and remove stuff whenever they feel like it, even if the reason was the legality of the book. So .... who really, for practical purposes, owns the Kindle, if they control what goes on on it?

    They also include in their T&Cs the right to automatically update the software, and don't, at least in their licence, allow me to decide if I want my Kindle updated or not. Again, I understand the "good" uses of this, but it is open to abuse too. I do not, for instance, allow Windows to auto-update. I decide if an update is necessary or desirable, not MS, and MS provide the facility for automatic background updates, but at least don't force them, on me.

    And that brings me onto their "licence", under which all content you buy is controlled. What you buy is the rights of use that that licence confers, and no more. That makes me nervous about some of their T&Cs ....

    Changes to Service.

    We may modify, suspend or discontinue the service, in whole or in part, at any time
    So .... all the money you've paid for e-books only provides access via their service, and they may pull the service at any time. And you've agreed to that.

    Moreover, apparently and according to Amazon, that remote removal of content I talked about earlier happened because their system acted that way when when the items were removed from the system. So it wasn't even an overt decision that Amazon made, apparently, to remove such content - their system did it, and content was removed from user's Kindles as a result of that computer decision. Great. Not.

    So, hypothesising, what happens if Amazon go bust? What happens if they're bought out and the new owner decides to pull some or all of the service? And if anyone thinks they're too big or too successful for that to happen, well .... BP? GM? Nuff said?

    And how about this bit of their T&Cs ....

    Termination.

    Your rights under this agreement will automatically terminate if you fail to comply with any term of this Agreement. In case of such termination, you must cease all use of the software, and Amazon may immediately revoke your access to the service or to Digital Content without any refund of any fees. Amazon's failure to insist upon or enforce your strict compliance with this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of any of it's rights.
    I added the red emphasis.

    So ... hands up (other than me) anyone that's actually read the agreement you're signing up to? Yup, that's what I thought. So how can you be sure if you're doing anything to breach it, and if you do, you may have bought hundreds or thousands of pounds of books, and find you lose all access. And no refunds either.

    Finally, privacy. This bit is perhaps more significant to my intended usage than it would be to many. My interest is not for buying books, newspapers or magazine subscriptions. It's mainly for carrying round work-related materials, like reference works, manuals, procedures, etc.

    With that in mind, their T&Cs again ....

    Information Received.

    The software will provide Amazon with data about your Kindle and it's interaction with the service (such as available memory, uptime, log files and signal strength). The software will also provide Amazon with information related to the Digital Content on your Kindle and Other Devices (such as last page read and content archiving). Annotations, bookmarks, notes, highlights or similar markings you make using your Kindle or Reading Application and other information you provide may be stored on servers located outside the country in which you live.

    ....
    Again, I can see how that maybe useful in some regards for syncing, etc, but to me, it’s absolutely a deal-killer if Amazon have the right, and indeed even the ability, to monitor what content I store on my Kindle, and they store annotations etc that may well be commercially sensitive and to which I may be under a duty of confidentiality myself.

    All told, while I like many aspects of the idea and the device, there's too many things that make me nervous for it to be a serious contender.

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    Re: News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    It depends on the cost.

    For me, a lot of the stuff will be available freely, and I can pre-load it.

    If I loose £300 of ebooks, in 10 years time. I'm willing to take that hit for the sake of not having to store them.

    As most of the technical manuals I buy are useless in 3 years anyway.
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    Re: News - Amazon unveils next-generation Kindle

    Even with all the caveats raised by all on here I'm still very tempted

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    As most of the technical manuals I buy are useless in 3 years anyway.
    This is where I think ebooks have a killer advantage over their dead tree alternatives. I've never liked using the massive reference manuals I've bought over the years (all of which are obsolete and massively out of date). I would imagine that the vast majority of the £45+ cost of these is the manufacture, so an ebook version for under £10 would be a bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    When Amazon got into a copyright mess last year by selling (via their store) content from a provider that didn't have the right to sell that content, Amazon reacted by remotely deleting content from user's Kindles ... and content that the user had paid for too, and Amazon did it without permission, and without even advance notice.
    That's really what stopped me buying a kindle until now, that and the extortionate ebook prices...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    I would imagine that the vast majority of the £45+ cost of these is the manufacture, so an ebook version for under £10 would be a bargain.
    Publishers have their head in the sand on this point, they won't price them much less than paper versions for fear of harming paper sales
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    ....

    As most of the technical manuals I buy are useless in 3 years anyway.
    If it's things like PC books, or similar, then I'd agree - they have a distinctly limited 'shelf life'. But the technical manuals I mean aren't bought, they're confidential, and continually updated .... and valuable. If Amazon can remote access to delete, and can remote access to keep notes of annotations etc, then who knows what else they can do remotely.
    This is the same objection I have to cloud computing. While it may suit some, it's entirely inappropriate for me to back up onto remote servers out of my control. For much the same reason, sensitive email goes encrypted. It's about control over data. If it was a case of merely loading material onto the Kindle, where upon it was under my physical control. I'd be very interested. But the nature of their control over my hardware, and what's on it, gives me a problem.

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