Random thoughts on art, technology, stuff, and occasionally Real Estate: Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

 If you are a frequent shopper at Amazon.com, you've seen it.

Amazon is promoting a new device toy they call "Kindle" ... which they describe as "a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers."

I confess.  This thing looks so tempting, it gives me goose-bumps. 

Has anyone else ordered one yet?

I just put my name on the waiting list.  (AKA Hold For Later area of my Amazon shopping cart.)


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Comment balloon 11 commentsCheryl Johnson • November 22 2007 10:41AM


That is an amazing tech tool.  I got an e-mail from one of my buyers specialists this morning about it.  This tech tool is already creating quite a buzz.
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 10 years ago

As much as I like the look and feel of a paper book, I must admit I'm tempted by this. I always pack several books when I travel and this would certainly lighten the load. 

Can you highlight sections? Write in the margins? Search for a particular term or phrase? If so, I'm off to order it. 

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 10 years ago
I just answered my own question by clicking on the link in your post and watching the video. It's Yes, Yes, Yes. You can also automatically look up a definition, search across books and magazines. Guess I'll order my early Christmas present.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 10 years ago

Sharon --  From the Kindle video, it looks like yes, you can highlight and make notes:

The thought of reading magazines without ending up with a bunch of paper debris to toss into the Recycling bin really appeals to me, too.

Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) over 10 years ago

Don MacAskill loves it:  http://blogs.smugmug.com/don/2007/11/20/kindle-review/

Tech-Crunch isn't thrilled:  http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/11/21/kindle-web-browsing-experience-is-horrible/

I think it's the Brain-Fit thing.  It seems to me Kindle will probably fit the way my brain works.

Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) over 10 years ago
Seems a little pricey I'd wait to see if the price comes down a bit. 
Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 10 years ago

I love my books, and thought of ordering this little device until I did some resarch.  Apparentlly we already have the technology to read eBooks on our computers.  You can read the review here:


Posted by Tracey Thomas, CA Real Estate Broker (BrokerInTrust Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Cheryl...I'm hoping you tempt loads of folks to buy them...all through Amazon.com.  I have shares in the company and if the stock goes up I can buy a new device toy myself.  I definitely want to thank you for sharing.

You made my Thanksgiving even happier!


P.S.  Wouldn't they make great gifts for family members, close friends, very special clients (they all are right now), in-laws, out-laws, former spouses, future spouses...........Buy, Buy, Buy.

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 10 years ago
CJ, That does look intriqueing!   I had not heard of this tech toy.
Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) over 10 years ago

Jay,  Yes I am also wondering if the price will drop after a short time ... I haven't forgotten the IPhone price change!  That's why it's sitting in the "Save For Later" area of my Amazon shopping cart.

And, Kathleen, that's why I'll probably wait and buy them as gifts ~next~ year.  :-)

Tracey, The Buzz Machine report is especially interesting when you get to the part about a monthly charge for accessing blogs .... As a blog reader, of course, that annoys me.  But as the owner/operator of several outside blogs, I'm thinking hmmmm....

Sharon, I, too, enjoy the look, feel, and weight of holding a real book.  I would probably not stop buying books.  What I would do, though, is immediately move all my newspapers and magazine subscriptions over to the Kindle.  Hoping they will all be available in Kindle format, that is.

Just think of the good press NAR could get by going green and providing members with Kindles, and then using the Kindle to deliver their Realtor magazine every month, instead of dead trees.

Heck, maybe a system could be put in place, that I would agree to receive all my catalogs and junk snail-mail by Kindle, in exchange for a reduced Kindle cost.  :-)  !!!!


Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) over 10 years ago

I've looked at this a few times... Went back to Amazon and it's sold out. Just couldn't justify the price! Not only do I enjoy reading my books, I enjoy the LOOK of my books on the shelf!

Posted by Debbie DiFonzo, Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate (Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri) over 10 years ago