Yesterday I was browsing my news reader of choice Reader.app and stumbled across an article mentioning the shutdown of Google Reader. This was confirmed when later visiting Google Reader.
I’ve been using Google Reader for years. I purchased the iPhone version of reader about 2 years ago and after playing with it for about an hour bought the Desktop and iPad versions of the app. Its absolutely my most use application (Alien Blue being next in line). I’ve used other readers but gave up on them because of there inability to sync. I love being able to browse through my various feeds in my office. and then later pick up where I left off on my phone.
My first thought at Reader closing was what am I going to replace it with. But it looks like I won’t have to. Reeder has announced it will not die with Reader. I’ve not been able to find an official source but I’m hearing Reeder will be building its own backend to replace the Google reader service. and it will run on Googles App Engine.
Okay while it’s not really a new kindle but an ad-supported version of the current version for $25 dollars less. I’m not entirely convinced I agree with this idea at all. I’d rather pay the additional $25 and not be forced to look at ad’s. I might be okay if it was confined to the screensaver only but it’s not. For a $25 savings you’ll get ads on your screensaver and at the bottom of your home screen. Amazon went ahead and decided to keep ads out of the books themself so as not to interrupt reading.
If I was going to consider this I think they should offer it at the sweeter deal of $99. I’ll go ahead and stick with my current kindle and when I’m ready to upgrade I’ll do so to the full priced version so I’m only looking at the content I want to. $25 just isn’t quite a good enough of a deal in my current opinion.
So I posted a while ago about the Kindle, and I’ve got an update on it, No I still dont have it. But I did just recieve an Email from Amazon reguarding it, we’ll ok my perrents recieved the email since they bought it for me as a gift but my sister went ahead and fowarded it on to me. The important bit is as follows:
Because you already ordered the original Kindle and are awaiting its arrival, we’re pleased to inform you that we are upgrading your order so that you will receive the new Kindle 2. You will be in the first group to receive Kindle 2, and you will receive yours as soon as Kindle 2 becomes available later this month. You need not do anything.
With a new sleek design, Kindle 2 has seven times more storage and carries over 1,500 titles. An advanced display provides even crisper images and clear text for an improved book-like reading experience. Page turning is faster, the battery life is 25% longer, and our new ‘Text-to-Speech’ feature means Kindle can even read to you.
This is Great news as I was rather upset to hear about the announcement of a new Kindle not a month after one had been ordered for me. But this news just makes me love Amazon even more than before =)
So I finally got my hands one one! Well not exactly, my Parents bought me one at the beginning of the year and its still on back order, I’m not sure when I’ll actually get my hands on it but the Demand for this reader has the current wait time for new purchases at 5 to 7 weeks.
So why go with Amazon’s reader and not Sony’s? I decided I wanted Amazon’s device for a few reasons, first its Wireless connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from the device, and even if you purchase a book from your computer on Amazon its still delivered to the kindle within a few minutes no matter where the device is via Whispernet, over Sprint’s EVDO network.
The wireless capability also gives you access to Wikipedia.org when your out away from a computer. I know what your thinking already, “Surely this wireless capability is going to included a monthly fee.” we’ll you’d be wrong, the cost of the service is included in the cost of the device.
Amazon will also keep track of your purchases so in the unfortunate case of your kindle getting lost or even stolen while you will have to purchase a new unit. Amazon will transfer all your purchases to your device, and considering the device can hold 200 books the cost of media can add up real fast. I really like the security of knowing my media is safe even if my kindle isn’t.
The battery time is pretty amazing as well with the wireless turned on you should only need to recharge the device once every 2 hours or so and if you choose to turn it off you should be good for a week or more, also a full charge only takes 2 hours to achieve.
I’m kinda going on what I’ve already researched on the device since I don’t actually have the device yet. But as soon as I do get it I’ll be sure to write a follow up article reviewing the device.