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Amazon Pushes 240,000 Kindles

Do You Own a Kindle?

News that our loyal tech-cake maker LilPeaPod still has not yet purchased a Kindle had me in a state of shock. According to Amazon, there's still a ton available, plus they've dropped the price to $359, yet she still doesn't have one? Why all the effort to produce a crazy-awesome Kindle cake if you weren't going to rush out and buy one the first chance you could? I'm guessing the blame lies with another must-have gadget.

Apparently this is the story across the board. The Kindle sold out during the first few months it was released, but sales have been dropping off ever since. According to Wired, our pals over at TechCrunch have a source that says Amazon sold a respectable 240,000 units in their first eight months, but that number is nowhere near what I thought it would be by now. Are people just not reading as much as they used to? Or is the price still too high? Honestly, I'm still considering one myself, but have yet to throw down the cash to buy. Do you own a Kindle?


karenpanna karenpanna 8 years
I have lived in Japan for the past five years where the Kindle in unavailable. I haven't been back to the US since its release and mania, hence I didn't want to pay the price tag and not be able to maximize its usage. One of the only beefs I have with the amazon site at the moment, is you can browse the Kindle titles, but you cannot make a wish list for it. With so many titles becoming available its hard to keep track without making a hard copy wish list and asking for gift cards to buy the Kindle version. If I order one now, I might be able to get it by February?! That delay alone is a bit of a turn off along with the prices of the books. ...and yet, the geek in me still really wants one.
vitisva vitisva 9 years
I adore real books but I frequently carry more than one around with me. So I like the idea of decreasing the space. Also being able to get textbooks for it is wonderful
bankomeister bankomeister 9 years
I lOVE the kindle but am waiting for the next version to come out (hopefully in october). Hopefully by then I will also have enough money saved up to get a luxurious custom leather case from absutton too! I would love to have all my books with me all the time, to be able to take notes and bookmark and search everything! I can't wait!
niche niche 9 years
I read 3 books a week so I would save a lot of money if I had a kindle. I've been waiting for a color one though.
pegizzle113 pegizzle113 9 years
It doesn't sound appealing to me, I'm a HUGE bookworm and all but I'd much rather have the book in my hands and flip the pages and whatnot. It just feels more real.
nakitabanana27 nakitabanana27 9 years
My dad just got my mom one of these for their anniversary! She was soo psyched but of course she asked me how to use it! Hahaha.. Now I'm jealous cause she won't let it out of her hands!
MaIIaya MaIIaya 9 years
I didnt know about it until today! I read tons of books and I love the way they smell too! and I like having them in the house, but how many can you keep in the house? I think I want to try Kindle! I just saw the video on Amazon and it looks really good, but expansive.
Susanna Susanna 9 years
I really like mine. However, I pretty much only use it when traveling since I prefer to get my books free at the library!
kwikwit kwikwit 9 years
I agree with a few other posts here. I don't think the Kindle is meant to replace books - it's just more convenient for people on the go. Also, I like the fact that I could get magazine subscriptions so I could cut down on the piles and piles of GQ and Food & Wine back issues that I have at home. I'm seriously goign to get one. I heard a rumor that version 2 hits Amazon on October and I'll get that.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
No, I have no interest in the Kindle or any other eReader. I read very often however I prefer to have the physical book rather than a digital read-out.
millarci millarci 9 years
I will NEVER buy a Kindle. Books are much better.
aquacrystal aquacrystal 9 years
I own one, so is my husband. It's nice to be able to read the same book at the same time, so we can discuss it without spoiling anything. We are not very organized and we own a lot of books so every time we want to read something, it's quite a pain trying to find where it is. The books are also taking quite a bit of space in our tiny place. It's probably been said before but the e-paper doesn't strain my eyes. The unit is also light weight. Overall, I love to be able to bring a lot of books in one small device. It does take some time to get used to flipping between pages. I like to flip back and forth but it turns out I don't do it as much as I think I do. There is also a search feature and clippings to minimize flipping but I haven't had to use them much. I use the bookmarks a lot though since I often read more than one book at a time. Talking about bookmarks, I love collecting bookmarks but a lot of the nice/cute ones are pretty thick and I hate putting them in books just in case they might leave a mark on the books if I left them there for too long. Am I weird?
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
The Kindle doesn't have many of the books I end up buying and the ones it does have, my library offers for free. It's just way too expensive overall for what you get. I can hold out for something better.
britnish britnish 9 years
i want the sony ebook reader instead of a kindle.
malexa malexa 9 years
I'd love one, and it would be used quite a bit by me, but I can't seem to accept the hefty price tag just yet. It needs to go down quite a bit for me to fork over anything for it!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I have been thinking about getting one. I am not sure i will though, it's really expensive although i like the thought of being able to get a book immediately when i finish a book and not have to go to the store. But i really like my books and i trade books with friends and you wouldn't be able to do this will kindle. Maybe eventually if the price drops a lot i might get one. I read so much that it would be nice to have new books at my fingertips at anytime day or night.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
There are just things that shouldn't be digitalized....sounds convenient but (and this is a generalization) people who like to read, like to read books and a lot of people still like to read actual newspapers. Particularly, the people who can afford such a splurge (aka, my parents :) ) would rather experience reading a book, going to a book store or library and browsing, filling shelves with books etc. My dad loves the ritual of sitting down with a newspaper every morning and sometimes evenings and especially on the weekends. My parents aren't that old, but I do think that it is still something that goes on in a lot of homes. I don't foresee this picking up as quickly as the mp3/ipod trend did because there's just something about appreciating a goodbook and experiencing it- as mentioned by many before me on this post. Then again, my moving days would be a heck of a lot quicker if i didn't have tons and tons of books to lug!!! :) Finally, having a portable reading machine doesn't always sit well with people who get sick when reading in the car. Until Kindle can cure that, they may not sell as many ;)
Lindira Lindira 9 years
I might get it, but I'd wait until it's cheaper. With the cost of the Kindle plus the books and subscriptions... yikes. But I think I'd read a lot more often if I had one. It seems very convenient, and with a tiny one-bedroom apartment, I don't have enough room for all the books I like. And what's with all this talk about "I couldn't give up real books, so I won't get one"? Getting a Kindle doesn't mean you give up buying and reading real books if you want. Just like having a video iPod doesn't mean you stop watching movies at the theatre or on your TV. It's just something more convenient for people on the go.
cturtlechick cturtlechick 9 years
I plan to buy a Kindle, but I'm waiting to see if the rumors of a smaller form factor due in October are true. That's when I'll make the switch.
chipjimi chipjimi 9 years
I read often but I love the feel of a book.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
I like my tangible books. It gives me something to trade with other readers.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
For me- it is just too expensive. Esp when you consider you have to add in the cost of the "book." I have bought E-readers for things that I'm likey to admit to reading. :p But mostly, I'd rather stick with a real book that I can pass on to a friend when I'm done. It makes that $12-20 price tag seem like it gets more use.
Zivanod Zivanod 9 years
Besides the fact that copyright laws in Canada don't allow for such things as Kindle, I still prefer a book.
russkysfm russkysfm 9 years
I love picking up a well-worn favorite book and reading it again for the 5th time. The smell of the binding, the worn pages. Or cracking open a brand-new book and turning each crisp page as you reach through the chapters. I can't imagine feeling that excitement picking up a Kindle.
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