Hey, guess what?

by RhodesTer on February 9, 2009

The Kindle 2 has arrived!


Seriously, I’m all excited about this. Let me start by saying this isn’t a paid endorsement or any such thing.. I’m putting an affiliate link at the bottom of this post, but that’s not the main reason I’m writing about the new Kindle.

The main reason is because it’s simply awesome, and I want one like you wouldn’t believe. This is because I married a book collector and as such, she’s brought along boxes and boxes full of very heavy books each time we’ve moved, which is a lot. If I could afford it I’d get one for each of us, but I’m too busy paying off all those damned Chiropractor bills.

There’s something to be said for a place with bookshelves, and hundreds of books on those bookshelves.. it says that you’re a well-read intellectual and that you take literature very seriously. It makes quite the impression when you have a visitor, and that visitor is greeted to wafting pipe tobacco as they walk in, and the sight of you sitting at your fine mahogany desk surrounded by the great classics in hard bound editions. It says to that visitor that you’re not only distinguished, but that you have a nice desk. If they’re an astute visitor, they’ve also figured out that your back is sore from hauling all those books around.

I think it’s possible though, that we’re getting to a point where we don’t need all of that. You can smoke a nice pipe while reading a Kindle 2.0 - there’s no law against it unless you do it inside a restaurant, bar, pub, coffeehouse, coffee shop, government building or place of education. Well, anywhere inside except your own home, which won’t have all those book shelves anymore because you were smart enough to purchase a Kindle 2.0 and put all of your books in there. You then lay your Kindle 2.0 on the mahogany desk in order to get the same effect when a visitor walks in. I think they need to consider making it in a mahogany finish for intellectuals.

I was just reading up on it over at Amazon’s Kindle page and they do have a leather cover that you can add to it. How’s that for intellectual smarmyness? Be sure your Kindle 2.0 is bound in leather as it lays on the mahogany desk and you’ll be the intellectually smarmy, yet classy techno-geek of the town.

They also say it holds around 1500 books, yet weighs just over 10 ounces and it’s as thin as a magazine. At the risk of seeming like a caveman peering in fascination at the back of a mirror I must say, HOW DOES IT DO THAT? AND YET STAY SO THIN?

I’ve already said that this post is not an advertisement, and it’s really not, but here’s some info from the Kindle page (just because it’s so darned cool)..

  • Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
  • Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback
  • Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and even crisper images
  • Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging
  • More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books
  • Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns
  • Read-to-Me: With the new Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud to you
  • Large Selection: Over 230,000 books plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs available
  • Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise

Wait a second.. it READS TO YOU? Okay, what book does that? And I didn’t know that it just downloads whatever you order without any kind of monthly wireless fees, and it does it in a minute.

I think they got it wrong on Star Trek’s “The Next Generation”.. you know how Ryker, La Forge or Worf would come into Picard’s ready room holding a Kindle 2.0 and hand it to him while saying, “here’s my report sir.” Well, I wonder why they didn’t just say, “Captain, I’ve submitted my report” and then the Captain would just call it up on his own Kindle 2.0 because it was in the system? Why did they always hand their Kindle 2.0 to him? I wouldn’t let it out of my sight, especially if it was bound in leather. I’d just do my report and then tap my chest to tell him on that little com thingy that the report was there, and then he’d pick up his Kindle 2.0 and download it in a few seconds. For free.

Have I mentioned wanting one of these things?


Alas, we’re just trying to keep the pantry and fridge stocked this month, and get rent paid. So for us, things like Kindle 2.0 will have to wait, but if you’re a little more flush then perhaps you could order one and let us know how it goes?

No.. this post is NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT.

BUT.. if you were so inclined as to place an order, I know you’d be cool enough to help us stock that pantry, take care of rent and pay all those damn Chiropractor bills by placing it through the affiliate banner below.. right?

You ROCK, you smarmy intellectual techno-geek, you!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott 02.09.09 at 10:03 am

Is this a paid advertisement?

Scott´s brilliant babbling..Uniqueness

Katherine 02.09.09 at 10:11 am

I really want one of those… have for a while now. Maybe someday.. and when that day comes, I shall click the magical link and help you pay your chiropractor bills, okay?

(Don’t hold your breath, though. That’d be uncomfortable. Also, you’d pass out before the funds to purchase such a fantastical object became available to me)

RhodesTer 02.09.09 at 10:50 am

Scott - Yes, if you click on the banner and order one of the damn things.

Katherine - Take your time. Maybe you’ll be able to get the Kindle 7 or something. It’ll hold ten thousand books, download them in 2 seconds and it’ll present a hologram of Cary Grant to read them to you.

Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome 02.09.09 at 11:23 am

Oooh, pretty - too bad it’s still only going to be available in the US of A. When my budget allows, I’m going to buy myself an iLiad by iRex - I like it because you can add annotations to the text and write yourself notes.

Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome´s brilliant babbling..Carnival of Personal Development: February 9, 2009 edition

Joely Black 02.09.09 at 1:39 pm

I can see how much it would be great for traveling on planes and going places.

My thing for real live books is not so much about intellectualism but something to do with their personality. I have loads and loads of books, and some I wouldn’t want people to know I had, but they’re there. I like their company.

Joely Black´s brilliant babbling..My love affair with fear

RhodesTer 02.09.09 at 2:03 pm

Alex - Hey, don’t be plugging opposing products here, buddy! I’ve a mind to doctor your link so that it sends the reader to a baldness curing site or something, but I won’t because I’m cool like that.

Joely - You can hide 1500 books that you don’t want people to see in the ALL NEW KINDLE 2! Oh, you’re in the UK.. I forgot.. never mind.

Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome 02.09.09 at 2:30 pm

And if you buy the iLiad you can get 150 (or something like that) classics for free! (Yes Dave, I’m plugging more for us non-USers).

Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome´s brilliant babbling..Carnival of Personal Development: February 9, 2009 edition

RhodesTer 02.09.09 at 2:33 pm

Okay Alex, that’s fine. But you forgot to include the link for Joely.

Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome 02.09.09 at 9:53 pm

You are a delightfully evil man…

Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome´s brilliant babbling..Carnival of Personal Development: February 9, 2009 edition

Lorna 02.10.09 at 5:29 pm

Dave, you must know that I drool, disgustingly, for a Kindle. I want to be like a confused Luddite who can’t wait to get the next made-by-machine set of overalls for hauling rocks…I want all the books I now have, more of them, all the books I’ve given away in my lifetime AND a Kindle. And of course, I would use your banner, but I don’t know if that outside-the-USA restriction actually applies to your complicit and smarmy neighbours to the north.

Lorna´s brilliant babbling..I’ll be wearing a red carnation

RhodesTer 02.10.09 at 6:40 pm


Good news from the Amazon Kindle FAQ online..

“At this time, we are unable to offer the Amazon Kindle and associated digital content from the Kindle Store to our international customers due to import/export laws and other restrictions. When you place your order for an Amazon Kindle, both the billing address for the payment method and the shipping address for the delivery must be recognized by our systems as valid U.S. addresses. To successfully purchase digital content from the Amazon Kindle Store, the 1-Click payment method listed on the Manage Your Kindle page must be a credit or debit card issued by a U.S. Bank with a U.S. billing address. We value our international customers and hope to make Kindle available internationally in the future.”

Good news because it looks like you’re going to save $400.00

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