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Is the Kindle 2 worth buying?

Asked by gbelste (89points) April 26th, 2009

I am looking into buying the Kindle 2. I love reading, and usually finish 1–2 books each week. I am afraid the Kindle screen will cause eye strain; I already stare at the computer enough. I don’t want my reading done on a computer screen too.

Also, they are pretty expensive. I’m not ready to fork out a near $400 for something I’m not happy with. Is it worth your money?

Generally, do you like the Kindle 2?

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Bluefreedom's avatar

Here is a question I asked about one month ago about the Kindle 2 and it has a really detailed and informative response from a Kindle 2 owner. It might be of some help to you.

seekingwolf's avatar

I have a Kindle 1 and I can vouch for the screen – it’s GREAT. No eyestrain. It’s portable and a joy to read.

If you like to read at night, be sure to buy a booklight if you need it, as the Kindle 2 doesn’t have it. (but that’s okay). Also, the leather cover isn’t included anymore with the Kindle 2 as it was with the Kindle 1.

I think Kindles are a great investment if you love to read. If you already buy a lot of books from Amazon, you save tons because kindle books are cheaper than hardcopies. DON’T buy any “classic” books though, because the copyrights on those have expired and you can legally get them for free on the net for your Kindle.

I think I would personally prefer my Kindle 1 to the 2nd because the Kindle 1 has the SD card slot, and I use that to read lots of Japanese manga on my Kindle. I don’t know if this is an issue for you though.

Otherwise I’d say go for it! I’ve found myself reading a LOT more since I got it.

Rsam's avatar

Do the kindle/sony readers allow you to insert annotations into the page?

iwonder's avatar

YES! I have a first generation Kindle, and I LOVE it!! I’m not sure what the above poster meant by the Kindle2 doesn’t have a booklight…the 1st Kindle doesn’t either. That’s a GOOD thing, though. Because Kindle screens are not backlit like a computer screen is, there is no eyestrain.

I’ve always been an avid reader, and truth be told, I’d rather read on my Kindle. The reason? I never realized how much reflection there was on a printed page, until I began reading on my Kindle where the very soft gray tint causes no reflection. Easy on the eyes!!

I take my Kindle everywhere and am never at a loss for something to read. Downloads are fast! One of the first books I read on my Kindle was Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth. It downloaded fully in less than a minute :)

Do order some kind of cover for it. I wish Amazon still shipped their Kindles with one. The cover keeps my Kindle safe!

seekingwolf's avatar


Yeah I know the Kindle 1 didn’t have a booklight (since I have a K1) but I wanted to make sure that the OP knew that Kindles in general don’t have them. People tend to think that because it’s an ebook, then it’s screen will be computer-like and it will have a booklight!
I’m glad it’s not there though, because eye strain stinks.

I know that Amazon is currently working on a Kindle that is geared more to students, like me. I’d love to be able to get textbooks on a Kindle and if I needed to, send/print out the pages I needed. That would be so cool!

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