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So if your in the market to purchase one of those KindleAmazon ebooks you might want to really do your homework. It seams that AmazonAmazon in its improvements to the kindles may have back fired.

From what I gather the new KindleAmazon 2 the text is much harder to read and giving readers a heck of a time unless your 20/20. There is no option to change or adjust the font however leave it to another person to come up with a HACK FOR KindleAmazon 2's FONT

Kindle 2's Fuzzy Fonts Have Users Seeing Red

Amazon's KindleAmazon 2 is slimmer, faster and has longer battery life than its predecessor. But the newly launched e-book reader falls short when it comes to how well it displays text, say some users.

"When you read a lot of text on the screen, the contrast on the text drops as the font size gets smaller, which is the exact opposite of what the reader wants," says Ted Inoue, a KindleAmazon 2 owner from Pennsylvania who has extensively analyzed the issue.

It's a problem that didn't exist for the first generation of KindleAmazon owners. KindleAmazon 2 has font smoothing algorithms and its screen offers more levels of gray in order to better render text and pictures. But the changes have backfired by making text more difficult to read at smaller sizes. The problem seems especially acute for older users.

Kindle 2 owners are discussing the issue on AmazonAmazon's forums (about 480 messages have been posted in the thread) and have called for AmazonAmazon to offer a quick fix to the problem. It's vexing enough for some to have returned their KindleAmazon 2 devices to AmazonAmazon. Others have downgraded, by exchanging their KindleAmazon 2 units for the earlier model.

KindleAmazon 2 (top) and older version of KindleAmazon (bottom) font posted by wired.com

So does anyone have a KindleAmazon and what are your takes on it? I've looked at them a few times and my oldest said he wanted one (avid reader).

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Re: Amazon's Kindle ebook lookout

Most interesting, SM. I've read nothing but good about the KindleAmazon 2. But I'll bet the reviews were done by magazine editors in their 20's or 30's, with access to a KindleAmazon 2 for about four hours. The only downside they keep mentioning is price; $360 or thereabouts. Plus, AmazonAmazon used to charge $9.99 for most KindleAmazon books; now some of them are only $1 or $2 less than their paper counterparts. I'll have to think thrice before buying one. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Amazon's Kindle ebook lookout
I think I prefer to have actual books in my hand. I feel it takes away from the experience you get reading a book. It reminds me of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, where they burn all the books in the future presumably for the good of humanity....is the life imitating art? Hmmm...something to think about. Laughing
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Re: Amazon's Kindle ebook lookout

See I'm the same way. If I'm into a book I like to feel the pages turn in my hand not just scrolling down to read it. I guess because when I do get a chance to sit and read I want it to be different then my everyday workings on computers.

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I like my paperbacks that I can buy for $1.50 at a used bookstore or Good Will, thanks. I don't need a $350 machine to read one. Besides, I like holding it. Smelling the nasty used book smell or the wonderful smell of a new one. I read a LOT, but this doesn't appeal to me at all.

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I love the smell of any kind of book....
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Re: Amazon's Kindle ebook lookout

i'm with Phoenix and James. i love going into a book store and perusing all the shelves of books and the turning of the pages as you browse through. and i sitting down in Central Park by myself, or even just on my couch, with a paperback in hand. and not dishing out $300+ for something that, in my opinion, takes away from the whole peaceful experience of getting lost in a book...geez can we say- book geek? *lol*

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Ditto. There's nothing more relaxing than losing yourelf in a good book. BOOK. not piece of electronic equipment.


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Re: Amazon's Kindle ebook lookout

This would be suitable for school kids. Son 'o mines book bag weighs a ton, think of all the healthier backs if all school age kids had one of these. I know some parts of Europe do use them already.

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