What more do you want from me, Kindle?

I've not made much of a secret of my purchasing a Kindle, largely due to my evangelizing the stupid thing whenever the opportunity arises. Despite what some people would have you believe, I do not ardently desire the death of printed books, libraries, or puppies (an unrelated story for another time). I do, however, believe that printed books could use some competition. My purchase of the electronic daemon-tome was justified (to myself) on the basis of a few facts:

  1. It's cheaper to purchase new books on the Kindle than to buy the physical copy. Most books are released as hardcovers, with paperbacks that follow a year or two later. For the most part, I don't mind waiting as a) I don't want to spend $17-20+ for a book, and b) I dislike reading hardcover books because I never know what to do with the jacket.There are, however, certain exceptions (the "Dresden Files" series, to name one) that I would buy anyway, and it's not so bad to find out about new books and be able to snag them for $10 a shot. Recent excellent acquisitions because of this: "The Magicians" (absolutely recommended to anyone who liked "Narnia"), "Idiot America" and "Fool."
  2. Used Kindles, which are just as usable as the new ones, are cheaper than the $300 entry price point. I got mine for $175, which means that after 17 or so hardbacks, I broke even.
  3. Free e-books are available, both legally (public domain—antiquities,classics) and not-so I've read all of Dan Brown's books (so I have a legitimate basis to criticize them), but have not had to pay for it using anything other than my time, intelligence and a smidgen of my soul.
  4. It's far more convenient I read. A lot. And rather quickly, too, which means that going on a trip or moving no longer means carting around an extra half-dozen books.
  5. Most importantly, there is no material difference between the electronic version and the paper version.

This last point would have been an absolute deal-breaker. While some books obviously would not translate to the Kindle very well (graphic novels spring immediately to mind), I assumed the experience of reading an e-book would be akin to reading a regular book. Hell, I was willing to give them slack and only count those books purchased through the Kindle Store, and leave the ... (ahem) other books out of the comparison. Unfortunately, this has not been my experience thus far. By and large, I've been ... okay with the quality of the books purchased through the Amazon store. There are, however, serious glaring problems with a few books that—had anyone in a position to edit such things actually proofread the books—are frankly inexcusable, at least to a word-nerd like me. In order of increasing severity:


bottom line is I hate being sold a product that is inferior.I realize

these are extremely minor points, but I purchased the Kindle with the

expectation the electronic products would receive the same oversight as

the printed products. While it would be foolish to sell the Kindle at

this point (given how many books I've purchased on it and what the

return would be), it's also unlikely I'll be impulse-buying a lot more

titles—at least, until I'm convinced they've actually started to care

about the reading experience of each one.