I was reading my friend Andy's blog today and found his Kindle post where he talked about some recent experiences and then linked to Larry Golob's article on the Kindle leveraging an "open" mobile network. I have both the Sony Reader PRS-505 and Amazon Kindle and have to say that the wireless functionality on the Kindle keeps me using it 80% of the time over the Sony Reader even though the Sony Reader has a sleeker form factor. With all of the snow here in Washington State today it is a very good day to curl up on the couch and read a book.
I was about ready to order a Kindle when it was first launched and picked up a Sony Reader instead due to lack of availability of the Kindle last year. We are seeing the same out of stock issues from Amazon this holiday season with something like a 12 week backlog. I am a bit surprised Amazon didn't make more for this holiday season, especially with Oprah talking up the Kindle a short while ago. I did pick up a Kindle several months ago and thoroughly enjoy the device.
I rediscovered Reader's Digest and also subscribe to U.S. News & World Report and find the delivery of magazines to be a compelling feature. The ability to find and then download a book that I hear about is also a vital component and I find myself buying books I would probably have forgot about if I didn't have the Kindle with me. I would like to thank Josh Bancroft and the late Marc Orchant for encouraging me to try the Kindle.