Amazon's Kindle is 10 years old


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/10/24/amazons-kindle-is-10-years-o.html


#2

Huh, thought it was older. My first ereader was a Sony PRS 650, which I then replaced with a Paperwhite, which was stolen (boo!), now I’m on a Voyage which I don’t plan on replacing anytime soon.


#3

Still have my original I won and still occasionally use it too.

I hold it as a sort of nerd badge of honor to subject myself to its many foibles.


#4

I have purchased 10 Kindle’s as gifts, but alas I’m still a paper page turner myself, and likely always to be.


#5

I don’t think they’ll take any of my old Kindles. I have original (Fiona), Kindle 2 (Turing), Kindle DX (Nell) Those are all the keyboard ones. I have so many because I used to work for them. I think the cut off is probably Kindle 3 (Shasta)?


#6

Myself as well. I have my dads old first generation kindle - he read a lot for only having it 3 years!!!


#7

Wait until you get older. Being able to choose a large font is a big deal for some of us.


#8

You had a chance to use a banana for scale and you went with a ruler? And not only that, but you chose a metric ruler? WTF?


#9

Does 60 count as older?


#10

It does seem like its been around forever.
I’m on my third, the first two both developed screen problems at year 3. Worth every penny though.
I agree there isn’t much room for improvement in the hardware, but I do wish Amazon would work on improving the software. Sub-foldering isn’t that complicated, guys!


#11

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#12

But for any text more complex than plain text, it sucks ass.


#13

I’m only on my second, but love them to bits and have even managed to convert Technophobe Dad to their usage.
That said, I would rather like a cheapie-cheapie waterproof one, please, Amazon? I don’t want to spend over £200 just so I can read in the bath…


#14

Ziplock freezer bags.


#15

I have a Kindle Touch, but it has an utterly infuriating habit of freezing randomly. Apparently it’s a known problem that can be resolved through some slightly obscure update process that daunts me every time I settle down to research it.

My Sony PRS has generally proven to be much more reliable, even if it lacks the shiny built-in dictionary.

EDIT: Gah, what am I saying? That’s a Kobo, not a Kindle. Mustn’t disparage the wrong product.


#16

“Amazon’s Kindle is 10 years old”

No, it’s not.

the tenth anniversary is not until 19 November.


#17

Amazon isn’t celebrating with a new model as it seems pretty hard to improve on what the Kindle already is.

Actually, they are. There’s a new top dog that’s waterproof (finally) and has a bigger screen.


#18

A while back I picked up a 3g Refurb (gray one with physical keyboard). It has been strangled down to 50mb a month, but since you can tether it to a computer, and it works internationally, it was a nobrainer at something like $30. Haven’t used it too much yet, but the price point and functionality was perfect.


#19

My mother in law sets the font size on her kindle so high she looks like she’s studying flash cards.


#20

I have a kindle paperwhite. It’s awesome. I love it. I highly recommend it if you like reading.