Kindle VS iRex iLiad – Comparison (Updated)

The following is a detailed comparison between kindle and the iRex iLiad.

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FEATURES

iRex iLiad

KINDLE

Display

  • 8.1-inch (diagonal) Electronic paper display
  • 768 x 1024 pixels resolution, 160 DPI.
  • 16 levels of grey-scale
  • Touch sensor input
    Integrated Wacom® Penabled® sensor board
    Stylus (Wacom® Slim Pen) .
  • 6 inch diagonal electrophoretic –electronic-paper display
  • 600 x 800 pixel resolution.
  • 4-level gray scale
  • Provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper


Size

  • 8.5 inches x 6.1 inches x 0.63 inches
  • 217 mm x 155 mm x 16 mm
  • 4.9 inches x 7.5 inches x 0.7 inches
  • 134.5 mm x 190 mm x 18 mm

Computer Requirement

  • The iLiad has a wireless connection to automatically download content and updates over the Internet.
  • You can also connect the iLiad directly to any PC with a USB cable.
  • The iLiad Companion software enables you to easily transfer and manage the documents between your PC and the iLiad.

  • Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing while in wireless areas.
  • In non-wireless areas, PC/Kindle/USB cable combination necessary for content download.

Format

  • HTML
  • TXT
  • JPG
  • BMP
  • PNG
  • PRC (Mobipocket)
  • Adobe® PDF
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC)
  • Structured HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (experimental )
  • Text (.txt)
  • Amazon Kindle (.azw),
  • Unprotected Mobipocket books (.prc, .mobi)
  • Audible Audio books (.aa)
  • MP3 Music files (.mp3).

Expansion

  • Expandable via USB, MMC or CF cards Memory Stick storage media – up to 4 GB of additional data.
  • SD slot for additional storage varying capacity: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB… you choose.SD slot for additional storage.

Connectivity

  • Built-in Wi-Fi® 802.11B/G wireless networking
    Optional external 10/100MB Ethernet networking via Travel hub.
  • Syncs seamlessly with your computer thanks to the iLiad.
  • If you are reading a book on your iLiad in the living room, while your computer is in your office. The iLiad Companion software brings them together using the built-in 802.11B/G wireless capability of the iLiad and your existing network. Your newspapers, books, RSS feeds and documents are synchronized automatically with your iLiad..

  • EVDO/CDMA Wireless modem connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.

  • Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot.

  • Computer connectivity necessary in non-wireless areas.

Content Delivery Time

  • Dowload quickly when in Wi-Fi hotspot. Synching between computer and device requires more time.

  • Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute anywhere, anytime.

Content

  • Over 60,000 titles availabe from Project Gutenberg, and Mobipocket plus other free eBook sites.
  • Subscribe to any of the international newspapers and receive your copy daily on your iLiad at the press of a button.
  • Use as notepad or sketchbook and store hundred of pages with notes and drawings. Use the stylus to make notes, annotations, drawings or sketches.
  • Ideal for reading comic strips, Manga, or graphic novels
  • With the Mobipocket Reader Software you will be able to search, browse and discover thousands of RRS feeds from your favorite websites and blogs, subscribe and sync them to your iLiad and read them whenever you want.
  • Your own reports, articles, reviews, and emails can all be transferred to your iLiad for reading, writing notes, making annotations, and sharing.

  • More than 90,000 books available, including more than 95 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.

  • Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly

  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly

  • More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.

  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Weight

  • Weight: 435 grams (15.3 ounce)

  • Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces (289 g)


Capacity

  • Internal memory hold up to 12 books, newspapers or comic strips.

  • Internal memory holds over 200 books, magazines, newspaper, and blogs at a time

Power Supply

  • Built-in rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
  • Charging via Power Adapter
    – Charging time: about 3 hours

  • AC Power adapter
  • Long Life Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.
  • Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day.
  • Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.
  • Fully recharges in 2 hours.

Fees

  • None just hit a Wifi hotspot.

  • No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—Free wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.


Wikipedia access

  • None

  • Includes free wireless access to the planet’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org.

Supplied Accessories

  • Stylus
  • Travel hub
  • USB cable
  • Power adapter
  • Quick start cardPC

  • Book cover
  • Power adapter
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • No software necessary

Summary

Screen: Kindle’s is smaller.

Size: Kindle is smaller.

Computer Requirement: Needed for iLiad when syncing. Needed for Kindle only when in non-wireless area.

Format: More available formats with Kindle, PDF is experimental with Kindle

Expansion: Both offers the capacity to expand and hold more content.

Connectivity: Kindle offers free wireless coverage areas. iRex iLiad connects wirelessly as long as you are in a WiFi “hot spots.”

Content: Kindle offers more books, Newspapers, blogs, and Magazines, many free eBooks. iRex iLiad offers books, International Newspapers, access to many free eBooks – but much less than Kindle

Weight: Kindle reader a little lighter.

Capacity: Kindle holds a lot more titles in internal memory even though its smaller.

Battery Power: Kindle gives more out of fully charged battery.

Fees: Not applicable for iRex, just hit a “hot spot.” Free Wireless in coverage areas.

Wikipedia Access: None for Sony, yes for Kindle

Accessories: Just about the same.

Conclusion:
Kindle‘s EVDO technology allows you to download books, and magazines, blogs, and articles without the use of the WiFi- Technology. You don’t have to be near a WiFi hot spot to download. And if you are not in a wireless area, you can download stuff to your computer then transfer it to your kindle with a USB port.

iRex iLiad requires you to be in a WiFi hot spot to access and download content…And if you are not in a WiFi “hot spot,” you can connect directly to the computer for content transfer.

Both are interactive. With Kindle you can add you own notes, highlight text, clip text, search for a particular text or reading, and you can look up words in a built-in dictionary. With the iLiad, you can write, add notes, annotate, and share.

The kindle store is already huge: over 90,000 books and still expanding, plus you can access numerous other ebooks online sites – you may need to convert them to a compatible format. The iLiad does not have its own store, but you can access numerous ebooks from online stores as long as they conform to the compatible format

Once you find your book on Amazon, you can download it in under a minute as long as you are in a wireless coverage area. Not so with the iLiad – you sync-up in a WiFi “hot spot” and download your content from the internet.

With Kindle you a have the convenience of getting your Newspaper and magazines delivered in the morning when you wake up. iRex iLiad does not offer this service, even though you can subscribe to some international Newspapers.

Both the iLiad and Kindle uses the same E-paper technology.Both support PDF to some extent, however, Amazon’s is presently experimenting with its PDF file accessibility.

Both uses the computer to download files when not in a wireless area.

Update

Language Support
iLiad: Dutch, English, German, French and Simplified Chinese.
Kindle: English

Note-taking and Annotations
iLiad: Interactive note-taking and annotations with stylus pen. Annotated documents and notes can easily be transferred to a PC or another iLiad. Your friends and colleagues can also add remarks or edit your notes and return them to you.
Kindle: Make notes and annotations with the click of the select button. Not transferable to and from another kindle

Dedicated Book Edition
iLiad: Book edition launched early this month focuses solely on book reading. Have the capacity to hold a lot more titles when compared to the original iLiad…up to an additional 8GB from external memory. It also comes with 50 pre-loaded classics – including thrillers, romances, horror stories and comedy.  Designed in a new sleek silver color.

Kindle: No such dedicated book version.

Convert Handwritten Notes to Digital
iLiad: With MyScript Notes, a stand-alone PC application, you can convert the handwritten notes you make on the iLiad into digital text that can be used with text editors, spreadsheets and e-mail clients.

Kindle: No ability to make handwritten notes.

How Does Kindle “Stack-Up” with Others? – Part 1(Kindle VS Bookeen Cybook)

How does kindle “stack up” with other electronic book readers such as the Bookeen Cybook, the iRex’s iLiad, The Sony e-reader, the RCA REB 1100, the Kohn, the Hanlin eReader, and the Easyread?

Say what? You did not know there were others? Well, glad to enlighten you. Anyway, that’s not my purpose here. My purpose is to look into the Kindle crystal ball and try to figure out where it will end up. Will it fly off into the sunset of obscurity never to be noticed by the public again? Or, will it appear in every hand, on every desk, in every classroom, in every backpack, or in every purse? Will it travel to foreign countries far and wide”racking up” frequent flyer mileages beyond compare and eventually find itself in even the most remote crevice of the globe? Or, should we look for another?

Well, let’s do what the “thinker brains” do, use the past to predict the future. In this case, the past e-readers, one predecessor at at time. We will begin with the Bookeen Cybook

The Comparison
Well by now, if you have been paying attention, you should know that Kindle offers: wireless download of all its content in under a minute, electronic paper display technology, content in the form of 90,000 plus books, some Newspapers, numerous Magazines, and blogs, audio capability, and more…with a few drawbacks.

But, what does the Cybook offer? .

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If you have a Cybook, here’s what you will be able to do: read all the free and paid eBooks, and even your own content as long as it’s in compatible format – the price tag? $399 – same as Kindle. Is it worth it? Take a look at the chart below then decide for yourself…

FEATURES

Bookeen Cybook

KINDLE

Display

  • 6 inch E Ink® Vizplex screen
    electronic paper- utilizing a breakthrough technology.
  • 600 x 800 pixel resolution approximately 166dpi (dots per inch)
  • black and white screen –4 grayscale
  • Screen is based on the Vizplex electronic paper screen. Vizplex is the newest, fastest and brightest electronic paper display.
  • 6 inch diagonal electrophoretic –electronic-paper display
  • 600 x 800 pixel resolution.
  • 4-level gray scale
  • Provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper


Size

  • 7.4″ x 4.7″ x 0.3″
    6.13 ounces
  • 188 x 118 x 8.5 mm
  • 4.9 inches x 7.5 inches x 0.7 inches
  • 134.5 mm x 190 mm x 18 mm

Computer Requirement

  • Requires computer for content download – Connect the Cybook with the USB cable to any host computer and drag and drop your files.

  • Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing as long as you are in a wireless “hot spot.”

Format

  • Mobipocket PRC
  • PalmDoc (encapsulated in PDB files. eReader PDB files not supported)
  • HTML (Frames, javascript and tables are not supported)
  • Text (Text files using a specific font (like Cyrillic) need a modification in Cybook settings)
  • PDF (DRM & forms not supported)
  • JPG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • MP3(DRM not supported)
  • TTF (Can be added to the device)
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC)
  • Structured HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (experimental )
  • Text (.txt)
  • Amazon Kindle (.azw),
  • Unprotected Mobipocket books (.prc, .mobi)
  • Audible Audio books (.aa)
  • MP3 Music files (.mp3).

Expansion

  • Memory card storage media
  • 2 GB – represents 10 000 standard books in Mobipocket, HTML or text.
  • SD slot for additional storage varying capacity: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB… you choose.

Connectivity

  • No wireless connectivity. Books must be downloaded via computer with USB cable connector

  • EVDO/CDMA Wireless modem connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.

  • Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot.

  • Computer connectivity in non-wireless areas.

Content Delivery Time

  • Much more time with computer/USB hook-up.

  • Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.

Content

  • 45,000 premium or 10,000 free titles from Mobipocket publishers.

  • More than 90,000 books available, including more than 95 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.

  • Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly

  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly

  • More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.

  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Weight

  • 174 g (Approx 6.13 oz)

  • Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces (289 g)


Capacity

  • 300 standard books – 64 MB storage capacity.

  • Holds over 200 books, magazines, newspaper, and blogs at a time

Power Supply

  • Rechargeable built-in Li-Polymer battery (1000 mAh)
    8,000 screen refresh battery life
  • Universal AC 100~240V AC adapter
  • 8,000 screen refresh battery life

  • AC Power adapter
  • Long Life Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.
  • Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day.
  • Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.
  • Fully recharges in 2 hours.

Fees

  • Not applicable

  • No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.


Wikipedia access

  • No immediate wireless access

  • Includes free wireless access to the planet’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org.

Supplied Accessories

  • Cybook eBook reading device
  • USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide
    Charger (Deluxe version)
  • Leather case (Deluxe version)
  • 2GB SD card (Deluxe version)
  • Extra battery (Deluxe version)
  • Stereo earphones (Deluxe version)

  • Book cover
  • Power adapter
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • No software necessary

Summary:
Display: Just about the same

Size: The Cybook is smaller

Power Supply: Kindle gives more mileage.

Capacity: The Cybook hold more books in internal memory. Kindle holds holds less books but make up for it with Newspaper, Magazines, and blogs.

Expansion: The Cybook comes with 2GB expansion card, Kindle offers varying expansion sizes: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB…

Format: just about equal

Fees: Not applicable for the Cybook since it does not use wireless. Superior for Kindle since it offers free wireless.

Wikipedia Access: None for The Cybook, Yes for Kindle

Supplied Accessories: More for The Cybook, just a few for Kindle which of course is less cumbersome.

Computer requirement: The Cybook needs it for all content download, Kindle need it only in none wireless areas – Kindle superior

Conclusion:
Overall, this first generation Kindle is superior to the Bookeen Cybook, even with all its shortcomings. The fact that it offers wireless access to its contents, Newspaper, Magazines, and blogs puts it ahead.

Yes, Kindle has its flaws which the “nay-sayers” are quick to point out, but, if you ask me, that’s good. After all, how else are you going to know what the public wants? That in itself is the kind of invaluable data that Kindle needed to move to the next level. Just stop, and listen… already the “true readers” are making suggestion about what features the second generation Kindle should have. I hope Amazon is paying attention.

Think about it…Kindle with wireless access all over the globe, perfect display of PDF formatted document, access to thousands more books, all in under a minute…I really don’t think you can beat that. I dare say that this is an electronic reading device that has the potential to pervade the globe.

But…wait a minute! Let me not get ahead of myself. That was just one comparison. How does Kindle stack up with the others?

Glad you asked. That’s what the next article will cover. Next up… Kindle vs the iRex’s iLiad. Stay tuned…

The 2008 Kindle Watch!

As tempting as Amazon.com’s kindle is, it’s probably wise to wait for the second generation model before you buy. But then again, no one knows just how long it will be before the second version appears. One would expect, however, that this first-generation device should be significantly better in its second iteration. And, it is highly likely that this new model will address the monochromatic screen, PDF file display limitations, the clumsly “Next Page” and “Previous Page” buttons, the limited wireless coverage, and the seemingly high-$399 price tab (a $250 and $300 seems more reasonable).

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Introduced in November, Kindle allows you to wirelessly download e-books from Amazon.com using Sprint’s 3G (EVDO) network as long as you are in a whispernet “hot spot.” No contracts or fees are required to use the network. You can also pay to subscribe to Kindle-compatible versions of newspapers, magazines, and blogs, which of course you can automatically downloaded in under a minute.

You can also add your own notes, highlight text, clip text, search for a particular text or reading, and search for numerous words in its built-in dictionary. The kindle store is already huge: over 90,000 books and still expanding.

So, do you wait on the next generation or do you get a copy now? The answer depends on you. What are you looking for in a wireless electronic reader? Even with all its shortcomings, Kindle already offers more than many of it predecessors. It’s wireless capability alone changes the game. Not to mention its already wide array of content genre. I am excited just thinking about it. And this is just first generation. Just expanding it wireless tentacles, increasing its content capacity, adding touch screen, and adding a language component will be a vast improvement.

Not to take anything away from the Sony Reader, the iRex iLiad, and the Hanlin V-series among others…which are all good electronic reading devices in their own way, but the one thing I like about Kindle is its wireless capability. just being able to download my content and browse the web (though its not perfect) on the go without having to physically find a computer each time is “just what the doctor ordered.”

So, you know what, I did not wait. I wanted to be a part of the revolution now! Perhaps you are different…a perfectionist, I might add and that’s okay. Everyone is different. Just be careful, however, that you don’t miss out on the “real” reason why Kindle is here. You might just be missing out on a “ride” that’s about to be around for a while. To be honest with you, I think that the “eReading world” need a device such as Kindle. Because like it or not, believe it or not, the way we read will change. Its really just a matter of time.

So, If you choose to wait for the second generation Kindle, who knows, how long you will be waiting. If, on the other hand, you buy now, at least you will begin to enjoy the features of a revolutionary device that has already open our eyes to another way to read just about anything we want, whenever we want, and wherever we are on the planet.

Wireless Whispernet Technology Defined

Amazon’s wireless Whispernet technology combines its optimized technology with Sprint’s national high-speed (EVDO) data network. This combination enables users to wirelessly search, discover, download, and read content on the go.

With the wireless Whispernet technology, you can be anywhere in Sprint’s high-speed (EVDO) data network coverage area, think of a book from the available content sites, and get it in less than a minute. Your content comes to you automatically, wherever you are in the Sprint’s coverage area. Newspaper subscriptions are delivered wirelessly every morning and many magazines arrive before they hit newsstands.

If, however, you are outside the wireless Whispernet coverage area, Kindle features using wireless connectivity will not function. Such features are subject to Sprint network service outages.

Where to Find Kindle Content

If you can access an ebook that does not have DRM (digital rights management) restriction, you can practically view it on Kindle. Except for a few cases, you will first have to download it to your computer, do the conversion, and then transfer it to Kindle via USB cable.

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Here are a number of content sources that are actually out there.

Amazon.com – Over 90,000 titles, including books, magazines, Newspaper, and blogs available for instant wireless download if you are in one of the wireless “hot spots” or Computer/USB cable download if you are not.

Many Books – Approximately 19,216 free ebooks for your PDA, iPod, and ebook reader including Kindle…already in Kindle readable format.

Mnybks – This is an actual extension of Manybooks.net above (over 19,000 books). All you have to do is use the web browser on your Kindle to access the site, then download books directly to your Kindle, the same way you would any download any Amazon book:

*Enter the url http://mnybks.net in the basic web-browser.
* Search for and enter a Book ID that you want.
* Choose the Mobipocket version of the book – NO OTHER VERSION WILL WORK.
* From the pop-up screen that appears, provide confirmation info and book will appear in your home screen in a few seconds – IF YOU ARE IN WIRELESS “hot spot.”
* Use the computer/USB cable combination, if you are not in a wireless “hot spot.”

MobiPocket – numerous titles, some of which you can also find on Amazon.com for less. Use mobipocket reader to convert and then download to Kindle.

Christian Classic Ethereal Library -A collection of Christian books in pdf, word, and text formats all ready for conversion, if necessary, and transfer to your Kindle.

Books-on-line – Over 50,000 books available for immediate downloading at no charge.

Guttenberg – Over 20,000 titles free of copyright. Come in multiple languages.

Munseys – Over 20,000 free titles available in HTML, Adobe PDF, MobiPocket, Microsoft Reader, Sony Reader and beta among others.

That’s it for now. As we find more content sources we will add them. Leave a comment if you find this helpful. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

Personal Document To Kindle Conversion Made Easy (PDF Included)

Do you have personal documents in HTML, MS Word Docs, Text, or Adobe PDF format that you would love to be able to read on your kindle? If you do, just follow the steps below to convert them to a Kindle readable format and you should be set. Oh…and by the way, if you find these tips helpful, please leave a comment for the benefit of others, thanks.

Here we go.

Conversion For a Small Fee At Amazon
Email your personal document to YourKindleName@kindle.com. Once it is received, your document will be converted and downloaded wirelessly into your Kindle for a small fee of about 8 – 10 cents. If you email your document to this address, it will be assumed that you are willing to pay the fee which will be charged to your Kindle account.

Conversion For Free At Amazon
For free conversion, simple email the document to YourKindleName@free.kindle.com. Once the document is received, it will be converted but this time a link to the converted document will be sent to your registered email address. Just log into your email from any computer and download the converted document to your Kindle using the Computer/USB cable combination (see recent article on how to download transfer document between Computer and Kindle). This is a little bit more time consuming and requires a little more work, but after all, you are getting the conversion done for free.

Converting Without Amazon Involvement
Download the FREE MobiPocket Creator to your computer. Use it to convert your personal documents to Mobi( .PRC) format files – one of the file formats that Kindle recognizes. Use the Computer/USB cable combination to transfer the converted files to your Kindle for immediate readability and you are done. Recall that Kindle’s ability to recognize PDF is in an experimental phase? Well, this a great way around it.

How To Give Kindle As A Holiday Gift

If you are planning to give kindle as a holiday gift, make sure you designate Kindle as a gift at checkout. That way, when the purchase is complete, the device will not be registered to your Amazon account. This means that you will not be charged for subsequent content purchases made by the gift recipient.

Now when the gift recipient opens the Kindle package and turn it on for the first time, he or she will simply need to “waltz” on over to Amazon.com and register Kindle to an active Amazon account. From then on, purchase made for that particular Kindle will be charge to that account for which he or she will be responsible.

What if you did not designate Kindle as a gift during checkout and still want to pass it on as a gift? In this case, you will need to de-register that particular Kindle from your account and instruct the gift recipient to re-register it to an active account upon receipt. From then on, he or she will be responsible for subsequent charges.

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Can you give content as a gift to someone who already Own a Kindle? The answer…Since any content that you purchase for a particular Kindle is registered to your Kindle Account and stored in your own personal media library, you will not be able to pass it on as a gift to friend who owns another Kindle. At present, Amazon is not set up for that kind of transaction. One way around it is to give your friend an Amazon gift card and tell him or her specifically that it is for purchasing content for his or her Kindle. Or, you can sit with your friend at the computer online Kindle store, have him or her log in to their account, make a purchase with your credit, remove your credit card information from their account, then the can download read and enjoy.

As you can see, transferring content from Kindle to Kindle is an issue. Its synonymous with buying a book and after reading it loaning it to a friend. And since the book is yours, you should be able to do whatever you want to do with it. Right? Not quite…The question is, will Amazon allow you to do this? The answer…yes and no. Yes, If they can charge you a fee that is somewhat equivalent or close to the cost of the book for the transfer. And no…if they have to do it for free… just think about it. If they allow free Kindle to Kindle transfer, It will just be like giving away free books to the public. If that’s the case, then I would not need to buy any books from my Kindle store, All I would need to do is just get a Kindle and have my friend transfer all his books to my Kindle – for free. That is simply not going to happen.

More later.