Oprah Discovers the Kindle.

Function Over Form Makes Better e-Book Reader

Oprah’s discovered the Amazon Kindle!  I know.  I know.  If you’re like me, you discovered this electronic book reader eons ago, back when it was supposed to be the “It” gift for Christmas 2007.  Anyway, I don’t want to sound like one of those dismissive “early-adopters”, but I’ve been there and done the Kindle.  But, I have to admit that the Kindle is actually a smidge rave-worthy, especially when you compare it to the competition.

Sony Reader

I received the Sony Reader as a gift last year.  I thought it was pretty, so I downloaded a couple of books and took it on one trip.  Now, I don’t feel like straining my brain to figure out where I shelved it.

The Kindle, on the other hand, is super ugly but immensely usable.  I love that I can download books on the fly and store bunches of them.  I also use the look-up (dictionary) feature (though I pride myself on soldiering through and trying to figure out word meanings in context).

Among my other favorite features is that I can receive my favorite blogs, including Careersthatdontsuck.com, and newspapers on my Kindle.

I’ve not downloaded any music because I don’t need another iPod or iPhone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t.

I wish Bezos and company would spruce up the design so don’t feel like I’m carrying around a faux stone tablet, but this is one case where function stomps form.

To learn more about the Kindle, read our Career Gear Update.

If you want to buy a Kindle of your own and get $50 off the price, use the Oprah Show promo code: OPRAHWINFREY.

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