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 I'm still on the fence here about a Kindle. I pinged someone that bought one and he said they're returning it. Not that they don't like it, but his wife reads too much now, so she's spending more $$ and they'd like to slow down. Also, he doesn't see enough technical content and the Kindle editions aren't that cheap compared to some full versions.

I worry about reading and spending more myself. I think I'd definitely need some type of budget for the thing. And I worry  that I'll find lots of books I'm interested in not on there.

I searched for a few O'Reilly books today to see and couldn't find any, but they sent me this note, which shows they're moving forward. I got a note from Apress as well that they're planning on more Kindle versions.

I'm still not sure it's for me. I'm back to using the library a bit, though our library doesn't have a great selection. I'm also re-reading some older books, so I'm trying not to spend too much. Depending on my Amazon referrals, it's possible that I'll have a decent spend for books. I seem to get about $30 a quarter, so that's not too bad.

I think about using a PDA or iTouch to read, but they're just too small screens. And I could see my battery life dying too quickly. The question is will someone do a better e-Reader than the Kindle anytime soon? Their wireless connectivity, to me, means they've beaten Sony pretty well. Even at $60 more. The question is now how quickly they'll add more titles and can they work a deal to lower prices.

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