Koen Verbeeck (9/26/2013)
I'm thinking about getting a Kindle. Anyone experience with it?
I have some PDFs lying around, can it display those as well?
Is it good for reading technical books (screenshots, tables, code samples, ...)?
It can display PDFs, but the screen is small and I find some technical PDFs have diagrams that when shrunk onto a 5" screen become undecipherable. A screenshot from a tablet may look ok (I don't know if any Kindles have color as opposed to grey-scale - mine doesn't, so that could be an issue) but I suspect screenshots of a 24" screen might appear a bit too tiny. Tables and code samples, like diagrams and screen shots, are going to be OK only if they fit legibly onto a 5" screen. So I don't think that a Kindle is is adequate for all technical books, only for some.
Also sometimes when with a paper book I would keep a place with my finger while I looked at some other section the Kindle equivalent is any one of add a bookmark, remember some text (then you can search for it), or remember a position identifier (a number, how many digits depends on how far into the book the position is). At first I found that awkward, but I've got used to it and creating, using, and deleting marks has become easy. And of course when you close a book the Kindle remembers where you were, which is something I've often wished paper books would do.
I find mine useful for some technical documents but not for others because of the problems with the 5" screen. For the others I use either the Kindle app on my laptop or Foxit reader (both are free, and I hate Acrobat) or other apps for other formats (most formats can be converted to Kindle format or PDF). I've run out of shelf space so I have reduced by paper book acquisition rate by a large factor.