Amazon Kindle e-reader
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Yes, I’m including an e-book reader under my writing devices.
Why? Because I’ve played around with it to see if it would do the job.
Sadly, it doesn’t. I’ve heard people use the argument that it’s a reading device, we shouldn’t expect it to do anything else, so on and so forth.
Seriously, though, why can’t a reading device also be a writing device? What does writing even need?
Screen, check. Keyboard–on the model I got–check. E-ink is no big deal; I don’t need an LCD to see my text.
What could writing possibly require that an ebook reader can’t handle?
(Serious question; I majored in computer science, but I don’t know enough about the hardware to answer this one.)
I tracked down a couple of note-taking apps, but they looked like the types of notepads you’d write a grocery list on, not something designed for paragraphs of text.
I admit I haven’t tried them out, yet, though.
And though the model I bought has a keyboard, it isn’t designed for long periods of typing, either. Try using a thumboard on your phone and you should get a good idea how it works.
Keyboard aside, I did try a few websites that I might write on. And…that didn’t work out so well, either.
Navigation on the full websites was more trouble than it was worth (which is itself a problem, since I got the 3G model so my dad would have access to weather sites), and most of the mobile versions don’t seem to support the creating and editing I needed.
And speaking of websites, the Kindle is not Flash compatible. The Kindle is capable of playing MP3s.
Yet the Amazon website uses Flash in many areas, particularly if you want to preview MP3s.
So pretty much, the Kindle has other features, but it’s really only useful for reading.
Which brings to mind the question: why include features if it’s not designed to use them effectively?