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  • rabergnc
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    I'm a loyal TB owner of a bunch of bags and stuff. Until they make a Kindle case, I have found the sleeve made by Waterfield Design to be serviceable. They have 3 levels of case. The least expensive works just fine! soon as TB makes a case, it's mine!!

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  • alouzan
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    possible travel case?

    It looks like the Medium Padded Organizer case would hold a Kindle on those odd moments when you don't have it out in use. Has anyone tried it yet? Mine is sitting at home waiting for me to see it for the first time and I am already buying it homes to sleep in...how crazy is that!

    Happy reading!
    Last edited by alouzan; 06-03-2008, 11:17 AM. Reason: added sig

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  • alpianoman
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    Originally posted by grumpy3b View Post
    Is it there yet? I just read over on http://MobileRead.com that the supply of e-ink displays has slowed production (only ONE company making them right now, atleast only one making the Visiplex eink displays) and the delivery time has jumped back up to 4-6 weeks or so. It had been down to 2-3 weeks.

    Hope your's already arrived.

    hi grumpy!!

    Yes, I got my Kindle. And I must say, I LOVE IT!!! ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!

    I'm so ready for Tom Bihn to make some sort of soft case for it.

    But that's just wishful thinking on my part.

    AL

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  • grumpy3b
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    Originally posted by alpianoman View Post
    Man! I just wish my Kindle would arrive already!!
    Is it there yet? I just read over on http://MobileRead.com that the supply of e-ink displays has slowed production (only ONE company making them right now, atleast only one making the Visiplex eink displays) and the delivery time has jumped back up to 4-6 weeks or so. It had been down to 2-3 weeks.

    Hope your's already arrived.
    Last edited by grumpy3b; 03-23-2008, 03:15 PM.

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  • alpianoman
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    Man! I just wish my Kindle would arrive already!!

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  • grumpy3b
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    btw, I am posting from my N800 right now. It is really very close to notebook in usefulness...it still needs more productivity apps to be ported over...Open Office woold be nice.

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  • grumpy3b
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    Something you might consider for your new Kindle goodie is a screen protector from Boxwave. They seem to (http://boxwave.com) make the best most durable screen protectors. The one I currently have one my Clie is several years old and stll works and looks perfect. They cost a bit more, but these displays are exposed to all maner of pointy & scratchy things....it's worth the $15ish with shipping for the added protection.

    As they do not yet seem to have Kindle specific protector, you might need to find one slightly bigger and trim it to fit. Still, I really recommend these to anyone with a mobile device that has no built in cover or needs to do a lot of screen touches to use the device.

    Oh, if any lives in Seattle, Market Optical has a great squirt lens cleaner that works amazingly well on laptop PDA screens...

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  • rabergnc
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    Thanks for the information about feedbooks.com. I will definitely check out the site to see what is available. The kindle came about 5 weeks after ordering. In terms of a case - if the case is snug enough, it should work well without requiring something heavy duty like a brain cell. The device is pretty sturdy and the case wold be more for scratch protection I think. A flap could be useful, however. I just received a note from the Waterfield Design folks that they have a set of cases available - best as I can tell they have a basic slip case, a sleeve with a flap, and a complete travel package (sleeve, flap, strap). Looks like it could be promising. I look forward to seeing if the TB people will do something as well.

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  • grumpy3b
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    Originally posted by rabergnc View Post
    Finally got my Kindle!! It's all I had hoped for. Simple to use, materials download fast. It's great. Anyway, now with one in hand, I can say that a sleeve type case would be ideal. The cover that comes with the Kindle is dreadful! If this is still being considered, a case for the device would likely be popular.
    That is GREAT...nice to read someone with hands on experience. Amazon cannot produce enough Kindle's and the wait is what 2-months or so? Or did you get one sooner? It would be nice to read production is finally catching up.

    But when I looked at it and the one I caught a glimpse of live, it just seemed to call out for a nice padded bag. Not an open ended pouch in case it would want to worm it's way out but something that can close with maybe a zipper?

    Have fun reading...btw, there is a great new site with free public domain (everything from Dickens to Shakespeare and in between) ebooks formatted for the Kindle. It's http://www.FeedBooks.com or via you mobile there is http://feedbooks.mobi (works GREAT) and you can d/l direct to the Kindle or, I believe they will submit the book to Amazon for your account so it can be auto xfer's via the Whispernet EVDO which Amazon charges you a whole dime for. They also have their complete catalogue you can download to the Kindle and then just click on the title link and poof, it downloads. it's one of the better ebook sites around. Most content does come from Project Gutenberg just is edited for errors and reformatted. Worth a look.

    Also, here is a great place to learn more about all ebook reader devices: http://www.mobilereader.com have fun with your new toy!!

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  • grumpy3b
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    Originally posted by johnkzin View Post
    Yeah, I'm looking for something to hold my Nokia N810 (and bluetooth keyboard) as well. Thus my thread for "a bag idea for PDAs".
    Oh, geeze, I missed that thread...will drop in later today. I decided not to get a Kindle this go around. So I canceled the order but not to worry I went with the Nokia N800. I do not mind the lack of a keyboard as I am used to using the Clie. But I did order an iGo Bluetooth keyboard (the 4 row version that folded is 1/2" thing and about the size of the N800. And I LOVE the thing. The web browsing is just amazing on a pocket device I have only found a few sites is had issues rendering, btw, I upgraded to OS2008 first thing.

    If you DO get the EVDO modem to work directly with the N810, let me know. I doubt it'll work though. You might consider a Cradlepoint Personal Hotspot though (attach your USB EVDO modem to it, and it acts as a wifi hotspot for your N810 (or laptop, etc.)).
    Sadly I drop my hope for the USB port on the N800/N810 to provide enough power to the CDU680 Franklin EVDO modem. So, instead I opted for the Cradlepoint CTR350 with an Tekkeon MP1550 portable power supply that uses AA batteries. I use Sanyo Eneloop Very Low Discharge batteries all the time around here. So I ordered eight more and will have a good 4-8hrs runtime for the modem. I also added 2 additional batteries for the N800 with an external charger. So, pretty much I could work all day long without being wired into ANYTHING.

    I went with the CTR350 over the PHS300 in case I need to connect another router to control my network at home in a pinch should I have issues here...plus I got it for just $110 including shipping. With batteries and everything it was about $160. Not bad and though it adds an extra thingy to carry it's about the size of the N800 and can easily fit in a small pack.


    The small padded cafe bag looks promising, but it's not exactly what I want. For one, I'm looking for something more horizontal (like a tiny dufflebag or messenger bag), something that can be worn as a lumbar/waist bag, or carried without any kind of strap at all (so, removable strap). Even something small enough that I could wear diagonally across my back, under a rain jacket.

    That's why I think the Snake Charmer is a better starting point. That size and shape is much closer to what I want.
    Since I went in a slightly different direction this microsecond. It was a tough call between the two options but I am more in need of true mobile internet access over the dedicated ebook device. But I need extreme portability. I can get that with this setup.

    Soooo, now I am considering a Buzz bag instead. It's comfy to carry, Darcy might remember but I have RA that affects my hands a great deal making it almost impossible to carry even the smallest things more then across the room. So something like the Buzz seems ideal for on the fly mobility, for me.

    We already have on Buzz, but I would have trouble prying it loose from my sweetie's cold dead fingers...sooo, I likely will get my own.

    The idea is I can leave the router/power supply turned on in the pack and keep the N800 in my front pocket. Then when I need to look something up online to see if we can turn a profit on it...in under a minute I'll know. We are in the antiques biz for about 40 yrs and often you come across something that ya just don't know about and unless it is dirt cheap we usually end up not taking a risk. That is my primary reason for going in the Nokia N800 direction.

    Of course I would LOVE to order a Super Ego, have a custom modification made to add a pocket dedicated to the router/modem/power supply and be able to tote around my full sized laptop too. That way my better half and I can share the connection easily when we go out to get away from that "Home Office Syndrome" situation yet still remain productive.

    Thinking about it I would be interested in the Cafe bag modification being made available in the Buzz on the inside. The cafe bags just seem a bit awkward to me for how I would use it...having a bag swinging more of less free or making me wider by resting on my hip is potentially expensive in an antique store.

    Geeze, I wish I was driving up to Seattle in a couple weeks to bring her home but I am not up to the drive plus we got a GREAT deal on airfare of $130 for a RT ticket in case she needs to go back up for her Dad. But, I have been up twice and neither time was up to a side trip to Tom Bihn. But, if I was there I sure could show them the components and how I would want to use them...plus I would get to visit "the promised land of Tom Bihn"....hehehehehe...

    Anyway, thanks for all the input on the Kindle bag idea...sorry I hijacked it to what I did...I am still likely to go with the Kindle but decided to wait until the Gen2 version which I bet will appear near the end of this year. It's a GREAT device and is here to stay. The Sony OTH could become abandonware in a flip a switch. Sony is like that even if a device is showing a profit they will kill it should it not make enough profit. They did that with their Clie lineup...almost overnight it became a completely abandon product line despite being one of the best designed and made PDA's around. Their price point was just too high for impulse buyers.

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  • rabergnc
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    Finally got my Kindle!! It's all I had hoped for. Simple to use, materials download fast. It's great. Anyway, now with one in hand, I can say that a sleeve type case would be ideal. The cover that comes with the Kindle is dreadful! If this is still being considered, a case for the device would likely be popular.

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  • johnkzin
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    Yeah, I'm looking for something to hold my Nokia N810 (and bluetooth keyboard) as well. Thus my thread for "a bag idea for PDAs".

    If you DO get the EVDO modem to work directly with the N810, let me know. I doubt it'll work though. You might consider a Cradepoint Personal Hotspot though (attach your USB EVDO modem to it, and it acts as a wifi hotspot for your N810 (or laptop, etc.)).

    The small padded cafe bag looks promising, but it's not exactly what I want. For one, I'm looking for something more horizontal (like a tiny dufflebag or messenger bag), something that can be worn as a lumbar/waist bag, or carried without any kind of strap at all (so, removable strap). Even something small enough that I could wear diagonally across my back, under a rain jacket.

    That's why I think the Snake Charmer is a better starting point. That size and shape is much closer to what I want.

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  • grumpy3b
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    Originally posted by rabergnc View Post
    Based on the measurements alone, the Kindle would certainly fit nicely. The bag looks quite nice in the photos of the prototype that were posted. For me, however, I tend to carry a bunch more stuff - laptop, files, phone, etc - and the small cafe-type bag wold probably be too limited for my needs. If I did not carry a laptop (even an eee pc which I hope to get soon), the bag would be just about right. Sadly (only because it speaks to the kind of person I am "needing" my toys), I can't envision having the Kindle without another device at least the same size. (Now if the Kindle's browser is improved, or the iPhone is updated to make full use of its potential as a UMPC-type device, then the bag would be ideal!)
    I just also ordered a Nokia N810...it runs Skype and I have an EVDO USB modem, the tablet has a USB 2.0 port, a version of Linux and since the CDU680 EVDO modem is setup as a PPP Dial-up device it should be easy to massage the Maemo OS2008 to use the EVDO device. This equals full mobile broadband web access anywhere I might travel in the US. And because it runs Skype it is basically a cell phone w/o and problem of a long term cell contact. My deal is via a Sprint network ISP reseller called Millenicom for just $49.99/mo...month-to-month. So those are my new toys.... Now I need bags/pouches/whatever for them...

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  • grumpy3b
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    BTW, if you watch "The Drop Test" video for the Kindle over at Amazon you will see a hard sided case like a Brain Cell is indeed overkill...these are pretty tough leetle beasties. Survived a 30" drop on a corner with no damage. A bit of a soft sided paded type pouch/bag/sleeve will be more then sufficent I think.

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  • grumpy3b
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    Din't mean to seagull post. Life gets in the way now and then. I see a long life span for the device. Amazon just recently acquired Audible also, which makes for an interesting issue as iTunes also re-sells Audible content. But I envision the next gen Kindle to be a more multi functional and include MP3 and access to download Audible content directly to the Kindle.

    Ebooks are hear to stay now. I can say I prefer the Kindle over Sony for two reasons.

    First it has built-in EVDO access to the web, which is actually free for now. It allows you to do a fair amount of free web browsing. I do expect this will eventually change as the EVDO network becomes my saturated. But the ability to have content delivered over EVDO free of charge forever will not go away.

    Next is the access to Wikipedia is part of the deal too. Something they left out was the ability to work the NYT daily crossword puzzles...sniff...but my trusty Clie nx73v handles that for me...

    Second, it supports MOBI format Ebooks natively. Of course because Amazon owns Mobipocket kinda-sorta helps there too.

    It's still not an ideal device but they are selling LOTS of them. Heck, people are spending 1.5-2.0x the retail price for them on eBay. So i guess people a very happy with them.

    Content is good but not exceptional yet, but this is where the support for mobipocket format books (non-drm) comes into play. This also allows one to read content from the free Project Gutenberg as well as FeedBooks.com both are free public domain eBooks. I am reading the whole Barsoom series right now...just such fun and I never read then before. You can also d/l lots of free and very reasonably priced SciFi from Baen (who also offers their entire catalog free for life to disabled and visually impaired people...I HAVE to support a company who works this way.)

    And yeah, the price for a Kindle is a bit much but, I figure I'll sell it when the Gen2 version comes out supporting both Audible books as well as an improved from factor. I think they just missed it. But in a year or so I'll get 75% of what I paid and then buy a new gen device.

    The biggest advantage of these is the eink which can be read in sunlight plus battery life. Disadvantage is you need a light to read in the dark...I read on my Sony Clie at night because it's a backlit TFT which does not disturb the better half when I cannot put the book down or the RA is keeping me awake.

    ======== about the bag/pouch

    Darcy,

    I like the idea of the same sort of bag as used for the Eee. A soft sided pouch/carrier is a must really. Might be nice to have something that folds open and allows the addition of a small sized yellow pad for notes on the other half. But that fold open style needs to open all the way so the device can be help/operated in one hand.

    Another thing that would be helpful is a way to store a couple memory cards safely. This would become more significant once Audible functionality is added to the device. I also suspect they will add the ability for having the book read as you read it so maybe a pocket for some earbuds. This can help many with reading/sight issues who can see the text for the most part but have to focus so much the lose the meaning of the words.

    I decided what the heck and blew the budget and ordered one still waiting on my Kindle...I am patient and it will get here when it gets here. Pricey yes, but I can write off a big part of the cost.

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