I didn't post a review this week. There was a small tragedy that I'm still trying to handle without breaking into open sobs. My Kindle died. Yes, a tragic accident claimed her - her screen cracked internally bleeding out her Digital Ink. Only the bottom two inches of the display shows text and part of an image is forever stuck on the top half of the screen.
My Kindle had a hard life - sand and salt air at the beach, coffee and tea spilled on the keypad, carried around in my back pocket, taken to work, thrown on the dash of my truck, dropped from various heights onto various surfaces. The damn thing was nearly indestructible, but alas... I destroyed it. The final blow came unexpectedly. She was safely tucked away in the pocket of my laptop bag and something apparently pressed to hard against the screen.
She looked fine, right up to the end. The picture of a famous author painted bravely on her face until I flipped the switch to wake her up. Only a quarter of the screen changed into text, then the authors picture partially dissolved. It was sad, really. She was so pretty and peaceful when I went to wake her, but then the screen - part text, part picture, the rest a pale white pallor of death. I knew it was over. There was no chance to revive my lovely Kindle.
I still have my eBooks of course. They are on Amazon under my profile. I can read them on my laptop with my Mobi reader or on my phone with the free Kindle app. You really don't need a Kindle to read eBooks. There are free apps for every imaginable device, but I already miss my Kindle. I looked at the new Kindle coming out, the Kindle Color... I don't think so. If I wanted a color display you can't see in the sun I'd buy a Nook.
I'll stick with the normal Kindle with it's awesome Digital Ink. I read mine on the beach in full blinding sunlight. And no DX for me. Too big and bulky. I like the standard size, the same size as a trade paperback. It fits perfectly in your hand or pocket. I'll buy one soon, but for now a respectful mourning period for my fallen friend. Farewell, you will be missed.