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The Digital Leap: Schmindle The Kindle

Hands holding the Amazon Kindle 2.

Amazon's Kindle 2 (seen here at its February 2009 unveiling) has become a major player in e-book readers, but how does it work? Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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I had a little bit of an ulterior motive for asking you all a few weeks ago whether you read e-books: I was considering getting an e-book reader myself. Yesterday, my Amazon Kindle arrived. (I should point out: I bought it. It is not a freebie or a promotional whatsit, so don't worry on that front.)

My Kindle is named Schmindle. Why? Because when you get your Kindle, they offer you the opportunity to give it a name, and that made me laugh. What do you name a Kindle? Bob? Constance? Winifred? Arsenio? Mine is named Schmindle.

So how's it going?

A few thoughts on the transition so far, after the jump.

Initial reflections on electronic reading versus regular reading:

• The gray screen takes some getting used to. I'm used to reading white pages, of course, and the Kindle screen is gray with black text. I adjusted quickly, but when I first turned it on, it was hard to escape the feeling that it wasn't bright enough. As you may know, it doesn't have a backlight, so you need adequate light for reading, just as with a book. Perhaps even a little better light, I would say, than the lowest light in which I'd read a paper book.

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