Thankyou for providing the link to that informative vid re the teardown of the Kindle Paperwhite. Looks like it is a beautiful piece of micro-electronic engineering.
After watching the teardown, I watched a related vid - a GoodEreader
review of the Paperwhite. Very nice:@joiwind:
Thankyou for the Gutenberg webmaster's review. It seems as though there is a disconnect there with what the GoodEreader
reviewers say. They talk about "sideloading" other sourced (i.e., non-Amazon) ebooks to the Kindle, via the USB port - which is what I happen to be currently experimenting with - and functionality was OK (i.e., not crippled). I am not a fan of Amazon's, but I have to say that, so far, and in my relatively limited experience, I have not come across issues with sideloaded books to the Kindle 4/2012 version.
As for the webmaster's complaint about the intrusive advertising on a "Special Offers" Kindle - well, I don't understand. What does s/he expect? Much as I dislike most ads, it seems to be an irrelevant complaint. The "Special Offers" Kindle is purely and simply a cost-saving option, and some people who opt for it might find it annoying. So. if you have bought it and found it annoying, then either get over it and put up with it, or pay the $30 extra to opt-out and have that option removed.
The "Special Offers" Kindle utilises a basic, tried-and-tested marketing concept for subsidising the cost of a service to the consumer.
Same concept as commercial TV advertising. I intensely dislike TV commercials and watch TV only rarely, but I'd be quite happy with the Kindle Special Offers myself, just to save the $30 - as long as they don't intrude by pushing the adverts on-screen during my reading time (which they don't). It's not compulsory, and the option to pay to opt-out is there if you wanted it. User choice is still the rule - and you don't necessarily get that easy a choice with commercial TV advertising - so, fair do's to Amazon.
My hope is that someone will probably publish a hack to shut off the ads anyway, eventually. The Kindle is crying out to be hacked.
That would be interesting. Look at the US legal row over Dish Network's ad-skipping TV box
, that broke out earlier in 2012.
Given half a chance, monopolistic/Fascistic corporates (including Amazon) would probably try to dictate that you watched their blasted ads 24/7 - even whilst you were on the can.