My Quick & Dirty Kindle 2 Review

There are a couple of reasons why the Kindle 2 sort of bites (healthily nibbles?) for Canadians. First of all, it’s not available in Canada. Secondly, even if a Canadian had one they wouldn’t be able to buy books for it from Amazon. That doesn’t matter though, because the selection of books available for the Kindle is tragically poor.

I had read a few reviews of the Kindle 2 and it sounded like every book a person would want was available. For kicks, I checked out my library in LibraryThing and searched Amazon/Kindle for all the books on page 1 of my library. Of the 50 books on page 1, only 10 were available for the Kindle. Most of these 10 were “classics.” Only 3 of the books available were titles published within the last 20 years. Notable authors such as Rohinton Mistry, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ian McEwan are completely missing from the Kindle library. Oh well, who wants to read Booker and Nobel prize winners eh?