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My New Kindle 3; Frustrations with file:// lock out.

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The other day I was blessed with a Kindle 3, the $114 one with ads (I don’t mind the ads). I was really excited to have it, as I do read a lot (on the web, and books) and I don’t particularly like using my laptop or phone. The e-Ink display is amazing and super easy to read.

Dive into HTML5 on Kindle3 over Wifi

Dive into HTML5 on Kindle3 over Wifi

But, the last few days have been especially frustrating; even to the point where I am considering returning it or re-selling it. Reading books (ebooks) is especially pleasant, better than I expected. Yet, the most exciting things about it is that it features a web browser (weirdly put in an “Experimental” section). The browser, though experimental, is awesome. I can check my Facebook, read email and websites on it with no problem. So, this lead me to believe that I could load local HTML files via file://. Nope. Then, of course, I started looking for ways to save websites (yes, whole websites) as .mobi files. Nope; not successfully anyways. There just wasn’t a way for me to mirror a website and store it on my Kindle 3 in anyway. This was pretty frustrating to me. It doesn’t have 3G and I don’t always want to be around a wifi network to read websites (which, it does very well). In this case I would just use my phone! I really wanted to keep offline copies of things on my kindle to read. I often archive websites (for personal use) to read later on my laptop when I don’t have access to wifi.

I still am playing with it; but that is the frustrating thing: I don’t want to play with it so much that I get tired of it. If I want to convert something, I don’t mind doing the work, but not too much work. And, so far, it is borderline becoming too much work. I am not sure if it is totally worth it just to read books on this device. I do read a good amount of books, but I just wanted it to do a little more once I found out it had a web browser. Now I feel as if my phone is more powerful as an offline reading device…

It just seems really silly that I can’t browse offline webpages on it using the browser. I know Amazon wants us to buy books, but don’t they want us to buy the device too? If this simply feature were enabled, coupled with the ebook awesomeness, Kindle would be the choice of many!

Just my thoughts so far.

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