OK, since this is a long term investment for the future usage, so I have been thinking for a long time now.
First, there's the Amazon Kindle priced at ~$166 -> Rs. 8550+ shipping, duties...
There's also an Indian knock-off: Infibeam Pi2 priced at Rs. 10,000 -> ~$200. (grayscale screen. Other Specs can be found on the link provided. Formats supported: PDF, EPUB, HTML, TXT, RTF, MOBI, PRC, DOC JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF MP3)
Nowadays, India is seeing an invasion of tablet PCs.
High-end tablets and the iPad are priced in the Rs. 30,000 range ($600)
I would appreciate some thoughts from your end on the following questions:
My questions are:
1. Since the Kindle is just a grayscale display like the Pi2 how good is it as a purchase (Let us avoid the pricing angle for now)? If a colour kindle is introduced in the near future, obviously the price of the colour kindle would be very high to begin with, and such a purchase is ruled out until new users have subsidised the costs for scrimpers like me. Your thoughts please.
2. What about supported formats on kindle? Can I simply buy an ebook, download on my PC and use the Kindle PC reader to read it? Can I convert the amazon mobi book into an ePub and load it on a tablet pc/other readers?
3. Would a tablet PC be a better investment under the circumstances? I can do much more with a tablet PCand also read books, so does it reall make sense to invest in just a pure e-reader today, than say 2 years ago when there was no choice really.
Please add your thoughts, in case I missed something else.
All thoughts, ideas and suggestions are welcome, and appreciated.
Thanks in advance.