This article (yes, it is long…but it is worth reading the whole thing) is fantastic.
Why am I so intent on seeing the Kindle and devices like it made available to a larger audience? The million-dollar question…
Well, for one, it will break down a lot of the technological barriers that exist between a pattern PDF (stored on your computer) and a printed pattern. Like a paper pattern, a pattern on Kindle is easily annotated (there’s a note-making feature), and ultra-portable (even the smallest laptops are heavier and larger, not to mention who wants to drag your laptop to the LYS when you could bring something the size of a paperback book?).
But like a digital PDF, that pattern can get zapped to your Kindle in seconds, wherever you are so long as you have access to the cell phone data network. Sitting at knit night and admiring the pattern your friend is knitting? Zap. You’ve downloaded it in 3 seconds and now you can cast on, too. It’s just…excellent.
So the time has come to test these theories in earnest. Knitting Kindle owners — would you like to test 3 of my patterns on your device? Send me your Kindle’s email address (if you don’t know what it is, go into your Amazon account and look it up) and I will send them to you. Offer limited to the first 5 people who write in to admin [at] knitgrrl [dot] com…not in comments, ok?
(edited to add lots of links to the Kindle…go get one! three people are already getting $20+ in free patterns apiece because they already had one! yes, I am an evil enabler, I am ok with that)