I’m giving away my Kindle

I’m giving away my Kindle. Why?

1. I have the Kindle app on my iPhone and I use that to read books a lot more than I use my Kindle.
2. I will get Apple’s iPad in two months and while that’s a shiny new object I’m sure I’ll use that a lot more to read books than the Kindle, at least until my eyes get strained as some of my commenters were promising would happen.
3. I have a stack of paper books that PR folks have sent me, so for the next two months I am going to try to catch up on those.
4. Even if I find after all of this that I like the Kindle better, I want the larger screen version of the Kindle, so this would let me get that.

So, how am I going to give it away?

Leave a comment here about what you’d do with yours by the end of the day Tuesday (Pacific Time). Most creative answer gets the Kindle. It’s in new condition. I will bias towards those who will use it to help the world, or who can’t afford to keep up on the latest gadget train. Sorry, it won’t come with an Amazon account so you’ll need to buy your own books.

About Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, I travel the world with Rocky Barbanica looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology and report that here.

346 thoughts on “I’m giving away my Kindle

  1. My world-weary, time-weathered soul is a sucker for two things in this world: giveaways for gadgets I cannot afford, and top ten lists. Here is a list of ten things I would do with a Kindle.

    1. Read naked. Yes, I am aware you can do this with physical printed books. But man, the papercuts are a bitch.

    2. Purchase “Do You Remember Pong, 8-Tracks, and Betamax?” (This is an actual book.) Put it on my Kindle. Appreciate the irony.

    3. Give it to Conan O'Brien. After seven months, take it back and give it to Jay Leno.

    4. Pull it out during Valentine's Day dinner. “Oh, this old thing?”, I'll say. “Another beau gave it to me, darling Scoblie…” (My boyfriend is a comp sci phd. He won't know which one of us to be more jealous of.)

    5. Put next to my bed. Drape cheap tapestry over it. Complain about how e-books have ruined the building blocks of grad-student furniture.

    6. Every other week, call up Amazon and announce there are anagrammed instructions on terrorism in the bestseller of my choice. Watch said bestseller disappear from my, and every other, Kindle. Rinse and repeat.

    7. Use the adjustable font to indicate volume and “intense poetry-reading voice” (you know the one) for my poetry readings. “There ONCE was a GIRL….FROM NANTUCKET.”

    8. Give it to my grandmother. Watch as, within the space of two weeks, it miraculously acquires viruses unseen since 1994 and forwards every chain email it receives. How did you get four versions of AOL on a Kindle, Grammy?? This isn't even a computer!

    9. Sprinkle glitter over it. Sell it on ebay as Edward Cullen's Kindle. Pay off my student loans.

    10. Go to the line for iPads just as it opens up. Read Kindle prominently. Fake a loud orgasm. Yell at the crowd “I bet your new gadget can't do THAT, can it?! WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW??!!!”

  2. My world-weary, time-weathered soul is a sucker for two things in this world: giveaways for gadgets I cannot afford, and top ten lists. Here is a list of ten things I would do with a Kindle.

    1. Read naked. Yes, I am aware you can do this with physical printed books. But man, the papercuts are a bitch.

    2. Purchase “Do You Remember Pong, 8-Tracks, and Betamax?” (This is an actual book.) Put it on my Kindle. Appreciate the irony.

    3. Give it to Conan O'Brien. After seven months, take it back and give it to Jay Leno.

    4. Pull it out during Valentine's Day dinner. “Oh, this old thing?”, I'll say. “Another beau gave it to me, darling Scoblie…” (My boyfriend is a comp sci phd. He won't know which one of us to be more jealous of.)

    5. Put next to my bed. Drape cheap tapestry over it. Complain about how e-books have ruined the building blocks of grad-student furniture.

    6. Every other week, call up Amazon and announce there are anagrammed instructions on terrorism in the bestseller of my choice. Watch said bestseller disappear from my, and every other, Kindle. Rinse and repeat.

    7. Use the adjustable font to indicate volume and “intense poetry-reading voice” (you know the one) for my poetry readings. “There ONCE was a GIRL….FROM NANTUCKET.”

    8. Give it to my grandmother. Watch as, within the space of two weeks, it miraculously acquires viruses unseen since 1994 and forwards every chain email it receives. How did you get four versions of AOL on a Kindle, Grammy?? This isn't even a computer!

    9. Sprinkle glitter over it. Sell it on ebay as Edward Cullen's Kindle. Pay off my student loans.

    10. Go to the line for iPads just as it opens up. Read Kindle prominently. Fake a loud orgasm. Yell at the crowd “I bet your new gadget can't do THAT, can it?! WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW??!!!”

  3. With an amazon Kindle, I'd wander the Googleplex, waiting for Michael Arrington so I could stand in front of his vehicle and read in defiance of his using a phone while driving.

    But in reality, the Kindle's long battery life and offline reading features would allow me and my partner to keep up on news and carry maps/directions while traveling to disadvantaged areas. We're interested in clean water initiatives which have had dramatically more impact than some more expensive world health initiatives like the distribution of antibiotics.

  4. I'd donate to my brand-new public library! I've been volunteering with the friends of the library since I was a toddler, and we finally succeeded in opening a new library to replace a leaky 56-year-old building just two months ago.

    I think it'd be nice to add a Kindle to the new collection.

  5. Maybe I'm too late but I just got the information on Cliqset.
    I will use an ereader for all the documents I need to read and so I don't have to print them, and for books too of course.
    Leaving in French Guiana I am concerned with the destruction of the rain forest of Amazonia :
    “e-readers could have a major impact on improving the sustainability and environmental impact on the publishing industry, one of the world’s most polluting sectors” (http://tr.im/MNut). Ereaders are greener than books !

  6. “I will bias towards those who will use it to help the world, or who can’t afford to keep up on the latest gadget train”- We can all stop be selfish and look at your example,we need to be happy because someone will get that device.That is example how one man can change things.I am going to collage next yaer and i would love to use Kindle for learning but I am from Europe and I am not sure you will send it to me and I don't have money to pay it anyway.But,I am happy,why not,we need to share not just things but also love,positive energy,ideas.I hope one day I will be able to do things you do for us,Robert,not just this Kindle but also your tweets,comments,gillmore gang talks all that things help us to find what is really important,family and frends).Thank you for that
    Stay positive Steve (and I like when you smile at gillmore gang you makes me so …I don't know,it's like am there)Let's change the world

    1. If you can borrow me your Kindle just for few months so I can use for at least first year of colledge,that would one of the best things in my life.I read a lot but I can’t afford that Kindle.
      I wanted to contact you but I know that you are already too busy and it’s imposible to read all our comments….

  7. Oh please, Robert, give it to me! I am missing both hands, and thus cannot hold a physical book. Also, I'm so poor that I only have two pairs of pants. Yet surprisingly, I can afford to PAY FOR my e-books. When not in use, I will be most generous and let my 13 siblings have a go at it as well. In addition, I will use this Kindle to teach my illiterate mother, unborn child and dog to read.

    All this begging is really quite sad. There are some people on here who genuinely deserve this Kindle. To the rest of you: get a job, save some money and buy one yourself, because your reasons are weak, to say the least.

  8. My 13 yr old daughter would use it. She has cerebral palsy and loves to read. She has problems with reading the small text and turning the pages in regular books. It seems like the Kindle would be the easiest and best solution for her. Never thought of it before your offer.

  9. I would give Robert’s Kindle to my 98 year old grandfather so he can read articles that he OCRs with his scanner. His vision is limited but he still reads quite a bit. Most of his reading is engineering, science, and business subjects that do not get produced in audio format. He also gives feedback on his reading list to local libraries and shows them how he processes online content to make it legible, so his experience benefits a wider audience of seniors.

  10. Math/Computer Science major in college. My face is plastered in front of an LCD all day trying to understand theorems and code. Yah, the kindle would be nice to give my eyes a break. All my books get sliced, scanned and converted into PDF with Adobe Acrobat. It's tough finding ebooks relating to upper division math courses.

    A Kindle in my grasp would ask me the question, “So who are you?”

    I would gladly respond, “I'm the guy that can't wait to graduate so he can teach the two subjects he loves.”

    A Kindle in my hands would be beneficial and in use a large part of each day, but it would later benefit my students because they'd have this–Phenomenal, Great, Gorgeous, Screamer–future
    teacher of the American youth.

  11. Hi Robert. I would give the Kindle to my wife. She is an in-home nurses aid and works for a company that takes care of a lot of elderly people. She is very kind and treats all her clients with respect. She could use the kindle to read while she is waiting long hours for the clients to need something, such as at night. She is also planning on going back to school even though she already has a college degree. She is the hardest working person I know, working 24 hour shifts regularly, and once even 32 hours straight She's doing this because we have a son in college and two more to go. So it would help the world, because she helps people, and would provide her with knowlege and entertainment to help her get through her days. There's no way we could justify buying one. Thanks, Brian

  12. I use my iPod Touch to read my Kindle books, too. It's backlighted. I love it. Why pay for the uber-expensive dedicated readers when you can get the software free and use it on your PC, laptop, iPhone or iPod Touch for free. I thought the little screen would be horrible and was planning to buy the Kindle DX, but, even with middle-aged eyesight and trifocals, the little iPod touch is working just fine. I can see where the bigger screens would be better for textbooks and technical manuals, so I would suggest that you donate yours to someone who truly would need a bigger screen. I use mine for novels, so I'm doing just fine as I have it now. The iPad will have to do something way more fantastic than my iTouch for me to shell out any kind of money for it.

  13. I would use a Kindle to help my kids learn to enjoy the joys of reading, I think they would be more likely to want to try a new gadget than pick up one of dads dusty old books. I see anything that would help me bring the joys of literature to the next generation as a good thing . For right now the kindle, iPad or Sony reader are out of my price range but I soon hope to get one for the family's use. I hope whoever you choose to get your kindle will put it to good use.

  14. I would use it to change the world. How? By giving it to my 16 year old daughter. She has been a straight A student since starting school and has one of the biggest hearts that I know of. If anybody can help change the world, I know she will. She has already be touching her family and others through her hard work at school and as a very talented dancer. From volunteering at the local children’s hospital to instructing little ballerinas, she is the apple of my eye.

  15. What would I do with a Kindle?

    As a student by day and a book blogger by night (cape optional), I'd totally read books on it. Other than that obvious but very truthful answer, this is what I'll do.
    1) Brag. Show it off to others with the pre-requisite “Nah nah nah!”
    2) Try out the system, see how it works, do a review on it
    3) Probably get bored with it because I'm broke and don't have a lot of money to spend on ebooks for now, and rereading the same books would be.. urgh
    4) Ask people to donate e-books to put inside the Kindle
    5) Do a Kindle tour, sort of like an ARC tour, where those in the tour can get to read the books inside, but on one condition: they'll donate a book for that Kindle for the next reader to read (sort of like a mobile library) and so on and so forth!
    6) Get it back, so I can read all the books (oh ho ho) and then donate it.

    I might have mixed up my plans to take over the world, but don't worry, the ebook will be in the Kindle and I'd lend it to you anytime. ;)

  16. Dear sir, I’m a student in a developing country, and to have enough money to buy an English book is not easy in comparison with the income. And ebook give me a whole new world! i really hope that you will give Kindle to me, it will be the most valuable thing to me, it give me chance to read more than ever. Kindle is the world of knowledge to me!!! Please!

  17. I’d code like crazy and rip out app after app with the new Kindle API (which I’ve already signed up for, just without a Kindle).

    I already have an idea or two, and they just keep flowing. Definitely something social. Yaknow.

    And my wife can feel free to read with it every now and then (when I am not testing)…

  18. While I would certainly enjoy a kindle, my sister, pregnant with her 2nd child, would get a kick out of this too! Wrapped in special paper, dressed up with a bow, and fitted with just the right card…I’d present this present from one very special and generous individual to another. I’m simply a messenger. You are very kind to offer such a gift.

  19. A Kindle would change my life. You see, some people see me as a loser…someone with no sense of style. My shoes are ugly…my car is old…and my skin – well, a good dermatologist might be able to fix that. But I digress. About that Kindle…

    With a Kindle people would look at my differently…they would say – hey, there's something different about her now. Maybe she lost weight? Cut her hair? Visited that dermatologist? They would not realize that the subtle glow of the Kindle screen brings new light to my id. The cool kids will talk to me. People will offer me a seat on the train…perhaps I'll even get some respect.

    So yeah, a Kindle would change my life forever.

  20. I would read until my eyes fell out! Mostly fantasy and sci-fi, then some general fiction, then the news! Mmm escapism and gadgets combined – how lovely!

  21. Hi Robert,

    I live in Bombay, one of the most expensive cities in the world. I was married about a year ago, and my wife and I are struggling to buy a house of our own. We simply can't afford a decent-sized house – owned or rented. I'm an avid book reader, with a collection spanning thousands, and a few yet to come. I don't have the space to keep new books, and I can't do without them either. The cost of ordering the Kindle in India comes up to about $359, and I can't afford that right now as I'm spending all my money on furniture for our tiny, rented house. Not to mention the monthly payments to our landlord.

    That's the selfish reason. There's something nice I will do in return. A portion of my salary every month (INR 200, about $5) is automatically sent to GiveIndia.org, a charity organisation that donates to various causes. If you gift me the Kindle, I will double that monthly contribution and donate it to a cause that appeals to you. I will also send you receipts and the evidence of how the money's been used so you know that I'm not bullshitting.

    Hoping to be chosen.

    Regards,

    Samit Malkani

  22. I've been trying to learn more about Buddhism so that I can understand my wife's religion and help her to teach my 1 year old son. I have some very interesting pdf's to read but get terrible eye strain when I read them on my computer. A kindle would be an amazing way to get through these and you could be part of my path to enlightenment. Karma!

  23. I would give it to Mark Horvath @hardlynormal for him to read books and relax while he travels the country documenting the homeless or if he chooses to auction it off to pay for his travels. He's doing such amazing work!

  24. I would donate it to the “Museum of Overpriced, Overhyped, Single Use, Walled Garden Things Which Didn't Evolve & Expand With Market Demands.”

    It would sit next to the BetaMax, DeLorean and ThighMaster.

  25. You'd be better off with a more interactive device. Something you can use to find a new place, take in with you to the restaurant, browse other reviews on a variety of foodie sites, take photos/videos during your meal and upload them as you eat, then write your opinions and post them to your blog while you wait for the after dinner mint. As you sign the bill, you could also tweet or send a note to your email subscribers. With a Kindle, you'd be pretty much relegated to reading a book. And that's fine – I like reading and eating. But a Kindle will help with food blogging as much as a tattered copy of Wuthering Heights.

  26. Last week I accompanied my daughter who is in 3rd grade on a field trip to a museum called the White River Valley Museum. We spent the afternoon walking around to the various exhibits, many of which told the history of the area here in Auburn where the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has lived for many years. As we walked around, I noticed this cute little girl with dark black hair wandering around on her own. This went on for a bit and I wondered if maybe she wasn't feeling well or had her feelings hurt. I asked my daughter who this girl was and why she wasn't following her group. My daughter said, “Her name is (xxxx) and she just moved here from Korea. She's very quiet and she can't read yet”.

    If I owned the Kindle I'd give it to the parents of this little girl. I'd also fill it with a number of children's books.

  27. I'm a teenage blogger and student. Being a teenager, I don't have the money like adults to buy these gadgets to review. I would really like to get my hands on one so I can actually have a ebook reader present when I give news in that field.

    Me being a student I need easy access to books to help increase my reading skills.

    Please support teenage media!

    http://www.techxav.com/author/jake

  28. I doubt you will scroll this far, but here goes:

    I am of course a poor student which is in great need of reading device other than the computer monitor. My eyes have been gradually getting worse throughout my student life and at this rate i will need binoculars to focus on the tiny text offered in my class lecture notes and ebooks. I plan on creating software that will change the world and hopefully end world hunger.

    Therefore by allowing me to go blind you are single handedly letting bad things happen all around the world. Please give me the Kindle to maintain my eyesight while stimulating my brain with the knowledge that will save this world.

    The ball is in your court Mr. Scoble…

  29. I'd use it to get smarter in college and read my E-text books. My college has discontinued all printed media because of the economy and I'm now forced to read for hours off of my laptop screen.

  30. Boy, there's some competition here! What would I do with a Kindle though? Plenty….

    I teach English in Mexico to adults, some of whom pay me 10 to 20% of their monthly salary – for them it is simple. No English, no career progress. I try and give some extra value for money by giving cheap classes as an extra to their normal classes, where we watch and then discuss documentaries. A book reading club sounds just as helpful….instead of everyone having the book and following along, a pass around Kindle with one person reading, the others listening.

    Plus, I spend 20 hours a week on the metro and microbuses going to and from classes. Getting hold of reasonably priced English language books in Mexico City is a nightmare. I have a US Amazon account though….a Kindle would solve that problem.

    Plus, of course, being an English teacher, I'm always broke! I am buying a $300 camera in two weeks….it took me 12 months to save up for that!

    Bottom line though…..I'd use your Kindle. Really use it. I might not be able to change the world with it, but I'll put some serious hours through it. And that's what these products are for right? To be used….

  31. G'Day Rob,
    Not sure if you willing to send it to overseas but thanks for your kindness to give away your Kindle. If I happend to be next owner, I'll be using it to read children books to my son. Evenmore I can teach him how to read and later on his sister.
    That's all I will do with your Kindle.

    Cheers,
    Uzzie from Down Under

  32. Robert, heres hoping you'll look kindly my way
    When the 'Giving Away My Kindle' comes up as a day

    It's glossy surface, the grey-scale display
    Will mean much, scanning books and blogs that all come my way

    I have my account, so no worry there
    It's the cash to buy more books for which I need care

    I'll carry it here, I'll carry it there
    I'll read books and blogs from most everywhere

    Starbucks will prosper from the dollars I spend
    While reading in a chair there, you will depend

    Robert, the Kindle shipped right to my door
    will assure that bookless, I go roaming no more

    In advance I say thanks, to be considered
    and not just thrown away like trash, cast off and littered

  33. Most creative answer ? ? ? here you go:

    I will download Naked Conversations on the Kindle and read it in the bathroom.

    :-)

  34. My son has a genetic disorder (22q deletion, he's missing a chromosome, it's somewhat similar to Downs Syndrome) and he has a difficult time concentrating on paper books. I would use it to help him read more, since he's able to focus more easily on a computer screen. It would also help with his IEP at school, since I would do my best to upload books that they are reading in the special ed. room so he could keep up more easily.

  35. I long for a Kindle! It would almost make up for having no cell phone, AND I could read it at the park with the kiddies.

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