I love the kindle… Here’s the Q and A I would have liked before I bought it.
Q: Can I get G-mail on the kindle?
A: Yes. The web browser is “experimental” but it works with gmail. Conceivably, Amazon could remove this feature at any time.
Q: Does web access cost anything?
A: No. It’s free.
Q: How long does it take the screen to refresh?
A: About 0.5 seconds. It’s fine for reading at my reading pace (about average). It would be great if you could set it to turn the the top of the page only then the bottom only. That way as you got close to the bottom of the page you could page forward and only the top would change, getting ready for you. Then when you hit the page-forward again as you start the top of that page, the bottom would flip over. Alas, this is not a feature.
Q: Is Harry Potter available on the Kindle?
A: No. It seems that J. K. Rowling doesn’t allow it. You can’t legally download Harry Potter.