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I won my Kindle in a writing competition, but I honestly would pay the money to have one. The Kindle is about the same size and shape as a book, but much thinner and lighter to hold. I normally find technology difficult to use, but the Kindle had an easy set-up which I believe anyone could operate. The screen (not a touch screen) has a different technology which is great when you are reading in bright sunlight, as the screen is easy to see, however I found I had to buy a small reading light when reading at night in the dark, as the screen has no brightness to it. I love reading on my Kindle because it's just like reading a book, but lighter to hold. I have had my Kindle for almost 2 years and I only have to charge it roughly once every two months, which is incredible, so the battery life is a definite advantage. Buying books of Amazon was pretty simple, so long as you can connect your Kindle to wi-fi. There are millions of books on the Kindle store, and the Kindle edition of each book is often cheaper than a normal paperback. The Kindle is also great for travel, as you can carry around hundreds of books with almost no extra weight. The only major problem I found with my Kindle is that it is easily breakable. I once dropped my Kindle off of my bed onto a soft carpet, only to find that the screen had cracked underneath, and I couldn't use it. Amazon were very quick to send me a replacement for free, which was great, however it is rather inconvenient, so if you buy a Kindle, I would very strongly recommend you buy a case as well.
INTRODUCTION I am an avid reader, when I am not using my electronic products! Now the two can be amalgamated! I look forward to reviewing some books in the future. For me, the price of the Amazon kindle, combined with the eBook price and the space saving element of not needing room for physical books. DESIGN AND FEATURES This model of the Kindle is 190mm x 122 x 10mm in size and weighs just under 250g. If I choose to, I can hold in comfortably in one hand, and this is probably the case for most people. There is a QWERTY Keyboard under the screen for typing notes, or searching for books. Although this is a nice feature to have, it is a bit fiddly, as the buttons are very close together and there is a slight delay after pressing the button before the character appears on the screen. Another disappointment is that there are no dedicated keys for numbers and to access them you have to first press the SYM key, comparable to the shift key on the computer. Another design feature I like is the fact that there are page forward and page back buttons on both the left and right sides of the unit. This means you can hold it in both hands and not have to stretch over the screen to press them. It's a simple addition but a worthwhile one nevertheless. I love the screen on the Kindle and it makes reading very easy. In the past few weeks, I have tried reading on iBooks on my iPad, but I find it hurts your eyes because it's bright, and is also hard to use in the sun. On the Kindle, you get a screen which replicates a page perfectly, and is not backlit which means it is easy to read on the beach on holiday, something I have found useful. The Kindle has an integrated store where you can buy your books, after linking it with your Amazon account, you can navigate through and pick a book and have it downloaded in just a few seconds. Alternatively, via Whispernet, you can purchase the book on the Amazon website, and it will wirelessly download, provided you have network access. I've tried both ways and it works brilliantly! I have the WiFi model, but you can purchase a 3G Model as well, allowing pay as you go internet access. MEMORY AND BATTERY LIFE The device holds over 3000 books I believe, and it is important to mention at this stage that there are also lots of free books available online, particularly classics. The battery life is second to none, and I think last year I only had to charge it about 15 times in the whole year - it can easily last a month! SUMMARY This is a super device, although it lacks an interface found on tablet PCs, it is far better, in my opinion than other eReaders, and the screen really makes it for me! It is super for people who travel a lot, who do not want to cart heavy hardbacks around. The range of books is great, and you can request books to be added if not available.
OK I confess I am a gadget junkie and got the Kindle pretty soon after it was released in the UK. To set up and go, it couldn't be easier and it linked very quickly with my Amazon account. I also have the same account linked to my phone and laptop so can pretty much read anywhere. The battery life is excellent and I confidently go on holiday without bringing the charger cable safe in the knowledge it will last a week easily. The connector for the charger was also the same as my previous phone (HTC) which also helped. Downloading a book can be done either directly from the device itself using the easy to navigate menu screen or from an amazon account. If I'm looking for a specific book then I will do it direct from the Kindle but if just looking for a book I tend to go to the computer as I find browsing easier there. If like me you like to read a bit of a book first before you but then you can download samples and try before you buy. Any books you have purchased will automatically download the next time you go online with your Kindle (for me that means switch it on at home) The books on the Kindle all appear on one list and so I've set up a directory for those I've downloaded and not read yet. Again a very straightforward menu allows books to be added and removed from this directory with a simple click of a button. I'm not one for reading instruction manuals and there are probably lots of other ways to tidy it up which you may wish to do as I find the main list of all the books you've ever bought quite annoying. Reading a book is easy with buttons to allow you to move forward or back a page and a really obvious button to change the text size. A godsend if like me you are trying to use the varifocals in bed. You can also bookmark particular places in the book and even share what you've read on facebook at the end. I don't do either of these but my friends do and find it very easy. So it's great for a fiction book and as a maths teacher I love that percentage completed is a regular discussion point at my book group now. Where I find it particularly unhelpful is in non fiction books where you may want to jump around pages a fair bit. I recently tried to follow Stephen Fry's book on poetry on it and ended up having to buy the paper copy instead. It was just too difficult to keep track of where I was as I kept jumping back to other parts. Overall an excellent device but more suited to fiction rather than non fiction books.
When eBook readers first came out, I was sceptical to say the least and refused to buy one because "it would never be the same as holding an actual book". True. It is better!! To say that I'm a bookaholic is an understatement as my house would not need supporting walls if I just piled up my 1000+ books against them. Even this did not make me want to buy an eBook reader though. It was only when I went travelling, I decided I had to buy one or carry a separate suitcase just for my bedtime material. What can I say, the best thing I ever bought! Especially if you enjoy books that have 1300+ pages, such as War and Peace or Lord of the Rings the way I do. Being able to use only 1 hand to hold the Kindle up and to turn pages is fantastic. No more propping the book up with more books because it is too heavy to lift. I have to say, I still buy some books as books, such as cookery, craft and any other ones with pictures, but nothing beats a Kindle for chick lit and rom coms. It is also helping with saving space and is actually saving me money. Many of the classics are actually free and most other books are also only a few quid!! Kindle only takes minutes to set up and with the 3G and 1 click shopping set up, you really can download books wherever in the world you are. Great for backpackers!
Initially I was sceptical about the need for an book reader, but after receiving one for my birthday, I had to give it a go! The kindle is ridiculously easy to set up and was connected to my home wifi within minutes of coming out of the box. After this, I went straight to the amazon kindle shop to start downloading books! This is also an amazingly easy and straight forward process, especially if you have to one-click payment set up. Find a book you like and select it buy it, then voila, ten seconds later, it appears on the kindle ready to read! The device also syncs well with your other Android devices such as phone, PC or tablet meaning you can pick a book up where ever you left off on any device. I particularly like the ease of reading with the kindle, the e-ink is very realistic and I find it hurts my eyes less than even a normal book. I am able to read before bed with the kindle in one had and a cup of tea in the other, a perfect combination! I have also found that amazon customer service is incredible, when my first kindle screen broke, it was replaced within days at no cost to me and with no quibbles, even though I suspect my heavy handiness may have had something to do with the fault! The weight of the device is no more than a paperback and it is so slim you can slip it in your bag very easily. I would however recommend a case as there is a likelihood screen damage if it is left unprotected. I would not be without my kindle now and can't imagine ever going back to 'normal' books!
I bought the Kindle a little under a year ago because I happen to read a lot of books. To be honest I wasn't expecting much, as I hadn't heard much about it. However, I fell in love with it straight away. The Kindle is fairly lightweight and fairly small so you can hold it in your hands for a long time. The buttons are big enough for you to be able to type without making mistakes. An amazing feature of this Kindle is that it can play music, either through headphones or through its inbuilt speaker. The only issue with this is that your music files must be in an mp3 format, however music files can be converted fairly easily. The speaker inside the Kindle reaches quite a high volume and the sound does not get distorted like it can on some speakers. Another feature of the Kindle is that you can visit the Amazon Kindle store where you can purchase books. There are many free books, although in my opinion there are not many good free books. Another down side to the Kindle Store is sometimes when you go to buy a book on the Kindle, it is in fact cheaper to buy a print version. However, usually it is somewhat cheaper to buy a Kindle version. You can buy books pretty quickly when you have your account set up and what amazes me is how quickly these books appear on your Kindle. When you have your wifi connection switched on, the book you ordered downloads itself and it takes literally a few seconds. Books can also be purchased through the Kindle itself. Overall, I think the Kindle is fabulous. It offers everything you would expect and more from an e-reader. I have not had any problems whatsoever with the functionality of the Kindle. I believe that it is a must have for people that like to read a lot.
Originally, I was very sceptical when Amazon announced their Kindle and was reluctant to buy one for several months due to the high price compared to a normal paperback book. I eventually gave into the temptation upon advice from friends and family and got myself one last year and I can definitely say it has been one of my best purchases! Firstly, I found it very easy to set up which is always a bonus as you don't want to be messing around for hours before you can actually use your new gadget! You simply have to register using an Amazon username and password and set it up with a debit card in order to start purchasing books. The rest of the navigation on the Kindle is also really simple and easy to follow, although it should be noted that there is a comprehensive user guide included too if needed. I love reading, particularly on my daily train commute to work and on holidays and this has made it so much easier. The Kindle is probably around the same size as a normal book but the difference is how thin and lightweight it is. It weighs less than 250g so is less of a strain on the hand and wrist so much more comfortable to hold for long periods of time than a normal paperback would be. Being thin too means it is easy to carry around with you wherever you go barely noticing it at all! I have found this particularly useful when going on holiday as before I would take 4/5 books away with me which not only took us space but also too much of the stingy weight allowance airlines give you! One of my reservations with the Kindle was that it wouldn't look or feel the same as reading a standard book. Obviously, it isn't exactly the same but the makers have simulated it very well in terms of the screen looking like proper pages in an actual book and in fact, turning the pages is even easier than with a conventional book, with a single tap of the button on the side of the screen doing the job. Also, you will never lose your page with a Kindle (which I forever found myself doing with a normal book) as it keeps the page you were last on no matter how many books you are reading at once! Another point to mention is that it is not just books that you can access on the Kindle but also magazines and newspapers too which I think is a good feature. Other features the Kindle provides is the ability to load music onto the device which is also useful for on holiday as it means you only need to carry one thing around that allows you to read but also listen to music. You can also bookmark/leave notes on pages as well as highlight words for their meanings which both have been useful for me while I have been reading books for my studies. Also, when I was buying my Kindle, there was emphasis on the fact that it had 3G as well as Wi-Fi access. After having this feature, I don't really see the point as I have a Wi-fi connection at home so have never needed the 3G as I don't see why you would need to buy a book so urgently that it couldn't wait! But I suppose if you don't have wi-fi at home then it would be useful, I just saw it as unnecessary feature adding expense. As I said earlier though, my main reason for not wanting a Kindle originally was the price (£149) which I thought was a lot when I was just comparing it to a £15 book. But I can honestly say I now think the opposite and think that the Kindles are well worth their money. They can store up to 3,500 different titles and you can get decent ones from as little as £1 or even some are free so it will definitely pay for itself in no time. Overall, I would definitely recommend the Kindle to anybody who enjoys reading. It makes life so much easier and I couldn't live without mine now!
I must admit that upon receiving this as a present I was a little skeptical in regards to how pragmatically applicable it would be within my life, but I can gladly say that it has consistently proven that my skepticism was totally illogical. It now finds use everyday whether it be in helping me race through my recommended reading lists - for my seemingly never ending assignments - or for my relaxation and enjoyment. It has completely renewed, or rekindled if I want to sound punny, my love for reading. The 6" e-ink display is absolutely fantastic and displays text like ink would look on real paper, this essentially means that the end-user experience is one of great quality because the experience feels wholly natural. Contrasting it to using the Kindle app on my Galaxy Nexus, which I have previously reviewed on here ;), it seems the only way in which to read as it is a real representation of what reading is like, devoid of the eyestrain unlike reading from a normal screen. The storage only further ensures its practicality especially for such instances as holiday, or university work, as you have access to your book in one friendly package. I'm yet to run out of storage, and can't see myself doing so in the near future. The 3G is great ensuring you will never be left wanting access to the store to treat yourself to a new read! Arguably this is the key to the friendly, and consistently engaging, experience as the Kindle Store is jam-packed with top reads which you can purchase and read semi-instantly! I consistently find myself purchasing new books even knowing I haven't completed my backlog because it's such an engaging and enjoyable experience. It's especially great because the Kindle features a keyboard which makes the experience user friendly. The battery is fantastic and I, with pretty much daily use, only have to charge it once every couple of weeks. Overall, I'd recommend it to anyone, even those who are skeptical because you'll probably be delighted like myself!
It took me a long time to hop on to the Kindle bandwagon. I slowly watched all my friends getting them, all the while muttering to myself that I'd miss the feel of a real paperback, the smell of new ink on new book... Yes, I'm a bit of a weird bookworm. But before long I realised I just don't have the space for any more books, in fact I'd stopped buying them for the lack of room to store them. Finally, I relented about bought the KIndle 3, WiFi only version. I'm glad I invested before they got rid of the keyboard! Appearance: The Kindle is a grey, flat rectangle shaped device, at first glance, not unlike a tablet. It weighs roughly 241 grams and measures in at around 190 mm x 123 mm x 8.5 mm (Many thanks to Amazon UK for the measurements). So it's a very light unit indeed. I happen to be a disabled person who has difficulties lifting and holding even a paperback book, and to me the Kindle feels much lighter and easier to manage. Obviously there's no need to struggle to turn a page either. I realise most people wouldn't have this problem, but worth mentioning that it's ideal for anyone with dexterity problems. To be honest, it's even ideal for those who like to read in bed and hate having to move from a comfy position to turn the page! It also boasts a six inch display screen with E ink pearl technology. At first this sounds like meaningless marketing mumbo-jumbo but one glance at the screen and you'll see just what they're getting at. Unlike tablets, iPhones and other devices, the screen isn't a glaring white with black text. It looks exactly like a book. There's seemingly no backlight whatsoever, just parchment-ish background with black ink typing. A lot of people complain that trying to read e-books on a tablet gives them headaches and eye strain, Amazon have designed the Kindle so this isn't an issue whatsoever. It even works perfectly in sunlight. To the left and right of the screen there are page turning buttons, back and forwards (on both sides). I had concerns this would feel unnatural and distract me mid-read - after all, you can't really recreate the action of turning a page. Before long though I got into the swing of things and was pressing the forwards button without even being aware of it, so I'd say this would come naturally to most people after a while of using the Kindle. Under the screen you'll find a full keyboard along with directional button, for searching for books in your library and to make use of the built in web browser. The on/off switch, volume keys, USB charging port and charging light are located on the bottom of the unit. Functionality: According to Amazon, this edition of the Kindle can hold around 3,500 books. I've yet to fill mine up (give me time!) but it's impressive to know I can keep adding to my library without fear of having to delete a novel or two to make room. Another impressive feature is the battery life. Mine's held a charge for a couple of months now, which is incredible! I assume it might be something to do with the E ink style screen rather than having a bright back lit display, but either way it's great to not have to dig a charger out every time you want to settle down with a good read. The boot up time of the Kindle is super speedy, which is great. If you leave it in hibernation style mode rather than turning it off completely, it'll treat you to a cover of a famous book as a screen-saver. Quite a quirky feature, but a nice one all the same. Once it's started up, you'll be met by your book library. You can organise these into different sections, choosing to file your books by genre etc exactly as you might organise your bookshelf at home. This appealed to this slightly compulsive tidying streak in me and I had a whale of a time neatening up my Kindle library. If you're remotely weird like me, you'll probably enjoy this too but if not, it's still a handy option. A quick press of the menu button shows you a few more options besides just reading your books. I'll explain them one by one, in the hope it helps someone.. Firstly, the option to turn your wireless on/off. Pretty self explanatory, really. You'll need the Wi-fi to connect to the online library to download more books, or to browse the web but if you're just reading books you already own, switching it off will prolong battery life. Next up is 'Shop in kindle store'. Give that a press and you'll be taken to Amazon's Kindle book shop. Despite being in black and white, it does look quite neat and simple. Perfectly easy to navigate, even if you aren't that used to Amazon's website. Here you can browse books, newspapers and magazines to buy or search for what you're specifically after with the keyboard. Despite its small size, the keyboard is well spaced and easy to type on. You can also download free samples to be sent to your library, so you can try before you buy, something Waterstones probably frown upon! Next on in the menu is the 'View Archived Items' key. Again, self explanatory - for if you want to archive items! After that you'll find search, so you can type in the book from your collection you're looking for without having to trawl through all your sections looking for it. You can also use this button to search google, wikipedia, the kindle store and the inbuilt dictionary supplied with your Kindle. The 'create new collection' button comes next. This is to add another section to your library, to keep things neat and ordered. Then there's 'Sync and check for items' and 'View downloading items' To synch new books you've downloaded directly from Amazon on your PC, and to check on the progress of anything you're downloading straight onto the Kindle. Under that there's the settings area. In here you'll find your Device name, Registration information, your serial number and the Wi-fi set up area. Setting up Wi-fi is a piece of pie, all you have to do is let it scan for your network and type in the password if you have one. I had absolutely no problem at all with this, and it's quite speedy too. The last area of the menu is something entitled 'Experimental'. Here's all the fun extras of the Kindle 3. In here you'll find the inbuilt web browser, the mp3 player and the text to speech option. There no denying the fact that browsing the internet on a black and white device with no mouse/trackpad isn't the easiest thing in the world, but it's a nice bonus to be included anyway. For the briefest of surfing if you're out and about, it's perfectly fine. I loaded some music onto the mp3 player and was surprised to find the sound quality was good too, another lovely little extra. Admittedly though, i was most impressed with the text to speech add-on. This means your Kindle will read to you, making it perfect for those who have sight problems. It's great to see technology including accessibility options such as this, so kudos to Amazon for that. All in all, I love my Kindle. The only negative I can find is that a little piece of me feels frustrated at the price of the e- books - I can't resist a bargain if I see paperbacks on offer still, which defeats the object a little bit. Otherwise this is a slim, cute unit that holds 3,500 books in one place for you to carry around with ease - what's not to love?
I've long been against the idea of giving up my beloved 'real' books in favour of an e-book reader, but there's something about the prospect of 9½ hours on a plane that make the library-in-your-pocket idea near irresistible! There are other e-readers, but with its easy on the eye e-ink screen (no glare, no backlighting, so not like reading a computer screen!) that choice was simple. No, the real question became which version to go for: third or fourth generation, keyboard or not? The newer Kindle 4 is slightly smaller and lighter (170g against 247g: neither exactly heavy!) and cheaper: £89 compared to £149. However, it also has only half the battery life and memory (2Gb rather than 4G), and neither 3G internet connectivity nor physical keyboard. The choice is yours! While not exactly essential I've appreciated the handiness of the keyboard (the non-3G keyboard version is no longer available, alas). Wi-fi passwords were easier with the qwerty-keyboard (my fingers are small enough for the wee buttons!), only becoming irritating when forced to the on-screen (the only interface on the K4) symbol selector. It's made the pre-loaded dictionary much easier to use, too, and I have scribbled a few reminder notes. The older version has a few other features not carried through like storing/playing mp3s and a dubious text-to-speech. More important is the reading experience: while there are few differences (eg slightly quicker page refreshes) nothing's changed too drastically. Against my own prejudices, my Kindle is growing on me: it's so much easier to hold than a thick book, and I get just as caught up in what I'm reading - I notice pressing the button just as little as turning a physical page. The ability to change font sizes is hugely valuable. And for just reading (rather than battery-hungry online use) one full charge (via USB cable, or optional wall socket adaptor) will outlast a holiday - the best feature for the extra dosh, I think! However, all is not joy. Maybe I'll change my views (and save shelf space!) but right now I still find it entirely objectionable to have to pay the same or even more for a 'virtual' book over the physical copy. I can't (won't!) take my kindle into the bath, somewhere I love to read. I don't like the fiddly sliding on/off button much; I can't flick: more than one page turn at a time is s-l-o-w. And I'm disappointed - although not surprised! - that the free 3G is really just for the Amazon store and archive. With wi-fi the on-the-go access to email and internet is handy, but this is not a smartphone replacement! Still, it has been useful: I've loaded up all my work/study PDFs, although this isn't a well-displayed format unless you have one page per screen and good eyesight! I'd recommend the freeware program 'Calibre' (for your computer) for converting formats, to then transfer to your device either via email (and wi-fi) or USB connection. There are also myriad free books available online, causing my reading material to diversify somewhat: from random non-fiction texts of varying quality to revisiting or discovering classics (check out Project Gutenberg, online). That 4Gb will hold *thousands* of books, and that's before the free cloud backup for my 'archived' texts (ie any I've downloaded from Amazon) - which I can get at anytime, anywhere thanks to the not-entirely-useless 3G! So while I still love real books more, more ways to read is a good thing too!
My kindle is one of the best purchases that I have ever made. I love reading books and I have to admit I was a more than a little apprehensive about leaving the paper book behind. But it has been a decision that I have not regretted. When you take the kindle out of the box you need to sync it with an Amazon account which you can do either via your kindle or on your pc. To purchase books for the kindle you can either buy them via your Amazon account or via your kindle of the Amazon web site It is really easy to do and books down load to your kindle straight away which is great if you run out of reading material late at night. I believe you can also buy books of other web sites but this isn't something I have done. The best thing about the kindle is that you can download books which are out of copy right for free which will mean that my kindle will eventually pay for itself. The kindle is really lightweight and is easy to carry in your bag with out weighing you down. The text is easy to read and you can turn the page (back or forward) by a touch of a button. It automatically opens the book on the last page that you stopped reading and even turns its self of after a while if you forget which saves on battery life. Another feature of the kindle is the internet browser which allows you to search the internet although it is not the best browser in the world it is good if you need to check something when your out and about such as train times.
When I first bought my Kindle I wasn't a massive book reader. I had always liked reading but I never really found the time. So as you can imagine, the prospect of shelling out £100+ for a 'book reader' - the very idea I had previously mocked in the past - was not one I took lightly. I decided to go for it thinking that it might reignite my passion for reading again and replace some of the brainless pastimes that have burrowed their way into my life (Thank you very much BBC iPlayer) with something a little more intellectual. I suppose you could say it was a desperate attempt to better myself. I won't bore you with too many features of the kindle since Amazon does a fairly thorough job of this on its website. My aim is to review my experience of the kindle and compare it to reading a conventional paper book. Upon receiving my kindle I was immediately besotted. The first thing that struck me was the style. The kindle is thinner than a biro and is the screen is unlike any other screen I have ever seen. The 6" E-ink Pearl display (to use the technical mumbo-jumbo) is designed to read like paper. I didn't believe this before I saw it but it really does look like you're reading from a page. And you know that annoying glare you get on your mobile phone screen when there's so much as a flicker of light in the room - well, none of that here! You can happily use your kindle in the sun and no longer have to be assume the persona of a vampire whenever you want to whip out your gadget in the daylight. Admittedly this was never an issue with an actual book but now you don't have to avoid public scrutiny and judgement about the book you're reading by staying indoors. So feel free to read Piers Morgan's autobiography in public without alienating yourself from society and attracting unwelcome sideward glances of disgust from your fellow commuters. I did think that I might miss the experience of reading a book. After all it's something that has become second nature to me over the years. One thing I won't miss though is turning the page. A trivial act you might say, but one that requires two hands with most paperbacks unless you are trained in the Jedi arts. Being able to turn the page back or forth using just one hand makes reading much easier and allows you to sit in more comfortable positions whilst doing so. There are back/forth buttons on both sides of the kindle so the choice of hand is left up to you. Another great feature of the kindle is the ability to read a book with no hands at all! You can simply place the kindle on an armrest or on your lap and read whilst using your hands to accomplish other tasks. No more struggling to hold open a paperback with one hand whilst trying to eat your dinner with the other. No more having to reach for a bookmark or crease over the corner of a page whenever you need to break off. No more...well you get the idea. The advantages over reading a conventional book don't stop at the free-handedness either. How many books allow you to change the size of the text, the text style itself or even the number of words per line? Unless you know something I don't then the answer is none at all. As a result you can customise your reading experience if desired which can only be a good thing! Great news if you find some of the small print books difficult to read. You may even find yourself reading faster by tinkering with the number of words per line. The choice of books you can upload to your kindle is vast. A lot of kindle edition books are cheaper than their paperback counterparts and you can start reading a few seconds after purchasing due to Wi-Fi delivery system. Being from Yorkshire, I am a great fan of the free classic books available on amazon. I don't think I've actually paid for a book in a few months now. So I'm already raking back some of the upfront expense from my kindle purchase. You can organise your books into folders and search your collection for specific books or search the books themselves if you want to find a quote for example. I haven't used this feature much but it's nice to know I have it if I do need to. One feature I do use a lot is the built in dictionary. Using the so-called 5 way controller on the kindle (which in my opinion is a four way controller and a select button) you can simply move along the page to a word you don't understand and then a little box appears on the screen with a definition. This is especially useful for the classic books I am currently reading and I would like to think that this has helped my vocabulary grow. This is simply something I would never bother to do with a conventional book. You'd have to bookmark your page, put the book down, find your dictionary or log on to Google then go and sit back down and commence your reading. By which time you've either forgotten what was going on in the story or no longer care. There are some obvious drawbacks to the kindle when compared to a standard book. Firstly, you have to keep your kindle charged if you don't want to reach a gripping part of the plot only to be interrupted by a low battery warning. However, the battery life itself is very good and I find it will last for over a month with about an hour's reading a day. Another downside is that you will become very protective of your kindle and soon adopt a close resemblance to Dobby the house elf. This is because the kindle feels very fragile. Being as thin as it is, it doesn't feel like it will stand up to much rough treatment. Instead of throwing it down on the sofa like you would perhaps a mobile phone or a set of keys, you'll be placing it down gently like a sleeping baby. Investing in a good case for your kindle is an absolute must (I found a good quality pouch for under a tenner so you don't have to break the bank). If you're careless enough to scratch or damage the screen in any way you will not only have a scratch on one page...you will have that very same scratch on every page you read from that moment forth! In summary, providing you take good care of your kindle (and you're likely to do so at the price) the advantages over a paper book far outweigh the drawbacks in my view. Reading no longer feels like a chore and the opportunities for reading increase with the versatility of the kindle. I have fallen in love with reading again and read much more often than I would if I had to resort back to paperbacks. It is a costly purchase but the savings you may make on the books themselves and the convenience the kindle provides ensure that it is a purchase worth making even if you don't currently read a lot of books. You soon will ;)
I was one of those people who insisted that I just liked the feel of a book. I was convinced that if the thing that I was reading was not lots of bits of paper that was tightly bound together that it wasn't really a book. My boyfriend fortunately disagreed with me and bought me one anyway, convinced that he knew I was wrong. not being a reader at all himself that was a brave move! However I can't believe how much I LOVE my kindle. Firstly it is really lightweight (247g) in many cases it is probably even lighter than an actual book. It is way more practical than a 'proper' book. For example I can now take as many books as the device stores on holiday with me - about 3500 - try fitting that many books in your suitcase! You can also lay on your sun lounger and not have to try and hold your book pages open. One handed reading is totally possible with page flipping easily done by the side flip buttons. Sunlight is also no problem, there is no screen glare and reading is not impaired by the sun. It is exactly like reading ink on paper and will not hurt your eyes like some people imagine (it's not like reading a computer screen). In terms of size, well in order to give you an idea, it's about the same size of a normal paperback book - give or take an inch or so. The battery life is amazing. Again, on the holiday theme, I took mine abroad for a week and a half and completely forgot the charger. I needent have have worried since there was ample battery life despite being used every day. Battery life is hard to estimate, but apparantly accoding to the advertising blurb if you use the kind for one hour a day you would get a month's battery life and I would say that thats about right. Books are easily downloaded through the kindle itself straight to the device so no connecting to your computer is needed. Often books on kindle are cheaper though I have found that prices do fluctuate , and for many of the old classics (such as Dickens and Austen) the books are actually free! Another feature that I think is really good is that you are able to download samples straight to your device so you can try before you buy (making up for the fact you can't flip through the book like you might in a bookshop). It is also possible to access the internet through this device, however I haven't found this to be the easiest to use as it is effectively black and white, however if you had no other access to the internet it would be better than nothing! I've come to realise that the kindle really is the way forward, if you have bookshelves filled to the brim with books, well, soon you can have a whole library on one device instead. I no longer think that there is any problem with digital books and in some ways they really are better.
It was only few months back that my best friend gifted me a kindle 3- keyboard and I am already a total fan of this new technology. Before that, I was one of those people who are fanatics about reading books/content only through actual hard books or newspapers. But Kindle changed much of what I believed in. It changed the way I study, it changed what I do in my leisure time and it also changed my views about ebook readers. So small, light and portable so as to fit in one hand; as well as so big so as to be able to read text clearly and comfortably. I hardly need to charge it before one full month and I can read whatever and wherever I want. It offers a decent enough browser to browse through the internet through wi-fi. The feature to be able to search the dictionary, web or the kindle documents when I come across a difficult word has helped me a lot. Whenever I am reading something important on my laptop, and want to carry it with me, all I have to do is email the document to myself at my amazon id, and boom!! it is right there on my kindle within seconds!!!!. Last semester, I did my entire studies on this device and was able to top the department!! Just like my cellphone, it has become an integral part of who I am!!! If anybody is thinking of buying an Ebook, this is it. Go for it!!!!....Its worth your money.