Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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I am in love... with a little black box!
Amazon Kindle 3
Member Name: Numpty2009
Amazon Kindle 3
Advantages: All your books in one place! So easy to carry and use!
Disadvantages: Cost of some books can be high as publishers set the price!
Ahhh my kindle my kindle. I didn't think it possible but I have fallen in love with a gadget... I received my Kindle as a surprise gift for my birthday 3 months ago. i hadn't really looked into them before however, I can honestly say that it is one of the best gifts I have ever received. Previously I had dismissed the kindle as I thought that part of the joy of reading a book was to have it in your hand, and that when reading the paper on a Sunday, the enjoyment came from having it strewn across the kitchen table. However, I have been converted!
The kindle is an e-reader which can store up to 3500 books. It can also connect to the internet, play music and download newspapers. Although it can do many things that a tablet such as the ipad can do, it is not trying to be an ipad. The internet usage on it experimental. It works if you need it but it is not designed for heavy browsing, and the music plays well although the speakers are not designed for a high quality sound. However, what it does do very very well indeed is show your books and the newspapers!
Books can be downloaded from Amazon in seconds using either the wifi or the 3g connection. You can also buy that days newspaper at the click of abutton. THis function was very handy indeed when my son was in hospital recently as I didn't need to leave his bedside to fetch the paper or have something to do when he was sleeping. The 3G function means that you can download books anywhere that you are. You can even do it abroad however, the country that you are in must have a vodaphone network (unless you have bought an american kindle when it is different).
The books are displayed as the page of a normal book. THe kindle uses whats called e-ink, which isn't illuminated and looks like normal print. This ensures that your eyes are protected.
The battery seems to last forever, (a month apparently with the wifi off and 10 days with it on constantly). It can then be charged via a plug or usb.
The only downside seems to be that some of the books are more expensive than if you purchased them in a supermarket. However, this is due to publishers being able to set the prices for them rather than stores, like normal print books. Furthermore for some reason ebooks are subject to vat when normal books aren't!?!
However, with the massive growth in this market I am sure that this will soon change.
In summary this is a fantastic gadget. It won't always replace a print book but it is a fantastic way of having your reading to hand and solves the problem of having to get rid of books that you won't read again!
Summary: There is a good reason this is Amazon's no 1 seller!
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