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Amazon Kindle 3
Member Name: Elise16
Amazon Kindle 3
Date: 05/11/11, updated on 06/11/11 (16 review reads)
Advantages: Never have librarys been lighter.
Disadvantages: I think if this takes off, we will all start to miss real books.....
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that giving away a book or even throwing it in the bin brakes a little bit of my heart. I had books piled up on shelfs, shoved into boxes, under my bed... I could go on! That is probably the only, if any, downside of books i can think of. When I first started seeing these advertised the old saying came to mind- "if it's not broken, dont fix it". I'm not really sure when my opinion changed, but it started with Apple's iBook revolution. I was using an iPhone 3G when I stumbled across probably my favouite book of all time. The best of it was the book was totally free, and so where the other 10-15 I read in the run up to christmas. This "kindled" my growing romance with EBooks without me even knoŵing it. The problem was however, I was using a very slow phone with a tendancy to crash, which made for very slow reading and long nights hoping my phone would be co-operative and keep the iBooks app open for more than ten seconds!
After a fair few hints to the hubby I was sitting with a brand new kindle deleting the iPhone app for good.
They really are amazing, even if you dont need the space I would still advise everyone who enjoys reading to get one. This is the first time I had seen E-Ink, and since then I've tried to explain the concept to many avid readers who are not the biggest fans on Ebboks, none of whom seem to understand that it actually looks just like a book! I was afraid at first the lack of backlight would put me off as I'm more of a bedtime than a sunlounger reader, however it was nothing that a cheap clip on light wouldn't fix. It's a lot lighter and thinner than I was expecting, which makes reading comfortable in any position. My kindle is grey and very plainly designed, which I'm told is a deliberate design feature by Amazon, as they wanted the device to fade into the background so enjoyment of the book is the only thing your aware of. I like the idea of this, however I must admit the first thing I did was go out and buy a pretty skin that spruces it up a bit.
I like how you can have your whole library sorted into sections, read two books at once without losing either page and quickly shift from book to internet should you wish to look something up. Since I got one my whole family has followed suit, and I'm pretty sure in time they will eventually replace most form of paper book, certainly novels. Now I barely read novels in book form as there are so many authours I have discovered who write very reasonably priced Ebooks.
The only thing that occasionally bugs me is you do find certain books that aren't available on kindle yet. The harsh realisation that you may have to wait a few days for a paper copy to be delivered comes when you're so used to clicking "buy now" and having it fully downloaded waiting to be read in just a matter of seconds. Also, the pricing of Ebooks leaves some questions in my opinion. I thought that because of the reduced costs in materials and manufacturing you would save alot on the price but it's a bit of a jumble, sometimes they will be alot cheaper, sometimes they are priced the same and sometimes they are more expensive than a printed copy.
To be honest though, even without the perks of free and reduced cost books, the satisfaction that comes with knowing all my books are in the one place, safe, and ready to re-read at the touch of a button is worth the money for me, and I'm sure anyone else who regards their collection as precious would agree with me.
Summary: The MP3 for the bookworm.
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