Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Amazon Kindle 3 Wi-fi and 3G
Amazon Kindle 3
Member Name: MsMisfit
Amazon Kindle 3
Advantages: Light weight, Portable, easy to use, accessible
Disadvantages: Not backlit, can be slow, very small keys on keyboard
Let me introduce you to the Kindle. The Kindle is an Electronic Book Reader released by Amazon book store (Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk). I've had my Kindle for just over a year now and although it is not used as much as it should. I wouldn't be without it. I paid £150.00 for mine but I understand there is now a cheaper version available for £89.00
::: Operating the Kindle :::
The kindle has a slide switch for power and buttons either side of the 6" display. The buttons help you to navigate pages (back and forward).
The version of Kindle I have includes a keyboard with very small buttons and not really that great for adults with large fingers to use! The Kindle allows you to apparently surf the web and search for books in the Amazon store it does have a purpose for being there and who really wants to carry a large keyboard around with them?
::: What does the Kindle do exactly? :::
The Kindle allows me to store hundreds of electronic books; correction Amazon say you can carry up to 3,500 books on the device, delving into them whenever I wish. You can imagine carrying 3,500 paperback books?? Books can be purchased via the Kindle store using your wi-fi or 3g connection. You can also drag and drop ebooks from your pc onto the Kindle as you would with other usb devices. This is very easily done as I had to do this quite recently when someone wanted to borrow my Kindle I didn't want to lose any of the books so backed them up on my PC.
The Kindle books are not in colour (yet) but the Kindle does offer contrast options black on white and white on black and font size is adjustable as well as speech to read any books if one so for wishes to. However the later option is down to the publisher as not all books have the audible function enabled which I believe disadvantages individuals with reading difficulties or those who have a visual impairment.
I read mostly at night and do not have a bed side lamp so I needed to solve this problem. I purchased a nice bright green leather Kindle case from Amazon which has an inbuilt light. The light is powered by the Kindle so only works when the Kindle is powered up but it does the trick, very clever!
::: Birth weight and life expectancy :::
The Kindle comes in at 247 grams. The battery life is pretty good considering most other electronically devices with a fully charged Kindle and half an hour of reading a day the Kindle is expected to last for approximately two months.
You do need to make sure you turn the Kindle off after use as it's very easy to switch it on to standby (screensaver mode). My boyfriend has an annoying habit of doing this and then when I go to use it - it's dead!
The Kindle comes with a charger which can be done via the usb port on your computer or you can plug it directly into the mains.
::: Overall :::
I love my Kindle and the fact I can store so much on it. The Kindle store is brilliant because I can download a sample of a book before I decide if I want to go ahead and by it. As soon as I purchased my Amazon Kindle an account was setup so when I purchased any Kindle books it would automatically deduct it from my card details on my Amazon account.
My dad was so impressed with my Kindle we got him one for his birthday. He reads every day and loves it! A lot of people say before they get one that they like to turn pages and couldn't get use to an Ebook and you can't beat a real book but the amount of people now buying Kindles proves a point and people are moving with the times. The more people buying Kindles also means the amount of books available in an electronic format will increase.
I'd highly recommend a Kindle. I can't really compare mine to the latest model as I know very little about it apart from the fact it does not have a keyboard and is £89.00 it also only has wi-fi rather than 3G. Whereas my model has both which means I can download books on the move and I do not need a wi-fi connection - great huh?
So if you're thinking about getting a Kindle I hope you decide to go ahead because it truly is a fantastic device and deserves all the credit I have given it...
Summary: One of the best if not the best ebook reader on the market
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