Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Not a book replacement but a great addition
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: James2807
Amazon Kindle 4
Advantages: Works well, looks good, battery life and easy to transport
Disadvantages: None really
I am a huge fan of reading. I will ready almost anything (apart from Shakespeare who, despite my girlfriends best effort, I cannot enjoy). As a result I have built up a pretty substantial book collection which has filled up a gigantic book case, which I adore and it is something I can carry on adding to in the years to come. However, despite my love of books I do hate lugging them around on my commute to and from work or having to use up most of my luggage weight allowance when going on holiday. I thus decided to take the dive and buy a Kindle, mainly to use for the daily commute. Whilst I still prefer a real book I also LOVE my Kindle.
I decided the Kindle was the best available e-reader on the market at the time of purchase. I did not like the Sony range and whilst I heard good things about the Kobo I had never heard of the make so was a bit skeptical (plus I did not want touch screen). This combined with the Kindles glowing reviews made it a no brainer decision.
I decided to buy mine from PC world as I did not want to wait for delivery and it was the same price everywhere. At £89.99 it is a bargain. PC world has a promotion where if you buy a Kindle you get an official leather case for £15 which is a pretty good deal as they normally retail for £30 and it is an amazing quality case.
The Kindle was very easy to set up. You must have an amazon account which links in with the Kindle, but if you don't already have one they are very easy to set up. Once the account is linked you simple purchase your books, switch on the Kindle (make sure wireless is switched on) and the book will automatically download to the device without the need to connecting it to a computer.
The Kindle is very small and thin yet the screen is large enough to work well. Its looks great with a matt grey finish but I would recommend getting a case for it. The font sizes can be changed if you find reading smaller text difficult. Another added benefit is in built dictionary which can give you a definition of any word you highlight, which I have found very useful. The battery life on the device is amazing and lasts around a month but you must ensure the wireless is switched off as that will drain the battery. As well the screen uses this funny ink screen technology. The result is fantastic, as the screen does not look like a regular pc screen and is far easier to read for long amounts of time.
Ebooks range from 20p to £15 is price but there is also a huge range of free books available for download. I tend to work my way through the free book, occasionally buying a book fro a pound or so. The free book list is constantly changing which is very good.
The Kindle will never replace books for me. I feel that most people still generally prefer having real books to read. However the Kindle is and excellent addition which allows easier access to books whilst traveling or for people who require larger text to aid with their reading. I do not hesitate in recommending the Kindle to everyone.
*Also thought I should add that amazon will soon be releasing the Fire which is basically the new Kindle so it may be worth waiting to see what that is like before buying a Kindle. *
Summary: Great little gadget
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