Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
Newest Review: ... £60 from Amazon, as there are many more advanced Kindles in the brand now. My Kindle 4 does have some drawbacks. If your battery is low... more
Don't Dwindle - Buy A Kindle!
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: caroline1191
Amazon Kindle 4
Advantages: Lightweight, good value, durable, great screen, e-books are cheap!
Disadvantages: No nice smell of pages, and can't easily skip parts of books.
I've often looked at the Kindle, and other e-readers, and sighed a sad sigh. There's nothing like books; that 'new' smell of paper as you flick the pages under you nose; the feel of the smooth cover and the colourful artwork that brightens your shelves; the satisfaction of all those words - SO many words, covering whole pages for whole chapters, in whole novels. I am, and always will be, a book lover.
And then I got a Kindle.
Why? I have just graduated with a degree in Drama and Creative Writing, and am always searching for ways to publish as a new writer - e-books are a huge opening in the world of self-publishing, a new way to get writing out there. They are, essentially, the future of books. So it would have been very closed minded, very stubborn of me, to ignore this development in the world of books.
So I opened up my new Kindle and was hit with a new appreciation of all the possibilities surrounding this tiny, super-light little gadget. So thin! So light! Small enough to fit in my handbook without scuffing the edges of my precious books... And soon I discovered a world of great things about the Kindle. Of course, the capacity to store hundreds of books is handy when your on the go, on holiday, or travelling. The screen is incredible, not like a laptop or phone screen which somehow turns invisible as soon as subjected to direct sunlight. It really is just like a reading a book.
And cheaper than reading a book! The Kindle 4 itself is a reasonable price, and downloading e-books is often much cheaper than buying the actual book. A lot of the classics are free - wahoo! I have the entire works of Shakespeare and I only paid about a quid for the whole lot. And most books are available on Kindle now too. I have to admit - I do find myself buying a Kindle copy and a hard copy of the same book. Sadly, the Kindle will never curb my addition to actual books.
But it does make reading a lot easier. You only need one hand to turn pages (or click the next page button), it's light, you never lose your page. Downloading e-books is simple too. Kindle connects to Wifi and you can download books straight to it; and if you buy online from another source (laptop etc), as soon as the Kindle connects to Wifi, it is automatically transferred to the Kindle! No need to connect to the laptop or your amazon account.
It does have a few problems though. I used my Kindle during a drama class once (the e-version of the play was cheeeeap!), but found it nearly impossible to skip to certain scenes and back again! There is the ability to 'bookmark' certain pages and you can search the e-book (go to beginning, end etc), but it doesn't have the same format as a hard copy so you cannot search for a certain page. It works by the percentage of the book you have read; rather than the amount of pages. I gave up and bought the hard copies of the plays!
So the Kindle is great if you want to red a book from start to finish - which is what most people do. A durable, lightweight, convenient alternative to a real book!
Summary: Next best thing to a real book!
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