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I wasn't sure about buying an e-reader because I do love physical books. I got this because of some of the good deals available for books as well as those that are not available in other formats. I chose this Kindle in particular mainly because of the price, but the relatively low cost does not mean that this is not a good product.
This Kindle is easy to use, with only a few buttons that do not take long to get used to. The buttons to move through the pages are on both sides of the device which can be easy to reach or difficult to avoid touching accidently, depending on how you are holding it.
The device can be personalised in several ways, such as line spacing, creating folders and page orientation. Although these things are easy to do, typing can be time-consuming due to the lack of full keypad, but this not a huge problem because it is not something you will need to do very often.
This product can be uncomfortable to hold. This is probably partly because I do prefer reading a physical book and the Kindle is obviously thinner and less flexible than a paperback, which means it can feel awkward.
The screen is a good size, not too big or small, and it is comfortable to read without straining your eyes.
This product does not have any sort of light so can not be read in the dark. However, this is easily solved with a case with a light or a light that can be clipped on.
I like books but I keep starting them and not finishing them as I get easily distracted amongst other things. So when I was recommend a kindle from friends I kind of ignored them until going on holiday when I saw how little space I had left in the suitcase.
The battery life is very good, much better than a smartphone or tablet and it can be read under any light. Also you can take hundreds of books with you on holiday with only a device the thickness of a pencil!
The kindle is extremely light. In fact my case I bought for it is heavier than the kindle itself! It must be around 100 grams or less it's that light. It took a while to get used to, I tend to read the heavier hardbacks so it's hard to get used to weight wise.
The screen is standard size for an e book but still looks quite small compared to any other books pages that I've ever read, again it takes a while to adjust. Another thing is that the keyboard is weird, it takes ages to type anything, it's like typing on an Xbox or playstation console which can be annoying, there is however a way around this. You can get another kindle that have a touchscreen or just don't download from your kindle, do it remotely from a laptop or tablet.
The reading quality is quite surreal. You wouldn't expect a digital device to look so paper-like. The new kindle paperwhite enables you to read in the dark, but in the original kindle I would suggest buying a case and clip on light so you can read in the dark , like a real book.
I would recommend this to literature lovers, those who like reading but not those who like books. It's not in colour so it's not good for those Attenborough books or magazines. I looks like paper but it certainly doesn't feel like a book which I don't like but for £60 it's worth getting used to over the holidays.
I have had this product for a number of years and have yet to find a fault at such a cheap price this is practically a steal. The ink display is simple but very effective as it is easy on the eyes which means you can read for hours which I struggle to do on my iPad. The only inconvenience with the black and fray display means it is impossible to read in the dark.
When going on holiday I read about a book a day, the kindle is lightweight and extremely transportable so it replaces the need of carrying heavy books across the globe and taking up space within my suitcase. The Kindle can store more books than i could possible be able or want to read, I keep books on there for my children and husband to read thus reducing the space needed in my bags.
When searching for a new book however i find it quite irritating as you have to scroll using the tiny buttons on the bottom of the device, so i think the newer touchscreen one which my mother has a more enjoyable experience when buying new book.
Once again compared to a book, the Kindle makes life easier as it is easy to turn the pages in a relaxed manner and you only have to use one hand.
I recommend it as over the 4 years of having it never have i encountered a problem. Cheap buy with an endless amount of possibilities .
The kindle is an excellent product overall. It is a brilliant alternative to books as it can be held in one hand, and has both forward and back buttons on each side so you can hold it however you like and still be able to turn the pages. Very light and good for travelling, personally I found it very useful when living and working abroad when my access to English reading material was limited. The screen is very good - there is no glare, which you might expect from an electronic device rather than a paper book and you can read for hours without getting tired eyes. In this respect it is much preferable to reading/using the Kindle app on computers/tablets etc. It also has a useful document function where you can email PDFs to a special email address - this function is easy to use and great if you need to do academic/business reading while on the go. Unfortunately, I have had two Kindles and had problems with them both. The first was out of warrantee when parts of the screen stopped working. The second had the same problem but was still in warrantee and the customer service team at Amazon were fantastic - I had a new Kindle in a couple of days. I would definitely recommend this product despite the problem I had, as it is easy to use and wonderful for book lovers - I thought I would never love my Kindle as I love real books too much, but really it is fantastic as I can have millions of books at my fingertips
I purchased this around Christmas time and I must admit I was doubtful as to how much I would actually use the Kindle seeing as I personally adore books, I like the way they look on a shelf, how they're all unique and colourful, so jumping from being an avid book collector to the Kindle was something I had a lot to think about.
However now that I've purchased it, I'm so glad that I did. Not only is there a vast range of books to purchase for your kindle at amazing prices, you have a whole library in your pocket!! The fact that you can also purchase free books allows readers to expand their horizon, read books they necessarily wouldn't have if they had to pay for it. (This is true for both myself and my mother).
The Kindle is very light, so if you have problems with your joints, or you're slightly elderly the Kindle is ideal as it's virtually weightless.
The only problem with the Kindle is that you have to be careful with your product to avoid it breaking, mine so far has stayed in tact but I know problems with the screen breaking are common, however Amazon are completely helpful as long as you let them know what has happened and your Kindle is still in it's year warranty.
Also, if you are buying the Kindle and don't own a laptop, buying the plug for the Kindle is as necessity otherwise it cannot be charged, it only com,es with your standard USB cable.
Overall, the Kindle is worth every penny.
As a commited book reader I thought I would never like an e reader, but my husband knew me better. He bought this as a christmas present for me and it hasnt left my side since. I absolutely love it, and have downloaded no end of books from Amazon. I travel a lot, and it is a perfect size and weight to travel always with me, whereas I always had to make an effort to carry a book, especially if I was reading a larger book. I also find that I dont have to worry about how far through a book when I go away. If I finish a book, there are always plenty more loaded on my kindle to start. One unexpected bonus is that I have discovered many classics such as Jane Austen and George Eliot, as many of these books are free to download so you dont have to make an unnecessary investment in books you may not enjoy. My next plan is to visit some of my childhood favourites such as 101 Dalmations and the What Katy Did Series. The only thiing I find missing in this product is a backlight for when you are reading in bed, but I get round that with a small clip on light.
Firstly the kindle is a device that stores and allows you to read hundreds of books in an electronic format instead of using normal paper printed books. I think when the kindle first came out we heard outcry from a lot of people because it's in some way "killing of the written word" however I completely see all the up sides yes I will agree that it is nice to have a book in your hand but the kindle is so much more practical especially for readers such as myself who can go through a lot of books in a short space of time. It means my large collection of books now takes up a tiny space on my bedside table instead of my entire spare room . There is no longer fading from being in direct sunlight, there is no bending or tearing of pages, there's no glare due to its e ink display and probably it's most important positive HOLIDAYS!! Gone are the days where I would have to take 4 or 5 books crammed into my suitcase using up vital space and weight which is quite important when you're taking kids away. Now I take roughly 300 books slipped snuggly into my carry on bag.
Well now the tech bit:
Display: 6 inch E ink display.(reads like paper with no glare).
Built in wif
Battery: amazon says it will last up to a month but I find its closer to 3 weeks for me using it every night for a couple of hours a time. Of course it depends on use. Charging back to full takes roughly 3 hours
Weight: 168g which is less than the average paperback to put it in perspective
Storage: 2gb which amazon says it will hold 1400 books but I can't say I've got that far yet but if you need more space you can alway transfer some extras on to your pc for later
Dimensions: 23.6 cm x 16.5 cm x 3.3 cm
Right now the other bits kindle have swapped the keyboard for a 4 way navigation button with this version which works perfectly well and reduces unneeded excessbyttons everywhere making the device much more simply and elegant in appearance. It still uses the dual buttons at either side for flipping "pages" this worked wonderful on the original and has thankfully stayed put. Books are downloaded form the amazon store using the built in wifi. This is quick and easy there is a huge variety of titles available here and many free titles to look out for. It currently retails at 59 pounds for the device and in my opinion is an absolute steal. A quick suggestion here through if you buy this please pick yourself up a nice case , it will protect it nicely and as me and my wife have one each it helps tell them apart which stops me picking up fifty shades instead of terry pratchett! !l also a light is desperately needed for night reading as the screen isn't backlit. You could buy a paperwhite version but the clip on lights cost 2 pounds and are good enough for me.
To summarise this device is great if you love reading , it's one gadget that really does make the task at hand so much easier. I know to many this may seem gimmicky but honestly this takes away any little annoyances reading bulky books used to have and makes reading a complete joy the only think I can say to watch it the off button at the bottom press once - standby, press and hold it until the green light flashes for off (saves battery)
When the Kindle was first announced I never really gave it a second thought, I was always one of those people who liked the feel of a book in their hands, I didn't want an e-book to replace it! Then I went on holiday to Cuba and took with me four books which weren't the smallest of books it has to be said, and these of course added to the weight of my suitcase and also took up quite a bit of room! One of the people we met on holiday had a Kindle and kind of sold me on the idea of it, saying how useful it was for holidays, how light it was to hold, and how you can store so many books on it. When I got back from my holiday I did more research into the Kindle and decided to go ahead and buy one with some birthday money I received. Now I am so glad I made the switch from book to Kindle!
What is it?
The Kindle is a lightweight electronic reading device which enables users to shop for, download, browse and read e-books and other digital media via wireless networking. This generation Kindle was released in September 2011 and originally retailed at £89, but you can now buy this for £69 and it is slightly darker than the original.
This Kindle weighs 70g and measures 166 mm x 114 mm x 8.7 mm. It has a 6" screen display. It has an E Ink screen, reads like paper with no glare which is handy for reading outside. Amazon also state that it has up to one month battery life; this will obviously vary depending on how often you use it.
In the box you get the Kindle, a USB cable and a quick start guide.
Using the Kindle:
The biggest change to this generation from the previous was that the keyboard is now gone and leaves the reader with a 4 way control with a central button and 4 smaller buttons. You can bring the keyboard up on the screen and use the 4 way control to navigate; it does take a while to type something out and gets a bit tedious but no big deal. When reading on the Kindle, you can turn pages by using the side buttons, which is quite convenient for reading one handed.
The Kindle has built in Wi-Fi and can hold up to 1400 books and there are over 2 million e-books available through Amazon. You can access the Kindle store via the Kindle itself provided you are connected via Wi-Fi or by going onto the Amazon website though your PC. The e-book will then get sent to the Kindle wirelessly, free of charge, within seconds. Sometimes you can get books for free/reduced, keep an eye out for these, people post their finds on the Amazon forum so it is handy to have a little look on there. A handy feature I have found is that you can try before you buy by downloading a sample of a book before you purchase.
What I thought:
I am really glad I swapped paper books for the Kindle, it has meant I can have a lot more books and they are all stored on one little device, I don't have to weigh my bags down with books when I'm travelling and some books I can even read for free.
I have found it really simple to use, when you first turn the Kindle on it goes through the set up and then you can start using it straight away. I have found that all the books I have wanted have been on the Kindle Store but some new releases can be pretty expensive so sometimes it's best to wait until the price comes down. You can browse through the books by sorting by bestsellers, genre, new releases, deals of the day etc. Some lesser known books are available free for a short amount of time to attract readers, I have downloaded quite a few of these and have read books I would not normally read and enjoyed them.
A good feature I have found is that there is an inbuilt dictionary which you can click on and it gives you a definition of the word, which can be helpful for more complex and older books. Another helpful feature is that when you have finished reading and turn the kindle off it will save your place so when you turn it on again it will be on the last page you were reading. It also gives you a percentage at the bottom which states how much you have read.
Kindle books are stored in your Amazon account so if you lose or break your Kindle, your books are safe and can easily be sent to a new Kindle.
One negative that I have found with the Kindle is that there is occasional ghosting where you can faintly see the previous pages text under the current pages text, this is because the Kindle refreshes after 6 pages. At first this annoyed me a bit but now I barely notice it. Also with this model there is no backlight so I use a clip on light if needed.
I love my Kindle and am really glad I purchased it, there's a huge variety of books and you can get the book instantly without even moving. I don't really miss paper books but if I was to buy an auto biography type book I think I would buy it in paper form because of the photos etc.
The Kindle basic model is a great piece of kit. It's really easy to use and really nice to read on. I read quite a lot (50-60 books a year) and would estimate that around half the books I read now are read as e-books. I don't think I'll ever move exclusively to e-books, but for holiday reading, or books I'm not sure I'm going to like, it's fantastic. You can change the font or text size to suit your needs, so no need to strain your eyes.
It's also really good for reading big books - if you're reading something 700+ pages long, it's much easier to pick up your Kindle than carry around a mammoth tome every day for a couple of weeks!
It's light and small enough to fit in most handbags (or spacious pockets), though if you want to protect the screen with a case it adds considerable size and bulk to your Kindle.
It's also good for bargains - Amazon have plenty of low-price offers very regularly, so keep an eye out and load up your Kindle!
All in all, a nice, simple, no-frills reading experience.
Ok, so as an avid reader, and a big supporter of our local library (a dying breed these days), I had always been reluctant to give in to what I classed as "the kindle craze". Nothing, in my opinion, could beat the feeling of snuggling up on the sofa, book in hand, that wonderful new-book smell as you flick through the pages, enhanced in your story. Being able to just switch on a lamp as the evening drew in, enabling your reading session to continue as before.
But a well-meaning family member was determined I could be converted, and so I received my brand spanking new kindle ink as a birthday gift.
Out of the box came my much dreaded machine. Would this flat piece of plastic, weighing only 170g (much less than my average paper back), be any match for the real thing? Whilst extremely grateful for the gift, I very much doubted it!
The box contents were simple - the kindle, a USB cable, and a "quick start" guide. Bah! I didnt need the guide, surely if this thing was as good as the claims, it would be as simple as a book. (Yes, I am aware that I was doing everything possible to make sure I hated the kindle!). First thing, as with all new products of this nature, I plugged the usb cable into my usb plug socket, connected the kindle (very easy to do seeing how there is only one socket on the whole thing!) and left it to charge until the evening.
I gave it 4 hours and it was fully charged, the screen displays your battery as it charges - very handy, even I had to admit! And so I settled down in my favourite seat, and switched the machine on, again, very easy to find the on-off button. A quick press puts it into sleep mode, hold and press switches off - I found that out all on my own!
Next, I easily followed on screen instruction and connected it to my home wifi, and set it up to my amazon account. OOh, it came with a few free books, nothing which interested me personally, but free all the same. I then found my way to "browse" the kindle store, and it was at this point that I realised just how easy this thing was to use. It felt like I was holding a tablet, certainly not a book, but at that time, it didn't matter, I was "browsing" rather than reading. I must mention, however, that having to use the small directional pad to scroll through / type, was extremely time consuming, and a little frustrating to say the least! Ha! I knew I wouldn't like it!
Six free book downloads later (they really do download instantly), it was finally time to read!
The kindle ink claims "E Ink screens look and read just like real paper. Kindle e-readers' matte screens reflect light like ordinary paper and use no back lighting, so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. Unlike LCD screens, E Ink screens have no glare." Well, by lamplight, I have to say I was very impressed, there was certainly no glare, and no eye-strain, both very important as a glasses wearer!
I lost 2 hours, I must admit that I didn't feel extremely comfortable, I wasn't quite sure how to hold the kindle, so used was I to a two handed reading/page turning approach, that it felt strange to lazily hold this pencil thin machine in one hand, and to change pages with the touch of a button. However, by the time my husband suggested we go to bed, I was snuggled in my corner, kindle resting on my lap, with one hand lazily pressing the button periodically to change page. Damn, maybe it wasn't so bad!
Over the following weeks I continued to use the kindle, I quickly discovered that it was much easier to use my laptop to browse and download books through amazon, I just couldn't get on with the 5 directional keys which were to be used to e-v-e-r-s-o-s-l-o-w-l-y type out a book title etc. I became quite obsessive with browsing each day for free books. After all, I was still reluctant to pay to read when I could pop to the library and borrow them free! Downloading was always effort free and fast, before I knew it, I had a library of over 60 titles, all stored on this little devise that I was still determined not to like.
The kindle started to turn up on bus journeys, trips to the park, weekends away (I cant remember ever making a concious decision to pack it into my bag - it just kind of happened!). I was able to read in direct sunlight, by lamp light, under the glare of horrible train lights, anywhere. I never dreamt it possible, but I was reading real pages, on a screen! Possibly one of the greatest discoveries, was that regardless what position I was in, the text was always clear and perfect to read! Thanks to the Kindle having a "uniform contrast ratio that does not change with your viewing angle", I was able to read in any position! No more bending back the pages to see every word, or tilting the book up to the light. I think it was during a simple position change, my reading not faltering once, that I realised I had fallen in love!
Now days my kindle is never far away. I can read an hour or so, most evenings for almost 9 weeks on just one charge! I have a library of 192 (the kindle actually holds 1400!), mainly of free books, some of which I will probably never read! I have purchased a couple of "best sellers" or "new comers", and have found that I have always paid less than if I were to purchase the title in paper back.
I am ashamed to say, it is months since my last library visit, and if the public library does become a thing of the past, I thing the kindle may well be singularly responsible for its death!
Unlike a book, a kindle can allow you to take your whole library on holiday. No more finishing your book and having to pay over the odds at duty free for a replacement. The kindle is easy to control, light weight, quick to charge, with excellent battery life. You can easily change the font, or text size, perfect for a short sighted old bat like me! The wifi connectivity means ease of access to the kindle store, although I hardly use this function, purely due to the 5 directional pad being so very old fashioned. In hindsight, if I had chosen the kindle myself I would have gone for the keyboard or touch screen - but then maybe screen quality wouldn't be as good, and I may not have enjoyed the experience so much! For me personally, it is no trouble using my laptop, downloading a huge load of books in advance, believe me - I will NEVER be short of something to read.
There is also a way to send/receive and download personal documents, but I haven't even looked into this. I already have a tablet, so to me, my kindle is simply my book!
So impressed am I, the queen of kindle-haters, the woman who tried so very desperately to hate this machine, that this Christmas, my teenage daughter is also getting a kindle ink!
In short, if I can not only be converted, but fall in love with this simple piece of technology, then everyone who has even the remotest interest in reading, would do well to buy themselves one!
The great thing about kindles is their ease of use, and how cheap some of the books are online! I used to gravitate to using my phone to read ebooks or now I use my ipad, so I never really thought a kindle would be something i'd be interested. I suddenly realised on one sunny day while trying to read my book that all I could see was myself in the reflection of the glass. The solution? The Kindle!
I diddn't understand the way the device worked, (not that I know how now) but the way the ink was displayed on the screen. I guess the best comparison would be paper! No matter how bright the sun may be, you can still read the ink on the device super easily!
PLUS - No more eye strain staring at a backlit screen!!
I still buy book and I use this mainly to buy bargains, (and other books you can't purchase so easily, if at all)
Amazon have opened a whole world of new publishers and anyone can do it and the kindle is a great portal to all these fantastic reads!!
The downside: Mine broke, the connector which charges it died, and amazon couldn't replace it as they didn't make these anymore. However, Amazon offered a full refund as it was the kindle fault!
Amazon know how to treat their loyal customers and how to make fantastic products for them too!!
For a long time I put off getting an e-reader as I love paper books, the feel, smell and presence of them. However it was getting increasingly expensive to order books that were only published outside the UK and many of my favourite authors released content exclusively for the Kindle. In the end I decided to order the most basic of the models as I don't need apps and other extras, just an a affordable and easy way to access books.
What Is It?
The Kindle is an e-reader with an E Ink display. This means that unlike other devices with LCD screens your eyes are less likely to get strained.
Because of the large amount of storage in e-readers and the relatively small size of e-books you can literally store a whole library in one compact gadget. The current versions are slim and lightweight, several models are small enough to fit into a back pocket or handbag.
Another benefit is that when you turn an e-reader on or select a book it will automatically go to the last page you were reading. This means you don't have to worry about dropped bookmarks or unfolded page corners. Also, seeing as most include WiFi, books are backed up to an online account so should you accidentally delete one or remove it to free up space you can always retrieve it later.
Display: 6 inch E Ink Pearl, 167 pixels per inch, 16 level grey scale
Weight: 170 grams or less
Dimensions: 166 mm x 114 mm x 8.7 mm
Internal Storage: 2GB although due to installed software required to run device 1.25GB is available for e-books. That's roughly 1400 books!
Online Storage/Back up: Free for all Amazon content
Charging Time: 3 hours for a full charge
Battery Life: This varies, with WiFi off and reading for half an hour a day a full charge will last approximately 1 month. With wireless on this falls to 3 weeks but of course it will depend on how long you read for and how much you use the WiFi connection.
Connectivity: Both public and private WiFi
Supported Content: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP through conversion
Built in experimental web browser that allows basic surfing.
The Kindle is a very sleek e-reader with minimal physical fuss. It's 6 inch screen takes up most of the front with recessed page-turn buttons on each side and five menu buttons along the bottom. It's also very slim at 8.7 mm which makes it comfortable to hold and very light. With "Kindle" in subtle silver text across the top and the power button and charging port hidden away on the bottom it really is rather visually appealing.
The quality is apparent in both the look and feel, you can tell it's been manufactured to high standards with quality materials.
This Kindle model retails for £69 and is available direct from Amazon or in many stores including electronics shops and larger book stores.
I may love physical books but I also love gadgets so I was pretty excited when this arrived. The box itself it nicely designed with a slip-away outer case and a front panel inside that you lift up to reveal your Kindle and charging cable. Full instructions were included along with a quick start guide.
After plugging it in to charge and going through the easy to follow set-up options I was ready to download my first e-book. I started with one of those exclusive "Kindle only" books by a favourite author and less than 30 seconds later I was happily reading!
There are several very useful features I want to mention although I won't include every function it's capable of as Amazon gives you all of this in very user-friendly language.
Books can be sorted into customizable collections. Personally I created genre folders so that I can quickly access a thriller, mystery or sci-fi novel with ease.
Includes a user guide and dictionaries already installed.
The WiFi is powerful and fast so I can easily connect whilst in the garden and download new books.
The Kindle store is easy to browse and whilst a little different from the Amazon website it's put together well making finding what you want easy.
The E Ink display is easy on the eyes, no glare even when the sun is out and I've never experienced any eye strain, plus the text is sharp and easy to read.
The text size and page orientation is adjustable, great for when I'm reading badly formatted PDFs.
Did I mention it reads PDFs?
The page-turn buttons are on both sides of the device so it doesn't matter if you're left or right handed.
E-books are generally cheaper than printed books and many books are available for £3.99 or less.
Kindle "deal of the day" offers several books for 99p.
Lastly I LOVE the note, highlight and annotation functions. So many of my physical books have folded over corners and bits of paper stuck in them so I can find things I want to look up at a later date. With the kindle I just select the text I want and make any notes about it I need, no more scribbles in the margins. These are easily accessible in the menu at any time!
I think you've probably guessed that I would definitely recommend a Kindle. I love mine and the money I've saved on rare books has more than covered the cost. I do still buy physical books, for example if a new book in a series that I'm reading comes out I'll buy it in whatever format I have the others in and who can resist a market book stall?
I know it may be a bit pricier than some other e-readers but I think it's justified in the quality of the device and the practically ENDLESS amount of e-books available!
Picture the scene. One small, 2-bedroom flat. In almost every spare (and not always spare) space there are bookcases. Shelves stacked 2 and 3 deep with books of every size and genre. Hopefully, this sets the scene. I love books and have always done so, since first becoming an independent reader. As such, I had always been one of those people who had been dismissive of the E-book. It wouldn't have the feel of the book, the smell of the paper or that certain indefinable something that I felt that a book offered.
So, what changed? Obviously something did, or I would not be here reviewing this product. After realising that I could cram in 2 more small bookcases, I bought them and rapidly filled them up. This left me with the unpleasant thought. What would I do with all the books I was bound to buy in the future? It was a bit unrealistic to buy a new house just to fit books in and I just couldn't fit in any more bookcases. Sell books? Never!
The other convincing argument for me was when buying and reading the newest book in one of my favourite series, namely, "A Dance with Dragons" by George RR Martin. This was so eagerly awaited that I rushed out to buy the hardback immediately on release and bought the mammoth beast that was the latest instalment. This great book was one I didn't want to put down, though my wrists were arguing strongly with my need to find out what was happening to my favourite characters.
I happened to see my friend's Kindle and I was convinced. I ordered one for myself, along with a leather case to protect it. When it arrived, I had an initial difficulty in getting it to work, as I am just as guilty as most men of the need to make something work before reading the instructions. When I had got over this initial stumbling block I began to play with it in earnest.
First impressions. The Kindle on its own is similar in size to a small paperback but is much thinner and lighter. Initially, it felt a little wrong to me but the addition of the leather case made a difference to this. With the case it felt more like a book in weight, if not completely the same in size. The pages are "turned" by use of conveniently mounted tabs on both sides, which can be flipped easily with the thumb whilst the Kindle is held one handed.
After that, I quickly went online and started buying books to read. The fact that it took a matter of seconds to download the book via the Wi-Fi link meant that this was a brilliantly easy way to shop for books from the comfort of your own home, with the added bonus of no waiting.
Since then, I have not looked back. Over the last 18 months I have bought and (mostly) read well over a hundred books. The fact that these hundred books do not have to be stored in my overcrowded bookshelves is just one extra bonus. Holiday reading is also a massive advantage with a Kindle. No more cramming several heavy books into my weight-restricted case. Just one Kindle in my pocket.
So, would I recommend a Kindle? That would be an unreserved yes. In fact, I have already been an advocate of the Kindle to many friends and colleagues, several of whom have bought a Kindle model as a result. Without doubt, this has been one of the best purchases I have ever made. The only thing I would change if buying now might be to get the backlit version but I have yet to come across a situation where I hadn't got a light when wanting to read.
An avid reader, I thought I would treat myself to a Kindle and see what all the fuss was about.
I like to read in bed and would often wake myself up after dropping my paperback on my nose after falling asleep. Sometimes a book would just be too heavy to hold. Only at night so I thought a Kindle might be better.
I was amazed at how easy it was to set up - well, open the box, plug it in and off you go! The instructions to set it to WiFi were easy enough and within minutes I was downloading free books - there are HUNDREDS of free books to be had! "Great!" I thought "I can give all my old books to charity and save lots of room!"
I can see a lot has gone into the design of this E-reader. It is certainly lighter than a paperback. I have still fallen asleep with it and it wakes me up equally as often as an actual book but it is more comfortable to hold when lying in bed. I did have to get a separate light to clip on for bedtime reading as I don't have a lamp in the bedroom. It reminded me of being ticked off by my Dad as a schoolgirl for "you'll ruin your eyes, reading with a torch" each time I got found out reading into the early hours.
It is an ingenious little invention. You can change the font size and design. I have a pet hate for 'Times New Roman' (don't ask me why!) and always change to Ariel.
It takes a little getting used to, clicking a button to turn a page and occasionally I find I have clicked back instead of forward or have clicked a couple of pages ahead but it's no big deal and after my first full book it was second nature.
I found it strange that it almost feels 'old fashioned'. I mean, I quite often would touch the screen to turn a page and find myself frustrated that I cannot do that. I downloaded 'kindle' onto my ipad and I CAN do that.
I took my Kindle on my honemoon this April. I had been told that they were great for reading in the sun. Never having liked reading in daylight because I could never see the pages properly I thought I would give it a go. I was really pleased that I could sit outside and read without that awful glare you get from an ordinary book.
I have had my kindle in a cover since I bought it and the ONE TIME I took it out and had it in my bag, the screen broke!
I was devastated. Fortunately my new hubby had borrowed my son's kindle and I downloaded the book I was reading onto his.
When back in the UK I tried to get a price for the screen to be replaced. The Kindle cost me £89 in the first place and I was told it would be anything from £70 to replace the screen.
To recap - I do find it almost 'old technology' and no doubt you can now get touch screen Kindles but I do like the fact it is light, I can read it in the sunshine and I can take 100s of books (and magazines) with me wherever I go. Don't get me wrong - I still get excited about the smell and feel of a new book or magazine but there is certainly room in my life for a Kindle.
I would recommend a Kindle but would suggest maybe a more up to date one and also make sure you get a cover for it.
The almighty Amazon Kindle, every bookworm's wet dream, or so they say... I've read and seen an amazing number of positive reviews on it, but my problem with all of those was this: they almost never compared it with anything else. So, on its own everyone seems to be impressed by it, but let me tell you, once you own a Sony PRS-T1, the highly acclaimed Kindle doesn't seem that big of a deal any more.
I got mine 2 weeks into my new job, just after training. I've never won anything in my life, so I was very surprised when my team-leader grabbed me by the arm, yanked me out of my chair and told me I won a Kindle. I wasn't as impressed by the fact that I won a Kindle, as I was by the fact that I actually won something. And, without even trying.
The general impression once I held the box in my hand was, that it's a nice but somewhat weird-looking box, diagonally chopped off on one end. Once you open it, you'll find... well, not much. A very-very brief instruction pamphlet (complete user guide pre-installed on the device) , a USB lead and the Kindle itself. No charger, so you'll have to sort that out by using more or less any USB charger you have at home, or by plugging it into a computer, laptop, you name it.
The Kindle itself, I will admit, looks stylish, surprisingly slim and very well-built. Seems like a reliable and sturdy device even for carrying around in those "evil purses" (quoting Jeff Dunham) in which women tend to have everything from their first boyfriend's vintage-looking picture to their future third baby's nappies. It features 2 side buttons mainly for turning the pages which works generally well and fast (unless it's PDF you're reading), and another 5 buttons out of which the middle one is a directional button (flat joystick style). All quite sturdy and reactive. I will say this. If you like very well built devices, then the Kindle will not disappoint.
However, for me, everything else does... From the moment you turn it on, you'll feel the lack of a keyboard, something that can become very frustrating, when having to fill out all the details to set your device up and connect to your wifi hotspot. This Kindle is definitely just for reading, and not for writing. Text-based navigation will become a nightmare, and at this point I am even wondering why they bothered including the dictionary when searching for the meaning of a word is not very intuitive and once you figure it out, turns out to be a very tedious job. Taking notes, or browsing the net...? Nah, forget it. It's possible, but not a very positive experience.
Screen is good but nothing to write home about, with acceptable levels of ghosting as this version does not refresh the ink after every page, unless you set it to. Speaking about screen, you maybe want to know a little bit about battery usage too. Amazon claims it lasts 4 weeks, however, I fear that's just marketing and very far from the truth. I would say that on average use it will last about 2 weeks, and weirdly the Kindle while in sleep mode or even turned off, will lose considerable amounts of battery power. Compared to my Sony, which lasts 4 weeks with 5 hours of screen time every day, or keeps the battery fully charged after 3 months of not being turned on at all, I'd say the Kindle is very-very far behind and Amazon should seriously look into that.
Another negative side to the Kindle is its poor PDF support. I'd very much recommend using it only with Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW) mobi and PRC files which are rather small in size and will fit by the hundreds on the 2 GB (approximately 1.25 GB available for user content) of internal storage. No external storage option and no headphone connection, so listening to pod-casts, music or anything for that matter is something you won't be able to do.
All in all, it's not all bad, especially for the £69 price-tag, however for just £10 more you can get a Kobo Touch or Nook Simple Touch which is only £42, and has more or less everything the Kindle doesn't.