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A Whole Library In My Pocket!
Amazon Kindle Ink Display
Member Name: probablyedible
Amazon Kindle Ink Display
Advantages: Light, slim, high quality, millions of books, attractive, enjoyable and easy to use, good storage.
Disadvantages: None for me.
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!
Summary: A high quality e-reader with a sleek design and great features.
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