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After my sony ereader decided to give up the ghost i decided to replace it with a kindle. Amazon have a wide range of books on kindle at reasonable prices so it was more just trying to decide which one i wanted.
The winning factor for this was the keyboard, yes i know you can get cases where u can plug a mini keyboard in but i liked how this was part of it.
As i was going away travelling i put loads of maps, travel confirmations etc all on the kindle. This was very easy to do . All i did was plug in the usb stick and drag the files i wanted into the kindle folder. The following is a list of the formats it supports
Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion. As you can see it is a large list
This is quite lightweight which is great...i seem to have problems travelling light and the weight soon mounts up
There is a function which means the kindle "will read to you" but i personally don't like the computer voice plus it doesn't always work very well. Luckily with the e-ink technology this works quite well in bright sunlight(well it did for the time it worked)
Another good feature is that you can change the font size and switch between portrait/landscape.
Do i recommend? Well..no. I went to turn it on after arriving at my holiday destination and there was lines going across the screen . After resetting it the bottom half of the screen didn't work at all. My replacement did the same. Yes it was more than likely just bad luck but i don't feel i did anything to warrant it breaking,it wasn't dropped,it didn't get wet etc. Having looked online this seems to be a common problem with it.
Well my Kindle was passed onto me by my mother and at first I thought the concept of it to be very boring and quite plain, I had the assumption it is just a very bottom of the range tablet like an Ipad, that could only be used for reading.
Upon first use I thought it was quite weird to get used to but eventually after a couple of hours of playing around I got used to the buttons and controls. Now this is where it gets good.
I am absolutely in love with the kindle now. I use it almost daily on my break at work, before I go to sleep at night and when ever I feel like reading. I didn't realise how handy it would be to have pretty much a whole library with me where ever I go, it is just such an amazing device. I usually use it read educational books I'm not that into fiction books so I like my factual stuff!
It is very fast I never notice it being slow or sluggish, it always saves my place in a book. One feature I do love is when it dies or I switch books to something else, it'll always hold the place I last left it in so I can have multiple books on the go at once which I find a great.
The best thing about this device though, is the battery. The battery on this bad boy will last you for days or weeks! I read on average about 1-2 hours a day, and I usually charge it maybe once every 1 and a half weeks. When I read less I sometimes go up to 3 weeks without charging it.
Overall this device is simply amazing, so convenient, so easy to use and very light weight in your hands.
I've had my Kindle now for coming up to 3 years.
What is it...
It's an ebook reader, which means you can load books onto it and read them, once loaded you do not need to be connected to a wifi,3G or PC to read them.
To get the books on the device you either can use the shop interface on the Kindle, when connect with either a wifi signal or 3G, or load then onto the device when connected to your PC, you can even send them by email, but for yur device to load them it will again need to be on either a 3G or wifi connection.
How to book the books...
Very easy, you buy them through Amazon, your Kindle is connected to your Amazon account, buy a Kindle book and it is sent to your Kindle.
You can also use places like Gutenberg for free books that are no longer under copy rights.
I must say the Kindle Keyboard is starting to look a little dated now, but add a case and you will have a great looking reader.
Uses the Kindle is very easy, pick your book from your reading list, click the button, and off you go, when you have finished your reading for the day, no need to mark your place, just turn off your Kindle and it saves your place for you, you can have as many books on the go as you like.
Kindle on other devices...
Yes sounds daft but you can have Kindle on your PC or mobile, ok you don't get the paper like effect of the Kindle when reading, as your PC will be back lit, same as your phone, but it does come in handle if you have a few mnutes spare when on the bus or at your PC when your Kindle is not to hand, whatsmore, which ever device you are using, your other devices will update to last page read, so next time you pick up a different device, it will be at the correct page.
To sum up...
Great build, as said mine is still going, if like me you hate books sittings collecting dust, then buy a Kindle, you won't regret it.
I spent the summer travelling across Europe in a Fiat 500 with my partner. Needless to say, there wasn't a lot of space in the car but as I was too scared to drive on the wrong side of the road, I realised I was going to need some entertainment for the long and sometimes boring journeys. Books can be quite big and bulky and after a short 'discussion' we decided that I would be better off getting a Kindle. I mentioned this to my father who admitted he wasn't getting on with his at all and that I was more than welcome to have it and so I found myself with the Amazon Keyboard Kindle.
About the product
The product allows you to store up to 3,500 in one small machine which means you don't have to struggle to find room in your suitcase anymore. It has an advanced E ink display which means that the words will appear crisp and clear. It can be read in bright sunshine without the usual glare that you get in the sun so you can read away happily both indoors and outdoors.
The Kindle is much thinner and light than a normal book so your hands don't get tired from holding it. The product has free 3G wireless internet connection which links you straight to the Amazon store so that you can purchase books via the Kindle. It also has built in Wifi which means you can connect on the go, even when lying next to the swimming pool. It supposedly comes with 2 months battery life.
My Kindle is black in appearance and the body of it is really smooth and silky. It feels really nice in your hands. The product is switched on and off by a switch at the bottom. When it is off a sketch of famous authors comes up with changes all time and I have to admit some of them are pretty scary, especially when you are doing some late night reading.
The page turners are on both the left and right side of the Kindle which turns the pages both forwards and backwards. The keyboard is on the bottom of the Kindle alongside a home button to take you to all of the books that you have bought. There is a navigation button, a back button and a menu button which takes you to the Amazon store, add a bookmark and to turn the wireless on and off.
This is one of the earlier Kindle's and it has been discontinued by Amazon. Nevertheless there are plenty of them available on websites such as Ebay and although my father got his for around £115, they are selling on Ebay for around £55 so you can get yourself a good deal.
The Kindle is easily to use. You need to link it up to your Amazon account by settings and logging into your Amazon account. Books are really easy to purchase on the Kindle. I tend to do some research first online and then search for the book. It comes up with the normal price and then the Kindle price so you can see how much you are saving.
There are also many books that are free on the website but these are not necessarily well known ones. One of my favourite things about this Kindle is that you can have a free sample of the book before you buy it. This means that you can read the first chapter before parting with your money allowing you to check whether you will actually enjoy the book or not.
The writing on the page is of a good size and the text is clear. I can read for hours without straining my eyes or getting a head. Sometimes when I am holding the book I accidentally click to turn the pages because the buttons are on both side which can be a bit of a pain. A percentage line along the bottom lets you know how far through the book you are so there will be no surprises if the book suddenly ends.
I have purchased books beside the pool, in the car and during picnics in the park. The screen doesn't change whether in the sunshine or not and it can always be easily read. You can't read the Kindle in the dark as it is not lit from within so I bought a Kindle cover which has a little switch on it and it means you can read at bedtime without having the light on and disturbing your partner.
The only niggle that I have with the product is the battery life. I find the claim of 2 months to be widely exaggerated and mine lasts closer to 1 week. When the battery is on its way out, a big box comes up on the screen telling you and blocks the page so you can't continue reading which is very frustrating.
All in all, I am so happy with this product. I love books and while this will never replace them completely, it does making reading on the go so much easier. The books are cheaper, it is easy to use and it's light to hold. The screen is clear and crisp and you can get some good books for free. It can be used both indoors and outdoors, and it means you can take hundreds of books away with you instead of just a couple. I am definitely a Kindle convert.
As a devout book reader I was originally very reluctant to swap my books for a kindle. It took some persuasion from family and friends before i decided it would may be a worthwhile investment and so a few years ago i purchased my kindle 3G. I must admit there are times when I do miss having an original book in my hand and I am now can't keep and display my books but i cannot deny that the kindle provides a far easier way to browse and purchase new books within a matter of seconds.
Connecting the kindle couldn't be simpler, just a matter of linking it up with your Amazon account and then you are good to go. Full instructions were provided in the box and electronically on the kindle, this is particularly handy for going back and checking things out at a later point.
There is a huge selection of books available on the kindle and they can be very competitively priced. There are often flash sales and additional promotions on Amazon for cheaper books. Using the wifi to shop online is a very easy experience although it is worth mentioning that when not using wifi it is worth turning off this function or else your battery can run out at a faster pace. Whilst online you can read a short blurb about the book and you can preview the text before you commit to purchasing the text. The kindle also identifies books you may like based on previous purchases which has encouraged me to read authors that i perhaps wouldn't have necessarily have found by myself.
The weight of the kindle is one of its key advantages, making reading far easier, especially of those larger books that would be particularly uncomfortable to read especially when in bed.
Another useful function is the turning the page button, located at both sides of the device, catering for both right and left handed people. As the reader you also have the ability to change the font size and the built in dictionary also comes in handy for unfamiliar vocabulary, perfect for broadening your knowledge of language.
This is an excellent product that i would recommend to any book reader.
I've got to be honest at first I wasn't convinced i'd like this at all, I was very much a real book girl. That said I am most definitely a convert now!
Whats not to love, no more books that you've already read cluttering up your shelves or waiting to go to a charity shop. You can have an entire library all in one light weight portable device.
Its so easy to find books and it downloads so quickly to your kindle. I love that the kindle store recommends books you might like based on what you've read and that there is loads of free books. You certainly get to read things you may never of come across otherwise.
Its so easy to navigate and also to keep your books organised. The battery life is fantastic, I rarely have to charge making it perfect to take on holidays.
One thing i've not used it for is browsing the internet so I can't comment on that feature.
I know the newer models now have a backlight feature which this one could do with for night time reading but its a cery small con in my opinion.
I have had the kindle for around 3 years now and I love it. When I purchased it, it cost around £110 (they're probably cheaper now) but it was worth every penny and it is so easy to use. For a book-worm like me the kindle didn't at first appeal to me because I felt like I was betraying books. However, it won me over and I eventually got one, and was pleasantly surprised.
The kindle has thousands upon thousands of positives, but I shall name a few of the best. When I first took my kindle out of the packaging, the screen was strange and almost false and it took a while to get used to, however it is ingenious. In the sunlight there is no glare whatsoever which is fantastic whether you're on holiday or sunning yourself in the garden. The kindle is also very light, so you don't get arm ache from holding it above your head when you're trying to block the sun out on holiday! This is also another fantastic advantage when travelling. I know from experience that a two week holiday requires at least 5 books, and when you only have a 20kg baggage allowance this is a significant weight to have in your suitcase. With a kindle, all your books are in the same place and weigh the same, whether you have a 100 or just 2, which means more room and weight for shoes (yay!). It also fits perfectly in your handbag and the screen is a nice size too, being similar to the average page of a book.
The kindle is great for the mind-boggling selection of books on offer through amazon. The amazon library is quick and easy to access on the kindle, with the books split into different sections, and it even recommends books it thinks you might like based on your current kindle library, which is nice when you're struggling to find a new book to read. My family all have kindles, which is an extra bonus, because there is the 'archive' feature which means if two kindles use the same amazon account, you can share books between the two devices for free. Speaking of free books, all the most popular classics are free on kindle, so you've always got something new to read even if you're skint.
The kindle is so simple to use, it's amazing. The buttons to turn the page are on both sides of the kindle and this confused me to start with, because I presumed one side was to go forward and one was to go backward, but there is a forward button and a backward button on either side of the kindle which is useful for when you swap the hand you're holding it in. And it saves the last page you were reading, so there's no worries there. It's got a great battery life too. I hardly ever have to charge mine, and when it's running low, you get extra life by turning off the wireless in the menu. Plus, it takes hardly any time to charge once it's plugged in. Also in the menu, is a section called experimental. This includes web browsing, which is a bit slow and in black and white but sometimes handy, and a sort of audio-book feature. This is a bit strange since the voice is very computerized and often ignores punctuation completely, but its optional and you don't have to use it. By far the most useful feature offered by the kindle is, however, the inbuilt dictionary. This is not in the experimental section, but is accessed when reading a book. If there is a word you do not know (as is often the case for me...) you can simply select it, and the kindle will provide a short definition, or a longer one if you wish, which I think is brilliant.
I would say the kindle has but a few negatives. For me, the only real downside is the fact that it doesn't have a back light for when it's dark, however this problem is easily rectified by one of the cases with an inbuilt light (which I probably should invest in). Another thing I might say is that it is sometimes hard to get a feel for a book without having it in your hand physically, but the kindle store does provide a blurb to every book so this a minor issue really. Some people prefer the kindles without the keypad, since they are smaller, however I think that the keypad is better. Without the keypad it is faff trying to type in the name of the books when searching the kindle store, but I don't have this problem.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to fellow book-worms! I do secretly hope that the kindle doesn't mean the decline of printed books though, every now and then I do like a good old hardback! But this product is the perfect companion for someone who reads like their life depends on it, it's easy, hassle free, and saves money on overweight-suitcase-costs and the books are slightly cheaper too, so it's an all round winner, really. Go buy one!
..::Why I Bought the Kindle::..
I have always been a keen reader and one of the main problems I found was choosing books to take away with me. When I first saw the kindle I wasn't too sure about buying it as part of reading a book for me is feeling the pages and the smell of a new book, however by the time the kindle keyboard came out, I had heard many good reviews on it and thought it would be quite convenient having the choice of many books in one small device.
The device in all is 7.5" x 4.8" (screen size 6") which is compact enough to hold in one hand. It is also very thin which again makes it lightweight (8.7 oz) and easy to hold/ store for travelling. It has a keyboard which enables you to search through the kindle store or through books that you already have stored and includes 3G which enables you to search for books to purchase even when there is not wifi connection around. The device is able to store around 3,500 books with its 4gb memory. The battery life is around 30 hours.
I bought this from Currys for approx £99.99. The reason I didn't buy it from the amazon website is due to the fact I am quite an impatient person and I would rather buy things from a shop if available. The price was exactly the same from the amazon website.
I really like this device and I feel that it is very convenient - especially if you read books often. I like how you are able to carry a whole library around with you on a small device which can fit into your handbag. I find that the battery life does live up to the 30hours at least. One issue I do find is the small buttons on either side which enable you to turn the page can be very easy to nudge when reading - therefore turning the page when it is not desired.
In conclusion I feel that the kindle keyboard really is a convenient entertainment device which can be easily used by all ages.
I love my Kindle, I got it 4 years ago and was extremely lucky to get a leather cover with a light attachment with it. The first thing you need to do is link it with your Amazon account, this is quite simple to do just follow the instructions.
The controls consist of a 5 way square switch, which gives you movement right, left, up and down, select is in the centre. This allows you to scroll through the menu or your library of books. There is also a Home button, so wherever you are you can get straight back to the start page. The keyboard is a little fiddly to use, if you navigate to the Amazon site to search for a book you then need to put the authors name in, using the keyboard. To be honest I don't use this very often I normally search for books on my laptop and download them that way. To either side of the 'page' are 2 long buttons which allow you to turn the page over or go back.
The Kindle screen is similar to a book, it is not backlit and picks up no glare making it easy to read in the sun or with normal room lighting. The addition of the case with light makes it perfect for the bedroom or anywhere others may be disturbed but you want to keep reading. The fact that you can change the text size was invaluable to me, while on chemo I need it big but can reduce this easily when my eyes can cope better.
The battery life is excellent, I can easily get 7 days (and at times I read a lot) providing I turn the wireless off, it's about 3 days if you don't. Newer versions of the Kindle do not allow you to turn the wireless off and while battery life is impressive it is not as good as mine.
Your library can be arranged into categories this is quite easy once you get the hang of it. I found it easiest to have one category which was read, I popped all read books into here and then the Kindle can sort them either by date or author. Done this way any new books downloaded end up on the front page.
With the cover reading the Kindle is similar to reading a book, ok so maybe it is lighter/thinner than some books but it is easy to adapt to. Things that took time to adept to were; no new book smell/feel, not really knowing how thick the book was or how much was left till the end, the number of typos. Kindle have now converted so many books that they have introduced chapters or marks along a line that runs across the bottom of the reading screen and the typos have greatly improved.
One of the best things about the Kindle, for me, is if you stop reading it will shut off, but keep your place. This makes it so useful when attending out patients appointments, chemo sessions, scan appointments, seeing a theme here lol, it wakes up very quickly and you are up and running again.
Books can only be bought from Amazon, apparently there are ways around this but that is way beyond my brain. Amazon have improved their selection and offers over the last 4 years. Each day they have a deal of the day, usually greatly reduced. They have a list of 100 most popular books and 100 free books. As people generally don't like paying if they don't have to, these lists tend to reveal cheap reads. I have found some brilliant new authors over the last year and it has expanded my reading list considerably. I rarely pay more than a £1 for a book, though I have spent a fortune when I've found a series I like! It is not much different from the supermarkets do you buy straight away or do you wait for the price to drop. I confess to being very naughty as I still browse the supermarket books to find out what I fancy reading next or simply to make such I'm not missing something.
4 Kindles can be linked to the same account allowing books to be read by family members however I do miss giving my books to friends or passing onwards to charity shops.
I have had my Amazon Kindle Keyboard for almost 2 and a half years to data - and I love it. Before I purchased my Kindle I had fallen out of the habit of reading. I just didn't have the time to go to book shop or library and push my way through the jumbled shelves to find something worth reading.
This all changed with the Kindle. Books are easy to buy, and while some may see the fact the Amazon basically has a direct line to my credit card as a drawback, I see it as the ultimate in simplicity. Getting new books is quick and easy, and can be done from anywhere on the Amazon website. Although it can be bought on the device, I would not recommend this as the screen is often slow to refresh and typing is pretty poor on the cramped keyboard.
The reading experience is really excellent. The lack of a backlight requires there to be some form of light on the screen for it to illuminate, but this is not a big issue unless you enjoy reading in the dark. Changing page by pushing the buttons on the side of the device has become as natural to me as flipping a page on a book used to be. Some may feel that they miss the look and feel of a traditional book, and that reading on a device is not the same. To these, I would simply ask how they define a book. To me, it is not the paper and the bindings that make a book, but the words and the story within. Once consumed in a good story the device takes the backseat, leaving centre stage for the story to shine through. Within minutes the fact you are reading on a device is lost and you simply enjoy the book for what it is - a story.
The biggest benefit of the device, for me, is the ecosystem of apps that amazon has built up. This means I can read from anywhere, on my phone, tablet, laptop, or from any web browser. It really will change your life.
I cannot recommend this product highly enough, and ask that you go and buy it immediately!
I recieved this as a birthday present from my other half, and I must say, I am converted to E-readers. It cost £139 and is a similar price now and I think it is worth every penny. It is light weight, and the screen does not hurt your eyes when using it for long periods of time. But, most importantly the software is really easy to use on the actual e-reader as well as on the computer. Amazon makes it very easy to use their online shop to purchase the E-books which are delivered automatically to your kindle. However, the faults I would comment on are that if you have the 3G on, the battery life is not great, however if you turn 3G off when it is not neccesary then it does preserve the battery life. However, it is easy to forget to turn it off. Secondly, alot of the books can be very costly on Amazon. Occasionly even more expsensive than the paperback versions. However, alot of the classics which are out of copyright are free to download on Amazon. Namely, the Brontes and Sherlock Holmes etc. Which is very handy when you want something to read but your low on cash.
The functions which let you write notes and change font size are invaluable too. I find when i get tired but want to carry on reading you can make the font bigger and it makes it easier to carry on!
Overall, their may be faults, but I would recommend this too anyone. You can feel when your holding it what a quality piece of kit it is!
This is a review of the Kindle Keyboard, as Amazon now calls it. There are more recent iterations of the Kindle on the market, but this version is still available.
I was bought this e-reader about two years ago but only really started to use it in 2012. This was mainly because I was one of the many people who refused to move away from paper books, believing that e-readers were devices of the devil. I'm unsure what prompted me to get my Kindle out of its box but out of its box it came and it's not been back in since. I'm in the process of getting all my favourite books onto it and so far have been able to donate about 300 books to a charity shop (still about 100 to go). I've been converted!
Maybe you're teetering on the edge of being converted or maybe you're still firmly in the paper book camp but I hope to convince you to change your mind.
The Kindle as a whole is a fabulous thing. It's easy to hold and easy to read. It has buttons on both sides, for turning a page forward and also turning a page back, which is handy if you're left-handed. It does have the keyboard at the bottom but I've very rarely used it. The only buttons I use on mine are the 'on/off' button, which is on the bottom of the device, the 'select' button, which is next to the keyboard letters, and the page turning buttons, which are used for flicking between screens as well as turning pages. I've also used the font button, which enables you to change the font size, but I've literally used that once.
The Kindle Keyboard has wireless internet and in some cases 3G. This allows books purchased from the Amazon Kindle store to be sent instantly through to the device, as long as the internet is switched on. It is practically instant. However, this leads me to battery life. Switching off the wireless internet greatly extends the battery life. I only need to charge up my Kindle about once a month.
The Kindle website has a wide selection of books to order and there's also a '99p book of the day', which has some great books on. A lot of the classics are free on the website, but if you're expecting to get all your books cheaper than buying them in a store, you'll be mistaken. Some books are cheaper to buy as hard copies and part of this is that you pay tax on e-books and not on paper books. There are some bargains to be had though and you can hold over 3,000 books on the device. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can 'borrow' one book a month to read on your Kindle free and some libraries also lend out books on a Kindle.
If you do need more space, any of the books you've bought from Amazon can be deleted from the device without deleting them totally - they stay in the cloud and you can re-download them any time you wish.
When you have your books on the Kindle, you can order them in a few different ways. You can set it so that your most recent books are at the top or they can be alphabetically. Before you click into a book, you can see how far along you are with it you are by looking at the dots under the book title - the darker dots are what you've read and the lighter dots are what you've yet to read.
Some people who are yet to be converted to e-readers say that there is a flicker when you're turning pages but this isn't actually noticeable when you get used to it. This particular Kindle however, doesn't have a light. This means that you can't read in the dark, although you can buy cases with inbuilt lights and I have a light that clips on. I've reviewed the light previously and whilst it's not designed specifically for the Kindle, it does clip onto the top.
So yes, there are more modern versions of the Kindle out, but is it worth spending more money? I don't think so and I think I would miss the clicking of the buttons to turn the page. I received a Kindle Paperwhite (which is a touchscreen Kindle) for Christmas, so I will seE.
The Kindle Keyboard is available for about £149.00