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Perfect little investment
Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G
Member Name: peggyandella
Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G
Advantages: Easy, light and there are thousands of books at your fingertips.
Disadvantages: Sometimes hard to choose a book just from the online description
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!
Summary: Fantastic and definitely worth the investment
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