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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Member Name: annc69
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Advantages: Easy to set up, lightweight, a pleasure to use
Disadvantages: A bit fragile so a protective cover is a must
When e-readers first came on the market, my husband - knowing I am an avid reader - suggested buying one for my birthday. I was not keen on the idea at all - I felt I would miss out on the pleasure of browsing in the library and book shops and the sheer joy of the look, feel and smell of a new book! Fast forward a couple of years and a friend bought a new kindle and bequeathed me her old one. I was converted - although I do often still read the real thing too! Several months ago, I discovered my reading companion was broken and had no choice but to emotionally blackmail the husband into getting me a new one. I could have gotten the new basic model Kindle for £69 but really fancied the more expensive Kindle Paperwhite (this took some convincing of said husband!)
Why this model?
As I had already had a Kindle I really wanted to keep with the same brand - it was familiar to me and I guess as well I consider them the gold standard in e-readers. I really liked the idea of the crisp text that made reading on the Paperwhite easy on the eyes - as someone who works on computers all day and then likes to read a lot my eyes have a lot to put up with! I also liked the idea of the built in light. My old Kindle had an attachable light which never worked properly. I briefly considered the Kindle Fire, which has many more features than the Paperwhite but I felt I wanted a dedicated e-reader that does what it does best.
Easy to buy?
It was a cinch to part with my £109 on Amazon. I was notified when the product was dispatched and it arrived quickly in a lovely stylish black box which made me very excited.
This was a doddle - once it was switched on it took me through the set up. I used a cable (not supplied) to connect it to my PC and it downloaded the books from my old Kindle in a matter of minutes. Pretty soon I was good to go.
The Device itself?
Its sleek, light and can be easily held in one hand for a nice long reading session, if you have the time of course! Pages are turned by touching the screen, though it is not as sensitive and responsive as my Apple iTouch but nevertheless its still easy enough. It holds over a thousand books, though I tend to delete mine once I've read them so there is never more than about 20 on there at any one time. The battery life is longer than my previous model and lasts for ages before needing to be charged.
Its a little bit irksome that a cable to charge/connect to a PC is not supplied, however the husband's smartphone cable sufficed so its possible you will have a cable at home that will do the job, rather than having to buy one. Next on my priority list is a cover for the Paperwhite and I would definitely say this is a necessity. It was lack of a cover which spelled the demise of my old Kindle. Until I get one, my new purchase doesn't leave the house!
If you love reading treat yourself to one of these - you won't regret it.
Summary: Brilliant for avid readers - convenient and easy to use.
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