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I have always loved books, and thus been against Kindles and other e-readers. I felt it was sacrilegious to miss out on the page turning experience, the joy of that 'new book smell' and the thrill I get when I find antique books in charity shops! I have to admit, the last one I still do - the kindle can't replace everything!
However, my husband bought me one for my birthday, and despite my initial reservations it has proved invaluable. I am not the most tech-savvy individual but setting it up was very simple, and I was on the go in a matter of minutes.
Battery life is absolutely fantastic. I read it regularly and it can last weeks without needing charging. This makes it incredibly convenient. I travel a lot with work, and where I used to have to squeeze in as many books as possible, now I just pop my kindle in my handbag.
There are a huge variety of free books on Amazon - in my entire kindle - owning experience I've probably only bought about 30 books, compared to the hundreds I have read for free. However, when you do want to buy one, it's still normally cheaper than buying the paper copy so it's a money saver all round! On that note, I don't know exactly what the capacity is but it must be very high since I have hundreds of books on my kindle. This makes it very convenient! It's also easy to download books anywhere with wireless, which is great and means you don't have to constantly be plugging in.
Overall the only down side is the lack of a back light. This isn't a problem in day time, but reading in bed in the evening can be a pain. However you can buy small attachable lights for around £5 and these work really well so it's not a massive problem. The screen is great - it's not glossy and therefore doesn't trap dust and fingerprints, and it's matte and therefore doesn't reflect the sun meaning you can read whilst sunbathing if you wish!
The touchscreen is very responsive though it can take a while to work out all the different controls, and until you're there you can occasionally find yourself suddenly flipping to the middle of a story. I would definitely advocate buying a case to help protect the kindle, and these are readily available.
Overall I think this is an invaluable product, and despite being an avid book lover, I adore my kindle!
I never thought I would say this but the Kindle Touch is a nifty piece of technology. I always loved the smell and feel of a book and to this day I have an attic full of old books at my Father's house from before I went to University. Since receiving the Kindle my attitude towards books has totally changed, I went from being suspicious of this new technology to loving it.
I was bought the Kindle Touch as a birthday present and was just thrilled to have a new gadget to play with. Surprisingly, the novelty did not wear off - the Kindle fits into all of my handbags and is really lightweight so I can carry it around with me all the time. If I am ever waiting for someone/have a spare five minutes I just grab it and read a few pages.
I will say that in some senses it took some getting used to - when I first started reading it felt like going from one page to the next there would be a significant delay. I was so used to physical books that it felt strange and I thought there was a problem with it. In reality, it was just the screen loading and as I have used it more it seems to come up quicker - either that or I am just so used to it now that i do not even notice it.
It has saved me endless amounts of space and is extremely convenient. If you are an avid reader then I will say that this is for you - wherever you are, you have your whole book collection with you! Such variety is brilliant and the kindle store often has really cheap offers so taking a chance and reading something different is not overly expensive. I also find that books are cheaper to buy as e-books rather than physical copies.
One final point I will make it the battery life - I was absolutely astonished with how long the battery lasted at first. I charge it every couple of weeks as part of my routine but I imagine it could go longer - perfect to take on holiday and not have to worry about the battery running out!
I've always been an avid reader; and part of the appeal of reading for me has always been the pleasure of cracking open the spine of a shiny new book, thumbing through it's pages and reading the 'blurb' on the back.
So I wasn't particularly convinced by the concept of an 'electronic book'.
However, I started to hear really good things about the Kindle. It seemed that Amazon had gone to great lengths to make reading on a Kindle just as pleasurable as reading a physical book.
I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase one for myself after having the chance to play around with a friend's. I was very impressed by the e-ink display - the lack of a back-lit display meant reading on it felt comfortable and natural.
****SETTING UP THE DEVICE****
I purchased my Kindle from Amazon, and it arrived in a rather handsome brown cardboard box with a USB cable.
There was no instructions in the box, but setting up was very intuitive and instructions are freely available on the Amazon website.
All of the Kindle models come with wi-fi - it's also possible to purchase Kindle models with 3G connectivity as well, meaning you can purchase books at any time or place without needing a wi-fi connection.
****USING THE DEVICE****
The Kindle is a decent-looking device with a solid, plastic chassis and a reasonably sized 6 inch display. Unlike previous Kindle models, it operates primarily by touchscreen, although there's also a solitary 'home' button. It stores up to 3,000 e-books and has a superb battery life of up to two months (although mine doesn't last this long due to heavy usage!).
I've heard some complaints about the responsiveness of the touchscreen but this has never been an issue for me personally. It's really easy to turn the page too - you simply swipe the screen. I had been a little worried about fingerprints; and whilst it's true that the screen needs a wipe now and again, this hasn't been a real issue.
The display is excellent - it really is just like reading from a book! There's no backlit display, so I've been able to read for extensive periods of time without any eye strain or discomfort. Reading in bright sunlight is also easy as there's no glare from the screen.
The Kindle is really light and fits comfortably in one hand, which makes reading in bed or curled up on the sofa a delight (there's no awkwardly flipping the book from hand to hand!).
The main source of content for my Kindle comes from Amazon's e-book store.
I think to really benefit from the Kindle, you need to be have a fairly eclectic and open-minded approach to reading materials.
Very often, certain books I've wanted have either been unavailable for the Kindle or they've been eye-wateringly expensive. As much as I love my Kindle, I'm not prepared to pay more for an e-book than a physical book, as is often the case.
However, there are a lot of e-book bargains to be had. Every day, there's a Kindle 'deal of the day' - an e-book at a heavily discounted price. There's also thousands of free books spanning a whole range of genres from modern fiction to classics to educational non-fiction. This has introduced me to authors and books I'd never normally have chosen and this, for me, has been a major benefit of Kindle ownership.
Before choosing whether to download a title or not, you can order a free sample which usually comprises the first few chapters of the book. This is particularly useful when you're not sure how the book you're interested in will look in e-book format. For example, some cookbooks have been adapted really well for Kindle and are worth purchasing, whereas others are badly laid out and difficult to read.
Purchased books are archived in your Amazon account, so they can be re-downloaded at any time or downloaded to other devices with a Kindle-reader installed - such as smartphones and PCs.
Several newspapers and magazines are also available in Kindle format. These vary widely in readability and subscription price. I subscribe to the Metro, which is very cheap and easy to read.
The Kindle can be used for more than simply reading books downloaded from Amazon.
It's possible to download free books and pdf documents from other sources - like Google Books - and view these on the Kindle, although this does involve emailing the document in question to your Kindle email address which is something of a drawback. I'd like to see a quicker and more intuitive way of transferring non-Amazon content to the Kindle.
One of my favourite uses for my Kindle is viewing blog content and news feeds. There's lots of blogs I enjoy reading that cover news and information on subjects as diverse as cookery, politics and science. I use an excellent free Google Chrome app called 'Feederator' to view these on my Kindle - Feederator is an RSS viewer with a 'Kindle-ize' function, which turns RSS content into a Kindle-friendly newspaper.
Other functions of the Kindle include:
* Inbuilt dictionary - I've found this very useful for looking up words without interrupting the reading experience
* Speech to text - I'm not sure how useful this function is. It reads books in a very robotic way, and I think I'd struggle to 'lose myself' in a book read like this.
* Web browser - This is okay but there are more useful and user-friendly ways of browsing the web, so I rarely use it.
* Annotation - I'd imagine this is especially useful for students. You can also select to view passages that others have highlighted.
*Instant translation - translates words and passages
*X-ray - I haven't used this function as it's only available for certain books, but Amazon describes it as: 'With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari'
So, in summary, the Kindle has become one of my most treasured and utilized possessions.
I love knowing that wherever I am, I have a huge variety of books to choose from. The Kindle is intuitive, comfortable to hold and has introduced me to authors I'd never normally have considered.
I really don't know how I managed without it!
I have always been a book lover, and I recently invested in the original Amazon Kindle, and I thought it was incredible. The E-Ink display with no glare, and no eye-strain, the small, thin, compact and slick design, and its brilliant functionality to have almost any book available. One of the only things I was dissapointed about was the poor navigation, and I mean very very poor. Manually clicking through every list to find the book you want in the market, navigating through the on screen keyboard using the arrow buttons, it became its biggest flaw, and its biggest flaw put me of Kindles for good. Well until I saw this that is.
I almost instantly leaped to the opportunity to have this product, it pretty much solved all my problems in one, cool move. The price was a lot higher, which while overall cheap, I was not really expecting, but I bought anyway. Buying this E-Reader has been the best decision of my life.
It has the same basic functionality as the original, which makes Kindles, Kindles. It has beautifully paper-like e-Ink display, with again, somehow no glare, and easy reading in bright sunlight. It is shockingly intuitive, to go to the next page, touch or swipe the side of the screen. If you want to use the keyboard, just tap the on screen keys.
The battery life is the same too, it lasts for about a week with regular usage, and a month on standby, with a lovely high definition wallpaper while it is on standby. I find it very comfortable in my hand, whether I'm sitting on a chair or sofa, on a table, or lying in bed.
I recommend this product wholeheartedly, if it means upgrading from the Original Kindle, or upgrading, from paper.
I have to admit I am a great fan of the paper book, I have never been a fan of an ebook readers as I believed they are an imitation of the real experience of reading a book.
But this changed instantly when my cousin bought this Amazon Kindle ebook reader for me on my birthday.
At first I was not so sure but my cousin encouraged me to try it out at least for a week or two.
And when I did test it out I was truely amazed at how realistic ebook readers are.
I have found this product to be very great for passing time during the daily commute as it is light and compact which means it does not take up as much space as a large novel.
The silver/grey design of the kindle is very simple and it feels very strong and long lasting. However, I would recommend investing in a cover of some sort to keep it as protected and safe as possible.
Even as a newbie to the Ebook readers I found the interface on this kindle very simple and easy to use, an example of this is increasing/decreasing font size.
The choice of books on the Amazon store is huge as you can download ebooks of all genres from fiction to non-fiction. However, some are free whereas others are not.
The battery life of this product is absolutely outstanding as I use it for days without needing to charge it one.
The only bad side I have found to this product so far is that it does not have a backlit screen. This is a dissapointment as you have to read in well lit places as it gets very tiring in dark conditions.
When I first started hearing about the Kindle I was initially dubious as I didn't think you could beat a good old book. I have many books clogging up the shelves at home and wasn't sure I could cope with technology (Yes I'm 27 but no I am not of the new 'gadget' generation.)
I will tell you the reason I decided to get a Kindle. I live abroad and getting decent books is a bit of a hassle. We don't have any actual book shops here, well we do but living in Tenerife the books do tend to be written in Spanish (How very rude of them : )
We have some second hand book shops which are fine but you cannot get the new releases and you do depend on the books which people have given in often meaning you are left wanting. Of course I could order from Amazon but the books arrive weeks after you have ordered and sometimes they do get lost in the post. Therefore I decided I would go ahead and buy a Kindle and opted for the Kindle touch.
I ordered the Kindle from Amazon and had it delivered to my parents address in the UK as I was going there for a holiday a few weeks later. I was taken aback by how simple the set up was. I already have an Amazon account so all I had to do was enter the serial number which was on the Kindle packaging into Amazon, choose a name for my Kindle and that was pretty much it. Believe me when I say it was not hard as I am normally rubbish with following instructions and making things actually work!
The Kindle has truly changed my life. I know this may seem a bit over the top but it is true. It is so light weight and the screen is just like reading a paperback book. You get absolutely no glare from it at all even when you are reading it in direct sunlight (and I should know as I read it in Tenerife whilst sunbathing most weeks.)
It is also so simple to choose and download books. Once you commit to buy a book it is downloaded in a matter of seconds. You can also see your 'chosen for you' book lists which are a collection of books similar to those you have previously bought which is amazing as you have so much choice at your finger-tips.
I also love the fact that you can download a sample of a book before you buy it. You tend to get 10% of the book to try, therefore if you do not like the book you haven't wasted any money.
The prices of the books are often discounted as well which is great as you save so much money.
All of the books you purchase are in your library on the kindle and you can leave a book at any time and when you go back to it it's on the exact page you left it (no more flicking through to try and find your spot.) And don't worry about losing or breaking the Kindle because all your books are saved to your amazon account as well so you can easily transfer them onto a new Kindle.
You can literally save thousands of books onto the Kindle as well so it will never be full... and you are not taking up half of your living room space with books!
And just to add, the battery life lasts forever (at least 1 month at a time for an avid reader and longer if you only read it once or twice a week) and you have access to loads of free books which is always a good thing.
If there are negatives for the Kindle touch it would be firstly that you cannot flick through easily like you can a paperback book. So I wouldn't recommend reading things like Bibles or cookbooks on the Kindle. There is a way to find different chapters and pages but it is a bit confusing and not as simple as just flicking through. Secondly it is not simple to swap your books with others like you can the good old hard back. It is possible but you need to register both Kindles to the same account and then you can share them but this is time consuming.
However, overall this is an excellent e-reader. I can't comment on whether it is the best as I don't have any experience with any others but it has certainly lightened up my life and I now don't ever have to visit a second hand bookshop again!
I love reading and, on average, read about one book a week - sometimes more if I find myself spending a lot of time travelling. My husband is constantly complaining about the sheer number of books we have on our shelves and will periodically tell me I can't buy any more books until I've got rid of some, so I wasn't entirely suprised when I received a Kindle Touch from him as a birthday present. When the Kindle was originally launched I was unsure if I wanted one as I love 'real' books, but I have been using the Kindle app on my iPad on a semi-regular basis, which increased the temptation to get a real Kindle.
* Product Design *
The first thing that struck me on opening my Kindle Touch is how light it is. It weighs a mere 213 grams, which is significantly lighter than a lot of the books that I read. The design is very simple but I feel that it has a sleek, modern feel to it. It has a 6 inch screen, with a dark grey surround. There is a button at the bottom (in the same position as it would be on an iPhone / iPad) which you can press to access the menu screen and a tiny on/off button right underneath this. At the top of the surround, it says 'kindle' - apart from that there are no other features. On the screen, the advanced e-ink display means that you can always read the text clearly, even in bright sunlight.
* Setting Up and Usage *
The Kindle Touch is very simple to set up. There is a tutorial feature when you turn it on which takes you through the set-up process in simple steps. You need to link the Kindle to your Amazon account to be able to download books. It has wi-fi connectivity so, assuming you have a decent wireless broadband connection, you can purchase a book from Amazon and start reading it on your Kindle about a minute later. If you have the Kindle app on a phone or iPad, you can also access previously purchased Kindle books through the Kindle Touch - these will appear on the menu screen as 'archived items' (as they are stored on the Cloud), but clicking on a title will allow you to open it. You charge the Kindle with the charger that is provided in the box - once fully charged, you can expect to get many hours of reading time before you need to charge it again. With the wireless connection turned off, Amazon estimate that you can read for half an hour a day for two whole months before you need to charge the Kindle again.
Once you have connected the Kindle to your Amazon account and purchased your first book, it is time to start reading. All purchased books are displayed on a menu screen which appears as soon as you turn on your Kindle. You can click on the chosen book and you will instantly be taken to the first page. You move from one page to the next by lightly tapping the screen (on the right hand side to go forwards, touching on the left side will turn back a page). You can also adjust the text size by touching the middle of the screen with two fingers and swiping them apart - this brings up a text size menu where you can select your preferred size. I tend to read on the second smallest size as, due to the relatively small screen size, I find that having the text any bigger means that I am constantly having to change pages. However, if you have any issues with your eyesight, the ability to make the text much bigger is probably a very valuable feature. I find it very comfortable to read on the Kindle as the text is very clear and the e-ink technology means that there is no issue with glare, unlike the Kindle app on the iPad. It is just as easy to read in bright sunlight as it is sitting on the tube commuting to work.
* Purchasing Books *
As previously mentioned, all books for the Kindle need to be purchased through Amazon. There are many free books in the Amazon Kindle store, including a significant number of classic novels by authors such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Amazon also do a 'Kindle Deal of the Day' where a previously full-price book is discounted for a limited period. I have found that generally books are cheaper on Kindle than they are in store, although some new books remain relatively expensive even in Kindle form. I usually use the Amazon one-click system for purchasing books (Amazon vouchers earned through Dooyoo come in really handy for this) and they literally appear on the Kindle within a few seconds of completing the purchase.
* Other Features *
To be honest, I really only use my Kindle for reading books, but there are several other in-built features that seem worthy of a mention. You can email PDFs directly to your Kindle which may be useful for people who work on the move, as it is much easier to read documents on the Kindle than on a phone. There is also an 'x-ray' feature which Amazon claim allows you to 'explore the bones of a book' - this allows you to pick out all the passages which mention a particular character / historical figure / place. I feel that this would be a very useful feature for students using the Kindle for their set books as you would be able to choose a protagonist and then find all mentions of them for inclusion in an essay. It also has 'Whispersync' technology which synchronises your last read page across all devices, meaning that if you go out without the Kindle and find yourself with a few minutes to spare, you can pick up your book where you left off on the Kindle app on your phone. Finally, the Kindle has a built-in dictionary and instant translations which means you don't have to Google any unfamiliar words as you come across them.
* Price *
The Amazon Kindle Touch has actually now been replaced by the even lighter Kindle (which retails at £69) although they are still available from some sellers.
* Would I recommend it? *
Yes, I would wholeheartedly recommend my Kindle. It is fantastic to be able to carry a whole library of books around with me, particularly for long journeys and holidays. It will make a massive difference to the weight of my holiday suitcase too - I don't really go in for minimalist packing as it is, but the big summer reads I tend to take away with me push me very close to my baggage allowance. It is small enough to fit into most handbags, light enough not to make your shoulders ache and comfortable to read wherever you are. The only minor downside is that sometimes it is a bit 'too' sensitive and you will end up flicking through several pages at once, but this is something that is easily remedied and not a big deal. There are still times where I would prefer to curl up with a proper book but I love my Kindle too.
(edited because I meant to give it five stars but clicked four by mistake)
I was one of many i think when i said that I didn't want a kindle.. i love reading and like to feel im holding a book not a piece of technology... To me it was something un needed and unwanted
Then i won one..!
As i had been so adamant that I didn't want one my partner showed no hesitation in telling me to sell it..but as many of my friends had raved about them i decided to give it a go.. with the intention that i would see if i liked it..
I decided the only way for me to deal with this was
a... to buy a cover that made it feel more like a book..
b.. to make myself not to read a paper book until id read at least 2 kindle books.
so i went to Amazon and downloaded 2 books for free that i thought would interest me.
Im now hooked.. my kindle goes everywhere with me .. i even bought a new handbag so it fits in better.. i take every opportunity to read and those opportunities are more with my kindle as i didnt ever want to carry bulky books around.
The drawback for me is that there is no back light and so as a result sometimes it feels a bit tiring on the eyes but then i just tend to increase the screen font.. (very easy to do) and then its easier again.
If you like me normally carry a suitcase of books for a holiday.. this is ideal.. small compact and lightweight , put it in your hand luggage and read at your convenience.. the battery life on it is fantastic too... i dont even pack my charger for a 2 week holiday.
I have always loved my books and read up to 5 in a week and I was reluctant for a very long time to try the Kindle - or any ebook reader. The feel and smell of a new book all wrapped in Amazon packaging was always a very exciting and happy delivery to receive and I couldn't imagine enjoying stories in any other format. I eventually gave in and decided to try the Kindle Touch and haven't looked back.
It is easy to use and I have been able to convert ebooks from other sources to read on the Kindle. Amazon have a huge selection of books and now when I decide I want a book I switch on the wifi, choose my book and less than a minute later I have it ready to read. Fantastic!!! With the capacity to hold around 3000 books I am prepared for any occasion. I considered paying the extra for the 3g version but considering how many books I can download I decided that WiFi was enough. I always have at least a dozen books on my Kindle so don't feel the need to be able to download them whilst out and about.
It has features such as x-ray which allows you to find parts of the book related to specific things that interest you. I also find it really handy that you can download a dictionary then if you find a word you're not sure of you can just hold that word for a couple of seconds and it gives you the dictionary meaning. If connected to your WiFi you can even highglight sections of the book and have it translated from other languages.
At only 213g it is also light weight and is a very comfortable size and weight to read comfortably with.
The Kindle came with the USB connector so it could easily be connected to my pc. However, with it being easy to connect to WiFi I have not need to do this. The USB cable is also to allow you to connect to pc for charging purposes but I found a wall adapter on Ebay for around £2 so I could plug it into a normal plug socket for charging.
The battery lasts for ages and it's always a bit of a surprise when I need to plug it in. I read for at least an hour every day (often longer) and probably recharge my Kindle about one a month just to be on the safe side whether it needs it or not.
The only thing that might make it even better would be if it was backlit - which I suppose makes it little bit more like a real book. To have it back lit would be fantastic as i could then read when i wake in rhe middle of the night and not wake my husband
The fact that I can sync it to my phone via Whispersync and read on either device where I left off on the other is wonderful for those odd moments when I get a little peace but don't have my Kindle with me. Kindle Touch is definitely my favourite gadget and I wouldn't be without it.
I want a Kindle, I want a Kindle, I want a Kindle!, not something you expect to hear from a (supposedly) grown up woman!, more likely from a stroppy teenager who just wants whatever the latest gadget is, regardless of whether they actually need it. However, I have to admit that I DID really want one, and would say it on regular occasions to anyone who would listen. To begin with I think it fell on deaf ears, until, to my surprise, on opening a rather plain looking Birthday present.. there it was, my very own Kindle! Now what was I supposed to do? The Kindle comes in a neat little cardboard box, well protected by an inner carboard tray. And all you have to do is take it out and off you go! It's very comfortable to hold and extremely lightweight. The clarity of the text is brilliant, easy to read, turning pages is just a matter of a quick tap.
To begin with, after logging onto my Amazon account, which you need to have in order to download your books, I picked a couple of 'freebies', just to see how quickly and easily the process was. I was amazed!, after 'clicking' on my choice my virtual books where in place, ready to be read. And I sped through the first book so quickly I thought I must have missed a few pages! If you're thinking about buying a Kindle, get one now! - or perhaps put it at the top of your Christmas List, you won't be dissapointed. There is one slight minus point, for me with regard to the Kindle. I am a cook-bookaholic!. I love cooking and am always hungry (sorry for the poor pun!) for the latest book. Of course, you can download loads of great cookery books onto your Kindle, but there isn't any colour and there are no pictures, and I like being able to see what my recipe is supposed to look like. So I will still be buying (or asking for!) 'proper' cook books, with pages that I have to turn by hand, and bright, glossy, colourful pictures of wonderful, tempting food. Apart from that, I love my Kindle, take it anywhere and thoroughly recommend. Go on .. you know you want to. Oh, one last, I did download the 'Fifty' triology and no-one knew! Have fun.
Everyone I know has a kindle, and everyone I know was always raving on about how great they are, so I decided to follow the herd and buy one.
- extremely light therefore not a hindrance to carry around;
- you're technically carrying around more than 1 book (in my case 34 books) which I would not be able to do if i was going on holiday- well i could, but it would mean less clothes in my suitcase!
- the style of it looks great, no marks on mine at all (i'm prone to dropping things)
- writing is a decent size and font
- I can now join in with discussions about kindles!
- No back light therefore sometimes a struggle to focus
- Eyes do get tired, i hate feeling like i've been looking at a computer too long
- I liked the idea of reading a book to escape technology- with people nowadays revolving their lives around televisions, computers etc- but even an old tradition has been turned modern!
The kindle is good if you want to have an hour or so of reading, but not for long periods of time and if you want to take more than a few books on your travels.
The kindle had been around for a long time when I finally decided to go ahead and buy it. I don't know for sure what was putting me off, but I felt it lacked the same feel and character of a book, what about the musty smells of ancient books? What about the texture of the paper? What about the paper cuts? I went to many stores over many months touching the kindle, once I even smelled it but it did not smell remotely "booky" much to my disappointment. Eventually my wife said she wanted one and that we could share it. Thrust into the world of technology was I to be disappointed or enriched by my kindle experience?
The kindle touch seemed to be a regular standard price everywhere, so we bought ours from Argos, using some left over love2shop vouchers and a bit of cash. It came to just over £100, that's a lot of books!
~Why the Kindle Touch~
My wife decided she wanted the touch rather than the usual, perhaps under some delusion that it would feel more "Booklike" if she touched the "pages" to "turn them." And I wasn't likely to argue (you know better than to start arguments over such trivial matters). My wife and I read a lot of books and we wanted something that would make travelling easier, save space and would hopefully be cheaper than buying books.
The Kindle Touch looks sleek and feels very modern. It doesn't feel remotely like a book, it's a bit cool to the touch and it has one big button at the bottom of the casing, everything else is done via the touch screen.
~How Easy is to Work?~
You simply turn it on and follow the tutorial, there is also a manual. Of course, I decided I didn't need to do the tutorial, but later changed my mind when I got confused. You link your kindle to your amazon account so you can buy and download e-books at the touch of a button. I was very impressed with how fast delivery was, you paid and it downloaded, no waiting in for the postman to bring a much wanted book. Even better you can read a sample of the book, which is usually a chapter or two, to see if you'll like the writing style or not. You can even "return" the book if you bought the wrong one, found it was faulty, or misunderstood what the book was about.
To read it all you need do is to select your chosen book and it opens, then you touch the screen to make the pages turn. It remembers the page you are on, and you can even bookmark pages to come back to later, or highlight paragraphs if something catches your eye or seems important.
It is relatively easy to read and even better you can read it in direct sunlight, just like a book, there is no glare on your kindle.
It has wireless capability so you just connect to your wireless to download books from Amazon and even better is there are plenty of free books, both old and new out there. You can even go online with your Kindle and browse the internet, but it's slow and pretty annoying.
Sadly there are downsides, the books which I thought would be cheaper are often only marginally cheaper than buying the paperback. And somehow I prefer to have a physical manifestation of my book if I'm paying £6 for it.
Also the touch sensitivity can be a little annoying. I've touched the screen and had it turn several pages at once, or not even touch it, just be "near" it and somehow the pages turn on their own accord. If you touch too low on the page you get the menu bar, which is annoying, and it has no light inbuilt so you can't read it without a light.
Typing on the kindle is very annoying, it's slow and the "suggestions" are frequently wrong and take ages to show up. It doesn't even seem to capitalize the first letter of a sentence. While I don't use the typing feature often, I do use it to write quick reviews on ebooks as I read them, and it can be very frustrating.
More than once the kindle decided to just go back to the first page of my book in the middle of reading. I found this to be very annoying and it would take me ages to find the right page as more often than not there aren't any definite "page numbers" to go by.
I like my kindle, I like it more than I thought I would, and I don't even mind that it's not at all book-like, but it does have its problems, I think in retrospect I would probably not buy the touch version, but the original instead. But I don't regret investing in a kindle. It's opened my life to new writers, thousands of books and long nights arguing over who gets to use the kindle tonight.
I received a Kindle Touch for my birthday a few days and I'm already addicted. I have never been much of a reader, but the Kindle makes it easier and almost exciting!
I touch screen makes turning pages and navigating really easy, especially useful when highlighting words too. The inbuilt dictionary is also very easy to use with the touch facility, making it easier to learn new words or meanings.
I primarily wanted a kindle to store and display pdf's to reduce printing, so far it seems perfect. The kindle email feature is a clever and easy way to send documents to your kindle, which in turn are converted so the other kindle features such as highlighting, note making and the dictionary can be used on them.
So far I have been very impressed with all the kindle features, it is very easy to use and navigate. Downloading books off the Amazon website also couldn't be easier or quicker (with wireless), and the selection of book (and free books) is really good.
A minor downside, there are too few 'screen saver' pictures, but that's really not important.
Only suggestion to improve it would be maybe have the page turning buttons on the side, like other kindles. Although it is not a massive issue, I can see how they could be useful.
This is a great little gadget! I bought one for my daughter to use for her A level studies. It is so easy to navigate with the screen giving all the information needed to find and download books in a matter of seconds. My daughter takes it everywhere with her, it is very robust especially bearing in mind she can be a little heavy handed! She uses it to keep book notes and quotes for her work and she has litterally hundreds of books stored on it already. There are a whole host of free books to download and all of the books she has paid for are way cheaper than the the paper versions in shops! You can get magazines or even newspapers if you want. It's great the way you bookmark pages and make notes...saves all of her work so nothing is in papers spread all over the house! At first I thought I didn't like the idea of not having a paper book to actually turn the pages but I have to admit I am converted, it is so easy to use and spave saving! I would recommend it to anyone.
My attitude towards e-readers was similar to when mp3 players first started appearing: I wasn't interested. I like technology and while I enjoy the advancement but I am still wary of some advancements. As with my music, I like having my books in physical form. I like going to the shop to browse through old and new releases; its like a therapy for me. Eventually, I gave in and now my mp3 player is one of the few things I carry everywhere: I love that little thing. The rule that history repeats itself fell true and I ended up buying myself a Kindle. A Kindle touch to be precise. And now? It is one of my favourite things; even if I do look longingly at my bookshelf from time to time.
E-readers are simple devices that allow you to buy, read and store books along with some other features such as the text-to-speech function of the Kindle. The Kindle Touch is just one in the range of e-readers that Amazon produce. The cheapest Kindle at £89 is just called 'Kindle' which features buttons instead of touchscreen. The most expensive of the range is the Kindle Keyboard 3G at £149 which as the name suggests has a keyboard at the bottom. In-between these two is the Kindle Touch (£109) and Kindle Touch 3G (£169) the only difference between the two being that the second has free 3G for downloading books. If you have a wi-fi connection at home this isn't a necessity in my opinion. Which is why I went for the Kindle Touch without 3G.
** Kindle Touch Features **
The Kindle Touch as the name suggests has a touchscreen. I know many people who may not be tech-savvy may shy away from touchscreen devices but there is nothing difficult about this one. It makes it easier to get what you want. The screen is very responsive and the areas to touch for what you need are a good size so there is no need to worry about your fingers being too big. And with a few simple touches you can access other features such as changing the size of the lettering and spacing. This is an excellent feature for those with vision problems or just to increase the comfort of your reading experience: something you definitely can't do with a paper book. A few touches can also allow you to search the on board dictionary while reading, make notes about a book, search the Amazon store or wikipedia. While reading you also have the addition of the percentage of how far along the book you are at the bottom; it makes up slightly for the lack of feeling how far you are through a book by how much of the book is in each hand.
One worry I had before buying a Kindle was reading on the screen. I know when it comes to prolonged reading on the computer screen it starts to hurt my eyes, make the writing go funny and I also have a tendency to skip over parts, none of which you want while reading your book. However, the Kindle uses what is called e-ink display on its 6" screen. This technology intends to imitate real paper so you don't have to deal with the same problems as reading on a LCD or LED screen. A downside to this technology is however that it is not backlit so if you are in a dark or low-lit area you will need extra light to read. But, to make up for this unlike LCD and LED screens you can read this screen in bright sunlight with ease.
The Wi-fi means that you can connect easily to the internet to download books from the Amazon store, of which the Kindle touch can hold about 3,000 of, compared to the 1,400 of the normal Kindle. Of either model, I think we can agree that there is ample amount of storage. Downloading books is easy and you can have your book on your kindle in under a minute. The battery holds approximately 30hrs of battery life which is definitely better than every other piece of technology that I own. So there is plenty of time for reading your books between charges. To charge up the Kindle, you can connect it via the provided USB cable or use the USB cable to connect to an adapter to charge via the mains which you can buy separately. Which I would recommend so that you can charge your Kindle wherever you go. You can still read your Kindle while it is charging so there is no reading time lost.
But if you are tired of reading there is a text-to-speech function. However, I have not tried this yet so can't comment on it but I do think it is a good function. And don't worry, there is a headphone jack so if you are in public you don't have to create a story-time for everyone.
Supported file formats: .MOBI, .AZW3, .AZW, .AZW1, .TXT, .PRC, .PDF, .AA, .AAX and .MP3
** Using the Kindle Touch - My Experience**
I have found the Kindle very easy to use and have found my way around quite quickly. To help you, Amazon have installed the instruction manual on the Kindle so you can learn how to use it while using it. To download books you simply go onto the store and search for what you want, pay (unless its one of the free books - of which there are old and new) and in a few seconds the book will be available to read on the screen. Also, books and other supported file types can be transferred over via USB. Just connect, and click and drag the file to the correct folder.
To read just tap on the book from the home menu (which you can access via the button the front) and the book will open at the first page or the last page you read up to. To flick through the pages you can tap the screen (on the right to go forward or left to go back) or you can swipe the screen. You can also go forward and back to different chapters by swiping up and down. By touching the top of the screen you bring up the menu which allows you to perform different tasks such as changing the lettering, a search function, move to a different part of the book and more.
The kindle will remember where you were in the book, or if you want you can press the top right corner to make a bookmark. You can also easily find words in the dictionary or make notes by holding your finger on the word.
In the home menu, you can also set up what are called 'Collections'. This can save space by keeping all books in a particular series or by a particular author (or however you wish to group your books) in one space. I have just started using this feature but I do like it.
The touch screen is very receptive and have had no issues there. I heard before I bought the Kindle touch that there was a problem with 'ghosting' where when you have turned the page you can still see some of the words from the previous page. I was advised to turn on 'screen refresh' which refreshes the screen every time you turn the page which eliminates this. Otherwise, I can't comment on the 'ghosting' issue.
Overall, I have found the Kindle easy to use and in the month and a half so far that I have had to use it (and read 7 books so far) there have been no issues.
** Kindle or Book **
There are arguments either way in the e-reader vs. book debate.
E-readers are great in that you can carry thousands of books in something that weighs less than one paperback. Finish a book while away from home? Easily start your next one without having to carry an extra book with you. This is great if you read away from home a lot. Not in the mood to read romance? Start a crime story instead. You can also download books that are out of copyright for free, meaning you can get classic books without spending a penny. Amazon also acts as cloud storage so all your books are backed up by Amazon so whether you break your Kindle or somehow delete a file you can get them back.
Studies have also shown that people tend to read more on an e-reader than they do a paper book. While its hard to assess the accuracy of this and whether it is just down to novelty I can relate. Since I got my Kindle I have been reading so much more. Maybe it will wear off but at least for now, I am reading more and I love it. My Kindle has definitely been worth the price for that alone. Nothing like regaining the feeling of sinking into a good book. I had heard about people saying this but I was skeptical. But perhaps there is something in it. Or perhaps we are just too dependent on technology that we can't do things unless they involve some piece of tech; however simple it is.
Another great plus for the e-reader is re-sizing the text and altering the spacing. Something you definitely can't do with a normal book. This is great for those with vision problems or just like a different sized font to read. It also saves trees; each paper book requires a couple of trees to be chopped down.
Some people state that a downside of e-readers is that reading on a screen can strain their eyes. However, devices that use the e-ink technology I have found that this is not an issue at all. I can read for hours without eye strain or even feeling like I am reading something on a screen. It may not be exactly like paper but it is closer than I ever thought it could be.
There is the cost issue. You are looking to spend around £100 for an e-reader especially one with the e-ink display which is recommended. On top of that, you still need to buy the books (apart from those that are free). This means that it may not be suitable for everyone. The price of e-books compared to normal books varies. Some are cheaper on Kindle and some are actually cheaper in paper form. And also e-books are still subject to VAT unlike paper books.
And of course, we can't forget the classic argument of the battery: you don't need to charge a book. You just open it up and its there. The oldest book I own is from the 19th century and it has never needed to be recharge. On top of that though, it isn't in the same condition it was when it was first bought. E-readers do have a good sized battery, especially if it is a dedicated e-reader and not a tablet. All you have to do is check occasionally to assess whether you will need to charge up. Going to be away from a power source for a while? Charge it up beforehand.
There are little things that don't really matter that I'd miss about paper books. The feeling of holding a physical book and the feeling of getting towards the end. Seeing your books on a bookshelf and spending hours browsing though bookstores (in particular second hand bookshops for me). But, just because you have an e-reader it doesn't mean that you can't do these things. Maybe you won't spend so much time reading paper books but it doesn't mean that you are instantly banned from reading/ buying paper books. It doesn't stop you browsing bookstores.
In some cases, it is better to have a paper book. For example, text books for college/ uni/ school and books with a lot of pictures. While the Kindle can display pictures they are not great quality and in black and white. So, a Kindle isn't always the best option.
** Kindle or other E-reader **
So, once you have decided that you want an e-reader which do you go for? It all depends what you are looking for. The Kindle is well supported and the Amazon store has a large variety of books to download. You know what you are getting and know that the Kindle is produced by a good company.
The main things that I would consider would be the e-ink technology, battery life and price.
The leading models just now appear to be the Kindle and Kobo. Looking at the Kobo touch there is not much difference between this and the Kindle. Same size screen, the Kobo has slightly smaller memory but still holds 1,000 books which is more than enough, same e-ink display, wi-fi and a better battery life at a more friendly price of just £79.99. I have never used the Kobo so I cannot comment on its functionality but it is a strong contender of the Kindle. I am not sure what the Kobo store is like though, which initially put me off buying the Kobo in place of the Kindle.
There is also the Sony e-reader which is a bit more expensive at £129.99 for a non-touch screen. It also does not appear to have the e-ink display. It does have a good battery life though which is as much as I can seem to compliment it on. It would not be high on my list of potential e-readers.
Ultimately, it is down to personal choice.
** Price and availability **
As I mentioned, the Kindle Touch will set you back £109.99 and the Kindle Touch 3G about £169.99. Prices do not vary much from store to store and even on eBay there is very little difference in prices. The Kindle can be bought from many electronic stores besides Amazon (I bought mine in-store from Argos).
** Conclusion **
I absolutely love my Kindle. I can spend hours at a time reading it and I am having fun finding new books to add to it. I have owned it over a year now and I still love it. The e-ink display is a brilliant addition that I could not do without. You find that the screen is so much easier to read and does quite closely resemble reading from paper. It does mean there is no backlight but the screen is easier to read in sunlight which is a huge plus. I don't read in the dark that often either. The page turns are quite fast, and the touch screen is responsive. It has definitely boosted my reading; I can't remember the last time I read so much. I have definitely caught the reading bug again. I have found no faults with the Kindle so far.
One last tip if you do decide to buy a Kindle (or other e-reader for that matter) is to buy a case. When you are carrying it around, you don't want to get the screen scratched. You definitely want to keep it protected. There are some very nice cases available from a variety of places. Don't skimp on this. I have seem some Kindles on the bus and they were in horrible condition. Including scratched screens - not the best for reading!
It has been over a year and a half since I bought my Kindle and I have never looked back. It is still in perfect working order. One of the updates allows you to check your reading speed. You can see how much time you have left in either the book or chapter. I find it handy to know how long I have left in a chapter so I can decide whether to read the chapter or do another activity. I have also since bought a light off ebay so I can read in the dark which has been brilliant. My only issue is that buying books on the kindle is so easy it is hard to resist temptation!