Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Waste of money? The jury's still out!
Amazon Kindle Touch
Member Name: rowl14
Amazon Kindle Touch
Advantages: It's perfect for long journeys instead of taking lots of books
Disadvantages: You miss all the great book deals
After buying the kindle I came under much controversy from many friends and family members stating that 'It ruins buying good old fashioned books' and ' Don't you miss turning the pages?' which made me very skeptical about the device.
Turning it on there was a very detailed instruction manual to read before you started up with the kindle. Whilst very detailed and very useful for the new buyer to know, I felt it was slightly overwhelming with so much information in one go, maybe little tips could pop up throughout you trying to use your kindle with the option to turn them off or continue on the introduction tour could have worked better.
After that it was time to register your kindle. This process I found to be very fast and easy because as soon as you had entered the details for your amazon account you were up and running almost instantly.
As for buying the books on the kindle well I found that quite interesting. There are a vast selection of free books which are often old classics which helps get you going and then there are some books which are considerably cheaper than their paperback counterparts, however, be wary of buying new books on there.
New books are often discounted by book stores as an incentive to buy them but by buying them off the kindle (directly from amazon), you don't necessarily get these good deals and could still end up paying more for the books.
There are also several experimental features which are on the kindle but I think the main one is the internet access. I think it is very useful and with a little more work could become a main feature of this and turn the kindle into a gadget which could easily become a tablet.
One other thing I noticed was that you have the opportunity to highlight points in the passage but you can also see popular highlights where other people have highlighted and wrote notes. In my opinion I would love to be able to see what other people had wrote as it can help interpret different meanings of the text!
Overall I think it is a very good product but I think the traditional book format will continue through the ages because people were right, there's nothing like turning the pages of a good book.
Summary: Overall it is a good concept of a product. I probably would recommend to a friend!
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