Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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The Kindle - It's not a Book, but it's Close
Amazon Kindle Touch
Member Name: daddyumyum
Amazon Kindle Touch
Advantages: thousands of books in one place, easy to use, no glare
Disadvantages: over sensitive touchscreen, slow typing, a bit slow, expensive book
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.
Summary: A useful device for readers, but with a few problems
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