• Amazon Kindle

    Ok, Chef told me to post this here and this being my first review of sorts bear with me ^^.

    I got an Amazon Kindle for my birthday this year. Now, when the eReader first reared its head, I was one of the ones who said "I'd rather have the book in my hand". Now, give me my Kindle! For those that love to read, being able to take your pick of the 3500 books that it can store from anywhere is worth the $150 price tag.

    Whenever I moved, the biggest pain in the ass was boxing and moving all my books. Its ridiculous but I'd never part with one (unless I didn't like it to begin with). When getting settled into our new spot, the first and biggest problem is where to put all my books. Obviously, the Kindle is my best choice now.

    The Kindle itself already comes preloaded with a Kindle User Guide explaining all the various facets of the Kindle. It also comes preloaded with two different dictionaries (more on this in a minute). It has wireless internet even on the most basic model. Unless you have a need for the 3G, its money wasted. It also has a experimental section. This is where Amazon tests out the features with user feedback. Its current features are internet browsing, the read-to-me (acts like an audio book) and MP3 player. Since the Kindle is already wireless capable, shop the Kindle shop straight from the Kindle. You do have to have an Amazon account set up for the billing portion but thats truly all. It delivers whatever you buy via Whispernet in about 30 seconds. Seriously, when I saw this as a feature, I truly scoffed.

    The internet browser is wonderful. Basic. But you have to enlarge the page to read it and it can be a bit of a pain. But if all you're doing is looking something up and not surfing the web, it works just fine.

    The read-to-me is still in its experimental stages and sounds more like Cp30 reading to you than anything else. But when you're busy, say cooking, it works just fine.

    The dictionaries that are preloaded work while reading. It has a cursor you just place in front of the word and the definition loads at the bottom of the screen. You can either hit Back to clear it or Enter to see more definitions then return to the spot you were at.

    The Kindle automatically bookmarks for you. So where ever you're at in the book when you turn it off, it goes into sleep mode or you leave the book altogether, when its loaded back up it goes right back to where you left off.

    You can also organize your books by whatever filters you prefer. Currently, I am on a Sherrilyn Kenyon kick so all her books are in her file, as are all my Nora Roberts, and the Classics. It just makes it easier to find. Even if you don't organize them the Kindle automatically organizes them by title and author.

    The weight and size of the Kindle, I would say, is no more than a paperback. The separate keyboard at the bottom instead of the touch keypad is convenient rather than annoying. The battery life is just plain awesome. I got my Kindle 2/2/2011 and have used it daily but only charged it twice. Once when I got it and about a week ago (it still had half a battery but I was taking a trip :P ).

    The cost of eBooks is honestly in tune with regular paperbacks. Almost everything is available or being made available on the Kindle store. The newer releases are a little more expensive but when you're looking at the cost of a brand new release hardback, the price is incomparable. The classics that have expired copyrights are free. Yes, truly free. i.e., The Art of War, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Grimm's Fairy Stories, The Man in the Iron Mask just to name a few, were all free. The collection of the free books is massive and any of the Classics I've been wanting to read but honestly didn't want to buy them are there.

    All in all, if you couldn't tell, I love the Kindle. The use is basic so even the most tech-tarded could understand. I have 20 books as of today on the Kindle. By the next time I do a ordering round, the Kindle would have paid for itself.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Amazon Kindle started by Becca View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. OzDragon's Avatar
      OzDragon -
      Well, I have never been a big reader but from this review I going to have a look at it maybe for a present for a certain miss Dragoness next B-Day or something she a big reader! Thanx for this Becca.

      http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireles.../dp/B002FQJT3Q

      Oh this looking like a great gift Idea!
    1. Dani Oliver's Avatar
      Dani Oliver -
      This really appeals to me. I'm struggling to hold onto things these days, and even grasping a paperback novel can be taxing on my hands.

      I like the dictionary feature as well. Sometimes I obsess on the meaning of a word to the point where it distracts me from the storyline. OCD FTW.

      I've been using my laptop by my bed to enjoy audio books when my eyes can't cut it, but it can get a little clunky and awkward. Now when you say it's C3P0-ish, do you mean his particular manage of speech (snotty British accent) or that it sounds rather robotic? I have to admit a good narrator (such as Rob Inglis from the Lord of the Rings audio books) really makes it more enjoyable.

      It would be nice to be able to adjust the size of the wording as well. I had eye surgery last year and while they fixed my distance vision, they messed up my reading vision. I still haven't procured a set of reading glasses yet. Must do so soon as I'm getting behind in my reading.

      I've been waiting over 5 years to have my books sent to me. It's horrible to have a craving to read an old book only to not have it handy. Not like we'd have room for them in this small apartment, but a handy device like the Kindle would take care of that!

      Thanks for this review Becca! I guess I don't have to add it to my wishlist, someone seems to have gotten the idea already.
    1. Lego's Avatar
      Lego -
      I have the Nook and love it. I would say the only reason I choose the Nook is the fact that at the time and still do buy my reading materials from Barnes and Noble over Amazon. If things had been reversed I probably would have bought the Kindle.

      The only real problem I have with my eReader is the fact that in low light the e-ink screens become hard to read like an actual book, granted the opposite is true when in a very well lite area you are not tying to cover the screen to reduce glare. The only other problem I have with the E-Ink screen is color pics come out in a gray scale.

      All in all I would not trade it in for a stack of books.
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