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Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

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Kindle Keyboard at a Glance

Most Advanced E Ink Display
Kindle Keyboard's high-contrast E Ink display delivers clear, crisp text and images.

Read in Bright Sunlight
Kindle Keyboard's screen reads like real paper, with no glare. Read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.

Lighter than a Paperback
At only 241 grams and 8.5 mm thin, Kindle Keyboard is lighter than a paperback and thinner than a magazine.

Holds 3,500 Books
Carry up to 3,500 books--keep your library with you wherever you go.

Battery Life of Up to Two Months
A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time. If you read for one hour a day, you will get battery life of up to one month.

Built-In Wi-Fi
Kindle Keyboard has built-in Wi-Fi support. Connect to Wi-Fi hotspots at home or on the road.

Quieter Page Turn Buttons
Quieter page turning means you won't disturb your partner when you want to read all night.

Share Meaningful Passages
Share meaningful passages with friends and family with built-in Twitter and Facebook integration.

Read-to-Me
With Text-to-Speech, Kindle Keyboard can read English-language content out loud to you.

Simple to Use
Kindle Keyboard is ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no software to install, no computer required.
  Books in 60 Seconds
With fast, free wireless delivery, you can start reading books in less than 60 seconds. No computer required.

Massive Selection
With the biggest selection of any ebook store in the UK, you can shop more than 1 million books, including bestsellers and new releases. UK and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs, plus more than 1 million free books, are also available.

Lowest Book Prices
We check hundreds of prices every day to make sure our prices are the lowest of any ebook store in the UK. Compare our book prices--you'll like what you find.

Free Book Samples
Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Real Page Numbers
We've added real page numbers that correspond to print editions so you can easily reference and cite passages.

Read Everywhere with Whispersync
Your Kindle books can be read on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, Android device, and Windows Phone 7. Our Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.

Worry-Free Archive
Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon.co.uk. Re-download books wirelessly for free, anytime.

Built-in Dictionary with Instant Lookup
Seamlessly look up definitions of over 250,000 English words without interrupting your reading.

Improved PDF Reader
Now with new dictionary lookup, notes and highlights, and support for password protected PDFs. Easily carry all of your documents on the go.
 

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Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
Kindle
Kindle Keyboard
Kindle Keyboard 3G
Connectivity   
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Free 3G + Wi-Fi
Content   
Books, newspapers, magazines,
docs, games
Books, newspapers, magazines,
audio books, games, docs
Books, newspapers, magazines,
audio books, games, docs
Display   
6" E Ink Pearl 6" E Ink Pearl 6" E Ink Pearl
Battery Life   
Up to 1 month Up to 2 months Up to 2 months
Storage   
Up to 1,400 Books
or 2 GB
Up to 3,500 Books
or 4 GB
Up to 3,500 Books
or 4 GB
Dimensions   
166 mm x 114 mm x 8.7mm 190 mm x 123 mm x 8.5 mm 190 mm x 123 mm x 8.5 mm
Weight   
170 grams 241 grams 247 grams
Languages   
English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese(Brazilian) English English
Interface   
5-way controller keyboard keyboard
5-way controller keyboard keyboard
Features

Elegant, Easy-to-use E-reader

Lose Yourself in Your Reading
The most elegant feature of a physical book is that it disappears while you're reading. Immersed in the author's world and ideas, you don't notice a book's glue, the stitching, or ink. Our top design objective is to make Kindle Keyboard disappear — just like a physical book — so you can get lost in your reading, not the technology.

Ergonomic Design
Kindle Keyboard is easy to hold and read. We designed it with long-form reading in mind. When reading for long periods of time, people naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand. Kindle Keyboard's page-turning buttons are located on both sides, allowing you to read and turn pages from any position. The new soft-touch, textured back is comfortable to hold and never gets hot in your hands.

Never Gets Hot
Unlike a laptop, Kindle never gets hot so you can read comfortably as long as you like.

Simple Controls
Kindle Keyboard 3G has an easy-to-use 5-way controller for on-screen navigation for highlighting text or looking up words. For searching and note-taking, Kindle Keyboard features a physical keyboard.


Books in 60 Seconds with Built-In Wi-Fi

Get Books in as Little as 60 Seconds
Whispernet utilises Amazon's optimised technology plus Wi-Fi networks to enable you to wirelessly search, discover, and download content on the go. Your books, magazines and newspapers are delivered over Wi-Fi via Whispernet in less than 60 seconds. Wireless download times can vary based on file size.

Built-In Wi-Fi
Kindle Keyboard automatically detects nearby Wi-Fi networks at school, home, or your favourite café. At a hotel or café that requires a password? Simply enter the password and connect to the network. Once you have added a Wi-Fi network, Kindle Keyboard will automatically connect to that network the next time you're near the hotspot.


E Ink 101

Latest Generation E Ink
Kindle Keyboard uses E Ink Pearl – the latest generation of E Ink technology available – to deliver clear, crisp text you can read without eye strain.

How Electronic Ink Works
Electronic ink uses actual ink particles to create crisp, print-like text similar to what you see in a physical book. Kindle Keyboard uses proprietary, hand-built fonts to take advantage of the special characteristics of the ink to make letters appear clear and sharp.

Reads Like Real Paper, Even in Bright Sunlight
Because Kindle Keyboard's electronic display uses E Ink, it looks and reads like real paper. Kindle Keyboard’s screen reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.


Reading on Kindle

Adjustable Text Sizes, Font Choices
Kindle Keyboard has eight adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference. You can increase the text size of your favourite books, magazines and newspapers with the push of a button. If your eyes tire, simply increase the font size and continue reading comfortably. Kindle Keyboard also has three font styles to choose from – all optimised and hand-tuned to provide the best reading experience.

Custom Fonts
Kindle Keyboard 3G uses hand-built, custom fonts and font-hinting to make words and letters more crisp, clear, and natural-looking. Font hints are instructions, written as code, that control points on a font character's line, improving legibility at small font sizes where few pixels are available. Hinting is a mix of aesthetic judgments and complicated technical strategies. We've designed our proprietary font-hinting to optimise specifically for the special characteristics of electronic ink.

Fast Page Turns
Kindle Keyboard has fast page turns. We’ve done this by fine-tuning Kindle Keyboard’s proprietary waveform, the series of electronic pulses that move black and white electronic ink particles to achieve an optimal display of images and text.

Rotate Between Portrait and Landscape Mode
Manually rotate the display from portrait to landscape to view maps, graphs, tables and Web pages.

Real Page Numbers
Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class with real page numbers that correspond to a book’s print edition. We’ve added real page numbers to tens of thousands of Kindle books, including the top 100 bestselling books in the Kindle Store with matching print editions. Simply press the “Menu” button while reading to display page numbers.

Support for Non-Latin Characters
Kindle Keyboard can display Cyrillic (such as Russian), Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Korean characters in addition to Latin and Greek scripts for certain file types. To view your personal documents with non-Latin characters on your Kindle, send your file as a Microsoft Word document (DOC) attachment to your Kindle's e-mail address ("name"@free.kindle.com). The file will be converted to Kindle format and sent to your Kindle via the Wi-Fi connection and also to the e-mail address associated with your Amazon.com account at no charge. See more details about Kindle’s Personal Document Service via Whispernet here. Loading TXT files containing non-Latin characters over USB is currently not supported as some characters may not display properly.

Full Image Zoom
Images and photos display crisply on Kindle Keyboard and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen.

Carry and Read Your Personal Documents
Kindle Keyboard makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. You and your approved contacts can e-mail documents – including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format. Your personal documents will be stored in your Kindle library on Amazon and ready to download conveniently anywhere at any time. You can add notes, highlights and bookmarks, which are automatically synchronized across devices along with the last page you read using our Whispersync technology.
You can read your PDFs in their native format, view them in landscape mode, or zoom in up to 300% to view small print and detailed tables and graphics. You can also convert your PDF document to the Kindle format so that it reflows like a regular Kindle book.


Dictionary and Search

Built-In Dictionary with Instant Lookup
Never get caught without a dictionary. Kindle Keyboard includes The Oxford Dictionary of English with over 250,000 entries and definitions for free. Kindle Keyboard lets you instantly lookup the definition without ever leaving the book – simply move the cursor to the word and the definition will automatically display at the bottom of the screen.

Search Wikipedia and the Web
Kindle Keyboard makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. Just enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search.


Notes and Sharing

Bookmarks and Annotations
By using the QWERTY keyboard, you can add annotations to text, just like you might write in the margins of a book. And because it is digital, you can edit, delete, and export your notes. You can highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use. You'll never need to bookmark your last place in the book, because Kindle remembers for you and always opens to the last page you read.

Share Meaningful Passages
Share your passion for books and reading with friends, family, and other readers around the world by posting meaningful passages to social networks like Facebook and Twitter directly from Kindle, without leaving the page. Want to post or tweet about a great new title or newspaper article? When you highlight or create a note in your book, you can easily share it with your social network. Help your network of family and friends discover new authors and books.

Public Notes
Share your notes and see what others are saying about Kindle books. Any Kindle user--including authors, book reviewers, professors and passionate readers everywhere--can opt-in to share their thoughts on book passages and ideas with friends, family members, colleagues, and the greater Kindle community. Learn More

Popular Highlights
See what our community of millions of Kindle readers think are the most interesting passages in your books. If several other readers have highlighted a particular passage, then that passage will be highlighted in your book along with the total number of people who have highlighted it. Now it's easier to review, remember, and learn more from the books you read. Learn More


Customise your Kindle

Organise your Library
Organise your Kindle library into collections, or categories, to easily access any book you are looking for. You can add an item to multiple collections to make organizing and finding titles even easier. For example, you can add the same book to your "History" and "My Favorite Authors" collections.

Password Protection
With new password protection functionality, you can choose to lock your Kindle automatically when you're not using it.


UK Kindle Store

You can search and shop the Kindle Store wirelessly straight from your Kindle Keyboard, allowing you to click, buy, and start reading your purchases in 60 seconds. The Kindle Store offers the same great Amazon.co.uk customer experience you're used to, including customer reviews, personalised recommendations, and low prices. We auto-deliver your selections wirelessly, so the next time you hear about a great book, just search, buy, and read.

Over 1 Million Books
With the biggest selection of any ebook store in the UK, you can shop more than 1 million books, including bestsellers and new releases. UK and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs, plus more than 1 million free books, are also available.

Lowest eBook Prices
We check hundreds of prices every day to make sure our prices are the lowest of any ebook store in the UK. Compare our prices--you'll like what you find.

Read First Chapters for Free
No need to judge a book by its cover. Kindle Keyboard lets you download and read the beginning of books for free. Sample a new author or book--if you like what you read, simply buy and download the whole book with 1-Click, straight from your Kindle Keyboard, and continue reading. Sample length will vary by book.

Buy Once, Read Everywhere
Our Whispersync technology synchronises your Kindle library and last page read across your devices, so you can read a few pages on your mobile phone or computer and pick up right where you left off when you return to your Kindle Keyboard.


Experimental Features

The experimental category represents features we are still working on to enhance the Kindle experience even further. Try them out and let us know what you think.

Read-to-Me
With the Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle Keyboard can read English newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great story or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go.

Voice Guide
New text-to-speech enabled menus allow customers to navigate Kindle Keyboard without having to read menu options. In addition to listening to books aloud, users now have the option of listening to content listings on the home screen, item descriptions, and all menu options. To turn Voice Guide on or off, press the Menu button from your Home screen. Select Settings and then press Next Page to go to Page 2 of Settings. Select "turn on" or "turn off" next to the Voice Guide setting.

New WebKit-Based Browser
Kindle Keyboard's features an experimental web browser based on WebKit to provide a better web browsing experience. Now it's easier than ever to find the information you're looking for right from your Kindle. Experimental web browsing is free to use over Wi-Fi.

Listen to Music & Podcasts
Transfer MP3 files to Kindle Keyboard to play as background music while you read. You can quickly and easily transfer MP3 files via USB by connecting Kindle Keyboard to your computer.



Technical Details

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Included in the box
  • Kindle wireless reader
  • USB 2.0 cable
    (for connection to the Kindle power adapter or to connect to a computer.)
DisplayAmazon's 6" diagonal electronic paper display, optimised with proprietary waveform and font technology, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level grey scale.
Size190 mm x 123 mm x 8.5 mm
Weight241 grams
System RequirementsNone, because it's wireless and doesn't require a computer.
Storage4GB internal (approximately 3GB available for user content).
Battery LifeA single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time. If you read for one hour a day, you will get battery life of up to one month. Keep wireless always on and it lasts for up to 3 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store, web browsing, and downloading content.
Charge TimeFully charges in approximately 4.5 hours via the included UK power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.
Wi-Fi ConnectivitySupports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n (in b or g compatibility mode) standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not connect to WPA and WPA2 secured networks using 802.1X authentication methods; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
USB PortUSB 2.0 (micro-B connector) for connection to the Kindle UK power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer.
Audio3.5 mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted stereo speakers.
Content Formats SupportedKindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
Included AccessoriesUSB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery.
DocumentationQuick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle User's Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF].
Guarantee1-year manufacturer's guarantee included. Optional 3-year Warranty + Accident Protection available for UK customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use.
Slim and lightweight - only 241 grams
Slim and lightweight - only 241 grams



Only 8.5 mm thin
Only 8.5 mm thin



Read in bright sunlight with no glare
Read in bright sunlight with no glare



Built-in PDF reader with pan and zoom
Built-in PDF reader with pan and zoom



50% better contrast for the sharpest text and images
50% better contrast for the sharpest text and images



Eight adjustable text sizes for comfortable reading
Eight adjustable text sizes for comfortable reading



Use the keyboard to add annotations to text
Use the keyboard to add annotations to text



Built-in Dictionary with Instant Lookup
Built-in Dictionary with Instant Lookup



Shop the Kindle Store right on your device
Shop the Kindle Store right on your device



Share meaningful passages on Facebook and Twitter
Share meaningful passages on Facebook and Twitter



Shop over 1 million titles
Shop over 1 million titles



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The Reviews Are In...
"
The Kindle is a triumph. It's a beautifully designed eBook reader with a gorgeous display offering a superbly integrated book-buying experience. ... Amazon has delivered a game-changing device at a bargain price; it is deservedly onto a winner here. " - PC Pro
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They've cracked it — this is the future." - London Evening Standard
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Its e-ink display is a thing of great beauty." - The Independent
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Battery life is long enough for space shuttle missions." - Wired
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Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades—an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price—vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category." - CNet
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Just as digital music knocked down the price of an album… …Kindle is doing it for books. It's about time." - Live Magazine, Mail on Sunday
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Speaking as a consumer, I’ll be buying a Kindle." - Matt Warman, Telegraph.co.uk
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8,871 of 9,003 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I hoped it would be 9 Sep 2010
I hemmed and hawed a lot before ordering the Kindle; my first e-reader. I thought perhaps I'd miss something about the experience of reading a book. Perhaps I'd miss the feel of it, or the smell, or turning the pages. In actual fact, the only thing I miss is being able to re-read the cover and back page when I put it to rest after a long read. There's something satisfying about absorbing the cover and imprinting it on your memory, especially after you finish the last page of a book. Anyway, it's a minor point. In every other detail the Kindle is a superior reading experience.

The weight of the Kindle is a significant factor. A large paperback or hardback can be annoying to read, especially if you're in bed. Remember holding a heavy paperback above you? Or how annoying it is when you lie on your side and one page of the open book is easier to read than the other? Or pinning a book open on the pillow with one hand as you read? Well, all that's out the window. Reading a lightweight e-reader is comfortable and handy and it's almost impossible to lose a page. Need to stop reading for a moment? Just put the Kindle to one side, and when you return it's still there, on the same page. The only time I lose a page is when I grip either side of the device wrongly and turn a page forward or backward unexpectedly; easily resolved though.

I've tried turning pages on other devices. For example, on the iPad there's a page-turning graphic where the page rolls across the screen under your fingertips. Fact: page-turning is NOT the exciting part of reading a book. If you're enjoying a book you don't even notice that you're turning the pages.
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1,763 of 1,804 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it! 18 Sep 2010
By Mrs L.C
I just love it. I first saw an e-reader a few months ago when I was shown a Sony one - I wasn't that impressed. Then I was shown a Kindle 2 while in America - this was more like it I thought. On returning to the UK I thought I would have a look in more detail at the Kindle and compare it to other readers. How thrilled and surprised was I to log on to Amazon and see there right in front of me the all new Kindle 3! I read all about it with mounting excitement. It did so many things, was Wi-Fi (I don't need the 3G version), so many of the classic books are free, and it just seemed to have all the added extras to make it almost too good to be true. The most amazing thing was the price - I couldn't believe it. Although it was out of stock I thought I shouldn't rush into buying it, it wasn't my birthday or Christmas so how on earth could I justify buying myself a present?

I pondered this purchase for a few days, and gradually the reviews started coming in which confirmed all my aspirations for the Kindle - the more reviews I read the more I felt that I just had to have one. I placed my order on August 20th and also bought a Kindle cover in burnt orange. The cover came very quickly which was almost unkind as it felt incomplete (as obviously it was waiting for the Kindle)! I waited and waited for the actual device to arrive and kept checking back to see if I was lucky to have the 'dispatching' notice. When I read that other people were receiving their Kindles from a later ordering date, I decided to ring CS. They were very helpful and although they said I would still have about a week to wait, that very day I received the 'dispatching' notice and it arrived within a few days.
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10,194 of 10,434 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning little device 2 Sep 2010
By SoftDog
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Length: 9:59 Mins
I decided that most of the features of the Kindle are fairly hard to comprehend without seeing them so I decided to create my first video review.

I have tried to cover most of the Kindle's features, like Speech to Text, music, books (of course!), web browsing, notes, pdf's and I have compared it to my Sony PRS-505. Which is not as big a difference as you might expect.

*Please note that I didn't cover newspapers and periodicals on the Kindle in this review as I like those in paper form and don't use the device for this. I browse papers heavily and like to skim back and forth and the Kindle is not ideal for this. I think that is why people might be saying the review is not helpful. I think I covered everything else though!

Overall I adore the Kindle, I am very happy with it and if you'd like to see why please feel free to watch! If you own an e-reader already this may help you decide whether the upgrade is worth it or if you are new to them you can see what the Kindle uniquely offers! Thanks for watching!
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3,541 of 3,626 people found the following review helpful
By Chris L TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I preordered my Kindle in mid August and it arrived a couple of days ago (mid September). Eagerly I opened up the Amazon Easy open box (which, as the name suggests, was remarkably easy to open!) and inside was my new Kindle, charger/synch cable and limited instructions (there are more complete instructions on the device).

I had spent a lot of time researching ereaders prior to my purchase but to be honest I was still not prepared for how great the Kindle would look in the flesh. Smaller and lighter than I imagined it just felt right. Also some reviewers had talked about thinking of trying to peel off the actual image on the screen, well I can confirm that even knowing that the thought crossed my mind - The e-ink looks absolutely great.

After plugging it in (not for long) I then switched it on and after setting up the account/wifi etc (I have the 3g and WiFi version but figured I was better using WiFi to start with) I had a look. What a great experience this was, the device is very intuitive and not once did I have to refer to the instruction manual. Some books I had ordered had already appeared and I had a look and first impressions were spot on, easy to move the pages and easy to hold and read.

Since then I have got to know this device and I would like to take you through my early experiences. Firstly prior to ordering it I could not believe the price and how competitive the Kindle 3 is. I had been looking at the Kindle 2 International and Kindle DX and both were well over the price of the Kindle 3. Likewise compare the Kindle 3 with the Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony PRS series and the like and it is very competitive. So the price was convincing. Then the user experience just got better:

The Kindle Store - very easy to use.
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