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1.0 out of 5 stars Good for Novels - but not for lengthy reading sessions, 5 May 2011
This review is from: Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display (Electronics)
Its very good for reading text-only books, such as novels which I expect most people would buy it for. Huge selection of titles on Amazon that download so easily, and a vast library of free books on the internet (download the Calibre freeware program for this). Its also brilliant for saving on bookcases. I do have the following crticisms though.

1. The price of a newly published ebook vs. the cost of the hardback version. It doesn't make sense that the ebook costs more. At the moment I just have to be patient.

2. It doen't work with books containing diagrams. I am a chess enthusiast and bought a couple of titles, but the chessboard diagrams would not fit on the screem, even in landscape. In fairness though, Amazon did refund me.

3. Its frustrating with books that have footnotes. You can set up a bookmark to the footnote section, and when you go to read a footnote then bookmark your current page, select the footnote bookmark from the notes and bookmarks section of the menu, read it and return to where you were by the same method, and then remember to delete the bookmark of your current page. Its unnecessarily complicated and SLOW and interrupts the flow. perhaps there is a better method! A conventional book with a bookmark and using your thumb to remember your current position in the book is VASTLY easier.
**** STOP PRESS **** See comment by Oracle - apparently there is a straightforward method.... presumably for proper kindle-only books.
**** STOP STOP PRESS **** Several months later and I have only had 1 Kindle book that used notes as Oracle claims, and that was not for many of the notes by any means. Probably the publishers being lazy - but still charging a premium for kindle versions.

4. It does show pdf documents as claimed, but they aren't easy to read, as they don't word-wrap and if the document consits of columns and sidebars etc. a nightmare to navigate through.

**** Several months later update ****

1. I have found that reading books on the kindle for any lengthy period of time > 1 hour leads to a headache. Have switched back to paper books and the problem has gone.

2. When kindle packs in - I WON'T replace it.
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Initial post: 5 May 2011 16:58:59 BDT
Oracle says:
Footnotes: use the cursor to click on the link to the footnote, then press back to get back to the page you were on.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2011 09:13:07 BDT
Simon Bull says:
Oracle - I have only found one Kindle book that works as you describe, and that was only for a few of the bookmarks, so still have to use the ponderous technique described.
I believe this is NOT the kindle's fault though - but that of lazy publishers.
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