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A godsend for the partially sighted,
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite (Electronics)I am one of those thousands of people who never thought they'd switch to an e-reader as I've been in love with paper books my entire life, I love the smell of old books, etc., etc., yadda-yadda-yadda. You've heard it all before in other people's reviews, so I'll skip to what I love about the Kindle, now that I've been converted.
I suffer from a rare eye condition which, unfortunately, means I'm slowly losing my eyesight in such a way that corrective lenses don't help. Back in my days of 20/20 vision, I used to read two or three books per week and reading was very much my first love. In recent years, however, reading has become more difficult and it isn't unusual for it to take me four or five times as long to read a book than it used to. I was getting to the point where reading was more of a chore than a pleasure, which upset me greatly.
Then my wonderful other half bought me a Kindle and all that changed. Thanks to the Kindle's ability to increase the font size of the books you read on it, I've been able to enlarge the text to a size which is once again big enough for me to read comfortably. No more squinting at tiny print! No more sore eyes and headache after just fifteen minutes' reading! Thanks to the Kindle, reading is now a genuine pleasure for me again... and I'm back to devouring books at my pre-sight-loss rate of two or three per week once more.
I also love the fact that the Kindle's screen isn't backlit, as reading from a computer screen also gives me a headache and painful eyes. Yes, it means that you need an external source of light to read it, but you need that to read a paper book, so I really don't see it as a mark against the Kindle at all.
Amazon doesn't seem to want to mention these aspects of the Kindle in its advertising campaign (probably because they want to market the Kindle primarily to young people and emphasising the boon it is to those of us with failing eyesight might give it the stigma of being a device for old fuddy-duddies) but I really can't emphasise enough that the Kindle is a godsend to the partially sighted. (Besides, I'm not THAT old; I'm only 36 and started losing my eyesight at 22. Vision loss can strike at any age, after all.)
Anyway, to the nay-sayers, I really recommend taking the plunge and getting a Kindle. I used to be one of you and, as much as I used to bang on about how I 'love the smell of paper books' I really don't miss it at all.
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Initial post: 21 Feb 2012 13:44:13 GMT
Mr. J. M. Ward says:
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2012 19:18:21 GMT
Mr. P. D. Selman says:
You couldn't buy a Kindle from me even if you wanted to, Mr. Ward. I only have the one and it's not for sale. I think you may have posted your comment in the wrong place. Buy your Kindle wherever you like; I don't give a monkey's.
Posted on 22 Feb 2012 10:49:51 GMT
Mr. D. Bain says:
Thanks for a very informative review. I am something of a dinosaur when it comes to technology, and like yourself I love real books. I like the feel and smell of them, I love how they look on my many bookshelves, I feel comfortable when surrounded by them. However I also love reading, and this piece of technology appears to have a number of advantages over my conventional reading material, i.e. it is compact and portable, and I am also able to read it without my glasses. A great review of a wonderful product. I am so pleased with mine that I am now going to get one for my wife. I may well get mine from Tesco as you seem to have no wish to sell yours.
Posted on 27 Feb 2012 18:26:11 GMT
Mr. Ronald Baker says:
At last!! A review that mentions the fact that you can change the font size. I am waiting (ages) for a cataract operation, and find reading difficult, unless the font size is large. I spend most of my reading time on my Android phone with the font size turned up!!
I will buy one . Tescos or Amazon? Dunno. Thank you.
Posted on 19 Apr 2012 18:04:40 BDT
Phil Ruse says:
I'm amazed they don't make much of the changeable font size, but suspect the reasons you've given. My mother has glaucoma that reduces her ability to see much, or do much reading. Or it did until we got her a Kindle. It is an absolutely brilliant device.
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