The future is here.,
This review is from: Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display (Electronics)After reading how the book '1984' was removed from all Kindle devices in a frighteningly Orwellian way, I swore I would never buy one but after a friend told me that Amazon had changed their policy never to do this again I reconsidered. It's been ten days now and I am still looking for the catch- the Kindle is sleek, powerful and extremely easy on the eye.
On looking at the screen's "E-Ink" it's hard to believe you're looking at an LCD and not an engraving of some kind. It is extremely sharply defined and incredibly relaxing to look at, I'm usually prone to eye strain but after nearly five hours reading yesterday was feeling fine.
Amongst my first purchases was an eBook for first time Kindle Users which provided useful information on how best to display e-mail in the Kindle's Web Browser (it works perfectly well except for file uploads/downloads). The book also pointed me in the direction of Calibre, which is very useful software for converting from a variety of ebook formats to the mobi format which is the easiest on the eye.
Although the Kindle can display PDFs, if you want to see all the text on one screen you would need eyes of a hawk to be able to read it comfortably, which is where the wonderful Calibre software comes in handy. This is important if like you download a lot of books, as they are usually in Adobe format.
Although the device can connect to wireless networks (Yes it does support WPA2 encryption in case anyone was wondering), this isn't essential as it comes with a USB connector. If you plug it into your machine, your machine will recognise it as a USB flash drive and you can drop files into it. Amazon also provides an e-mail service to convert your personal documents automatically which I used for a book I had written with very pleasing results.
Digital books can sometimes be more expensive than a second hand copy of their paper counterparts but they can be delivered instantly and are far more convenient, as naturally you can store thousands of them, rather than have your living room dominated by book shelves as mine still is. There are also a huge amount of books which can be obtained free of charge on the Amazon website which have passed out of copyright and have been kindly compiled by volunteers.
A case is a must buy in my opinion. It not only protects the Kindle from stains and scratches, it also makes it much easier to hold. With due respect to Amazon, £50 or so is a little steep but eBay has cases for less than half the price.
The only criticism I have to date, although it's no fault of Amazon's, is that not all the books I want to read are available in the Kindle format but are available for other ebook readers such as Sony's Ebook Reader and the Nook.
A quick search on Google shows that various people have had considerable success converting from Sony's EPUB format to the Kindle format but since this would involve overcoming the built in copy protection, perhaps the less said about it the better.
In all I'd say this is an excellent buy and well worth the asking price considering the convenience. It has allowed me to the convenience of reading while being able to check my e-mail every now and then, and saved me the trouble of sitting at a computer all the time into the bargain.