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This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite (Electronics)I use this device day in, day out. It is simple to use. Takes minutes to set-up an account and find the books you wish to read.
I find the device is light, it melts away in my hands as I read - and to be honest I do not notice its there when I am reading - much the same as a book. Suddenly I realize the time, put it on the side and realize I have been lost in the depths of a story for hours, perfect - exactly what I wanted from this device.
Newspapers. I am a big Guardian reader - it is delivered to my device around 3am (GMT) each day. Reads perfect - easy to navigate and SO readable. I cannot speak for other papers, but the Guardian / Observer are included in FULL. Perfect for anyone abroad or fed up with reading a broadsheet on cramped train conditions.
Frequently asked questions,
1. Price? People keep complaining that this device is more expensive in GBP (£89.99) than USD ($79). A bit of reading will put this question away: the US cheap version contains adverts (hence it is cheaper), the UK version does not. The US version does not include tax, so if you take the NON-ADVERT edition ($109) if you use an exchange rate of 1.55, add on 20 % UK VAT, and you end up at £84.99.
2. Why must books be bought through Amazon? Why are E-books so expensive? Well, you do not have too. Any Ereader user MUST have Calibre (easy to download, just type it into google). It is what iTunes is to an iPod for an Ereader. It has automatic links to other Ebook shops - and lets you convert any epub formats into the MOBI format (which is used on the kindle). The expense? This is due to publishers being narrow minded (in my own opinion), they dictate the price of the books, not amazon. (Amazon does have a lot of free novels to start you off), More authors are braking into this market, and indeed some authors have skipped the publishers straight away, going to ebook - and there are some great success stories. One would think with the increasing number of people buying ereading devices the price of ebooks will decrease in the forth coming years.
A further note: I run my Kindle on a Linux OS and Windows Visa. The device has no problem with either OS and calibre works without any problem and is avaliable on both OS.
3. The page 'flick' - when the screen goes blank momentarily while the ink settles, does it annoy me? Quick answer - no. I find I do not notice this at all, its so quick that I cannot measure the speed...reading the paper, flicking between articles - I do not notice it at all, and it is much quicker than turning the page of a book or a newspaper page!
4. Do I miss the 'look and feel' of a book? ....This is a hard question and one that is very individual. Personally I have found only a few of the books I have purchased FEEL good, with a binding that makes you take care and pride in a book. These are usually small publishers. What I miss the most is my book shelf - the old second hand books I have collected and the occasional hard back...but how much space do I really want to donate to books? I use my device as I travel a lot. Sitting at home on the sofa? A book for me is always a winner. The newspaper? Actually I prefer reading it on this device...
5. Is no keyboard annoying? No, not if you just use the device purely for reading with the occasional search. It is not good if you want to add notes to anything you are reading.
Overall I think amazon are on to a winner. Great device that does JUST what it needs. 5 out of 5
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2011 08:47:50 BDT
Mr D.K Lind says:
Great review! This is how it should be done. Thank you, sir.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2011 09:26:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Oct 2011 09:26:39 BDT
S. J. Williams says:
Excellent review. I agree with the spirit, and for once the tone, of Mr Lind's comment!
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2011 09:33:38 BDT
Mr D.K Lind says:
I always give credit where it's due. I'm pleased we're agreeing.
Posted on 17 Nov 2011 13:16:00 GMT
Terence Mclaughlin says:
first class review....Im buying one thanks to you. .lol.
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