Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite
The Reviews Are In
The new Kindle is faster, slimmer and lighter than before, and it’s cheaper too. Amazon has a new winner on its hands." - PC Pro
Astonishing value for access to the best ebook ecosystem around." - Mark Harris, Pocket-Lint
A brilliant eReader, it's cheaper and smaller than previous models, but without any serious omissions." - Seth Barton, www.expertreviews.co.uk
The smaller, lighter, more portable Kindle gets everything right. At £89 it is great value and still the best ebook reader available." - Computeractive
Amazon kept the same stunning 6-inch e-Ink screen, shrinking everything else around it to make it more portable." - Spencer Dalziel, T3.com
E Ink 101
Reads Like Real Paper, Even in Bright Sunlight
E Ink screens look and read just like real paper. Kindle e-readers' matte screens reflect light like ordinary paper and use no backlighting, so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. Unlike LCD screens, E Ink screens have no glare.
Easy on the Eyes
E Ink uses actual ink particles to create crisp, print-like text similar to what you see in a physical book. And Kindle e-readers also use proprietary, hand-built fonts to take advantage of the special characteristics of the ink to make letters appear clear and sharp.
• Reduced glare: All E Ink surfaces are treated to be matte like a printed page, reducing glare and increasing legibility.
• Read in any position: E Ink screens have a uniform contrast ratio that does not change with your viewing angle, so you can read in any position.
• Sharp, clear text: E Ink screens have 100% aperture ratio, so there are no gaps between pixels. The blacks and whites on an E Ink screen are uniform, improving image quality.
Ranging from 170 grams to 247 grams, Kindle e-readers are lighter than most paperback books, and weigh half as much as many LCD tablet devices, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand for extended periods of time.
Longer Battery Life
Electronic ink screens also have the advantage of significantly lower power consumption than LCD screens. E Ink screens do not require power to maintain a page of text, allowing you to read for up to a month on a single charge.
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 disappear — just like a physical book — so you can get lost in your reading, not the technology.
Kindle 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'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.
Precise 5-Way Controller
Kindle has an easy-to-use 5-way controller, enabling precise on-screen navigation for selecting text to highlight or looking up words. No on-screen fingerprints.
Never Gets Hot
Unlike a laptop, Kindle never gets hot so you can read comfortably as long as you like.
Kindle 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 will automatically connect to that network the next time you’re near the hotspot.
Kindle has eight adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference. You can increase the text size of your favourite book or periodical with the push of a button. If your eyes tire, simply increase the font size and continue reading comfortably.
Kindle 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 optimize specifically for the special characteristics of electronic ink.
Fast Page Turns
Kindle now has 10% faster page turns with 6 times less flashing. We've done this by fine-tuning Kindle's proprietary waveform, the series of electronic pulses that move black and white electronic ink particles to achieve a final grey level for an image or text.
Support for Non-Latin Characters
Kindle supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in the translation that’s right for you. Kindle displays Cyrillic (such as Russian), Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Korean characters, in addition to Latin and Greek scripts. View Details
Full Image Zoom
Images and photos display crisply on Kindle and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen.
Rotate Between Portrait and Landscape Mode
Switch between portrait and landscape orientation to read maps, graphs and tables more easily.
Real Page Numbers
Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class with real page numbers. Using the computing fabric of Amazon Web Services, we've created algorithms that match specific text in a Kindle book to the corresponding text in a print book, to identify the correct, "real" page number to display. Available on tens of thousands of our most popular Kindle books, including the top 100 bestselling books in the Kindle Store that have matching print editions. Page numbers are displayed when you push the menu button.
Built-In PDF Reader
Native PDF support allows you to carry and read your personal and professional documents on the go. With Amazon's Whispernet service, you can send documents direct to your Kindle and read them anytime, anywhere. You can also add notes and highlights, use the dictionary look-up, and read password-protected PDFs. Magnify your PDFs by viewing 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. Learn More
Personal Document Delivery
Kindle makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. Each Kindle has a unique and customisable e-mail address. You can set your unique e-mail address on your Manage Your Kindle page. This allows you and your approved contacts to send Word, PDF and text documents, and pictures to your Kindle via Wi-Fi for no fee. Learn More
Come across a word you don’t know? Kindle includes The Oxford Dictionary of English with over 250,000 entries and definitions for free. Kindle lets you instantly look up the definition without ever leaving the book – simply select the word with the cursor and the definition will automatically display at the bottom of the screen.
Search Wikipedia and the Web
Kindle 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.
Kindle's experimental web browser is 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.
Add annotations to text, just like you might write in the margins of a book, with a virtual keyboard that appears just when you need it. 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.
See what 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. View Details
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 novel or newspaper article? When you highlight or create a note in your book or periodical, you can easily share it with your social network. Help your network of family and friends discover new authors and books.
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
You can customise your Kindle with the language you prefer. You can set your default language on Kindle to English (U.S. and U.K.), German, French, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese.
Organise Your Library
Organise your Kindle library into customised collections, or categories, to easily access any book you are looking for. You can add an item to multiple collections to make organising and finding titles even easier. For example, you can add the same book to your "History" and "My Favourite Authors" collections.
With password protection functionality, you can choose to lock your Kindle automatically when not in use.
Kindle makes it easy to discover new titles with recommendations personalised just for you. Kindle uses the same personalised customer experience you're used to across Amazon.co.uk, matching our best recommendations to your personal reading habits.
Huge Selection, Low Prices
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.
Over 1 million free books, such as Pride and Prejudice and Treasure Island, are also available.
Our vision for Kindle is to have every book ever written, in every language, available in 60 seconds from anywhere on earth.
Newspapers & Magazines
Shop and subscribe to your favourite magazines and newspapers such as The Times, The Guardian, and The Economist. New editions are auto-delivered wirelessly direct to your device the second they go on sale.
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Kindle Owners' Lending Library
Top reviews from United Kingdom
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Simple to use, no frills, but tough as old boots. The Amazon system works for me, and I now use Kindle unlimited with it.
It very rarely malfunctions ( oops what have I said?) and if it does it is normally a lock up which can be reset.
It is obviously looking a bit scuffed and worn but it has outlasted the 2 cases I have bought for it.
At nearly 14 pounds a year ( 69 /5) it has been tremendous value.
My wife has bought me a later generation Kindle as this years Xmas present ( yes I have been peeking) so this Kindle now will be my "holiday & business trips kindle". Semi retirement for a good friend?
if I could use only one piece of electronic kit it would be my Kindle. The smartphone, tablet etc could all be happily waved goodbye.
I know that the Kindle E-Ink ebooks have evolved massively since this 4th Generation was introduced - but in my opinion this is still by far the best model (and this is upheld by their relatively high resell value on auction sites).
What makes this the better model? Simply the excellent placement of the buttons on the side of the screens - allowing for simple and quick navigation when holding the reader in either hand - no need to sweep the screen or move your hands, which allows for a totally immersive reading experience.
Yes the screen is of a lower resolution and the not back lit - but to be honest its still a great paper-like reader and has proven invaluable when going on very long journeys. If you can get the 4th Gen at a good price (sub-£40) then snap it up - you will not be disappointed!
*Its sore and tiring on your eyes. I found this especially when reading in bed with the lights off. Even with the LCD screen brightness at its lowest level, I found it was still very sore and very bright on my eyes and could only read a couple of chapters at a time before I had to put it down for the night.
*You get terrible reflections on LCD screens, especially when you read outside in the daylight, so you can't see what your reading.
*Generally the text on LCD screens aren't as sharp or as easy to read as e-ink or real paper, and its tiring on the eyes.
*My tablet is far heaver than my featherweight Kindle!
And so with this I ordered up a Kindle e-reader and it arrived three days later which was great (although it felt like a lifetime when you're excitedly waiting for it to show up!)
I was amazed at the size and (lack of) weight of the Kindle. I booted it up and it was already registered in my account when it loaded up. I already had e-books waiting for me and waiting to be downloaded, sync'd to my device and that only took a matter of minutes at most. After that I got straight back to reading my book and the page I was currently on, and after reading several chapters my eyes didn't hurt one bit, and was so easy to read on!
However the real test would come the following night when I received my new Kindle cover with light and read it in the darkness of my bedroom. My eyes were happy with my new Kindle and didn't hurt them at all! Also, the tiny LED light didn't light up the entire bedroom unlike my LCD tablet - it just lit up the face of the Kindle. Just enough to read :) I read on for hours that I lost track of time lol. Now I can read my Kindle in the garden without glare and this will be going everywhere with me now.
So if people were to ask me whats better to have - Kindle App or the Kindle e-reader - I would say the latter by far! Its by far a superior product than the Kindle App if you're a dedicated bookworm. However I suppose if you only read a couple of e-books a year, you're better off with the Kindle App because its free.
But thats just my opinion.
However, I must apologise to my Kindle App - you're getting uninstalled on my tablet now! :p
Kudos to Amazon for a wicked product. Highly recommend. >:D