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1.0 out of 5 stars For the 'professional' user, the Amazon Kindle Fire range is, astonishingly, not viable, 20 May 2013
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This review is from: Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - With Special Offers (Electronics)
First of all my "user profile" : I use my kindle for professional purposes - as a portable library: reading is the main thing I use it for. I have over 150 books on my kindle, all of which have highlights and bookmarks. My top priority is to be able find information fast on any given subject. I upgraded from a Kindle Paperwhite to Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

The Review:
The plusses for the book reader are obvious - a bigger, colour screen
The minuses are:
1) It is heavier than you might think. Definitely cannot read with one hand, and even with two it is not that comfortable. You will need to rest it on your lap if reading for any length of time.
2) There is loss of functionality (vs Kindle Paperwhite or even the *free* Kindle EReader). The biggest of these is that there is no "collections" function (i.e. cannot store books in personal folders). For anyone with a lot of books, this is a nightmare and makes this device almost useless for professional purposes. Amazon support will tell you
a) there are "apps" that do this - but there aren't that many and none of them work correctly; and/or
b) they will consider adding the function - but years have gone by now and they haven't. On the web, the word is that Amazon will not add this functionality to their tablets because they *do not want* you to organise stuff on your device, they want you to organise it on their "cloud"

If you just want a big colour screen e-reader then I suggest getting a cheaper tablet, and downloading the free e-reader. For the professional e-reader community, the Amazon Kindle Fire range is, astonishingly, not viable.
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