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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy - I particularly like the dictionary feature, 29 Aug. 2011
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Like many other reviewers, I deliberated for a long time before buying a Kindle - and even now I have it, I don't think it will replace books for me. For a start, as others have noted, not all books are available on Kindle at present. It's also a different sort of experience from reading a book - not worse, but different. However, it is a fantastic gadget, especially for travelling, and I am very glad I bought one. I bought it just before a holiday in Canada, which meant that I could easily download books onto it, both in the UK before leaving, and whenever I felt like it in Canada - and this was very weight saving for the luggage and meant that when I was there and suddenly thought, "I wish I had such and such a book on me", I could just download it straightaway in seconds and start reading it. Brilliant!

It is also great to carry around in my handbag, for instance when I go shopping, so that I can sit in cafes and read, without having to cart a bulky paperback round the shops. It's so easy to swap between different books on it - and as I said in my title, I love having the dictionary feature, both the English and American ones. I'm reading Bleak House at present and there are frequently words I need to look up - so I can easily do this without having to put the book down and pick up another book. Which leads me onto another feature I love - the fact that you can put the gadget down and pick it up again and it's on the same page - very handy! The internet on Kindle is a little slow compared to on my Blackberry, but I think it's better on wifi than on 3G (I haven't really used it enough to say). I have a slight impression that using the internet may run the battery down fairly quickly - but it's very useful having the internet feature, especially as the Whispernet 3G coverage seemed more widespread in Canada (Newfoundland) than it was on my Blackberry with O2, where I had no mobile coverage outside St. John's. I haven't tried sending any documents to it as I don't intend to use it for that purpose.

I find the screen fine, although it could be slightly brighter. I guess it's good for reading in the sun because of this, though - I haven't tried that yet. I downloaded Bleak House to it as well as having a paperback copy, and this is useful because my paperback copy of Bleak House has 900+ pages of small print - but the print on the Kindle is better and changeable. However, the Kindle version, which was the more expensive Kindle version of Bleak House, doesn't have so many features as the paperback copy - for instance the introduction and explanatory notes are missing. The illustrations are also too small to appreciate in the Kindle version compared with in the paperback. I am sure these issues apply to other books and for that reason I think it's still nice to have books as well as the Kindle - they complement each other and have different advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes I read on the Kindle and have the book by me as well so that I can go back to remind myself of earlier events in the book without losing my place. It is a shame that it's difficult to turn back more than one page or one chapter at once - I know there's a bookmark system, but you don't always know until later that you want to reread a passage. I do find I can lose myself in reading on it, though, as you do in a book. The page turning is pretty good but just a little bit slow. I guess this will improve in later versions as technology improves. I think it's a little confusing the way in the Kindle versions of books you're not taken to the front cover first when you open the book - you have to search the contents to get the front cover and first few pages, dedication, etc. I don't like that about the Kindle - but it's a minor point.

Generally I am very pleased with mine and have already got a lot of use out of it. I highly recommend it even to people who feel they prefer books - which essentially I do. It's a great complement to the world of books and reading.
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