I recently purchased the 3G version of the Amazon Kindle (as an early Christmas present) and all I can say is ‘awesome!’ I know many people bemoan the negative effect Amazon and digital media may be having on traditional bookstores and the like, but I am still a huge fan of this technology. With this mind, I wanted to provide everyone with a short, and preliminary, review.
The screen is very easy to read and you can easily adjust the font size if you need too. They’ve also made it very easy to highlight sections and take appropriate notes. The ‘My Clippings’ feature on the home page stores all of these quotations automatically, so referencing them for later use is quick and easy.
The Kindle is extremely light and easy to hold. Battery life is up to one month on a single charge.
Books can be downloaded free of charge in a maximum of 60 seconds by using either a wi-fi signal or Amazon’s 3G whispernet network (depending on which model you have). And, if you’ve downloaded a title by accident, or decide that you no longer want it, simply click the appropriate link and the book is returned with a full refund (no packaging it up, driving to Canada Post and sending it back). You can also subscribe to many newspapers (including the Globe & Mail), as well as numerous magazines and periodicals (with a single or monthly subscription charge).
Even though I’ve only owned the Kindle for a short period of time, I already love it. I think people who perhaps didn’t read much before may fall in love with reading. This, in my humble opinion, is something we should all applaud.
Finally, the fact that this very small and lightweight device can hold up to 3000 books (including PDF files, which is a great feature), means that I should have many reading opportunities ahead of me. Yes, I can visualize many cold winter nights at my neighborhood Starbucks, sipping caramel macchiatos, while enjoying a great book (and I can enjoy more lattes because each book normally costs around $9.99 :)
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