The Amazon Kindle is a great electronic reading device. If you like to bring books with you when you travel, but you have a hard time deciding what to bring, the Kindle can help you with this problem. You can take 100's of books with you and can even purchase new books where ever you are. Connecting to the Kindle Store is free and the cost of most books is $9.99 or less.
Some of the other nice features about the Amazon Kindle include the ability to change the text size of what you are reading; this is obviously something you can't do with a hard-copy of a book. You also have the ability (though there are limitations to this) to connect to websites on the internet. Additionally, MP3 files can be added to your Kindle so you can listen to your favorite music, while you read, without carrying around a separate device. One other nice feature is the built-in dictionary. If you are reading a passage and come across an unfamiliar word, you can easily look it up.
One of the things I wish would be added to the Kindle is a way to be able to read the text in low or no-light situations. You can get a reading light to use with the device, but if there was some way to be able to see the text while just using the device, I think this would be a great benefit.
Of course I had to purchase the first model of the Kindle, as soon as it came out, so some of the pros and cons I'm listing in this review may have been changed. For instance the placement of some of the buttons makes it a little clumsy to handle. For instance, I may inadvertently change the page just while holding the device because the previous and next page buttons are placed right where you want to hold the device. I believe this issue has been corrected in newer models of the device.
Overall, I am really happy with the Amazon Kindle. Though I don't think the hard-copy book will be completely replaced at any time in the near future, I think any book lover would find the Kindle a great addition to their bookshelf.
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