My wife has had a Kindle 2 since they first came out. I hemmed and hawed over getting a Kindle simply because I read a lot of magazines. I'd heard that many magazines were going to be available in Kindle format, but who really wants to read them on that small of a screen?
Well, I am still waiting for many of my favorite magazines to be available on the Kindle. However, I've found that the larger screen is great for PDF's! Many books and reference materials are available in this format. Are you a student? Many textbooks can be purchased in PDF format for much less that the physical book.
I also use my Kindle DX for reading normal books as well. In low light areas you can enlarge the font and still have plenty of words on the screen. This is not something you would normally want to do on smaller screened book readers.
I love my Kindle DX and I would never go back. I do sometimes miss the feel of a paperback in my hands, but then I realize that I am holding several hundred books all at the same time (many of which were free!)
This is a great invention with some major shortcomings and a few disappointments but overall I think the kindle is a great tool and I will use it for many years to come. I have even heard many say that it encourages them to read more, and that may be true simply out of the convenience that this device delivers. Cons (Minor annoyances) 1. I would like to get all my books in my house converted to digital books. 2. Amazon needs a Netflix subscription model that gives me access to read any book I want. … more
I have been using the Kindle 2 for a couple of months now. I didn't plan on buying it; it was a birthday present. If asked prior to receiving it, I would have said that I didn't want one. Not because I don't read, but because I look at a screen all day long and there is something special and unique about holding a book while reading. Nevertheless, I resisted the urge to return it and decided to give it a shot. Now I love it for a number of reasons. Convenience. … more
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 … more
Well, you know...Amazon wants to change the world. Owners of Kindle 1 you can rejoice...Kindle 1 was the revolution - Kindle 2 is the evolution. I was a first generation Kindle owner and upon hearing the news that Amazon was releasing a second generation a little after a year of the first release seemed disheartening...but after several discussions I began to come around to the idea - we do live in a technological rich society, after all. Shortly after I got to test the kindle 2 I was convinced … more
Purchasing a Kindle was by far the best decicion I have ever made when it comes to my reading! I love how portable and lightweight it is! I am able to store thousands of books on it and it will always keep my place. If I keep the wireless off, the battery will last me a week or more. I read for hours at a time and this helps me with my carpel tunnel pain as it is easier to hold. I don't have to pry open pages in order to read my current book. I also have hundreds of free books on it, many of … more
It's been a long time coming for me, but I now has it! I've been reading books on my phone for some time now. It's just easier than carrying around hardcovers or making sure I don't spill too much on the paperbacks, which seem to have a magnetic pull towards paper. Kindle is a great substitute for any other on the go reading medium. It's easy to load and open books on the device, as well … more
The Kindle has been the king of the ebook reader market for a couple of years now. Amazon's sheer market force is what helped the kindle succeed as much as it has. Aggressive pricing on ebooks has also helped the adoption of electronic media over physical media. How did I like using the Kindle? I felt that the screen refreshed slowly and that the device was a bit clumsy for reading books. I must admit that I do not own a kindle, however, I have played with the devices extensively. … more
Hey, after months of research and deliberation, I have chosen NOT to buy a Kindle. Why? In southwestern Montana (from Missoula to Butte), it is nearly impossible to get a wireless connection! We thought we had the Kindle 2 (U.S. version) figured out. It uses Sprint and I knew people who had a Kindle who had no trouble downloading their books. Lo and behold, when Amazon launched the Global wireless version, only in the fine print did we find it uses AT&T's network, which might as well be NON-EXISTENT … more
I received a Kindle last Christmas and It's been one enjoyable book after another. I started off with the : 1) "Count of Monte Christo" (amazing even the3rd time around), 2) "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815" (long but still interesting), 3) "Wolf Hall: A Novel", Hilary Mantel (very enjoyable, remarkable story of Henry VIII and the one man who wins … more
I got one of these several months ago with the hopes of being able to put a decent amount of school reading on it. The price of an etext compared to a hard copy is much cheaper if you read enough to make the purchase of an ereader worth it and after doing my shopping I think the Kindle is the best. I'm sure an ipad will do the trick too, but I hate Apple products and they seem like more hassle than they are worth to a person like me who is happy with their laptop. Anyway, this product … more
I'm the owner of OffAssist, a virtual bookkeeping company. I like what I do, most of the time ;) - My husband and I got married in '93, we have 2 kids born in 2000 and 2003. I truly love my life. … more
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The Amazon Kindle is mobile device designed for reading electronic books (e-books). The reader was developed by the Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126, and its first incarnation was launched in the United States on November 19, 2007.
The Kindle features an electronic paper display and will download content over Amazon Whispernet using the Sprint EVDO network. Kindle hardware devices can be used without a computer, and Whispernet is accessible without any fee. These devices also provide free internet access to Wikipedia.
On Monday, February 9, 2009, Amazon announced the Kindle 2, which became available for purchase on February 23, 2009 for the price of $359. The new Kindle features improved battery life, 20 percent faster page-refreshing, a text-to-speech option to read the text aloud, and overall thickness reduced from 0.8 to 0.36 inches (9.1 millimetres). The Kindle 2 has 2 GB of internal memory of which 1.4 GB is user-accessible. Amazon estimates that the Kindle 2 will hold about 1500 books. Unlike the original Kindle, Kindle 2 does not have a slot for SD memory cards. To promote the new Kindle, author Stephen King has written a novella called UR, which is available exclusively as a Kindle download.