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Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

A mobile reading device by Amazon.

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  • Jul 1, 2010
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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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July 09, 2010
I found the missing back light feature to be a deal breaker for me and ultimately I've opted for the Ipad.
 
July 09, 2010
Thanks for the greate e-reader review. I'm still looking into purchasing one for myself, and this one has come highly recommended by quite a few friends. I'll check it out in more detail once I've saved the cash for it. ;)
 
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review by . July 09, 2009
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. …
review by . September 23, 2009
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. …
review by . February 19, 2009
Kindle 2
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 …
review by . June 10, 2010
SO addicted to my Kindle!
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 …
review by . July 06, 2010
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 …
review by . June 08, 2010
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. …
review by . May 11, 2010
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 …
review by . July 29, 2010
   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 …
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
I just don't know what life style this would be usefull for?!?! Just another screen to stare att...
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Ok hate to mess with the experience that is cracking a fresh or antiquated spine but having those words at your finger tips and not the weight of hundreds of books, cheap access to many books, I think we've moved to this as a new chapter.
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I'm an aspiring web programmer, currently attending a web programming internship. I've worked in various aspects of IT for over 20 years.      I enjoy reading, especially biographies … 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.
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