OK I took the plunge. I bought a Kindle. After checking out a few of the competing brands I decided to go with the one from Amazon. Probably because that’s where primarily I buy my books from! I got the 6″ Latest Generation version pictured above.
Anyway, I LOVE IT! It is just amazing how I can browse the Amazon store right from the device, select what I want, and it’s downloaded within seconds to the Kindle. Some of the content is actually free – I downloaded Alice in Wonderland for my daughter on the weekend and it cost me nothing.
You can subscribe to leading world newspapers and have them delivered to the device often before they even hit the newstands.
If there is a book you’re thinking of purchasing you can have a sample of it sent to the Kindle for your review before purchase! A great feature!
Another great feature is the Kindle saves your last location in whatever you’re reading. So when you finish what you’re doing and turn it off, then go back to it the next day, the Kindle takes you right to the place you last were in the book. Virtual bookmark!
There is an in-built dictionary so if you’re not sure of the meaning of a word, you can scroll your cursor to it and get on-screen definitions. It also has a search feature with the wireless connectivity allowing you to search either Amazon or the web. (In Australia, the Kindle uses the 3G network.)
You can even upload your own documents from your computer to the Kindle – this is the primary reason I purchased it as I have a lot of PDF eBooks on my computer and prefer to take them with me. Kindle has a service whereby you can send your documents to Amazon and they’ll convert them and send them to your Kindle account for download to the device in a format more suited for reading on the Kindle. (PDFs in their original format CAN be read but the type is quite small.)
You can also upload MP3s and audio books to the Kindle!
I have to say I really love the smell and feel of a book – and this kind of doesn’t give you that same experience. But I really think that this is the way of the future – and in the not too distant future we will see at the very least students using these instead of lugging around all those textbooks!
In the further future could there be a possibility that National Libraries will become the repository for just one copy of every book, with eBook versions being the only way consumers will get their reading material? Think of the trees saved!
Not only the trees but self-published authors in particular stand to make huge cost savings on printing. Think about it. Instead of having to do a minimum print run or print-on-demand, authors can now have their book as an eBook only available for purchase and download on the Amazon store or their sites. They still generate income from sales of their book – true, slightly less nett revenue than the printed version – but they don’t have the costs of printing!
Curling up in front of the fire with a glass of wine and the Kindle may not have the same warmth and romance of doing so with a good book, but there are some decided advantages with this little piece of technology and I don’t think it’s going away any time soon!
I love mine … I think I said that before! … and now that I’ve got the snazzy little leopard print cover for it there’s no stopping me!
Tip: I would suggest if you do purchase one that you make sure you also get a cover from the Kindle store, and also the e-Luminator booklight.
The Kindle is currently US$259 – With the exchange rate the way it is at the moment, now is probably a great time to invest in one!
© Lyn Prowse-Bishop, http://www.execstress.com/