Kindle E-reader – Why and Why Not?
Kindle is an e-reader designed, manufactured and sold by Amazon. Today, Amazon business model revolves around Kindle. This makes Kindle one of the most powerful gadgets of the twenty first century. Kindle is for people who want to read books – novels, fiction, non-fiction, romance, literary, horror and a lot more. It is not – remember not- meant for looking up Facebook profiles. Nor can you use Twitter on it. Surprisingly, despite these limitations, Kindle remains a wonder device. Here is why?
E-ink Pearl technology
Kindle is for book lovers –those who like the smell of paper and the feel of words. Though, unfortunately for now, the smell cannot be replicated, Kindle does a great job of imitating real paper and ink .In fact reading on Kindle, with its E-ink pearl technology feels better and easier on the eye. I could adjust the contrast ratio and text size to my liking. The E-ink technology makes reading on a Kindle an immersive experience. Unlike LED screen which is used in all other tablets, there is absolutely no glare, which means you can lie down on a beach and read your thing without straining your eyes. The device is light, the screen is ideal and looks like a real book. Though I am not big on superlatives, I have to admit that E-ink beats all other technology hollow.
Extended battery life and massive memory
I was surprised to know that a Kindle can go on for a month at a time without recharging, with a caveat that WiFi is not used. I have often found charging an indefinitely prolonged torture and doing it once a month is a relief. Amazon claims that a Kindle can hold 3500 books, which is humungous.
Quick download and extensive library of books
Amazon carries more than 850,000 e-book titles out of which over six hundred thousand can be downloaded for $9.99 or less. The time for a single download is less than 60 seconds. Book lovers will find this a god sent gift when you consider that there are more than 1.8 million, out of copyright books which can be downloaded for free. You must remember that Amazon is primarily a book site which means they have an intimate knowledge of the industry.
Three variants available
There are three price points at which you can purchase a Kindle, varying from a meager $139 to $379 for Kindle WiFi, WiFi+ 3G and DX, respectively. Personally I think the basic Kindle WiFi is the best choice. It has all the features of a higher end kindle, except connectivity.
Kindle is only for book lovers
If you are looking for some fancy stuff and a style statement, you are in the wrong place. The screen is black and white with no color whatsoever. It is not an Ipad clone. A Kindle is meant to be used as an e-book reader and nothing else. Elementary browsing is supported and in experimental stage but I would not buy a Kindle for browsing the net. If you are a book lover, Kindle is for you. There are millions of satisfied bookworms who are still digesting the good news. The cost of an e-book has been manipulated by Amazon and kept artificially low which is a huge plus. Overall a great buy for book lovers. (image source)
This article has been contributed by Nitin Aggarwal from Offshore Ally.
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