Okay, this is a disclaimer that this post is all about me selling the Kindle. If you’re not at all interested in e-books or e-readers, please read some other post 🙂
You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it and you’ve probably wondered “is this thing for me?” – it’s the Amazon Kindle and it’s an absolutely revolutionary way of reading books. This is something you can get into even if you’re a print-book nostalgic like myself, much thanks to the E-ink screen that lets you read in broad daylight (much unlike the glare-prone iPad for example, although I still think the iPad is a pretty amazing product in its own right).
Another thing I really like about the Kindle is the built-in dictionary and the possibility to make notes in the books and also that you can bring as many books as you like with you. This is especially useful when traveling of course.
So you’re stoked and now you really want to look into this Kindle thing…well, there’s actually only one place where you can buy it and that is on Amazon.com
Amazon is the world’s largest online store and was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1995. Amazon.com started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, computer software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, and toys. The flagship product of Amazon.com is their own product, The Kindle e-book reader.
The Kindle is an amazing product for its price, at the time of writing listed at 139 dollars and 189 dollars with built-in 3G. You can carry countless books with you, use the pre-installed dictionary to look up words instantly and the e-ink screen will prevent any kind of glare or tired-eyes syndrome.
Here’s Amazon own list of specs for the Amazon Kindle:
All-New, High-Contrast E Ink Screen – 50% better contrast with latest E Ink Pearl technology
Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6″ size reading area
17% Lighter – Only 8.7 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
Battery Life of Two Months – A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off
Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 books
Books in 60 Seconds – Download books anytime, anywhere
Free 3G Wireless – No monthly payments, no annual contracts
Built-In Wi-Fi – In addition to the 3G wireless, you can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots
20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading
Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
WebKit-Based Browser – Free 3G web browsing (experimental)
Although I love my Kindle and think it’s essential for reading more and enjoying reading more (I bring it with me to the gym every morning), there might be a reason you don’t want one (you might already have an iPad for example) all you need to do is to install Free Kindle Reading Apps or use the Kindle Cloud Reader which enables you to get to your Kindle library from any digital device with an Internet connection. All the Kindle apps and the Kindle Cloud Reader are free of charge and easy to install and use. There’s simply no reason for you not to try them out and start reading digitally.