What Is a Kindle?
I enjoy a good book. More than just being entertained by the story, I like having the physical item. I have a whole library at home with shelf after shelf of books on various subjects. I really like my library. But there is only one problem. I am running out of room for more books. This is a common problem for anyone who owns a lot of books. Sooner or later, you are faced with the problem of space. Do you get rid of some of your books to make room for new books? Do you stop collecting books altogether and just hope the local library has what you need? Or do you go digital (yes, I said digital)? One way to do that is to use an
Amazon Kindle and download books electronically.
Someone once said “Print is dead”. They just may be right. With today’s technologies and wireless networks, you no longer have to own a printed book in order to read it.
E-books are a good way to enjoy reading while not having to worry about owning several boxes full of books. One popular hardware platform for reading electronic books is Amazon’s Kindle.
What Is the Kindle?
The Kindle is an electronic device for downloading, storing, and reading electronic books, known as e-books. It was developed by a company called Lab 126 which is a subsidiary of
Amazon. The Kindle has instant wireless access to Amazon.com and their huge number of e-books (over 115,000 and growing). You can read newspapers, subscribe to magazines and blogs, and even play audio files such as MP3’s or audio books. The Kindle is compact and lightweight so it is easy to handle. Just think of it as a conveniently portable television for your books.
How Does the Kindle Work?
The Kindle uses a grey screen to display a page of text. To turn the page, you just press a button to go forward or backward. It can download compatible files over Amazon’s Whispernet directly to the Kindle by using the same network as Sprint EVDO. You don’t even need a computer to download and then transfer files like you do some MP3 players and other electronics. It also includes a web browser but you are limited to only Amazon or Wikipedia. You can add and read e-books from other sites, too, as long as they are compatible. So you can download stuff from Mobipocket or even in plain text. Amazon offers an email service that can convert files from HTML, jpeg, bmp, PDF, and others into the Kindle format. There is enough internal memory in the Kindle to be able to store around 200 e-books but you can get an SD memory card if you want to add more memory.
Although the wireless service is free, you have to buy the e-books in order to download them. For instance, a book on the latest New York Times bestsellers list can be purchased for $10. Other titles will cost you around $1.99, which is significantly cheaper than a printed book, even in paperback. Books that are public domain can be downloaded for free.
Other Features of the Kindle
The Kindle can perform like a cross between a book and a word processor. You can bookmark, highlight certain text or words, and even look up definitions in the Kindle’s electronic dictionary. You can dog-ear a page that you are reading while make notes on the side for research. If you are in a hurry, the device can remember the last page that you read. If you want to transfer text to your computer, just save the particular pages as a text file and you can transfer it over to your computer by using a USB connection.
Don’t be confused thinking that the Kindle is just like an
iPhone or similar device. It does not have color or personal settings. You can’t play games, call someone, or send text messages. And you have a limited
Internet access all across the web. The Kindle is only for downloading and reading e-books and electronic documents.
Where Can You Download E-Books?
One of the best things about the Kindle is you are not limited to just what Amazon has to offer. There are other sites that are either Kindle compatible or they have file types that can be emailed in to Amazon and converted to the Kindle software. Here are just a few sites where you can find electronic books to read.
- Mobipocket – Lots of titles to choose from and you can load them directly to the Kindle.
- Fictionwise – One of the largest sellers of electronic books within the United States, you can download the file and then email it in to Amazon and have the format converted to the Kindle format.
- Webscriptions – This site sells e-books that are mostly in the fantasy, sci-fi, or mystery genre. They contain books by most of the major publishers in that market. Most of the older books can be downloaded for free.
- Feedbooks – This is a site for book sharing, new and unknown authors, and even do-it-yourself newspapers. You have to register to use the site but registration is free.
What Is Amazon’s Kindle 2
Kindle 2 is the latest version of the Kindle but with upgrades. There have been quite a few changes to the device. For one, it has a longer-lasting battery than the original. It also has more storage capacity. While the first Kindle could hold around 200 books, the Kindle 2 sports enough GB to store around 1500 books. The catch is that you don’t have a slot for an SD memory card but you really don’t need one. Also, the Kindle 2 has a faster page turn sequence. It can even convert the text to speech if you want the book read aloud (say, if you were driving a car and unable to read).
While the device itself has its obvious uses, there are a couple of criticisms about it. One, the price for a Kindle 2 is $359, which may seem steep to some, especially for a device with limited use. This brings us to the second complaint. It is not another
PDA, cellphone, music player with options, or anything like that. It just reads electronic books. So it is the same price as other devices that have more than one function. It seems that the Kindle may be designed for people who are avid readers who, only in the long run, will be able to save money as well as space on the purchase of books.
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