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Sep 4, 2010

Reading on the Amazon Kindle ...


Hello.

I'm sure by now, everybody's heard of Amazon Kindle. If you have not, let me tell you. Its and e-reader, an electronic book reader sold exclusively by amazon.com. Amazon Kindle is not the only e-book reader out there. No, there are others, Sony's Reader and  B&N's Nook come to mind.

After doing some research about price, screen size and PDF support, I ended up buying the Amazon Kindle DX. And it is great. It really is a good device. It doesn't do much, but what is does, it does beautifully. Very nice.

Sleek and ergonomic with a 9.7 inch screen, the device is heavier than a small paperback, but lighter than a hardcover book. It is thinner than any physical book you want to read. No more tired hands holding heavy books.

Reading on the E-ink display is like reading a newspaper, good contrast and very easy on the eye. Me being a guy who used to read PDF's on the computer screen, I know a thing or two about eye strain. No more with the Kindle, because it does not have a backlight. Serious reader will appreciate this much more than I can.

Reading is a breeze on the Kindle. And you never loose where you are reading on a book, or multiple books. It remembers where you left off and you can pick up from there on any book. No more dog-eared pages. No more lost bookmarks. you can even write notes in the margins, highlight important parts for reference.

Page turns are a tad slow, but when you get inside what you are reading, you forget about the delivery system, the screen and the buttons – its the characters and the story that really matters.

Yes, I know about the apple iPad. Kindle is not trying to be an iPad. Kindle is a reading device, and by far a superior device at that. For you out there who has a voracious appetite for reading, I highly recommend you consider a Kindle. And for people who wants to multi task, this device is not for you.

If you are like me, there are a lot of books that you want to read. Most of them can be found in e-book format. I'm hoping this would ease the process and let me get some reading done away from my computer and when I'm traveling.

Am currently reading The Bourne Legacy by Eric Van Lustbader. This is good, as I read the three previous books as PDFs on my computer screen.

Laterx.

5 comments:

mostlybrightideas said...

I've been going back and forth between ebook readers (Kindle, Sony, Kobo) and the new iPad. I'm still trying to understand what the iPad is and what it would do for me, so I guess it isn't decision time quite yet. But thank you for this information.

ahmed said...

how much are the books priced at?
are book available for maldives location?

subcorpus said...

ahmed ::
sorry ... i've yet to try downloading books off amazon ... amazon.com service is no available in malé yet ... but i do hear that the service may be available "soon" ...
i've so many PDF books that i've wanted to read for a long time ... i havent had the need to go thru amazon.com yet ...
but i guess that day would come ...
kindle version of books are way more cheaper that regular paperbacks ...
i guess less than USD 10/- for a recent release ...

hudhuhandhu said...

Amazon stopped selling its Kindle content to readers in this region around June. I remember that I wanted to purchase 3 books in a series and managed to buy the 1st book. By the time I got round to purchasing the second one (mind you that there was just a minute or two in between purchases) I ended up with the message that the content wasn't available for users in our region. Guess we are on another planet or something. Ridiculous really since we also want to pay and read the book and not steal it or something :|
I don't understand how principles applied to paperbacks and hardcover releases can be applied to e-books when publishing them costs much less. Amazon is apparently working with all parties concerned to lift the restriction but I wont hold my horses on that one.
What I do now is buy the same book from e-sellers who aren't discriminative and convert them to mobipocket format and voila I have my stuff on Kindle!
Happy reading Subcorpus :)

//Sub/Corpus said...

Would have been helpful if you have told us where you are ...
In maldives, we have not been able to buy content ever ...
I heard that some is trying to fix that ... but am not holding my breath if you know what i mean :)
Yeah ... some e-books are really expensive and insanely prices ...
The other day, i was saw a recent release of a novel that interested me ... the Kindle version was like USD 1.99 less that the paper back ...
People were really frustrated and it showed in the comments and review sections ...
Seems publishers set the price ... not amazon ... but stil :(

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