Should You Buy a Kindle Reader?

The Amazon Kindle e-book reader is one very cool piece of technology and it is not like anything else you have ever used. Unlike Mp3 and video players that are designed to play back new media, the Kindle is designed to improve your enjoyment of old media-very much the same as a hand-held 35 millimeter movie projector.

The Kindle Technology

The Kindle arouses the interest of tech geeks with its white colored eight inch long wedge with a six inch gray scale display. On the backside is the on/off switch and the back is made of a rubber material to provide you with a great grip.

On the inside of the Kindle you get 200 megabytes of memory which allows you to store about 200 e-books. You can also add more memory using the SD card slot that is inside the rear cover.

In the case that your Kindle suffers a crash, the books that you purchase are stored on Amazon's servers so you can retrieve them if necessary.

Due to the fact that the skin is not back lit like an LCD, you are able to view it in many types of lighting conditions-even direct sunlight, but not in complete darkness.

The Concept

The Kindle electronic reader is wirelessly connected to Amazon's Whispernet. There is no subscription fee to be paid. You simply access the Kindle store from the Kindle and download the books which cost $10 apiece. In its beginning there were nearly 100,000 books available-many which have been on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

You are also able to subscribe to many newspapers, magazines and blogs using an RSS feed and you can also surf the internet (in black and white).

The Verdict

The Kindle wireless reading device is innovative and fun to use but it is not a book and this has both plus and negative aspects attached to it. On the plus side, you can choose the font sizes and you can add bookmarks and notes and are even able to highlight text. The device will return you to the last page you read when you turned off the power.

The cons include the fact that the characters on the Kindle are slow to appear once you type them. The menu includes an 'Experimental' choice and in order to turn off web and music playback you have to dig deep into this strangely named menu choice to find the correct control.

Overall, the Kindle is a moderately priced device that gets the job done. It would be great if Amazon would expand their book selection in order to satisfy more customers. -C. Rupp

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