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Initial post: Dec 2, 2012 2:52:41 PM PST
I qm wanting to buy a Kindle for the first time, I am confused by weather or not I HAVE to have internet to use it? I do not have internet at my home, I use my mothers computer when I am at her house. Do I have to have internet? Or can I download books at when I am at her house and then use it without? PLEASE can anyone clear this up for me???????

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 2:58:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 3:01:13 PM PST
Norwenna says:
You don't need internet to read on a kindle e-reader. You can download books while you are at your mother's house and read them anywhere.

With some of the kindle e-readers you wouldn't even need to go to your mother's house for her computer; the books come to your e-reader through the cellular telephone network. That's how my kindle e-reader gets books - no computer necessary. The reader has 3G built-in, and there's no monthly charge for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:04:32 PM PST
Irene Adler says:
(KINDLE FORUM PRO)
Janet - If you do not have internet at home, I would suggest an e-ink Kindle with 3G like the Paperwhite 3G or the Kindle Keyboard 3G.

Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers [Previous Generation]

Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:11:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 3:16:11 PM PST
donnybud says:
The short answer is "yes." You do not have to be constantly around a wi-fi site. It depends on what kind of Kindle you're getting. If you're considering a "Fire" model, the most expensive one, 8.9, can be had with a built-in wireless device. I think all the others can also be linked to the internet with any smartphone that has a data plan enrolled.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:12:01 PM PST
would the plain Kindle woek too? Price wise at under $100 workes for my budget, and I dont need a keyboard or anything extra. I just want to use it for reading

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:14:44 PM PST
Norwenna says:
Yes, the little kindle ($69) would work, but you'd have to be near a computer (your mother's, MacDonald's, Starbuck's, e.g.) to download books.

After you downloaded them you could read them anywhere.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:20:15 PM PST
My mother doesnt have WI-FI, does it come with a USB cord that can be pluged into them both so that I can download books, if I am using hers and am not at a "hotspot"

Sorry to keep askinf dumb questions I just want to make sure I am purchasing something I can use

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:27:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 3:28:40 PM PST
M. Francis says:
(KINDLE FORUM PRO)
Yes, the cheapest Kindle comes with a USB cord. You use it to charge the unit, and you can also download books to your computer and transfer them to the Kindle using it.

You do have to connect via wi-fi once, in order to complete registration and enable all the options (like collections), but after that, you'll be fine without it.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 3:28:14 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
1) Without wifi or 3G internet access, you can not use the Kindle device to search the Kindle Store (Amazon), buy or download books, or use the experimental web services.

2) The models listed above (that have 3G as part of the name) have a built-in and free access to all those features. The only problem would be if you lived outside a cell-tower range.

3) The Basic has only wifi access capability. Unless you plan on using a computer that has internet access (your mother's or otherwise), you can only use this device to read the books you manually download. Yes - a USB cable is included with each purchase. (You have to pay separately for the power adapter - fits onto the end of the USB cord) otherwise you will need to use someone's computer to charge the Kindle Basic or use a cell-phone charger cord (most fit the Kindle.)

4) If internet access is a real issue for you, I strongly recommend the Kindle Keyboard 3G. I have two of them and they are my favorites of the 6 Kindle devices I own.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:48:32 PM PST
What is the difference between the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Paperwhite 3G? obviously other then one says 3G and the other doesnt, price wise the Paperwhite seems to be better, but is it not?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:52:31 PM PST
Peep Dittie says:
It's not if you want the cellular connectivity.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:54:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 3:55:36 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
Read this - Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers [Previous Generation]

Down on that page is a table the details the differences between all the Kindle devices.

Do you understand that "3G" means it has direct internet connection capability?

Read the product descriptions.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:59:33 PM PST
yes I understand that, I think I am going to get just the plain Kindle($69). Budget wise I am a single mom and all I can afford :) I was just confused about all the different ones especially bc I dont have internet at my home nor do I have a smartphone. So I have to be careful about what things I purchase so I know I can use them.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 4:03:53 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
As long as you have discovered how to actually buy a Kindle book so that you can get to it to manually download it, that is a good decision. I have four of these devices and like them very much.

However, i have wifi AND I buy all my Kindle books directly from the computer and "send" them to one or more of my Kindle devices.

The Basic won't do you much good if you do not have a way to actually buy and get the books to your device.

Just sayin'

Think ahead.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 4:40:58 PM PST
Norwenna says:
Janet, when you go to your mother's house, you can shop for kindle books on her computer and then download them to your $69 kindle through the USB cord.

If you're on a budget, there are a lot of good books for $3 or less. I find mine mostly through this forum, from the thread titled "Discounted/Price Dropped Kindle e-Books II." I have it bookmarked on my computer for convenience. There's also a Kindle Daily Deal that you can find on Amazon.
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