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Initial post: Dec 30, 2013 3:44:57 PM PST
I am going to buy a Kindle something for the first time, Tired of all these books! I have Wi-Fi in my home, but want to be able to read when not at home. Which Kindle do I need? What does Kindle Fire do that inexpensive kindle doesn't. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2013 3:46:01 PM PST
Loz says:
The Fire is a tablet for games, videos etc. A regular e-ink kindle is purely for reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2013 3:49:01 PM PST
Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2013 3:50:41 PM PST
Ok, so if I am away from home, do I have to be where there is Wi-Fi to read, or do I need the Kindle with 3G capability, whatever that means.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2013 3:54:59 PM PST
**Meya** says:
You don't need WiFi to read a book, they are downloaded to the device. 3G is best for users who don't have easy access to WiFi.

You just can't beat the Paperwhite for reading. It is just a perfect e-reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2013 3:56:48 PM PST
Loz says:
No, you don't need WiFi on to read. The 3G one comes in handy if you are out and about a lot and want to download books to read on the run. But if you don't do that a whole lot, the WiFi only one will be fine.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 4:36:17 PM PST
For just reading, the Kindle ($69.00) is fine. I have several, and read on one while the other is charging. The PaperWhite is good, too.

The Fires are for: Audible books, music, video games, and movie / TV show viewing. I have a new Fire HDX, mainly for listening to Audible e-books when my eyes are too tired for reading.

Wi-Fi alone is enough, usually, but 3G is able to receive a cell phone type signal in places where Wi-Fi is not around. My Kindles, and Fire HDX, are Wi-Fi only. I have an older Model 3-also called The Kindle Keyboard-which has Wi-Fi + 3G. I have wireless Wi-Fi at home, so Wi-Fi alone is enough for me, but I may be on the road where Wi-Fi is not available, and then I take the Keyboard with 3G capability.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2013 4:49:52 PM PST
B. Marks says:
The Kindle Paperwhite is ideal for reading in any lighting conditions. You can read in the sun at the beach or in a dark room and it's always a perfect reading experience.

The Kindle Fire is fine for reading indoors, although not nearly as good as the Paperwhite. It's all but useless in the sun and even outdoors in the shade it's less than ideal.

If you have Wifi at home you can get a Wifi Kindle and be just fine. If you go on a trip you can carry a dozen books with you, or a hundred or even a thousand. I personally think the Kindles are clumsy to use with too many books on board but up to one or two hundred they're fine. They have room for more than a thousand books, depending on the size of the books if you're going to be away from Wifi that long. A prison sentence, for example. :)

If you want to be able to buy books wherever you happen to be, at least as long as you're within AT&T's coverage area, you can get the 3G version. Amazon supplies the 3G. You don't need an account with a carrier. It's use is limited to connecting to Amazon or Wikipedia.

Personally I prefer the 3G version because I look things up on Wikipedia a lot while I read, but for just reading it really doesn't matter.


Posted on Dec 30, 2013 4:53:53 PM PST
GnomeEd says:
Paperwhite 3G is the way to go for the ultimate reading experience. The paperwhite is the best ereader. With 3G you can download books anywhere there is a cell phone signal. If you go to the beach and decide you want a new book, you can just buy it with 3G.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 5:16:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2013 7:48:29 PM PST
Retired EE says:
Another way to consider the choices is 1) Do you want a reader or a tablet with all the things a tablet can do as detailed above or 2) if you only want a reader do you need one you can read in the dark or very low light conditions as well as all other light conditions or only normal or high light conditions. This leads to the choice of the Paperwhite front lit e-ink reader or the non lit e-ink $69 reader or a Kindle Fire. The KF now is available in the HD or HDX model, with Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus 4G (HDX or HD 8.9) and in the 7'' or 8.9" size with internal storage ranging from 8 GB (HD 7) to 64 GB (HDX or HD 8.9).
Link to Kindle Fire, table at bottom of site.
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2013 7:43:34 PM PST
flipoid says:
The Paperwhite is NOT backlit. It is lit from the front, not from behind the screen like computer or tablet screens.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 7:47:45 PM PST
Retired EE says:
Flipoid - Thanks for the correction.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2013 7:59:20 PM PST
flipoid says:
You're welcome. I just didn't want a potential purchaser to get confused. (-:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 5:10:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2013 5:11:15 AM PST
Tess says:
It depends on what you want the kindle to do. If you want one for just reading, I recommend the paperwhite. I also have the Keyboard model, which I love; but the paperwhite allows me to read anywhere.
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