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Initial post: Feb 14, 2013 11:19:52 PM PST
I am considering buying either a Kindle Keyboard 3G or a Kindle Paperwhite 3G, but I have a couple questions that I am hoping that someone who either owns them and/or works for Amazon customer service and can answer them to help me decide.

1.) I already have an Apple iPad Mini, but since it does NOT have 3G connectivity (only Wi-Fi), AND because I am a Amazon Prime member I'm thinking of getting either the Kindle Keyboard 3G OR a Kindle Paperwhite 3G so that I can get books when I'm away from home (where I have Wi-Fi) and on the go but not near a public Wi-Fi hotspot, AND so that I can also use my Amazon Prime membership to get FREE Kindle Books (through the Kindle Owners Lending Library)
However, since the iPad Mini can be used for more than just as an eReader (like surfing the Internet, watching videos, etc.) if I am going to get the Kindle also, I am hoping that it will have at least SOME of the functions of the iPad Mini (like being able to surf the Internet to access frequently-visited websites like Facebook) so that when I am away from home & on the go, I do not have to take along multiple devices to fulfill different needs (like the Kindle for eBooks, the iPad Mini for Internet surfing, etc.)
So my question is, if I get the Kindle Keyboard 3G OR a Kindle Paperwhite 3G will I be able to surf the Web (mainly to go on Facebook and/or to browse for eBooks on the local public library's website) on either of these devices or is Web access limited to eBook shopping, downloading & retrieval??

2.) While I was looking at the information about the Kindle Owner's Lending Library, I noticed that it said that only one free Kindle eBook can be "checked out" each month. But then in another section it said that once the Kindle eBook is "returned" that the user can then "check out" another free Kindle eBook can be "checked out"

However, in yet another section it said something to the effect that, once a free Kindle eBook is "checked out" even if it is "returned" another free Kindle eBook cannot be checked out until the start of the next calendar month.

So I am confused by that! Does that mean that regardless if a free Kindle eBook is checked out & then returned that people are limited to that one book each month, and once they've finished that book, they cannot get anymore free Kindle eBooks until the next calendar month, or what??

Basically what I am looking for is a Kindle 3G that I can use instead of the iPad Mini (which does NOT have 3G) to both get & read eBooks, as well as access websites like Facebook on the go, and get free Kindle eBooks using my Amazon Prime membership.

Please help me out, so I can make the right decision whether to get a Kindle or not, and what Kindle to get!!


Posted on Feb 14, 2013 11:58:15 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
The Kindle Keyboard you can surf any website over 3g. The Paperwhtie you can only access Amazon and Wikipedia over 3G. You would not be able to access facebook or other sites without connecting to WiFi.

The Kindle Owners Library you get 1 ebook per calendar month, you can keep the ebook as long as you want but you have to return it before you can get another one.

Also to note that the web surfing on a Eink Kindle is slow as molasses and it cannot handle website full of photos and vidoes. It does ok on text based websites. I would not use it as a replacement for your Ipad, they are not tablets and not comparable.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 12:04:44 AM PST
Artist says:
The 3G on the Paperwhite will only connect to the Kindle store and wikipedia. The 3G on the Kindle Keyboard can connect more widely, but it's not a substitue for a tablet. We used to call it "slogging" the internet rather than surfing the internet, because it's slow and clunky. You will not be happy relying on any Kindle e-reader for connecting to the internet.

You can only borrow one book per calendar month through the Kindle Owner's Lending Library, and only from a specific list of books. Not all books are included in the KOLL. I have never seen a current NYT bestseller on the list. You can't borrow the next month's selection until you return the previous month's book.

Although the book is free to the Prime member to borrow, it is not free to Amazon. They must pay the publisher for every book that we borrow.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 12:23:23 AM PST
Sarida says:
I'd also like to add that not wall Amazon books are up for lending.

The 3G units are AT&T so if you don't have their coverage in your area, then you won't be very successful. I live on the "edge," and to surf on my Kindle is like watching paint dry.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 1:57:34 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Sarida says: and to surf on my Kindle is like watching paint dry.

Ooh, how exciting!!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 2:32:41 AM PST
I second what everyone else has said, but would like to add this by way of further elaboration:
Both the KK and the PW are e-ink. The upside of that is that it makes them much more reader-friendly than an LCD (backlit) screen. The downside is that they simply can't portray images at the speed necessary to surf the web easily. They're great for pages of text, but not for detailed images or complex webpage layouts. The two technologies are so divergent they're almost incompatible.

And, the additional point is:
Detailed images = higher data
Higher data = higher costs
Higher costs ≠ free 3G

In other words, the reason the e-ink kindles come with 3G is *because* the limitations of the data transfer mean that it's not too expensive for Amazon to bear the costs involved. Bottom line is, if you want decent data capability you have to pay for a data plan on an LCD-screened device.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 10:17:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2013 10:18:41 AM PDT
Eager Reader says:
No keyboard on the Kindle Paperwhite 3G @$179.
How would I do a search in a book if I cannot type the keyword(s)?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 10:20:03 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
when you tap in a text box, a virtual on screen keyboard pops up

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 10:25:10 AM PDT
In addition, typing on the Paperwhite is a decent experience. The touch screen is very responsive, and IMO, much better than typing on the Basic Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 10:26:20 AM PDT
I agree. The clickclickclickclickclick thiswaythatwayoverthereoverhere of the Basic is a pain in the patootie. The PW is SO much easier!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 1:41:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2013 1:50:33 PM PDT
Eager Reader says:
Just what I need to order. Thanks for your prompt and thoughtful reply. Change that to replies---as all are quite helpful. Nice to know such good help is so readily available.
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