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Great in so many ways!!!,
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This review is from: Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6" Display, U.S. Wireless) (Electronics)There were many reasons I decided to purchase a Kindle - my hands ache when holding a book open, I get headaches from reading stuff on the computer, I wanted something I could throw in a bag and take anywhere, and it holds so many items that I don't have to carry three or four novels with me in case I'm bored or finish one. Nothing could prepare me for the actuality that is Kindle. It integrated seamlessly into my life. If I'm at the desk, it's beside me; if I'm in the bedroom, it's on the nightstand; I even take the silly thing to the john. It's so much easier than a book.
I expected it to be a little awkward at first, but it really *does* get lost in your hands. Suddenly, you look down after a couple of hours of reading, and realize you've been holding it all along and forgotten all about it. I expected to read novels and blogs on it. I never expected to be able to download all the .pdf technical manuals that I constantly have to weed through on the computer. I work effortlessly now, looking at the computer, working through a segment, picking up the Kindle, searching for what I need in the manual, even highlighting it, or putting a note in the manual about how well it works.
Note taking is my big thing. When I'm looking at a book, I always find note-taking to be an instinct I have to avoid. I see it as a destructive process. I don't want to ruin my books. Further, who can really concentrate on what they're reading with a pen in their hand? It's two different mindsets. Yet, with Kindle, I do just that. I read a segment, I find a passage, I underline it. I have an opinion, I drop in a note. A question equals another note. When I don't understand something, the dictionary is right at the bottom of the screen to define the word or teach me how to pronounce it; or I can surf to the web and find exactly what I need.
It's so much better than surfing the web on my phone - and far more practical. For one thing, there's no charge except battery power (no pun intended!). For another, all of my research is in one place. The book, notes, websites and highlights are all together - as they should be.
I know a lot of people complain that it should have a bright screen so that you can read it at night, or that it should have color. I say - nay! The main *strength* of Kindle is that it reads *exactly* like a book. No eye strain. No having to turn away every few minutes to relax your eyes; or ending a session of reading with a headache. No "hot lap" or mousing around to find the right page. It's just like a book. You hold it, you turn the page, it's effortless, you forget it's there. Only what you're reading matters, and that's exactly how it should be.
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Initial post: Aug 31, 2009 4:48:32 PM PDT
William R. Schlitz says:
great review! I also LOVE my kindle
Posted on Dec 25, 2009 2:45:44 PM PST
Lenora J. Jackson says:
My granddaughter just got her kindle for Christmas. She is 11 years old and she is loving it. She hasn't put it down. I hope we can get her to the dinner table. She wondered about the back light. I however am grateful it doesn't have a backlight because she would not want to go to bed. The books are much cheaper than buying books from the bookstore. Thank you Amazon.
Posted on Dec 28, 2009 10:44:08 PM PST
M. Fuerstenberg says:
With the nook coming up i'm wondering which direction to go. Found a forum that discusses pros and cons and it looks like the kindle is winning:
Posted on Jul 8, 2010 1:22:36 PM PDT
I am about to enter college and I am thinking about investing into a Kindle. So with the Kindle I can surf the web for free and I won't be charged for it? Since money will be a big thing in college I have to live on a tight budget and I don't want any surprising bills to pop up. Also on the Kindle can I get ebooks form other places such as google and my library offers ebooks that I would be able to check out virtually, can I get those on a Kindle too?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2010 1:56:17 PM PDT
B. Gunnarsson says:
1. No, free (but very basic browsing).
2. Yes. (Use Mobipocket) (just google it)
p.s. Just got mine 2 days ago and loveing it :)
Posted on Jan 9, 2011 10:08:52 AM PST
so then you can't read it at night? Since it has no back light.
Posted on Feb 10, 2011 1:30:39 PM PST
Jason Goemaat says:
While I like that it reads like a book and doesn't have a BACK light, why not create a version with a FRONT light? I bought a book light a while back that was a sheet of glass you placed over the page and a thin handle on the side that somehow angled the light with the sheet of glass and provided good light for reading. I imagine that would seriously drain the batteries on the Kindle though, but I would mostly use it on car rides or in bed with the wife sleeping when I can plug into a cigarette lighter or wall socket. Book lights are popular for a reason and building a good unobtrusive one into the Kindle would be a great idea.
Posted on Feb 20, 2011 2:31:15 PM PST
A. WARD says:
Bollocks! It should have a backlight, otherwise you may as well just buy a bloody book!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2011 3:25:58 PM PDT
Game boy says:
You can buy a Kindle 'cover' that has a light that works perfect. It just pulls out of
the corner of the cover and goes out when it is replaced. You can go on Amazon
website and see a complete selection.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 10:08:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2011 10:09:48 AM PDT
G. Nicholson says:
A. WARD- You obviously don't understand the principle of digital ink that you can read clearly in brightest sunlight. Where would your backlight help you then?