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Initial post: Oct 10, 2008, 7:25:41 AM PDT
Precious Joy says:
I just received a kindle as gift and would like to know besides reading a book whatelse can this $359 product do? Any ideas or where I can find more about the product since the operational book that came with it was very vague.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 8:12:26 AM PDT
keep an eye on these forums ... the device is a reader - books, newspapers, some magazines - check out the Kindle Store here on Amazon

you can download music - but the Kindle isn't really a true hardcore MP3 device - very limited storage so be careful how much music you put on the internal memory - you might want an SD card if you intend to do lots of music and/or audio book files

you can surf the web - limited a bit by WAP sites - less graphics - but you can find answers and/or driving directions from the web on the Kindle at no additional charge

but mainly - you use the device to READ -

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 8:56:52 AM PDT
I think that the User's Guide (not the booklet in the box, the User's Guide that comes on the Kindle, or you can download it via Content Manager) is pretty thorough. Did you read the whole thing?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 9:29:52 AM PDT
John Newton says:
It's really good for reading anything that is mostly text. It's not really good at anything else. Well it may be ok for audio books though that's the one thing I have not tried as I don't really use audio books.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 10:07:49 AM PDT
Let me see, I bought my Kindle e-book in hopes that it would take voice messages, wash the dishes, vacuumn the carpet and wash the windows but, alas, it only permits me to read books....rather well I might add....I go to a steak house to eat steak, a seafood place for seafood and I buy an e-book reader to..well, to read e-books.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 10:17:25 AM PDT
Precious Joy says:
I will download the User Guide. Great tip!! Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 10:18:46 AM PDT
Precious Joy says:
Actually I was hoping it would take me dog out for a walk!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 10:30:03 AM PDT
Thinking, and I know..it's something I don't do to often, that Bethsy is going to fit right in with the rest of us Kindle Nutz, Addicts, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 10:48:33 AM PDT
"I will download the User Guide."

It should already be on the Kindle, ready for you to read.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2008, 8:51:28 AM PDT
Bandit says:
I drive a lot and listen to audio books while driving. Sometimes I put them on my ipod....but would love it if I could do both from my Kindle (which I have not yet purchased....I think it's my Christmas present to me this year!!!)...would this work best by putting them on a card? Can you download a book from Amazon to a card?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2008, 3:03:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 19, 2008, 3:04:36 PM PDT
Initial post: Oct 10, 2008 7:25 AM PDT
Bethsy Sachs says:
I just received a kindle as gift and would like to know besides reading a book whatelse can this $359 product do? Any ideas or where I can find more about the product since the operational book that came with it was very vague."

If you go to the amazon Kindle page, and watch the informational video, you can learn a lot. Or, try the "Kindle Support" page on Amazon, for lots of q's and a's........
Also, there are books in the "kindle book" catagory you can find lots of books that are informational.

All that being said, I bought mine strictly as a book reader/downloader/dictionary.........I don't need it to do anything else.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2008, 11:57:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2008, 12:02:55 AM PDT
I subscribe to The New York Times Latest News, which is downloadable twice a day or so, for $1.99/month. During the VP debate recently, I went out to dinner with friends from out of town and wasn't able to watch it live. But after we finished dinner, I showed them the Kindle by downloading the NY Times Latest News, and they had a full story on the debate (with a photograph of it), which had barely just finished, plus a live blogging of the debate and of course other latest news.

I also get The Caucus (a blog by NY Times people) for $.99/month which is daily, sometimes twice a day, which expands on latest stories and also links you from summaries to interesting stories in other newspapers online. With Whispernet working anywhere (restaurants, waiting rooms, buses), you can click on the link and go, via Kindle's experimental Basic Web, to read more from the linked story if interested. Fancy-layout newspapers that are read direct that way can be a bit awkward but it has an advanced setting which runs javascript as needed.

Using the Whispernet actively can drain the battery though. But it's wonderful to have when you're interested in getting on the web.

I also subscribe to Newsweek at $1.49 per month for the weekly issues.

But if one doesn't want to subscribe - we can download a single issue.
I saw an interesting TIME issue but it was $4.95 at Safeway, so I downloaded
the current issue on my Kindle and it cost only 49c that way.

The Kindle comes with Web Bookmarks that include Wikipedia and the excellent BBC NEWS as well as MSNBC News. The latter two news-sites are in mobile-phone-optimized format and beautiful to read and are FREE to read this way.

I don't sense very many people are aware of these options but they are fun. I even subscribe to Slate Magazine which is a really fun read and is daily, for $2.50/month - it has original columns by very well-known writers and has summaries of news stories as reported by the various newspapers - a feature I like because I like to get a sense of how a story is reported by different newspapers. That links you to the full stories if one wants to follow the links.

To use that feature, it's HOME and then choose Experimental and then choose Web Browser. The URL field is at the top of the page then and you have to use the keyboard of course. After getting a webpage you can 'bookmark' the page for the future.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2008, 6:13:12 AM PDT
Bandit says:
thanks for the very comprehensive answer on this. I look forward to guying my Kindle! Have you used it for audio (books) at all?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2008, 12:51:46 PM PDT
You have me curious as to whether this thing will hold music like the Sony E-Reader. I want both an MP3 and an e-reader, so the Sony may win out just for that reason since I can't afford both. Does anybody know?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2008, 1:26:24 PM PDT
Don says:
Oh, it will! Music and audiobooks, too. For those of you who already have your Kindle, you may want to grab the offer below.
Hi, I've published about a dozen titles so far, focused on how to best use your Kindle.
The latest one is "The Very Fast Guide to Enjoying Your New Kindle" and for the next 3 days, Oct 21-23 as a little experiment - it is almost free - to be exact, $0.96 instead of the normal $14.99.

In addition the download includes huge samples of two of my other popular Kindle guide books, and the full editions of two election-focused homepages.
You can find it here:
..Kindle Click: The VERY FAST Guide To Enjoying Your New Kindle - FREE BONUSES, GMAIL/YAHOO calendar and EMAIL too

If you've not bought Kindle yet, alas, you can't take advantage of this. Sorry about that.
regards,
Don

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2008, 7:12:08 PM PDT
txkimmers says:
This product is great for listening to audiobooks. I listen to books as often as I read them on my Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2008, 7:58:06 PM PDT
Kimberlee, I add that I've read that Kindle users have to be sure to get audiobooks that are on one complete mp3 because it plays mp3s in random order and one can't pick and choose chapters if they're separated via mp3, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2008, 1:46:33 AM PDT
K says:
wow! you received this as a gift! how lucky are you!? you seem a tad bit disappointed-but if you like to read...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012, 10:38:30 AM PDT
LA says:
Um, I think the poster was trying to get an idea of what the device's table computer capabilities are - not an unreasonable question.
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