Saturday, February 28, 2009
Welcome to Kindle e-book reader, Amazon new wireless device that lets you read books, magazine, newspaper and blogs anywhere, anytime. Let's take a look at what it is like to read with Kindle. I'll find it, buy your favorite book, magazines, newspapers and blogs. And I'll point out some unique features too. OK here goes:
Kindle is about the same size as your typical paperback. And lighter than many, weighing in at just 10.3 ounces. The screen is easy on your eyes because Kindle uses and electronic display eliminates the kind of eye strains that you would get when reading a PC or a PDA. And the display doesn't use backlighting so just like paper, it is easy to read outside in a sunny day as it is inside your living room or your office.
You turn pages by a simple touch of a page-turn button, and because buttons are on both sides you can use either hand. Simply touch the next page button when you are ready to move forward, or the previous page button to go back. Use the select wheel when you want to choose an item on the page or menu. For example, when you want to pick a new book to read, use your thumb to roll the cursor up or down, and then press the select wheel to make your selection. If you need larger letters, change the size of the text by pressing the text key on the keyboard. There are 6 font sizes to choose from. Use whatever works for you, big or small.
And if you ever lose your place in a book, you will appreciate that Kindle automatically saves your place in everything you are reading, so you can always pick up from where you let off. You can also bookmark pages and return later, just scroll up to the top of the page and press the dog ear at the corner.
Now let's take a look at the Kindle bookstore where you can find and buy things to read right on your Kindle. First select SHOP in your Kindle Store menu, and there you go. You're connected. If you already knows what you want you can find it immediately using STORE SEARCH. Simply use the keyboard to type the name of the author or the title and press the SELECT button to choose it. Otherwise just browse like in a book store or at Amazon.com. You will see thousands of best sellers, new releases, reviews and personal recommendations. Most books in the store comes with a free sample, so you can either read a bit before you decide to buy. Once you're ready to buy, just one click of the select wheel download the book to your Kindle in under a minute. New York bestsellers and most new releases are just $9.99 or less. And anything you buy is also automatically backed up in Amazon.com in case your Kindle is ever lost or damanged
So you may be wondering how your book, magazine, blogs and newspapers get delivered to your Kindle. Well, Kindle uses the same wireless technology as advanced cellular phones, so you don't need to hunt for a hotspot like you would in WiFi. Your Kindle connects simply like your cell phone connects, but unlike a cell phone, you don't need to worry about signing up for an annual contract, finding the right data plans or even seeing a wireless bill. All your purchases include free wireless delivery to your Kindle bookstore via Amazon Whispernet.
Because your Kindle is wireless, you don't have to wait till you get in front of your computer to get new books, magazine, blogs or newspaper, and you never have to sign out or plug in to your PC to manage your library. In fact you don't need a computer at all to use your Kindle. You also don't have to worry about the hassle of recharging all the time. Kindle rechargable batteries will last long enough to turn thousands of pages. You can read for days without having to plug in.
Kindle automatically deliver your paper magazine like Newsweek or Forbes, and newspaper like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times or the Washington Post. Each morning, by the time you wake up, your paper will be ready and waiting for you to read. You even get your magazines before they hit the newstands. And Kindle also updates blogs and feeds automatically all day long.
If you come across a word you don't know while reading, Kindle dictionary can look up it for you. No need to interrupt your reading to find a dictionary. Just scroll to the line where the word appears, press the select wheel and then choose LOOKUP from the menu. If there is a sentence, a paragraph or a page that you want to refer to later, you can highlight it, add a note, or even clip an entire page. You can also find a word or phrase found in any or all of the items that you have downloaded to your Kindle. Press the SEARCH key, use the keyboard to type the word into the search field and select GO. Kindle shows you everywhere that word appears. You also get links to the words definitions with a PDA, the web and the Kindle bookstore, so you can research even more.
If you have personal documents that you want to read on your Kindle like Microsof WORD files, you can email it to your Kindle. For just a small charge, Amazon will convert your document and deliver it wirelessly. Kindle eliminates the need to print or carry hard copies. Your personal documents are with you wherever you go.
Kindle have the capacity to hold over 200 books, newspaper, magazine and blogs and an SD memory card can expand your collection to hold even more. Kindle literally holds hundreds of pounds of reading material all in one small package. So not only is Kindle changing when, where and what you read, it is also changing how you read. With Kindle you can curl up on your couch for hours with a novel or sneak a quick read during those moments of free time each day. It's so simple to use. And once you tried Kindle you will find it's as easy as reading your favorite book