20 December 2013
Amazon's Kindle range has expanded beyond its humble e-book reader roots, but you can still get your literary fill thanks to the base model, which costs just £69 and comes with a range of features, old and new, to tempt novel lovers to do away with their paperbacks.
The Kindle is a very compact product, weighing just 170 grams and small and light enough to hold in one hand. This is important because it means it is more convenient to spend hours reading a book on this device than using a physical copy of the same text, which will be a boon for serious readers. The basic model still relies on physical buttons to make inputs, but this is no real issue. The e-ink screen is easy to read, even in direct sunlight, which means you can relax on a lounger while on holiday and still see the text. And the battery can last a full month from a single charge, so even if you forget your charger it should keep you entertained over a protracted period. The Kindle is one of the few electronic devices that is capable of replicating a natural reading experience. It does not have a backlight, which makes it easy on the eyes, as well as using newly designed fonts that are simple to see in any position. And of course you can adjust the size of the text to suit your individual needs, which is impossible with a printed book. It is worth investing in tablet cases to protect the Kindle and any other portable devices you own, because physical damage can be a problem and you might also want to spice up the otherwise average-looking product.
You can use the Kindle's built in Wi-Fi connection to download books from a library of over 650,000 different options, including fictional works as well as factual publications. Almost half of these books are exclusive to the Kindle library and the device itself can store 1400 books before it is full up, which should be more than enough for most people. Amazon has developed its own lending library, which is available to subscribers to its Prime service. This means you can borrow digital books free of charge, with no fees for late return. This will appeal to people who do not want to pay every time they read a book, although with prices typically costing £3.99 or less, even picking up one to own is hardly expensive. The Kindle is already an established e-book reader brand and is deserving of the attention it receives. If you already own an older-generation version then upgrading may not be necessary, but for newcomers this is definitely a worthwhile investment.
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Rahima Aktar on Friday, December 20, 2013 · Leave a Comment