I recently purchased an Amazon Kindle with the basic wi-fi version during the holiday. I want to make it clear that I’m not a “techie” electronic-oriented person. I love my physical books and I keep all of my electronic devices very basic on a need to use basis.
I purchased the Kindle out of curiosity and the fact that my own books are on Kindle. I also have been receiving ebooks via the computer and I don’t like sitting longer at my desk in order to read them. I knew that I could return it if I didn’t like it, so I jumped into uncertain waters.
I was surprised. Let me emphasize, I’m really surprised. I actually love my Kindle! I know, I know, for those of you that know me personally are chuckling right now. I seem to buck the system a little bit when it comes to newest technological gadgets.
I wanted to share some of my thoughts about Kindle. This isn’t an intentional plug for Amazon, but rather, I wanted to share with you from my limited electronic point of view.
- I received my Kindle quickly in two days with free shipping. Great customer service and excellent packaging.
- It’s simple to set up, the menus are clear and organized.
- The font is nice, you can darken or lighten it to preference. You can change the size of font too.
- You can search Google and Amazon. You can order right from your Kindle (this is very cool). You can also read magazines, newspapers, and blogs.
- You can read in bright sunlight and there’s no glare (I tested this out for myself).
- The text to speech is a nice feature (it isn’t applicable for all books). Note: it’s a very electronic, computer voice, like what you hear when you call for customer support.
- Long battery life makes it convenient.
- This is a great reading device specifically for novels and an efficient way to store favorite titles.
- I find that reading magazines, newspapers, and blogs to be annoying. Remember, it’s a black and white screen and if you want to see photos of interest from various other sources, it’s a bit heavy and difficult to read.
- For me personally, I would not use a Kindle to read textbooks, photography books, coffee table books, cookbooks, etc. It’s too cumbersome to read on a Kindle.
- The tiny keyboard is a little difficult to use, but you would probably wouldn’t use very often. However, it’s a nice feature to make quick notes especially for book reviewers.
- I would highly recommend that you purchase a case (I purchased a nice black, leather case). It will protect it from scratches and everyday bumps and jostles.
- “Like” Amazon Kindle on Facebook. There are some great tips posted.