Kindle is the product that has the most 5-star ratings on Amazon.com, and the new Kindle wireless reader will only bring in more of these ratings. I think PC Magazine has described it right by saying that “it’s the best dedicated eBook reader you can buy.”
The first thing you will notice after holding the device is its weight. Weighing just 8.5 ounces, the reader is lighter than a paperback and can be easily used for lengthy periods of reading. It is also slimmer than previous generation products, with a thickness of just 1/3 inches.
The display screen is of the same size (6″ diagonal) as previous Kindles but the picture quality has improved. The visibility is great even in bright sunlight. The new Kindle uses a high-contrast, diagonal E Ink Screen with Pearl Technology. According to the Amazon, the new technology improves the contrast by 50 percent. The fonts have also improved – they are crispier and darker than before. Another quality of the E Ink Screen is lesser glare compared to LCDs. The reason for this, according to Amazon, is that the E Ink surface is treated to be matte similar to a printed page.
The Wi-Fi reader provides quick service – you can download your books in under a minute. There is also a Web-Kit based browser that you can use to browse the web through your Wi-Fi, but this feature is still experimental. Free Wi-Fi access is available at AT&T hotspots throughout the country.
Kindle provides you access to more than 900,000 books, along with audiobooks, periodicals and blogs. Most of the books are under $10. If you are looking from some free books, then you can download the out-of-copyright books. Kindle has more than 1.8 million of these books. A new addition is the 50,000+ audiobooks provided by Audible.com.
A very good feature of Kindle is the online backup. The books you buy from the Kindle Store are added to your Kindle library, from where you can download them for free when you want. You can also read these books on other devices that you may use, such as iPhone, PC, Mac, and BlackBerry.
A really useful feature is the addition of real page numbers taken from the paperback versions. This makes it easy cite pages. Another new feature that you will find is book lending. Those who like to share your books with others will be able to lend eligible Kindle books for a period of 14 days. A feature that is scheduled to be available later in the year is Kindle Library lending. With this facility, you will be able to check out a Kindle book from your local library and read it on any Kindle/ free Kindle app.
The new Kindle, Graphite, Wi-Fi, 6″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology is available for $114, when you buy it with special offers. You can also set screensavers by downloading a free app called the Amazon AdMash. The special offers will appear directly on your home screen and the Kindle screensaver and may include gift cards, discount vouchers, book-purchase deals, etc.