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JAMES

Anyone got a Kindle yet?

I have, and I lurve it!!!!!!!!!!

XXXX

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Elpe

Kindle

No, but have thought about it (Christmas coming up) so tell me its advantages. What have you got on it so far? Brilliant, I imagine, when you go on hols. Any disadvantages?

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Expat Badger

Anyone got a Kindle yet?

OH wanted to get me one as i always have a book on the go for my commute - but i LIKE having a real book!

Maybe when i've filled the bookcase i'll get one... but it just doesn't seem 'right' to me

Something i wondered is - does it give you eye strain looking at the screen? Is it any diff from printed words on pages from that point of view?

Nope

It just doesn't seem right to me! Even though I know I would probably get used to one, I love proper pages.

They must be good for travelling, it would be great to have a constant supply of books, can you still see the words when it is bright though?

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Liz from Cumbria

Kindle

Les would love it if I got one, he's always complaining about the amount of books I have around. C'mon then James, answer us the question; can you still see the screen in the bright sunlight? How many books does it hold and how long does the battery last?

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Pauline W

Kindle


Support your local Library and keep my friends in work!!


Pauline

xx

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JAMES

Kindle.

Sorry Pauline. I'd not even consider going to a library. Cannot stand grubby books touched by others.

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Darkginger

Kindle

I've got one (and so has my husband) and we LOVE them! No problems reading in any sort of light (and I have the cover with the inbuilt light for when it's dark), no problems with contrast or eyestrain - it's just a lovely lovely thing for a bookaholic like me.

My house is STUFFED with books - mostly of the trashy paperback type - and I really have problems with throwing a book away (my inner hoarder screams at me) so the Kindle is the answer as far as book clutter goes.

Honestly, after the first 30 mins you get used to reading on a Kindle - Amazon say that one of their design criteria was to make the thing 'vanish' during use - just like you're not conscious of turning pages etc. when reading a book, so it is with the Kindle - you forget what it is, you just get lost in whatever you're reading.

Additionally, there's the option to store your own documents in your Kindle - so you can add recipes or whatever, and then take the Kindle with you when shopping, and check to see what ingredients you need - and there's a load of recipe books available in the format too - so it's like having your entire cookbook collection with you when in the supermarket.

Downloading is a doddle, whether using the Kindle itself, or the computer. There are loads of free books available to download, and a lot of very cheap ones too - plus it seems to be a new way for people to self-publish, and you can find books that might not ever make it to a bookstore. You could even write your own recipe book and publish it!

I can honestly say that my Kindle is my most treasured possession right now - I have everything on it from the Lord of the Rings, through the Complete Works of Shakespeare, to '1000 Atkins Diet Recipes' (yeah, sorry about that!). The battery life is great, and I will never, ever, be stuck with nothing to read again!

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Darkginger

Kindle

Oh, and I forgot to say - it can hold several thousand books! Once you've downloaded one, you have it forever even if you delete it from the Mindle - it's still there in your Kindle history online, so you can grab it again if you need to. It's like having a library in your pocket, really.

The only disadvantages I've found is that it's hard to 'flick back' if you suddenly realise you missed a point 10 pages ago (which I often do, reading crime thrillers etc.), and ...erm... I can't think of another disadvantage, really. Some books lose a bit in being adapted to the format - although the Kindle can show diagrams etc., some publishers haven't bothered to transfer them over, and so they're missing - but every book allows you to download the first chapter free of charge (from Amazon, anyway - it is possible to download books from elsewhere, they don't have the monopoly), so you can check out the formatting before buying.

So, in a nutshell, no major disadvantages, and the minor ones there are, are far outweighed by the advantages!

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Darkginger

Kindle

Oh dear, me again - just to answer the battery question - with wi-fi turned off (and you only need it on to download) the battery can last for around a month. With wi-fi on, and using the lighted cover, I usually recharge it once a week. It charges within 3 hours, so overnight is fine :) And YES, it is perfectly legible in bright sunlight.

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JAMES

Kindle.

Well Darkginger is a fan! :) XX

I can really only repeat whats already been said.

With wifi and 3g off, the battery lasts about a month. E-ink is clever in that you only use battery power when it changes the display to the next page, have the page show forever does not use any battery power. It holds about 3500 books, obviously dependant on size of said book but that is the "average".
It does not cause eye strain, you can read it just fine in bright sunlight.

There is nearly 5000 books available free of charge on the amazon site, and 33,000 from project gothernburg. (SP!)

I've onyl bought three books for it, but have just over 400 on my kindle.

Woman in White, some of you will know its one of my very fave books, I read it several times a year, and my paperback is knackered, this cost me 71p.

Complete Jane Austen, that was 49p and The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, not read it yet, but people rave about it, that was £2.12.

Dont get me wrong people, I adore books, but in the future, I will stick to beautiful editions, and forget about cheapo paperbacks in favour of the kindle version.

Knorr, will bring it with me next time we meet up, promise you that you will love it and be ordering one asap on the amazon site! :)

XXXXX

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SonyaK

Kindle or Kobo?

Has anyone tried a Kobo yet - the Borders version of Kindle?
Just wondered how they compared, if anyone knows?
I still like paper books, but can see the advantage of the electronic version.
Or how about the iPad?

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Liz from Cumbria

James and Dark Ginger

I've had Les reading both your reviews on the Kindle (nothing subtle about my hints for Christmas gifts!) I shall now have to wait to see if Santa does indeed bring me a Kindle; chances are good that he will though!

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Darkginger

Kindle

I'm glad if anything I wrote helps you get your Kindle! As you may have noticed, I'm a huge fan of mine ;) Quite honestly, I have never loved a gadget like I love this one. My only weeney little gripe is that - being in Ireland, rather than the UK - I have to buy from US Amazon, and the prices are a bit steeper - think my Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (not read it yet) was $6.49 as opposed to £2 something in the UK. On the other hand, I do travel to the UK 2 or 3 times a year (family) so I suppose I could do some downloading when I'm over there!

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JAMES

Kindle.

Afraid your kindle is linked to the US site, you wont be able to download stuff from the UK site at all I'm afriad.

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