If you're a book lover, you know how wonderfully intimate the reading experience feels when you pick up a physical book and open its pages. For a long time, the ereader was something you could look at, out of the corner of your eye, and pass off as a fancy "tech gadget" that could never in a million years replace the wonderful pleasure of reading a "real" book.
Well, with the popularity of the Amazon Kindle 2 reader, and the fantastic Kindle reviews that their Kindle 3 is getting, you should seriously consider adding a Kindle PC reader to your list of must have gadgets to buy. As a lover of books myself, I'm not saying this lightly. Until now, I've never considered getting an electronic ereader.
However, I am not going to be sitting on the fence any longer when it comes to the Kindle, and here's why:
Traditional books feel great in your hands, and you can run your fingers over their sleek cover, admire the artwork, and then flip through the pages in anticipation of settling in for a good read. Most paperback books are very portable and you can take your book easily from room to room, or stick it in a purse or backpack for reading on the go.
Fine. This is the way you and I have always done it, because there wasn't any other alternative. That is, until now. There's simply no denying that the Kindle PC reader is a more convenient way to cart around, not just one book, but hundreds of books at a time.
If you are a true book worm, you may have a personal library collection that spans several book cases. The Kindle easily trumps most home collections thanks to it's large 4G storage capacity, which can store up to 3,500 books. Basically, you can carry a whole library around with you in your hand.
One of the most impressive features on the Kindle wireless reader is the pioneering use of Amazon's Pearl e-ink. Unlike your typical LCD screen, the e-ink actually looks and reads a lot like real ink in a paper book. In my opinion, this is a HUGE advantage over other ereaders, because you will not feel like you're reading some kind of awkward looking text on the screen.
Amazon has also put a lot of time and effort into making sure the background screen color isn't a jarring white. Instead, it's a relaxing light grayish background, with incredibly clear, crisp dark font. Also, you have the ability to adjust the size of the font, which is cool for anyone who needs reading glasses.
Wi Fi and 3G
The Kindle 3rd generation comes in two formats: Wi Fi and 3G.
The Wi Fi version is cheaper at only $139. You would get this one if you don't plan on using your Kindle outside of your home. You'll need to be sure that you have a Wi Fi connection at home so that you can download books onto the Kindle. Although, you can still use your PC's USB port to download books that way.
The Kindle 3G also includes Wi Fi capability. However, the 3G gives you more flexibility when traveling with your Kindle. You can download books anywhere for free, since Amazon pays for your 3G access. You'll need to pay an extra $50 for this privilege, because it's priced at $189. However, it's worth it if you want to have the Kindle's full features on the go.
Is It the Best?
Overall, the consensus of opinion from the various Kindle reviews I've read online, plus doing my own personal research, all point to the Kindle wireless reader as being the best ereader currently on the market.
This is a great choice for anyone who wants a sleek, sophisticated device that is mainly used for reading books, ebooks, magazines and various PDF documents. The Kindle is simple to use right out of the box, is affordably priced and a worthy alternative to reading books the traditional way.