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Should I Buy an Amazon Kindle?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2


The Amazon Kindle, with its screen designed for reading, makes it a perfect device for avid readers.

It stores massive amounts of reading material.

It has a long battery life (up to one month with newer models.).

It syncs over a 3G connection for free.


It does not have many of the features of the tablet computers, such as apps and web surfing (although it is possible to access the web on the Kindle).

Reading on an electronic device does not have the same "feel" as a paper book for many people.

Full Review

The Kindle is a portable reading device that allows its owners to store up to 3,500 books at a time and read them on the go. Kindle owners can also read PDF files, blogs, newspapers, magazines, and more on the Kindle. It also offers free wireless syncing via a 3G connection.

The Amazon Kindle has the potential to change the way we read books, but is it right for everyone? Some people (including myself) absolutely love the Kindle and are devoted to it. Others either disdain the very idea of an e-book or want a device that can do more.

The truth is, if someone is a fan of reading and likes gadgets, the Kindle is probably for him/her. If he/she does not fit into one or the other of those categories, it might not be a good fit.

The Kindle is not the same type of device as the iPad or other tablet computers. Many have tried to compare it to the iPad, but they are simply different animals. While the iPad has a lot more features, such as the ability to watch videos, surf the web easily, and a color screen, the Kindle has what is known as an "e-ink" screen that makes it much easier on the eyes when compared to a computer or tablet screen, making it perfect for people who mostly want a device purely for reading purposes.

In Closing

Overall, the Kindle is a great choice for the avid reader who also likes using gadgets and electronics. Those who are looking for a tablet computer with lots of apps may want to consider an iPad or something similar. Those who like the feel of a book may find that they like a Kindle, but it might take some time to get accustomed to it!



Oct 9, 2010 12:35pm
Those who like the idea of electronic delivery, reduced price compared to paper books, and yet are on the go much of the day might enjoy discovering another Amazon service that has transformed my "reading"--Audible.

Audible is Amazon's answer for the reader who can't see, or who is driving long hours. Tens of thousands of books have been recorded by professional readers and can be downloaded to your computer, SMART phone (mine is an Android), or any mp3 or mp4 reader including your iPod. This allows you to "read" as you go down the road, sit in the dark, lay by the pool in the bright sunlight, or just kick back and relax.
Oct 9, 2010 12:45pm
I'm a big fan of audible as well. In fact, I have a pending article here about audiobooks. Between my Kindle and my audiobooks, I rarely read anything made of paper anymore!
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