The Kindle d00901, otherwise known as the Kindle Keyboard 3G with Wi Fi, is an awesome book-lovers' gadget.
If you love to read, and often wish you could bring your entire library with you wherever you go, then a Kindle or an e-reader is something you will want to consider purchasing for yourself.
The addition of the keyboard feature on this Kindle is a welcomed improvement over previous models which had only the square navigational button. Think how much easier it will be to type into the search field for new books! Getting the keyboard was like going from texting on a phone with only a number pad to one that had a keyboard. Makes life easier, that's all I'm sayin.
Features of the Kindle Keyboard
Advanced E-ink display
I think that this feature of the e reader is the most important. If you have never had a electronic book before, you may be wondering if there will be ay amount of eye strain associated with reading long periods of time whilst staring at a screen. I can attest to the fact that the answer is a resounding "NO!" I have read for hours, and hours (and hours....OK, you get it) and have experienced no eye strain whatsoever with the e-ink display. Now, I can't say the same thing for the Kindle Fire, which has a backlit display. I purchased one of those and actually ended up selling it on eBay. With the backlit display of a tablet computer, my eyes did end up getting strained with several hours of use. But not with the e-ink. There you're safe.
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Wi-fi and 3G, for free!
A great thing about this Kindle is that it has both 3G and wifi. In case you're not aware, WiFi is when you can pick up a signal from either your home network of a network being broadcast by someone else, such as the ones commonly at McDonalds and Starbucks. But if you are out of range of a wifi network, then you would not be able to download any more books.
But this Kindle comes with free 3G for life, which means that anywhere you are, you will be able to download books, irregardless of whether or not you have access to a WiFi connection. There are also no extra costs, contracts or payments associated with the 3G network. It is completely free for life.
Free books for your Kindle
Any books that were published previous to the copywrite laws of 1923 are available free of charge. Here are some of the classics that you will be able to get on your Kindle:
- Plato’s Republic
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Emma by Jane Austen
- Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais (nobody seems to read this, please do it! I don’t have anyone to talk about these books with)
- The Life And Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
- The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer
- Beyond Good and Evil by Frederich Nietzsche
- Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
- The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton
- Great Expectations by Dickens
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Life On The Mississippi by Mark Twain
- Essays – First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Candide by Voltaire
- The Live Corpse by Leo Tolstoy
- The Power of Darkness - Tolstoy
- The Lights Shines In Darkness – Tolstoy
- Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
- Don Quixote by Cervantes
- The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- Zadig Or, The Book of Fate by Voltaire
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Taras Bulba and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol
- The Golden Sayings of Epictetus by Epictetus
There are also many new, current book titles that are available for download for a limited time. To find these free kindle books, go to the Kindle Books section of the Amazon.com site. On the right hand side of the page if you scroll down a bit, you will see a "Top 100 Paid" and a "Top 100 Free" list. Click on the top 100 Free list and you will see a list of books that can be downloaded and read for free, usually for a limited time. You can also see even more than that by sorting the category, such as Top 100 Free Books in the Science Fiction category.
You can also lend and be lended kindle books. Let's say you have a friend or family member that has a Kindle as well. They can lend any book to you that they have purchased that you would like to read. Isn't that awesome?
The last way to get free books is to "check them out" through your library. Check your library's website or with your local librarian for more details.
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(price as of Aug 2, 2013)
Sharing what you love
Another feature that I enjoy about the Kindle is that you can easily share excerpts from whatever you are reading right from your e-reader. To do this, you need to go to your Kindle "menu" on your device. Then go to "settings" , and then "social networks." Enter your info for either Twitter, Facebook, or both.
Then when you are reading and want to share something that you read, simply highlight the text and click to share. Easy and fun!
Reading in the sun
You might be wondering if there would be any screen glare on the Kindle like there would be on your laptop or iPhone if you were trying to read outdoors during the day. The answer is no! I don't know how they did it, but the screen does not have any glare issues, so you can read poolside with no problem.
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(price as of Aug 2, 2013)
The Kindle d00901 - Kindle Keyboard 3G with Wi Fi - is a great device for anyone who loves to read. Whether it be a gift for yourself or a friend, I hope this review has been helpful to you in your decision making.