Thursday, 3 November 2011

Kindle Review

About one month ago I received an Amazon Kindle electronic book reader.

I have to admit that I'd been intrigued by the Kindle and similar devices for a year or two, so this was an opportunity to see what it was really like to live with.

Undoubtedly this is a clever little gadget. With the hard leather cover and light, I found it a touch heavy to hold after a period.

The device itself is light, though with the cover attached to it I found it bulkier and heavier. Do consider this before opting for the leather cover.

I never used the little light. I expect it would come into its own if one wished to read at night without disturbing one's partner.

I found the actual reading experience good. The screen is bright and legible, even in bright sunlight. The rechargeable battery lasts for a long time, too.

Frankly I don't read enough to justify the Kindle. Downloading books, magazines and newspapers certainly is not free. Despite the admirable Gutenberg Project and the very limited availability of free material - mostly Classics - all other reading material must be paid for.

In conclusion, it is simpler and easier to continue with one's own paperback collection. Old P G Wodehouse books can be picked up anywhere cheaper than a Kindle download on Amazon.

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