The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers produced by Amazon.com. Amazon Kindle devices allow users to shop for, browse, download, and read e-books, magazines, blogs, newspapers, and other digital media via wireless networking. The first Amazon Kindle was released on November 19 2007, and as of 2013 there have been 5 generations of the Amazon Kindle to go with two LCD versions (Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD). Kindles feature tight integration with Amazon services.
The Amazon Kindle is a lightweight device that offers excellent portability. It has a set of hardware page-turn buttons that sit on the right and left edges of the Kindle’s frame. The smaller one moves back one page, the larger one moves forward one page. Beneath the screen is a five-way control pad, which is raised and bracketed by Keyboard, Back, Home, and Menu buttons. The Amazon Kindle provides tremendous flexibility, as users can read their Kindle books on a variety of devices, including desktop computers, laptops, and smartphones. The Kindle has a large online bookstore that provides access to all kinds of Kindle books and magazine subscriptions as well as free samples. The free samples allow users a preview of content before purchasing. Users can change the font and margin size, and can search specific phrases or words across the entire library or in individual books. Users can also highlight text and makes notes in the margins. The Amazon Kindle acts as a huge library where users can access all of their content, and is perfect for sitting on the back deck or taking on an airplane. It can be purchased online from Amazon. Amazon also offers the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite 3G, and Kindle Keyboard 3G, each of which costs between $150-$200.
The Amazon Kindle has the following dimensions: 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 0.34 inches. It weighs 5.98 ounces (making it easy to carry around or hold with one hand). It has 2 GB of storage capacity (although it has no expansion slot). It has a 6-inch Monochrome E Ink screen. It does not come with a physical keyboard or backlight, and it is not a touchscreen. It has 802.11n networking with no cellular connectivity. Book formats come in MOBI, HTML, TXT, RTF, or PDF.
- Books are relatively cheap on the Kindle; most books cost under $10, and many of them you can get for free; you can also preview books or magazines by accessing a free sample, which provides further information about the piece or novel and gives you a better sense of whether or not you want to purchase it
- It saves space in your house; a Kindle stores all your books, meaning you do not need anymore bookshelf space
- You can highlight text and makes notes, which makes the Kindle excellent for students; you can also copy and paste passages or quotations into Word documents, which is extremely helpful for presentations
- No touchscreen capability, which is a big drawback
- The physical page turning buttons are stiff, which makes the lack of a touchscreen even more disappointing
- While the Amazon Kindle comes with a white USB cable, it does not come with an AC adapter (can be bought separately for an extra $10)
- There isn’t a 3G version (although for a $70-$80 tablet this can be expected)