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May 01, 2011

Why Get the Amazon Kindle?

I admit it, the Amazon Kindle is pretty cool. It has some great things going for it. As a device for reading books, it works fantastically well. There is some serious competition for the Kindle, but the truth is, the Kindle does hold it's own. It was meant for text, and after a few iterations of the product - it simply does a wonderful job.

The Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G is a bit different from version 1 and 2. In particular, there are two features that stand out: the larger screen, and the native PDF reader. It is definitely possible to use the DX for work documents, because of the PDF reader. As well, the screen size and screen rotation provides a much better overall reading experience.

What appeals to me, is that the DX feels more like text and less like a device. This means it is getting closer to the stated goal of the Kindle, which is for the device to disappear, leaving only the joy of reading left. Are we there yet? I will say, we are very close.

What does the Kindle do?

Description from Amazon:

All New, High Contrast E Ink Pearl Screen: Our graphite Kindle DX display uses the 
latest generation E Ink Pearl technology with 50% better contrast for the clearest text and sharpest images

Beautiful Large Display: The 9.7" diagonal E Ink screen is ideal for a broad range of 
reading material, including graphic-rich books, PDFs, newspapers, magazines, and blogs 

Read in Sunlight with No Glare: Unlike backlit computer or LCD screens, Kindle DX's 
display looks and reads like real paper, with no glare. Read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Books In Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

Free 3G Wireless: No monthly payments, no annual contracts. Download books anywhere, anytime

Long Battery Life: Read for up to 1 week on a single charge with wireless on. 
Turn wireless off and read for two to three weeks.

Carry Your Library: Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents

Buy Once, Read Everywhere: Kindle books can be read on all your devices. 
Our Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your Kindle library and last page read 
across your Kindle(s), PC, iPhone, Mac, iPad, Android device, and BlackBerry device 

Share Meaningful Passages: Share your passion for reading with friends and family by 
posting meaningful passages to Twitter and Facebook directly from your Kindle

Global Coverage: Enjoy wireless coverage at home or abroad in over 100 countries.
 See details. Check wireless coverage map.

Built-In PDF Reader: Carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go.
 Now with Zoom capability to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics

Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the 
device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages

Read-to-Me: With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read 
newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable

Large Selection: Over 900,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular 
books people want to read, including 107 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers,
 plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. For non-U.S. customers, 
content availability and pricing will vary. Check your country. 

Out-of-Copyright, Pre-1923 Books: Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 
books are available to read on Kindle, including titles such as 
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and Treasure Island. Learn more 

Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases from $9.99. 

Free Book Samples: Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy 

The Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G is a great reading device. I am confident you will enjoy it.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com


Posted by Robert Renman on May 01, 2011

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