The following Product Overview comes directly from the Kindle manufacturer (Kindle by Amazon). Comments based on our experiences and our Kindle review submitters are in blue.
- Revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper. (Not quite like real paper, but pretty easy to read under many lighting conditions).
- Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing. (Yes, but the wireless downloads can take a while, see below)
- Wireless connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you're in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed. (Yes, the Kindle appears to synch flawlessly with your Amazon account and the 1-click ordering process Amazon users are familiar with)
- Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute. (Some larger file sizes take a little longer, based presumably on signal strength or distance to tower, but all eBooks were received within 10 minutes of ordering.)
- More than 90,000 books available, including 100 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers. (Unconfirmed.)
- New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
- Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy. (This is a great feature, and one that doesn't get enough press. The "sneak preview" feature works very well, and allows for straight-forward "try before you buy" of most of the e-books available for the Kindle.)
- Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
- Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
- More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN's Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day. (Many blogs do not have the necessary RSS set up to provide constant updates via the Kindle, but this is not a shortcoming of the Kindle itself, only that as it becomes more popular, bloggers will need to be more aware of how best to delivery their cotent to e-book readers effectively.)
- Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces.
- Holds over 200 titles. (Varies greatly based on file size, this estimate by Amazon assumes the 200 titles would not be full-length novels.)
- Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours. (Battery life is outstanding with wireless turned off, but this inhibits updates of blogs to your Kindle. Also, no word yet on the useful lifetime of the batteries, which are not user replaceable.)
- Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot. (Yes, and this is the single greatest advantage that makes the Kindle the best e-book reader of the group. Requiring synching via WiFi would make for a much less positive user experience.)
- No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read. Includes free wireless access to the planet's most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org.
- Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing. (This feature is not particularly easy to use. You have to email your files to an Amazon address, pay a ten cent fee per document, and wait for it to be wirelessly sent back to you, which can take up to 24 hours in our experience.)
- Included in the box: Kindle wireless reader, Book cover, Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable
This list is by no means exhaustive, and more information will be added as it becomes available. Be sure to submit any Kindle review you may have, as well as any positive and negative experiences you have had with your Kindle reader. KindlePort Team
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