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Updated on October 13, 2012

The Amazing Kindle

Kindle is, WITHOUT QUESTION one of the greatest inventions mankind has ever achieved. If the Kindle had been invented in the days of the Great Space Race, then Neil Armstrong would never have went to the moon because he would have been at home reading his kindle, I guarantee it.

Neil's Mom: "Neil, it's time for that moon flight you've been talking about."

Neil: "Send someone else, I'm reading my kindle."

What is a kindle anyway? - The ultimate book

kindle page
kindle page

A kindle is an electronic book. It is a hand held reader with a screen. You buy a kindle, and then you purchase a download of a book - it loads into your kindle. It can hold a lot of books, and is a lot easier to carry around than a pile of books. You read the book right off of the screen - page by page.

kindle facts
kindle facts

What's so great about Kindle anyway?

Read some of the customer reviews

By Matthew E. Coenen

I'm a first-time Kindle owner, so I have nothing to "compare" the latest Kindle to. I don't own a Nook. I don't own an iPad (and, in any case, that's comparing apples to oranges). I don't have a Sony e-reader. '

This will be a short, simple review.

I received my Kindle about a week ago and haven't been able to put it down.

Things I like about my Kindle?

1. The e-ink display is amazing.

2. Using the 5-way controller is simple and effective.

3. Page turn speeds are faster than I thought they would be.

4. It's lightweight, even with the attached cover (I have an Amazon cover with a built-in light)

5. Page-turning buttons are quiet and well-placed.

6. Recharge time is fast.

7. I can order a book and start reading it in less than 60 seconds. Nice!

8. Portability... I can take 3,000 books with me when I travel for work and not require additional suitcases or baggage fees.

kindle in newsweek
kindle in newsweek

Kindle in Newsweek

Books aren't dead

Things I'm not too keen on?

1. Buttons are too close together and are laid out oddly.

2. Lack of individual number buttons is frustrating.

3. Power button on the bottom? Not a bad thing. Just an odd thing. (Same for the headphone input). I usually rest the "bottom" of a book on my lap when I read.

kindles are thin
kindles are thin

So Thin

Thin but Powerful

Things I hope change in the future?

1. How books are organized... When I put a book in a collection (which is actually a "tag"), it still appears in the main list. It's not actually "moved", it's merely associated.

2. The look of the main screen. I'd like "folders" or some other way to display "collections".

3. Ability to create personal "screen savers."

4. E-book pricing, though Amazon has little control over this. Still, most titles are the same price as or less than their hardback/paperback counterparts. (And I'm not opposed to paying more for convenience and portability).

Kindles are easy to read - Not hard on the eyes at all

kindles are easy to read
kindles are easy to read

Things that don't bother me regarding other reviews?

1. The browser is experimental. Amazon has created a dedicated e-reader, and it's meant to be used to read. Period. Not browse the web. If you want to browse the web, get a computer -- not an e-reader.

2. The Kindle is not an mP3 player, either. Yes, it's nice to have some classical music playing in the background while I read, but I don't need to see the title of the song, album art, etc. (And you can skip from track to track on the Kindle using shortcut keys).

3. Lack of a "color" or "touch" screen.

In summary, I'm quite thrilled with my purchase and have arleady read multiple books on it. In fact, I think I've read more in the past week than I've read in the past month.

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      Rick King 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Kindles are awesome without a doubt and somehow they find a way to keep improving them. How did we ever live without them? The organization and features allow a totally new experience while reading and consuming content. Thanks!

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      SquidooPower 4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Agreed. They need to come up with a better way of managing the Collections.

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      SquidooPower 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Totally agree! When something strikes me as particularly interesting or funny that I want to share with my wife, I highlight it so I remember to show her.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I, too, am crazy about my Kindle. One of my favorite features is the highlight feature. It is so easy to highlight lines (or entire passages) and if I decide I no longer want something highlighted, I just hit "delete highlight." Try doing that with an old-school yellow highlighter!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I have been thinking of getting a Kindle, love to read.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I like mine too, but do find the collections a nuisance to learn and use.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I have to agree - the Kindle is a great invention!

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      davies86 5 years ago

      my wife loves her kindle

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      OH, NO! Neil Armstrong NOT setting foot on the moon! Yikes!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      @anonymous: LOL! Tipi you are crazy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I guess, in the light you've given...it's a good thing the Kindle came along when it did and that our great explorers weren't at home reading!

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Great invention indeed. I have had one for a year or so. A battery that lasts a month, free classic books to download and a screen that really is as easy to read as ink on paper makes it a gadget that even long-term avid book readers find hard to resist.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      So many great reasons to consider owning a Kindle.

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      Paula Morgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      I thought I would never want a Kindle or any e-reader but I am slowly coming around to the idea... especially for travelling.