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Amazon Kindle - My Experience and First Steps

Updated on December 16, 2009

The Kindle is the reading device created by Amazon in 2007, and that has already been used by millions of people throughout the world. With the Amazon Kindle, one can have access to a huge number of titles stored in the Amazon bookstore for a fraction of the original price.

Considering the advantages of owning a Kindle, I decided to take advantage of the oportunity and get one for myself. I spent a few days thinking about the uses of such a device and compared to the costs. I quickly saw that the costs could be easily offset by the use of this device and the reduction in the price it allows.

After a quick wait (just a few days), I received the Kindle in an afternoon. It came in a safe package, and that (thanks for that, Amazon) was not difficult to open.

To start the Kindle, I just needed to remove a plastic piece that was covering the screen and plug it into the power. Then, it took just a few minutes for the screen to start flashing. The operating system of the device was booted in just a few seconds.

The first thing I could see in the Amazon kindle was a screen listing the available books. The first one is a simple manual that explains how the Kindle works, step by step.

Navigating the Kindle

Navigating the Kindle is really intuitive, and if you get one you will immediately understand how it works. The Kindle was designed to work like a real book, so you want to go to another page, just touch the border of the Kindle to the right side. If you want to go back, touch the upper left side, and the previous page is displayed.

And the pages show up on screen really fast, almost like the time it takes to flip a page. Moreover, if you want to bookmark the position of a page, you can mark the corner of the current page with a cursor. It works just like in a real book.  

Other than the regular viewing mode, you can search a book for a term. This is where the kindle more powerful than a real book: you can search any term contained in the book, and it will show it to you instantaneously.  

The Kindle also provides you with means to buy book in the Amazon bookstore, and read the first few pages of any electronic book on Amazon. This feature alone can save you a lot of time, since you can have an instant glimpse on the book you want to read -- without spending a dollar. It is just like being constantly in a bookstore, where you can have a pick of any book before you buy.  


With all these advantages, I believe that the Kindle is one of the biggest bargains I ever had. I can read a lot of books, store them all in a simple device. I can even get my own documents, convert them to the Kindle format using Amazon's service, and take them with me.  


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