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Kindle Reader - One Step Forward Towards Go Green

Updated on March 20, 2013

A fewdays back I was on a trip to a nearby city. I was reading the evening newspapersitting on a bunk of my train. One of my fellow passengers who were sitting onthe front bunk was kidding with a small gadget which I thought was an iPod or abigger size mobile phone. The man looked at me and smiled ‘I am also readingthe news paper in my kindle, it’s really amazing!’ he was talking to me. It wasa curtsy to say something but I was really in dark what he was talking about!Is it possible to read newspaper on such a small gadget? What is kindle he istalking about? Should I ask him for the detail? The man was a sort of thoughtreader. He answered my unuttered question. He told me that kindle was a revolutionaryinvention of Amazon which can read news paper, magazine and books.  It was really news to me and I thanked himfor upgrading my knowledge.

The next day I spenta couple of hours collecting information regarding Amazon Kindle from differentweb sites and blogs. I thought it should be shared with others so that nobodywould have to be embarrassed like me again.

What is a Kindle?

The Amazon kindle is a portable e-book reader. It can help you toread digitally stored books, newspapers, magazines or any other documents on anelectronic screen. You might think that what is so great about it, we all readdocuments on desktop or on laptop regularly! Well we certainly do that, butthis gadget has certain features which make is different from laptop or PC.

Following are some of thesalient features of Amazon Kindle:

Light weight

Kindle really is portable. It weighs 10.2 ounces and is just 1/3 of an inch thick. That’s about the same weight as a paperback book and about as thick as a glossy magazine. The overall dimensions are 8” X 5.3” X 0.36”. You may notice that it is more portable than even a small notebook computer, and it is easier to handle and read while travelling on a plane or a bus.

Battery Life

The Kindle has a very long battery life. You can use it up to a fortnight when used only as a reader with the wireless turned off. When downloading, especially in weak signal areas, battery life is reduced. Even then 7 days between recharges is achievable.

Built-In PDF Reader

Kindle can display PDF documents natively. You can upload your personal PDF documents and read while on journey.

Download Speed

You can now get books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required.

Bandwidth

3G wireless lets youdownload books right from your Kindle; no annual contracts, no monthly fees,and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots.

Coverage

Amazon Kindle uses 3G wireless coverage in over 100 countries.

Paper-Like Display

Kindle uses eInk technology to make the reading like real paper without glare, even in bright sunlight.

Storage Capacity

Kindle 2 can hold up to 1,500 books in its internal memory, the DX version holds almost double of it.

Read-to-Me

With the experimental Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable. This feature reminds me of my grandma who used to tell tales in my childhood.

Large Selection

Over 540,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including 96 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.

Out-of-Copyright, Pre-1923 Books

Now more than1.8 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.

Low Book Prices

Best Sellers books and new releases are now available from $9.99. 

Free Book Samples

You can download and read the first chapters for free before you decide to buy the book. 

Now the Great News – Kindle Arrives in India

Amazon has finally decided to ship kindle directly to Indian customer, previously you had to take help of a third party vendor. This is really great news for the Indian readers. Hopefully Amazon would also improve its service in India keeping in view the great potential of Indian market.

Let’s Go Green and Save Environment

I have read in an article that it needs around 75000 trees to produce paper for printing the Sunday edition of New York Times? If this figure is correct then it is beyond our imagination how many trees are being destructed annually to meet the requirement of paper for printing all the news paper, magazines and books for whole world!

The environmental experts have already warned us regarding the global warming and possible destruction of the world if we do not save trees. So let’s buy an Amazon Kindle, avoid physical books, news papers and join now the Go Green movement.  

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    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR

      cupid51 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      I appreciate your thinking Aley Martin and I am sure in near future there would be more modernized tools to monitor the interest of both Writer and the publisher. Thanks for coming back.

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      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Maybe it will make the publishers realize they charge WAY too much for books but give the authors almost nothing. They need a reality check!

      :)

    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR

      cupid51 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks Tkumah for reading my hub. I understand the concern of the publishers, but we have to look forward with new developments and adjust ourselves with that. Don't you think that when the first DVD came to the market, the cinema producers had also had the same concern, but now every cinema producers are planning to release both the film and DVD versions simultaneously? We should also consider the fact that by avoiding physical paper we are actually saving the environment.

    • Tkumah profile image

      Tkumah 

      8 years ago

      Talking about timing. I just emailed my publisher about a kindle edition because I read your hub.

      Somehow those publishers are threatened by ebook editions.

      It does make books more available and save on storage, yet is it good for the eyes? Who knows.

      I read about it yet your explanation completed the picture for me.

      Thanks for your timely sharing.

    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR

      cupid51 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      Thank you Aley Martin for reading my hub. Thank you also for the feed back regarding the kindle from your personal experience, it would definitely inspire others!

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      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      love, love love my kindle!!!! I am an avid reader, and have tons of books. Each time I move, I ruin my back! haha...now I cn store 3500 of my books on this delightful piece of technology. I thought since I loved the smell and feel of books that it would not be quite what I wanted, so resisted at first, but it is AMAZING! And is held like a book. I cannot say enough, I have the 9.7 version. Worth the money!

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