Kindle Reader - One Step Forward Towards Go Green
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:
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.
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.
can now get books delivered
wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required.
3G wireless lets youdownload books right from your Kindle; no annual contracts, no monthly fees,and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots.
Amazon Kindle uses 3G wireless coverage in over 100 countries.
uses eInk technology to make the reading like real paper without
glare, even in bright sunlight.
Kindle 2 can hold up to 1,500 books in its internal memory, the DX version holds almost double of it.
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.
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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