Friday, December 21, 2007

Amazon Kindle

So what is Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device?

Basically it's a very cool little gadget that allows you to read newspapers, books, magazines, blogs and other cool stuff on this little handheld machine.

It is wireless which means that you can take it anywhere and really lightweight (no more lugging around heavy books!).

But the best thing about the Kindle is that you can download over 90,000 books including nearly all of the New York Times Best Sellers and have them on your reader in less than a minute. Who needs ever to go to a book store again?

I became interested in the Kindle a few months back and just had to get one, after all I am a bit of a gadget freak, and I'm really pleased I did as it's so ultra handy. I'm in Australia, so getting the latest US newspapers and books usually means waiting around for them to be delivered to our bookstore and they are sometimes at least 2 weeks to a month late. Not anymore! This little beauty means I can have them nearly instantly.

At first I was a bit worried about how easy it would be to read off a little screen, but it is actually surprisingly easy. Apparently the technology works by producing a paper and ink effect (like a regular book) so it's very easy on the eyes and you don't get that 'glare' like you do reading from a computer screen.

If you have a favorite part in a book, it's really easy to search and find the information you are looking for too.

Another thing that I've found really useful is that you have instant access to Wikipedia which comes in handy when you are arguing with your Dad over some obscure fact!

Reading the reviews over at Amazon, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Kindle isn't all it's cracked up to be, but on further investigation you will notice that most of the negative reviews are from people that don't even own a Kindle!

There main arguments being that it's too expensive or why would they want to read a book on a little machine instead of their computer. Interestingly enough these were the same arguments we heard about cell phones and iPods - and look how popular they are now!

Overall I think the Kindle is very cool, and if you can afford it then this little gadget is definitely recommended.

Tracey thinks the Kindle is very cool. For a more indepth review of the Kindle and what it can do, visit

No comments: