10 Uses for the Amazon Kindle Besides eBook Reading

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Although the Amazon Kindle is best known as a digital book reader – and is designed, first and foremost, with that in mind – it can do a lot more than store and display eBooks! Here are 10 uses for the Amazon Kindle that you might not have expected.

1) Internet Browsing: Although the browser that comes with the Amazon Kindle isn’t the most advanced, it’s actually very useful in some circumstances. If you have a 3G Kindle model then you’ll never have to pay for accessing the 3G network – very handy for checking emails or simple websites if you’re away from home without a Wi-Fi connection!

2) MP3 Player: The Kindle comes with a headphone jack so that you can also use it as an MP3 player. Perfect for listening to music without having to carry around an extra device, or even listening to any audiobooks you buy.

3) Text To Voice Reader: The Kindle features a text to speech option that’ll read eBooks aloud if you need it to. Although it doesn’t sound completely natural, it’s still a very useful function to have for a number of situations.

4) Dictionary: The Kindle comes preloaded with a dictionary that means looking up words is a lot faster than it has been with traditional books. And, if you want to find out more, you can also access Wikipedia to learn more about what you’re reading.

5) Note Taking: If you’re a student, or just an avid reader, who often wants to take notes then you can finally do so without ruining the book! The Kindle has various features that help you add notes, bookmark points of interest, or highlight sentences and passages that you want to come back to later.

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The Kindle DX: Is This Bigger eBook Reader Worth The Price Tag?

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Pros Of The Kindle DX The larger screen means you’ll get a lot more text on the page, making the DX far easier to read and easier on the eyes. It also means that books are displayed more as they were intended to. Although this doesn’t always matter, when it comes to things like poetry, layout is key to getting the feeling of the words on the screen. The Kindle DX is perfect for this.

The newest Kindle DX also has far better contrast than any of the other previous models. This takes it one step further into being just as easy and as comfortable to read as a real book – something that Amazon pride themselves on with all their Kindle models.

Cons Of The Kindle DX

Because of its large size and extra features, the Kindle DX costs a lot more than the regular Kindle. In fact, it costs around twice as much as the 3G + WiFi version of the Kindle! This is certainly not within the price bracket of most casual users.

In fact, the high price of the Kindle DX means that it is barely cheaper than buying a more multifunctional device such as the iPad 2. The latter can perform a huge range of different functions through the use of apps, where the former is for reading. However, it’s important to bear in mind that, as an eBook reader, the Kindle DX still has the edge in terms of the screen being easy on the eyes, readable in sunlight and more like a “real” book.

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Two Easy to Use Kindle 3 Features

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If you’re older than 50, you’re probably not as tech savvy as the younger generations, and may perhaps even feel a little overwhelmed by all the gadgetry that surrounds you today. But don’t let that put you off on checking out one gadget, the Amazon Kindle. The Kindle 3 is an e-book reader that currently dominates the market for portable, lightweight e-readers.

It’s as easy to use as opening a hard-copy book, but unlike a book, it can be loaded with hundreds of books to read at your leisure. It is like a printed book in the normal sense, in that you need light to read. Unlike computer screens, the Kindle uses what’s called e-ink technology which mimics normal print media. So the Kindle 3 can be read in bright sunlight and is as easy on the eyes as normal print text. Also, just like a book, at night you need a light source to be able to read.

Just to highlight how user friendly the Kindle 3 is, let’s look at 2 of its functions.

  • Firstly have the Kindle dictionary. Using a dictionary while reading a normal book is a hassle for most people. With the advent of electronic readers however, it becomes much easier as these devices include a built-in dictionary. Looking up words on the fly, as you are reading your Kindle is very easy.
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    Amazon Kindle Offers Preview of Latest Software Update

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    Amazon has released a software update for its popular e-reader Kindle. The software update will allow Kindle users to network with other users in the larger Kindle community and it will also convert the entire process of reading and reviewing books into a seamless whole. The major highlights of the software update are listed below. Public Notes The Public Notes feature will allow users to share book notes and remarks with other Kindle users. The feature will also allow users to track other users and access Public Notes posted by them. This Kindle meets Twitter feature is the most important aspect of the latest software update. → Read More

    Kindle’s Popularity Forces Competitors to Slash Prices

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    The nascent but fast growing e-reader market in the United States has largely been dominated by Amazon’s Kindle since its debut back in 2007. In addition to Kindle, Apple’s multi-purpose iPad tablet and Barnes and Noble’s Nook have also made significant inroads into the e-reader space. This has made life difficult for the dozen or so newcomers in this segment. To stay in the reckoning, these companies are now offering their e-readers at a substantial discount to the established players like Kindle and Nook which are currently available at $139 and $149 respectively. Some of the most “attractive” offers are detailed below. → Read More

    Samsung Enters E-Reader Market with LiquaVista Acquisition

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    Samsung Electronics’ recent acquisition of Liquavista will help it gain significant market share in the hot e-reader market. Netherlands based Liquavista uses its proprietary electrowetting cell technology to manufacture digital displays for all mobile devices including e-readers. Johan Feenstra, appointed CEO of Liquavista post acquisition, feels that being part of Samsung will help Liquavista’s electrowetting technology reach the global market at an accelerated pace. Liquavista was acquired by Samsung in an all-cash deal for an undisclosed amount. Liquavista’s base technological platform LiquavistaBright has led to the development of other platforms like LiquavistaColor and the latest LiquavistaVivid. → Read More