What is a Kindle Reader

What is a Kindle reader? A Kindle reader is an electronic device designed and sold by Amazon. It was designed to download and read Ebooks, newspapers, and magazines.
 
 
I don't read newspapers or magazines, but I do read a lot of books. I do not personally own any e-readers. I am not a huge fan of electronic gadgets, I am old fashioned when it comes to reading books, but I do see some instances where one of these little devices would be very useful.
 
 
One clear example I see where an e-reader would be helpful is if you are still in school or college. Instead of toting around 30 lbs. of books all the time, you could rent your textbooks through Amazon on one of these miniature devices.
 
 
I know there are thousands of Ebooks in the marketplace that you can download, and a lot of them are free which brings up a few more examples where one of these little devices would be useful. Like I said earlier, I read a lot of books, and I have bookcases full of them, so buying one of these E-readers wouldn't take up any space compared to bookcases full of books.
 
 
I don't know exactly how much money I spend on books a year, but my guess would be I spend as much on books as one of these devices cost. With all of the free Ebook downloads, there are; I could probably find free downloads in the kind of books I like to read which in the long run would save money. So this brings up the question.
 
 

Which Ebook Reader

Which Ebook Reader do you buy? I guess. First, we need to do some research, figure out price points, Features, Battery Life, Memory, and Warranty. S0, Let's start off with the Kindle.
 

Kindle With Special Offers Starting at $79.99;

It has a touchscreen display, No screen glare, even in bright sunlight.
Small, light and perfect for reading
 
It has 6" display technology with E Ink Pearl™, 167 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level grayscale
 
System Requirements – None; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content
 
On-Device Storage – 4 GB; holds thousands of books
 
Cloud Storage – Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
 
Battery Life – A single charge lasts up to four weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage.
 
Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
 
Content Formats – Supported Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
 
Kindle User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online.
 

Warranty and Service – 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers, sold separately.
Included in the Box – Kindle, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

 

The Kindle has very confined web browsing (text only). It has a personalized email address which allows you to upload PDF and Word documents onto your Kindle device, but if you transfer documents through the (AWS) Amazon Whispernet Service, you are charged a small transfer fee.

The Kindle apps store has a variety of free and paid apps where you can buy some games and a few other things. It is also capable of reading audiobooks which you can purchase through Audible.com

 

Next, let's have a look at the Kindle Paper White

 

Kindle paper white Starting at $119.99

 

It has 6" Paperwhite display technology with E Ink Carta™ and built-in light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level grayscale
 
It has a touchscreen display, No screen glare, even in bright sunlight.
 
System Requirements – None; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content

On-Device Storage – 4 GB; holds thousands of books

Cloud Storage – Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life – A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage.

Charge Time – Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable

Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Content Formats – Supported Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

Accessibility Features – The VoiceView screen reader, activated by the Kindle Audio Adapter, enables access to the vast majority of Kindle Paperwhite features.

VoiceView features IVONA's award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice.

Visit the Kindle Paperwhite Blind and Visually Impaired Readers Bundle to purchase the latest Kindle Paperwhite with a Kindle Audio Adapter (only available to purchase together as a bundle). Please visit the Accessibility for Kindle page to learn more.

Kindle Paperwhite User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online.

Warranty and Service – 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately.

Included in the Box – Kindle Paperwhite, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

The Kindle Paperwhite has very basic web browsing. The Paperwhite has a feature that can track what page you are on, so it makes it easier to pick up where you left off reading.

The Kindle Paperwhite also has a social component where you can share links to your books. It also allows you to look up word definitions on Wikipedia and has adjustable lighting.

 

Next, up we have the Kindle Voyage

 

Kindle Voyage Starting at $199.99

It has 6" display technology with E Ink Carta™ and adaptive front light that adjusts automatically, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level grayscale
 
It has a touchscreen display, No screen glare, even in bright sunlight.
System Requirements – None; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content

On-Device Storage – 4 GB; holds thousands of books

Cloud Storage – Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life – A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light setting and wireless usage.

Charge Time – Fully charges in approximately 3 hours from a computer via USB cable

Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Content Formats – Supported Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

Kindle Voyage User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online.

Warranty and Service – 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers, sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.

Included in the Box – Kindle Voyage, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

The front screen is glass instead of plastic; the glass screen has been micro-etched to reduce any glare, and the screen is also flush with the bezel.

The Voyage has pressure sensitive sensors under the side bezel which you can squeeze slightly to turn the pages, or you still have the option to swipe or tap the screen to turn the page.

The Voyage also has a feature that gives you definitions of words right on the screen depending your settings.

 

Next, we have the Kindle Oasis

Kindle Oasis Starting at $289.99

It has 6" Paperwhite display technology with E Ink Carta™ and built-in light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level grayscale
 
System Requirements – None; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content

On-Device Storage – 4 GB; holds thousands of books

Cloud Storage – Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life – A single charge with cover lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage.

Charge Time – Fully charges in less than 3 hours from a computer via USB cable

Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Content Formats – Supported Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

Kindle Oasis User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online.

Warranty and Service – 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately.

Included in the Box – Kindle Oasis with leather charging cover, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

The Kindle Oasis is an entirely different design with one side being a little thicker to make it easier to hold in the palm of your hand. It has buttons to turn the pages, or you can still just touch the screen.

It is designed to use either left or right handed as the screen will rotate to accommodate either and you can even put it in a landscape mode. It is lighter than the other Kindles. It has a dual battery charging system with the use of the charging cover.

 

And lastly, Amazon has a Kindle for kids bundle.

 

Kindle for kids bundle $99.99

Includes, the latest Kindle, 2-year accident protection, kid-friendly cover.
 
It has 6" display with Pearl e-paper technology, 167 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level grayscale
 
System Requirements – None; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content

On-Device Storage – 4 GB; holds thousands of books

Cloud Storage – Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life – A single charge lasts up to four weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage

Charge Time – Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable

Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Content Formats – Supported Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

Kindle User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online

Warranty and Service – 1-year limited warranty and service plus 2-year Extended Warranty included for U.S. customers.

Included in the Box – Kindle, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

 

I said at the beginning of this review I am not a technical person so for me, the Kindle would work just fine for my purposes and the price.

 

I hope this review has been helpful in helping you to determine which Kindle Ereader is the right one for you. I guess it all boils down to just how much do you want to spend.
 
If this review has been helpful, please leave comments at the bottom or I would like to here which Kindle you prefer and why.

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