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I’m not sure if a book was intended to be used this way….

Recently, as Amazon announced over 13,000 free Kindle books available at your local library, I began to wonder if perhaps the doomsday prediction of the end of the books was in fact coming true. Then I saw this……

Door StopA couple questions crossed my mind:

1. Is this the future of books?

2. Should I be sad that a book has been demoted to door stopper?

3. Should I be happy that a book has been promoted to door stopper thereby exhibiting the multipurpose uses of a book?

4. Should I condemn whomever chose to violate the original intent of a book like this?

5. Should I admire the resourcefulness & ingenuity of whomever decided to put it there?

Truthfully reader, I’m in a conundrum and can use your opinion before I decide.

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Kindle Help Me Choose: Part Deux

If you read my October Kindle Help Me Choose post, you saw that I needed some guidance in choosing a Kindle.

This holiday season, I purchased 3 Kindles as gifts.  I’ve decided to share my experiences with 3 different models.

Kindle

Pros: 1. This first generation is the lightest version. 2. Its good for serious readers who only intend to read.

Cons: 1. It doesn’t have a keyboard so every time you want to type you have to bring up the internal keyboard and select letters one at a time. 2. The only way to turn the page is using the buttons at the  bottom.

Kindle Keyboard

Pros: 1. The external keyboard makes it easier to do internet searches and type notes. 2. You now have multiple ways of turning the page.

Cons: 1. It’s heavier than first generation. 2. Like the first generation, if you want to highlight sections or look up words, you have to move the cursor up & down each line and left & right of each word which quickly gets annoying.

Kindle Touch

Pros: 1. Now you can operate by just touching the screen in certain places. 2. If you want to highlight or look up a word you just hold your finger on a section or word for a couple seconds.

Cons: 1. It’s sensitive and if something brushes against it I find myself in a completely different section of my book. 2. It doesn’t have an external keyboard so I found myself typing less.

There are a couple things more I want to share.

  • All have wireless access for easier purchasing of books right from your Kindle
  • All of theses models have the option of buying the more expensive 3G version
  • All have dictionary functions
  • All let you change the font size
  • The usability is a bit clunky and counter-intuitive. Trying to do things, like remove a book from your device, takes a couple of attempts before you figure it out.
  • Has a pretty flat learning curve.
  • You can have multiple Kindle devices on the same Amazon account and you can share books among these devices.
  • You can remove books from your device to make room but the book stays on your Amazon account if you want to put it back on your device.

All in all, this is a great gift for serious readers.

Kindle Help Me Choose

Now that Amazon has put out its answer to the iPad in the form of the Kindle Fire tablet, we consumers are once again put in the position of having to choose between the Kindle, the Kindle Touch, the Kindle Keyboard, the Kindle DX or the Kindle Fire.  Oh and don’t forget that for each choice there is also the option of buying the 3G version. 

So what are we to do? Luckily, Michael Degusta has kindle put out a flow chart to help us choose. 

At first it seems confusing but after a couple minutes I figured it out.

1. Choose a feature from the left column

2. Read across and choose which choice is the most appealing

3. Follow the column up to the top to see which Kindle it is

Thank you Michael for kindle showing us the way.