A Kindle is a portable hardware handheld device first released by Amazon.com on November 19, 2007, in the United States. Kindle displays images and text using E ink and is capable of getting e-books over the Amazon Whispernet using Sprint’s EVDO. Users have access to hundreds of thousands of books from Amazon.com. The cost is typically less than the paperback version and you can subscribe to magazines, get newspaper subscriptions, RSS feeds, and even connect to the Internet with a basic browser.
What makes the Kindle unique when compared to a computer is it’s the technology of Kindle behind displaying the text on the screen. The text is crisp and clear and comparable to reading text in a book. Also, as it’s not constantly refreshed, the battery life is much longer than a laptop. Finally, the Kindle is extremely light and easy to hold and can connect to Amazon’s Whispernet to buy books without the need of a computer or Internet access. The Kindle is a great technology for anyone who loves reading. On July 19, 2010, Amazon announced that it was now selling more Kindle devices for books rather than hardcover books.
Amazon.com released a more robust version of the regular Kindle e-book reader, called the Kindle Fire, on November 15, 2011. The Kindle Fire is taken out as a tablet, whereas the regular Kindle is only an e-reader. As a tablet, the Kindle Fire is more powerful, as it features either a dual-core or a quad-core ARM processor, which doesn’t only function as an e-reader but also it is able to play music, surfing of the web, movies, games, and running other various applications. The device uses a built-in browser named Amazon Silk for web surfing. The Kindle Fire allows you to store Amazon content for the device on their cloud servers. It runs on a version of the Android operating system from Google.
A Kindle is a small hand-held electronic device created for reading books, which has been developed by online retailer Amazon. Rather as in past when you used to buy an iPod or MP3 player for listening to music, you now download books from the internet on to a Kindle and read them on it. The latest model is the Kindle Paperwhite, which has a touchscreen generally like a tablet which was available from December 2012.
In early 2012 there was a lunch of the Kindle Fire, and some time afterward the Kindle Fire HD was launched, with more functionality than previous Kindles and similar to a tablet device, based on an Android operating system. It has a color screen and offers basic features such as the ability to stream video and music as well as continue to be an e-reader as it was originally created. You buy these books as Kindle versions of electronics books from the Amazon website. In addition, you can also download PDFs of any sort of document, which makes this an ideal way even at work or school for reading.
Even though the device is extremely lightweight and portable, you are able to keep a huge number of electronic books on the Kindle due to the uses of low disk storage. It generally has a six-inch screen to read from, plus a compact keyboard that lets you perform internet searches and other similar simple web-oriented activities through it.
Most people use a Wi-Fi connection to download books on to their Kindle devices. However, newer, more expensive models also come with 3G mobile phone technology, which makes it possible to download books no matter where you are through the data uses. With both versions, further, you can also download books to a Windows or Mac computers and then transfer them to the Kindle through a USB cable.
Key Benefits and Features of a Kindle:
- You are able to store up to 1,400 books in Kindle devices.
- Kindle devices have a special high-contrast screen which allows you to read even in bright sunshine with no glare and without any problems.
- Kindle has a clear text and fonts, and an extremely sharp display similar to what you see will resemble a book page.
- Kindle is able to adjust text size according to your need.
- Kindle has a built-in Wi-Fi or 3G connection.
- Kindle’s battery life lasts for about at least a month when Wi-Fi is turned off.
- Kindle has a page-turning function so you feel as if you’re reading a real book.
- Kindle easily integrates with social media such as Facebook and Twitter and allows searching on Wikipedia.
- Kindle is light and cool and never heats up like a laptop.
- Kindle books can be categorized or stored as collections.
- Kindle has an automatic archive function i.e. Even when you delete a book you will be able to download them again another time.
- Kindle screen can be rotated for better viewing of pictures, diagrams, maps, etc.
- Kindle can be used and able to read newspapers, magazines and web pages.
- Kindle also has an in-built keyboard which enables searching within a book, a library or online.
- You can add your own annotations to the text.
- Kindle has an automatic bookmark which let you continue when you left off.
- Kindle has a built-in Oxford English Dictionary.
- Kindle is secure with a password protection.