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Amazon Kindle eReader Review

An impressive e-reader in its own right, at a price that undercuts the rest of the market.

November 14, 2011

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Reading Books

Reading books on your shiny new Amazon Kindle Touch is a very interesting experience. For starters, Amazon has minimized the "dip to black" effect that plagued earlier models of eReader at the cost of having teeny tiny artifacts in the white space of the screen (that really only can be found if you're looking for them).

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This occurs simply because the Amazon Kindle Touch doesn't fully refresh the screen after every page turn. It's not very noticeable, but the issue is there.

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The classic Kindle eReader.

Beyond all that, the Amazon Kindle eReader is more or less the leader of the pack in terms of eReading platforms go, with apps available for every major tablet on the market, it is easily the most ubiquitous platform for eBooks you can find. Keeping with a philosophy of "if it 'aint broke, don't fix it," Amazon kept the iconic interface with only minor changes that don't really affect the performance at all. You can still select text, highlight passages, and even post quotes to your facebook or Twitter feed. Should the font size be too small, you can also change the size with a couple taps of the finger.

Buying Books

Once you've registered your device and entered your billing information to your account, buying books via the Kindle Store is very simple. After you've located the title you wish to buy, you can simply tap the "buy" icon and your account will automatically be billed, and your download started (and finished within very short order barring problems with your connection).

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Navigating the bookstore is a bit of a challenge with the touchscreen.
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eBook Formats

The Amazon Kindle Touch does provide support for a decent range of eBook formats if you have a bunch on your computer already. Among the file formats supported are: Kindle (.azw), Audible, non-DRM MOBI, HTML, DOC, TXT, PDF, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and bitmap. If for some reason you would like to convert an eBook file that is not one of the supported formats above, you can always use software like Calibre to do the trick.

Newspapers & Magazines

In addition to books, you can also buy periodicals in single editions or even subscriptions, and the method for purchase follows the same layout: after you've entered your billing info in your account, simply tap the icon corresponding to the title you would like, and your account is charged immediately, and your download starts momentarily.

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The newsstand is loaded with titles to choose from.

eBook Battery Life

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Email & Web Browsing
  8. Internet Apps
  9. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  10. Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Comparison
  11. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  12. Conclusion

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