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Amazon Kindle Review

This new Kindle from Amazon is the most affordable to date.

September 30, 2011
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Reading Books

Users familiar with previous iterations of the Amazon Kindle will notice that very little has changed at all outside of the device they're using. The interface is virtually the same, and that's a good thing. With a screen that small, you really don't want anything else cluttering it up or making it more complicated than it needs to be. The device itself is lighter, so fatigue over the long term will be reduced for you marathon-readers out there.

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The clean eBook reading interface.

Buying Books

Buying new titles via the Amazon eBookstore is simple enough, but somewhat complicated by the lack of a keyboard. Once you've set up your account complete with billing information with Amazon, simply select or search for the title you would like to download, and click "buy." Once you've done this, the title will begin downloading in the background, and it will be added to your available library once it is finished.

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The basic eBook store

Once you buy a title on the Amazon eBook store, you can re-download it onto another device, or clear it out of your memory should you elect to do so; you've got that book available to you as long as you have a WiFi connection. Using Amazon's WhisperSync feature, when you open that title on another device, it will even appear at the same page as you left it.

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eBook Formats

Because the Amazon Kindle WiFi is married to the Amazon eBook store, it doesn't support many competitive formats, but it does well enough by supporting AZW, PDF, TXT, and MOBI files natively as well. If you own eBooks in a format that is not compatible, you can always locate and download conversion software, like Calibre to preserve your library.

Newspapers & Magazines

The periodical section of the Amazon eBook store has upwards of 180 titles, many of which can be subscribed to. If you elect to buy a subscription, the newest issues will be downloaded automatically as they become available, even if the Amazon Kindle WiFi is turned off (but with the wireless left on).

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The no-frills newspaper stand.

eBook Battery Life

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Email & Web Browsing
  7. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  8. Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Comparison
  9. Kobo eReader Wireless Comparison
  10. Conclusion
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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