What is an e-book (electronic book)? What is the Kindle?
A small, light, and thin electronic device that lets you read books, magazines, newspapers,
or articles using an electronic ink (e-ink) display technology that looks just like
paper, making it much easier on the eye than reading it on a regular computer or
laptop screen. If you tired of reading, Kindle can literally read it to you out-loud
using its built-in text-to-speech synthesizer. Truely an amazing device.
The video below shows you some of the features in action. The video will look better
when you start playing it:
Above demo video was for the original first generation Kindle but it is better at
explaining Kindle’s features. Click below for a video demo of the more current second
generation Kindle2 and the larger screen Kindle DX:
Kindle is NOT an Android device. It runs on a proprietary Linux based OS.
Thickness: 1/3” or 9 mm.
Weight: 10 oz.
The screen is easy on the eye like reading from a real book. Electronic ink display
looks like a real paper. Nothing at all like reading on a computer or laptop screen.
Some people like the Kindle screen better than a real book.
You can read it under direct sunlight at the beach like a real book. Brighter the
sun, the clearer the display gets.
Amazon is the largest bookseller on the planet. It has the largest CURRENT (not just
old classic) books in the electronic format. Other e-book readers just don’t come
even close. What is the point of buying an e-book reader if you can’t get access
to all the latest books?
You can bookmark (dog-ear) it multiple times like a real book.
You can highlight it like a real book.
You can write notes directly on the page you are reading just like a real book.
If your Kindle were to damaged or stolen, all your purchased books, bookmarks, highlights,
and notations are backed up on Amazon's server. Knowing that you can sleep a little
easier at night.
Using its built-in text-to-speech synthesizer Kindle can read your favorite book
out-loud while you are driving. Don’t try that with a real book!
Kindle remember the last page you read, so you can read multiple books at a given
time depending on your mood and still be able to continue where you left off. You
don’t even have to bookmark it.
Battery last 2 weeks so you don’t have to worry about recharging it constantly. Great
for a 2-week wilderness trip.
Carry over a thousand books at a time and it still weight 10 oz. If you have more,
you can leave them on Amazon's server and carry only the ones you access most frequently
(about 1,500 books). Now you don’t need a truck to carry those bookshelves with you.
You can take your entire book collection with you in your purse or backpack. Great
for camping and vacation trips. The cost of a bookshelf itself could cover the cost
of a Kindle.
Get major newspaper delivered directly to your Kindle while riding the bus/train
on your way to work! Buy a book while you at the beach.
Free Internet access via cellphone network to Wikipedia encyclopedia alone is worth
the cost of the Kindle. No cellphone contract or monthly charges.
On-the-fly built-in dictionary. Looking up words can now be so painless. Just move
the cursor to the particular word that you are curious about. Not possible with a
Most the New York bestseller type books typically cost only $10.
You can play mp3 music while reading.
Kindle allows you to read text files, Microsoft Word files, Mobi book format, Acrobat
PDF files natively (with its new firmware update), HTML web files, play MP3 files,
and Audible books (Audio books) (AA, AAX).
A good complement to the Kindle is this Fujitsu document scanner.
It allows you to convert your hardcopy paper articles into Acrobat PDF file format
that could later be used on the Kindle.
Even if you don't need it for the Kindle, this scanner is excellent for reducing
paper clutter around your house or at the office.
Excellent ratings by many customers (4.5 to 5 stars). Most customer’s reviews indicate
that this is the best document scanner they have ever used.
Not just an image on a PDF document but it actually convert it into a searchable
Acrobat PDF file format.
Scan both sides (duplexing) of your document - paper goes through only once.
Speed: It scanned 27 double-sided documents in just 4.5 minutes on USB power (AC
power allows for quicker scanning) with no hiccups or jamming.
Documents come thru crisp and clear, even for the somewhat faded thermal receipts.
Organizer software that comes with it uses actual folder on your hard drive to manage
your document instead of some proprietary format.
One user said: "In three days I scanned almost 3000 documents, I may have gotten
a paper jam every 200-300 docs which is very easy and fast to fix. This is the only
product I've ever purchased that worked exactly as advertised. Within 2 minutes I
went from unboxing to scanning".
Another said: “I have had this now for about 3 weeks and paper is fast disappearing
from my office. I can put about 15-20 sheets of paper in the scanner (of mixed sizes
no less), hit a button and about 3 seconds later a page is in my computer as a pdf
file-if it is two sided both sides are there. It is very slick and very accurate.
The accompanying software will turn it into a searchable pdf”.
The S300 model is a portable unit excellent for mobile office. It fits nicely in
your travel bag or takes very little space on your desk.