My review of Amazon’s Kindle (3rd generation)

I recently bought myself Amazon’s new Kindle and whilst I really like it, the only people I’d feel happy recommending it to are those that travel and read a lot! I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and I’ve come up with a few thumbs up and few thumbs down for it:

Advantages

  • Thinner than a book so easy to slip into a pocket (pretty big pocket) or your bag
  • Lighter than most books and it can store 3,500 of them (according to Amazon)
  • Can read with one hand (other keeping warm or holding public transport pole)
  • No-one can see what you’re reading!
  • When you purchase a book it automatically downloads ready for reading within seconds
  • I can use Instapaper to save long articles to read later, so saving my eyes from the burning computer screen

Disadvantages

  • I’ve always wanted a room lined with books (AKA a library), but that’s gone if I never buy another real-life book
  • I like seeing what the chapter name/number I’m currently on, but that’s not available
  • It obviously needs to be charged every so often (about once a month), however the battery indicator isn’t shown if you’re inside a book
  • This one is just for Amazon being dumb: “Quieter page turning means you won’t disturb your partner when you want to read all night”… but you still need a light on, which is more likely to disturb!
  • There are fewer books than they’d like to sing and dance about – I like John Irving but there are currently only two of his available as Kindle versions
  • You can’t share your books – this is perhaps the biggest disadvantage

If I could change one thing I would put a set of next/previous page buttons directly under the screen in the centre (above the keyboard), because when I hold it with one hand I find it difficult to balance it and click the buttons.

If you still want it…

Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology

4 comments on “My review of Amazon’s Kindle (3rd generation)”

  1. “Quieter page turning means you won’t disturb your partner when you want to read all night” – yes this is Amazon’s claim, but as I’m sure you know, the clicking of the ‘next page’ button is not that quiet. It’s a comparable noise to turning a page on a real book I would say!

  2. The trick is to cover the noise of the clicking with a loud cough each time.

    What do you think about the black flash on page turn? Everyone says they get used to it but I think I’d find it really irritating.

  3. @paul haine – I’ve never really thought about it, so I guess it doesn’t irritate at all. It takes the same (or maybe less) time than turning a normal page over.

  4. I’ve owned a Sony reader for a year and a bit now and I love it. You can use Calibre to convert most formats to whatever you need although that probably won’t help you with John Irving since whatever format you’re in need of, there are only 2 ebooks of his available for purchase anywhere I believe.

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