karen_w_newton (karen_w_newton) wrote,

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The Kindle report

OK, I have owned a Kindle for a little less than 24-hours (thank you again, Charles), but I am going to report that so far I love it. I have already read an entire (albeit short) book (Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book). [only after I read the book did I realize that the title is something of an homa´ge to Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Don't let the gruesome beginning put you off, by the way. It's a good story. I think calling this book YA is accurate even though the protagonist starts out as a baby. I certainly wouldn't read it aloud to small children.]

But I digress! The Kindle screen is very readable—no eyestrain and the font key is easy to use if you need to make text larger. I was surprised that I didn't need to make the font larger, but it worked fine for me at the standard setting. I could hold the reader at different angles and still see the screen with no problem.

Buying books is alarmingly easy, although the search function took me a couple of tries to grasp. Also, the "try a free sample" thing is great, especially for books in a series where you can't remember if you read that book or not. I have used the Amazon e-mail converter to send several PDF files of e-books I have gotten free from publishers to my Kindle. They all worked, even though Amazon calls this conversion "experimental." Also, in some cases the PDF came through with hard line breaks, which meant I had to adjust the fonts to a different size to make the paragraphs visible. I paid 10 cents per PDF because I was too lazy to have them sent to me so I could then copy them to the Kindle via the USB cable.

As a web browser, the Kindle is worth every penny you're paying for web access; which is to say that since it's free, it's hard to complain. I could get to Google just fine but I couldn't make GMail work.

The page forward/backward keys took some getting used to; I kept expecting my right thumb would press page forward and my left thumb would press page back, but the key under my left thumb is actually a second page forward key. The page back key is above it. I think this will just be a matter of me getting used to it.

I have not yet tried all the features (like clipping text and making annotations) but so far, I am very happy with my Kindle. Between this, the new bike my son gave me, and the election outcome, I am pretty much ecstatic!

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