Thinking about buying a Kindle as a gift for someone, or better yet, for yourself? Smart move!
The holiday season is a great time to do all sorts of shopping, and if you’re a book lover, you make the most out of this period not just with deals on physical books but also on online books that are usually priced off during this period, or even by ordering your very own new Kindle device.
Kindle devices are one of the most convenient and pleasant ways to consume digital text. Contrary to tablets, desktops and smartphones, the screens of e-Readers like the Kindle enable you to read for hours without eye-strain, thanks to e-ink technology, that imitates reading real books rather well.
The Kindle is godsend for travelers, providing a full complement of books on the go, available at any time. You can actually find just about any book ever written on the Kindle store, and usually for lower than you’d be for a regular book.
Amazon has revamped its Kindle range with new, shiny Kindles with different features. If you’re thinking about upgrading or are tempted to buy a Kindle for the first time we will try to provide you the information you need in order to choose the right one for you:
The standard Kindle now has a 6’ touch screen for the first time. On the inside there’s a 1GHz processor, fast enough to handle the simple task of turning pages and browsing menus. Storage has been bumped in this new model from 2GB to 4GB but even 2GB is ample space to store thousands of books. And the battery should last you around two weeks per charge if you read for an hour a day.
The new Kindle Paperwhite possesses backlit display for reading in any lighting conditions, as well as a new 6 inch screen that boasts a very sharp display with 300 pixels per inch. This is the same display as that on the Kindle Voyage, the more expensive model. It’s available with Wi-Fi or with 3G so you can buy books anywhere in the world without needing to find a Wi-Fi network.
The high-resolution screen is a huge boon, providing crisper text which is far more pleasing to the eye. The new Paperwhite does pay a price for rendering this extra detail, with a reduced battery life of only six weeks, rather than eight in the older model.
Amazon’s top notch e-Reader is the Kindle Voyage. Like the other models, it also has a 6’ touch screen, with the same display quality of the new Paperwhite. It is thinner and lighter than other Kindle models and you can turn pages by using the touchscreen or by squeezing buttons on the side of the device. When it comes to battery life, the Paperwhite and the Voyage are very similar, with both of them lasting for about six weeks on a single charge. The device also possesses ambient light sensor that adjusts the lighting automatically according to lighting conditions.
The new budget Kindle is good value for people buying an e-Reader for the first time but a pointless purchase for people considering an upgrade. The new Kindle Paperwhite is great value for your money in our opinion is the best upgrade option for people on old Kindle models. The Kindle Voyage is a refined version of the Paperwhite and now looks just a bit too expensive given the slight differences between it and the Paperwhite.
Of course all three Kindle versions have access to the same Amazon store for books. Amazon is excellent both in terms of its range of titles and its competitive pricing. If you’re an Amazon Prime member you can also access the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which lets you borrow one book a month from a catalog of 600,000 eBooks.
Amazon has also launched Family Library, which lets you share your eBooks with your family. Essentially it lets you join two accounts together, so you can read each other’s books, plus you can add up to four children’s accounts to the pair of adults.
There are also other uses for a Kindle other than to devour a latest bestseller. Not everyone is aware that their Kindle can be a real power-house when it comes to learning a foreign language. Reading is one of the best ways to expand your vocabulary when studying foreign language, but if you’ve ever tried to read a book in another language you know how frustrating it can be to open and close a dictionary every few lines and to keep falling out of the narrative. By using the built-in Kindle dictionary you can easily tap a word and you’ll see the definition directly on screen. That makes both reading difficult texts and studying new languages much easier!
So, bottom line question, should you buy a Kindle? Yes, yes and yes! But which Kindle should you buy? If you want to simply read books and do very little online activity, you have two choices. The simple Kindle reader is an excellent bargain and may be all you need. The Kindle Paperwhite might be a better choice though if you’re willing to pay just a bit more, as the better quality display and the better lighting make this popular bestseller, the best for your money.
Still wondering about the differences between books and E-Readers? Watch this fun video that compares the two:
Whether you enjoy old fashioned books or e-books, don’t forget like the wonderful writer George R.R. Martin wrote:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one.”
The Stuccu Team