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    Its been some time since the kindle was released, but neither have I seen one or know exactly what it is. I know you can read text on it, as in a book using the kindle. But do you purchase these books online, how does it all work. Its obviously more easier to read using the kindle, as its light weight, it doesn't take up extra space in the house, but what other features or advantages does it have. Because its not a hard copy of a book, does that mean that reading books from kindle is cheaper?

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    Kindle is a primarily an ebook reader built by Amazon. I've not used Kindle either you can purchase/get free ebooks from Amazon store. Now, it comes in various models and you can also play games on it. I guess there is little or no difference between some high end kindles and tablets now. Kindle is based on Android, however, Amazon has heavily modded it to suit their own business and customers.

    And yes, kindle ebooks are pretty cheap because there is no paper involved.

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    Its good device for those who are major book lovers, but I think having the actual hard copy of a book is much better.

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    Instead of spending money on the half tablet called kindle which amazon has successfully sold to majority of Americans you could get a nice tablet with better screens and more usability made by other manufacturers like Samsung for example.

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    Its a good idea Admin, but because the Kindle is specially made for book readers, then they would opt to purchase the kindle. For book lovers it would be like having a whole big liabrary in their hand. For those who dont read books as much then a tablet would be much better like you suggested.
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    Ok so how does one transfer books onto the kindle?

    Ok so how do you add a book to a kindle??
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    You buy them from Amazon. We have an Amazon site for India now. I would not recommend spending money on Kindle. It is for stupid Americans who dont know what to do with the money. You can buy a good tablet for that money.

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    I suppose you would still have to purchase them, and you would have some kind of account like you do for itunes and books get transferred onto your kindle........its just a guess.

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    I was gifted a kindle from my cousins who came from Canada, but Ive never actually used it. Is it something worth using or not, or should I sell it?

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    I see that there is a lot of misconception with regards to the Kindle.

    First of all, the original/classic Kindle is not a tablet and not to be confused with one. It looks like a tablet, that's all. As stated by itsmemad, it is an e-Book reader. The main feature of the the Kindle is the e-Ink interface. The e-Ink gives a real paper like contrast/feel for reading. Normal tablets and even computers cannot match the e-Ink display of the kindle. The display is meant to give maximum relief to the eyes which the LED/OLED display of tablets cannot. The tablet display is too bright and hurting to the eyes when you require to stare constantly at it as when reading. All of us must have opened some PDFs to read at some time. For a specially long PDF, you may have realized how difficult it is to navigate to next page, etc. Kindle displays one page at a time (at a standard font size that you can zoom). The "<" and ">" buttons display the next page. Basically, each page display is automatically formatted for the screen as per the font size. The display is extremely pleasing and contrast/brightness can be adjusted to outdoor bright light to dim light. Try reading anything on a tablet in the sunshine. There is no doubt that if reading is what one is interested, especially on long flights/journeys, etc., Kindle is the answer.

    Next, is the life of the battery. A tablet will last no longer than 8 hours of continuous usage (and I am being generous here). The Kindle battery will usually last as long as 8 weeks on a single charge without wi-fi.

    Finally the old/classic Kindle is just a reader and cannot do anything else. Amazon wanted to add some jazz to it and came more like a tablet. It can do lot of things besides, er, reading. You can go to Amazon websites and learn about various Kindles. The Kindle can store as many as 1100 books in its memory. I am not sure, but I think Kindle has an expansion memory slot for slim sd card as well.

    Amazon comes with a library of e-Books meant for the kindle. There are free books as well as paid. To buy a book, you need to login to Amazon and buy the e-Book just like any other (physical) item. Once you buy the book, it becomes available to download. The Kindle has default wi-fi and the slightly costlier model works on 3G also. The Kindle can connect to your account (via wi-fi or 3G) and allow you to download the purchased book. You can of course download all free books. The downloaded e-Book is stored in the Kindle forever.
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    A small correction: The Kindle provides 2GB of device storage plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content.
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    Yesterday, in the post above, I sang praises of the Kindle. Today, let me heap some curses also. This will make a fine balanced viewpoint and then members can decide whether the Kindle is right for them or not. For the moment, I will restrict all comments to the Kindle Classic/Kindle Paperwhite and not the tablet-like Kindle Fire.

    OK. The Kindle is the best e-reader out there and no other reader comes even close to it. It can store over 1100 books and many more on the free Amazon Cloud for Kindle based purchases. You can carry your entire library with you anywhere in a 7.8 oz device. You can read in bright sunlight or at night with lights off and that too without hurting your eyes. The e-books for Kindle are cheaper by 1/3rd to half the price of the standard paperback edition. It seems to be the best thing for people as sliced bread. So, what gives?

    The first thing is the cost. The most basic Kindle with wi-fi is $69. The Kindle Paperwhite wi-fi non-3G is $119. Kindle is now available in India via Amazon.in and the basic Kindle is Rs. 6999 while the Paperwhite is Rs. 10,999. Go for the 3G model and the price jumps to Rs. 13,999. This is a pretty hefty price to pay for a device which does ... umm ... nothing much out of the box. Sure, there are quite a few free e-Books but these are generally old classics such as from Robinson Crusoe to Pride and Prejudice to Les Mis閞ables .

    Not all books are 1/2 price cheap or so. Yes. This is a catch. Dan Brown's Inferno is still Rs. 337 in the Kindle edition whereas the hardbound edition is Rs. 383. So as you can see, if it is bestsellers you want, there is not a significant price advantage. Add to this the initial investment in the device, then it does not make an attractive proposition.

    You have to buy books from Amazon only. There is no other source. This is still OK as almost every book that is published is available for the Kindle. But ...

    Depending upon the registered device, Amazon is able to determine which country it was sourced from and then you can buy from that country's Amazon. For example, if the Kindle was purchased in UK, you have to buy from Amazon.co.uk. India buyers can source from Amazon.in. I am not yet sure whether India users can source from Amazon.com because Kindle is just launched here

    Earlier large display Kindles (8" display) were available but now they have been phased out and standard Kindles are available in 6" size. I feel that 6" is too small and less content fits on one display page, so there is more flipping.

    Lastly, there is nothing like the real thing, i.e., the real book.
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    So there is the kindle and there are other devices like the kindle? The technical name for the kindle is an e-book.....right? And Amazon have their own e-book as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neetu800 View Post
    So there is the kindle and there are other devices like the kindle? The technical name for the kindle is an e-book.....right? And Amazon have their own e-book as well?
    Nothing like that. Technical name for Kindle is Kindle. There is no other device like a Kindle. Many other devices such as tablets and smartphone provide an e-book reader app. Amazon does not have e-book. Amazon releases e-Books.
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    Thanks for the clarification, this has got all confusing....

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    Ok so Ive opened my Kindle from the box, what do I do now??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dia Arora View Post
    Ok so Ive opened my Kindle from the box, what do I do now??
    Create an Amazon.com account. Register your Kindle. You can then download free e-Books and buy other e-books. You will need wi-fi connectivity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dia Arora View Post
    Ok so Ive opened my Kindle from the box, what do I do now??
    Turn it on......LOL

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    If you have bought a Kindle you should already have an Amazon ID.

    What should you do now?

    Hold the Kindle in your left hand and slap it twice with your right hand.

    Just kidding. Turn it on and its all self explanatory. Make sure you do not have any explosive devices near you.
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    RamJet and Admin thats very mean, if someone doest know something then you shouldnt make fun of them. She's only asking for help about something she doesnt know!

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    The kindle is a reading device created by Amazon. It looks like a tablet and is used for reading.

    The merits of the kindle over physical books are:

    The kindle comes with an inbuilt dictionary.
    The kindle can be used to store thousands of books.
    You can adjust the brightness.

    Kindle books are generally cheaper than physical books. In addition, there are hundreds of eBooks that are free on kindle every day. This is due to the KDP Select Program, which authors use to kick-start their new book.

    For me, kindle is more preferable than physical eBooks.

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    The main advantage of kindle is the e-ink. Its good on the eyes, for someone who wants to read long time. Now from time to time, based on special offers, you can have the base model, with 4 GB memory, for as low as 4000 (through sites like Paytm). Get a kindle unlimited subscription (the online lending library) for 99/mth and you have access to thousands of books for free, with 10 books borrowed at any given time. You are also not limited to Amazon ebooks. There are millions of free books in epub format. Install a software called calibre on your PC/laptop, download and convert the epub format books to kindle recognised format and transfer them to your kindle.
    I gave a kindle to my 7 year old daughter, with Kindle unlimited and she has reduced watching TV from 3-4 hrs a day to just 1-2 hrs, as rest of the time she prefers to read a book. The UI is so easy that even a 7 year old can operate at ease. She gets new books, returns old books and reads them all by herself. There are thousands of free childrens books on kindle unlimited.
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    A kindle is basically a tab type of a device which is used for reading nowadays. The company which is now ruling with its Kindle is Amazon. It has even released many books which are available exclusively for the Kindle readers, whereas almost all the other books are available in Kindle version at a price lower than the actual price of their hard copies which are available in the market or even in the online Amazon.com sites.

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    Rather than get the kindle, download an e-reader on your devices, good ones are Calibre and FBReader, they are available for all platforms and i think Apple has the best e-book library, iBooks it's the best digital library I have ever owned and it is so easy to navigate, arrange and use, it also comes with it's in-built audio-book app. So getting a kindle isn't really necessary, as in some part of the world, some books aren't even released.

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    I have read continuously for 5 hours on my kindle. Try that with any normal device, your eyes would start paining.
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