The original, simple Kindle 6″ ereader is one of the world’s best selling ereaders and despite the development of more advanced versions, the 6” Kindle continues to be popular with people who simply want to read books and magazines on the go.
Weighing less than 6 ounces, the Kindle is lighter than a paperback and is less than half the weight of most of its competitors, making it extremely portable wherever you may be.
- Less than 6 ounces – lighter than a paperback, fits in your pocket
- New darker, hand-tuned fonts for easier reading
- Reads like paper with no glare, even in bright sunlight
- Download books in 60 seconds with built-in Wi-Fi
- Holds over 1,000 books – take your library with you wherever you go
- Huge book selection at the lowest prices
- Over one million titles are less than $9.99
- 180,000 Kindle-exclusive titles
- Supports children’s books
- Now includes parental controls
- Games and apps also available
- Subscribe to fav newspapers and magazines
Let’s look at the Amazon Kindle in more detail.
Kindle For Kids
I think most of us when we look at Kindle mistakenly assume that it is most definitely an Adults’ Gadget, but I can see it being used more and more in the classroom as well at home.
If you are concerned that your Kids are spending too much screen time on social activities, then the Kindle will help you restrict that use, while encouraging them to spend their time on more serious reading.
Parental controls allow you to restrict access to the Kindle Store, Archived items and the Web Browser so you can monitor exactly what your kids are reading.
Many public domain books that are used in schools are available for free on the Kindle and as the Mum of two students specializing in English Literature, this can be a real money saver. I also like the fact that you can add notes and annotations, using the virtual keyboard.
Passages and excerpts can also be highlighted and you will never lose your place, because Kindle automatically remembers the page you were on when you were last reading.
The 8 adjustable font sizes means that Kindle is suitable for all ages, including the elderly and the visually-impaired and the in-built dictionary will also help increase your Kids’ vocabulary (and yours!) Simply select the word you are not sure about with the Cursor and the meaning will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.
And if they want to do any research about what they are reading, users can access Google Search and Wikipedia for more information.
Serious book readers will love the Kindle because you can literally take it anywhere and you don’t have to worry about whether you can read the screen in bright sunlight. The screen reads like real paper thanks to the anti-glare technology.
The use of real ink particles means that the text is sharp and clear and because the page has the same brightness no matter where yo0u are, it is easy on the eye. Neither does it matter what position you are sitting in, you will see the same clear text no matter what the viewing angle is.
Recharging need not be a chore as the Kindle has a longer battery life than most ereaders. Depending on use, it can last up to a month on a single charge.
The choice of available books is staggering. Millions of books, which are in the public domain, are free. Another million are priced at $4.99 or less, with 1.7 million titles priced at $9.99 or less.
The introduction of Kindle Matchbook, means that, providing the Publisher has opted in to the service, any book that you have bought from Amazon will be made available to you as a Kindle version. Prices will be $2.99, $1.99 or $0.99, with some being free!
And if you just cannot make up your mind, you can download the first chapter of any Kindle book for free – it is the ultimate “try before you buy”!
But you are not just limited to reading your books and magazines on Kindle. Free Kindle Reading Apps are available for Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Mac, PC, or web browsers.
Even more benefits come with Amazon Prime Membership – the Kindle Owners Lending Library allows you to borrow books free. Many Public Libraries now loan Kindle books and some books can be loaned between Kindle owners.
The built-in Wi-Fi allows you to download books to your Kindle anywhere there’s a hotspot and because it can hold up to 1,000, you never need run out of anything to read while travelling or commuting.
Kindle for Schools and Business
Teachers, employers and businesses can save money by distributing books and documents via Whispercast.
What Kindle Users say
Over 6,090 users have reviewed the Kindle on Amazon (at the time of publishing) and they give it an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Over 5,000 gave it either 4 or 5 stars.
You can see what they have to say on this page of Kindle Reviews
This is an excellent Video telling you all about the Amazon Kindle.
|Display||Amazon’s 6″ E Ink Pearl display with optimized font technology, 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale|
|Size||6.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.34″ (165.75 mm x 114.5 mm x 8.7 mm)|
|Weight||5.98 ounces (170 grams)|
|System Requirements||None; fully wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content (Wi-Fi access required)|
|On-Device Storage||2 GB internal (approximately 1.25 GB available for user content). Holds up to 1,400 books|
|Cloud Storage||Free cloud storage for all Amazon content|
|Battery Life||A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage|
|Charge Time||Fully charges in approximately 3 hours from a computer via USB cable|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)|
|Content Formats Supported||Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion|
|Documentation||Quick Start Guide (included in box); Kindle User’s Guide (pre-installed on device). Additional information in multiple languages available online|
|Warranty and Service||1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-Year SquareTrade Warranty available separately.|
|Included in the Box||Kindle, USB 2.0 charging cable, and Quick Start Guide|