The Kindle just keeps on getting better and better. I've owned many generations of this clever Amazon gadget, right way back from the very first generation of products right down through to the current day.
I can give you plenty of great reasons to buy a Kindle in 2017 and why you should get one. Owning a Kindle opens up the chance to sit and really enjoy reading outside and on vacation, even in really bright sunlight. Carry hundreds or even thousands of books around with you all in a slimline and lightweight format.
Reading at night is easy too with an inbuilt and adjustable light that won't wake your partner. Here's more than 10 other reasons why Kindles are such awesome and must have devices.
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MORE Than 10 Reasons Why You Need to Buy a Kindle, Today!
When Amazon first started to make the gray-scale e-ink readers, they were pricey and also clunky. However, it was a really cool new technology where you could read books on a portable screen without needing to strain your eyes or with having to be sat at a computer screen. It was, and still is, a revelation.
1) Take Advantage of the Huge Library of Free and Discounted Kindle Books to Read
You can very quickly build up a big digital library of books and reading material with a Kindle so you should never be stuck for something to read.
If you look very carefully around the Amazon Kindle website, they always have a lot of free and discounted books that are available to you and there are also other sites as well that offer free .mobi files that work with the e-ink devices.
Amazon also have their very own version of a special lending library known as Prime Reading or the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. This feature is available for Amazon's Prime members to take advantage of. If you don't tend to read those brand new best sellers as soon as they hit the shelves, you can find a ridiculous amount of choice and pay nothing at all for it.
Carry a whole library of books everywhere with you when you have a Kindle.
I'm a big fan of the old classic and traditional books like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. You can get free versions of these classics which is fantastic.
Alternatively, you can pay very small amounts for compilations of classic books that have been put together into a single volume. So essentially you can read to your heart's content all on a shoe-string budget.
Project Gutenberg is a great source of free public domain ebooks for your Kindle.
Take care to really spend some time browsing around the Kindle store section on the Amazon website because you will find so many sections on deals and promotions on books with daily, weekly and monthly promotions going on.
2) The Kindle Inbuilt Dictionary Lookup and Search
One simple and powerful yet often really overlooked bonus with these Kindle devices is the integrated dictionary lookup feature. Having a full and comprehensive dictionary built right into every single book you read is an amazing thing and yet so many people just take this for granted.
I can remember back to the days of having to put down my paper book and then go off and hunt for a dictionary because I was itching to know what the author meant by a particular word or phrase. It could be pretty annoying and it also interrupted the natural flow of reading. My daughter loves this feature because it helps her to learn new words and do well at school.
Now you can simply discover what something means at once since these devices have dictionaries built in that you can use. With the touch versions it's as simple as pressing on a word.
Kids and adults can benefit from the in-built dictionary. Look up word meanings without losing the place in your book.
On the newer touch screen models such as the Fire, Paperwhite and Voyage, all you need to do is to tap (tap and press) on the word on the screen and you will see a definition of the word displayed on the screen for you from the dictionary.
This is fantastic while you are reading but you can also use your device as a regular dictionary by locating the actual book, normally the Oxford Dictionary, on the gadget and opening it up. Then you really will have a whole world of information right in front of you.
The search feature too is simply brilliant and especially while reading lengthy books or factual and academic ones. Forget who a character is? Need to find information on a particular topic in the book? No problem. Simply do a search inside the book for what you need which is much faster than trying to find something in a paper version.
3) The Kindle Has a Sharp Screen Display for Reading and Multimedia
As well as the Kindle Paperwhite which I use exclusively for reading, I also own the newest version of the Fire HDX which has a really lovely and sharp, full color screen. It's really good for a whole range of activities and I mainly use it for listening to audiobooks, checking my email, watching movies and browsing the Internet but you can do many other things on it too such as playing games.
The screen display of the Fire is better either indoors, in the shade and even when used at night time since it has a bright screen. However, it is not great (as is the case with most tablets) under bright sunlight which makes it much harder to see.
If reading in really sunny and bright conditions is especially important to you, then do invest in an e-ink model like the latest Kindle Paperwhite which I can definitely recommend for this. For reading in daylight and sunshine conditions, there is nothing I have found that is better. This is the model that I like to load up with lots of books and take on vacation with me.
4) Quickly Find What You Want on a Kindle
Before Amazon produced the Kindle, our small home was overrun with hundreds and hundreds of books since we all love to read. Like many people, we had shelving and cabinets located all over the home which made it a challenge if you wanted to find a specific book.
Now, since everything is all stored and accessed via my Paperwhite, it is so much easier to find what I want. If I can remember the title or the author then it is easy to do a search to find it or sometimes I will just flick through and look at the thumbnail book covers instead to see what I fancy reading next.
You can group related topics of books into Collections so I like to keep all my crochet books in one Collection where I can easily see and browse through them all and all my fantasy fiction material in another.
5) Remembering Your Position in Kindle Books
Kindles remember where you last read up to, no matter how many books you read. No need for bookmarks.
One small feature that I love is that it doesn't matter if you want to dip in and out of a variety of material. Your Kindle will remember where you last got to in any book you read. You don't need to rack your head for that when you come back to something later on.
If you read across a number of different devices then you may want to make sure you do a manual sync when you finish reading to ensure that your last read place is picked up by all devices. Your devices need to be connected to wifi or 3G for this to happen of course.
You can also tap on your screen to set up a manual bookmark to mark your place or location. However, you really don't need to do this to mark where you last read up to.
6) Kindles are Portable, Light and Very Easy to Hold
Whatever version you choose, whether it happens to be the simple grayscale e-ink Kindle intended more for reading only or a full color tablet version, they are all much lighter and easier to hold than their earlier generations.
I look back at my earliest Amazon devices and think of them as bricks compared to the new ones. Amazon keep making these as thin and as lightweight as they can. A new e-ink Kindle without a cover on it will weigh less than most paperbacks which means it is nicer to hold for a long period of time.
The weight of a Kindle should not be an issue for most people. However if you suffer from something that affects the mobility in your hands then you may want to test out using one first to make sure it will be suitable and then look to get a case or cover for it which is easily removable when you need to use it.
I rarely hold mine in my hands. I will normally pop it onto my lap while seated instead. There are also stands that you can buy or clever Kindle cases that come with built in stands.
7) A Kindle is Perfect for Reading at Night with In Built Lights
Choose a Kindle with a light built in for easy, night time reading.
If you tend to be a bit of a night-owl like me and watch movies or stay up to read in bed late at night then you will appreciate one of the Kindle devices that come with a built in light like the Paperwhite for reading or the Fire for movie watching.
Back years ago, I had to use a clip on light and then a light that was built into a case for reading with on my Keyboard version. These light sources were nowhere near as good as having a light built into the screen where it is distributed more evenly over the whole page of text rather than having a spot of light held over the screen which is bright in one section and gradually gets darker.
8) Listening to Podcasts and Audiobooks on Certain Models
Some older models of the e-ink versions like the Kindle Keyboard allow you to add on music and audiobooks which is a feature that Amazon moved away from as they made these more exclusively for reading. Of course you can read, listen to music, audiobooks and podcasts on one of the Fire tablet versions instead.
Sometimes I can't read since I may be doing work around the home like cooking or ironing and, on those occasions, I often love to listen to a podcast or audiobook instead on my Fire.
The speakers on that are loud enough for me to hear with although you can also add a portable speaker into the headphone jack if you need to ramp the sound up.
9) Kindles are Great for Hobbies and Interests
I have many hobbies that I enjoy such as birdwatching, gardening and crafts of all kinds. It's really handy to have books on these topics that I can refer to at any time.
With crochet, I can read patterns off the screen. With cooking I can easily find all my favorite recipes by bookmarking them and then I can use this to quickly view methods and ingredients while in the kitchen.
I will store books on related hobbies into Collections which is a way of grouping related content together on my Kindles. This makes the content easier to find and browse through.
10) Taking Notes on a Kindle is Good for Study and Research
The Fire tablet is even more useful all round because you can use features like a note or jotter app in order to make quick notes such as ideas and often my grocery list.
You can also take notes on any book you are reading which is perfect for active rather than passive readers like me, just highlight a word or passage and you get an option to take notes too.
On the color tablet, these highlights can be marked with different colors which could be particularly useful for study and research. It's so quick and easy to mark and take note of sections and passages of text that you need to remember or come back to.
11) Vacations are Now Way More Fun with a Kindle
Reading in bright sunlight is easy with an e-ink Kindle instead of a tablet screen which is hard to see.
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Going on a vacation now is so much easier now I don't need to make lots of room for books and magazines in my case. If you choose to take the tablet version of the Fire with you, you will be able to read, listen to music, audiobooks and podcasts, watch movies, play games, check you email and access the Internet. Assuming you can get wifi then your gadget will work just as it would normally.
If you know that you will not have access to any Internet, you can easily download games, audiobooks, reading material, movies, music and more onto your device, depending how much space you have available. Remember that movies tend to take up the most room.
You will find that there are some games that require the Internet in order to be played which is something to be aware of. I tend to download things even if I will have a wifi connection just in case it is a poor signal, which sometimes it is. Having some items downloaded onto the device means I'm never disappointed.
When going away and planning to read a lot in the bright sunshine, you'll be much better off using an e-ink device such as the Paperwhite which works perfectly under super bright rays of light. You can see me reading in the sun above on my older gen device while away on a cruise.
12) Do Try Kindle Books Before You Buy with Samples or Look Inside
I love this feature. You can really reduce the amount of books you buy but never finish reading just by trying out a sample of it first which gives you a feel for the content. This feature is available on the actual Amazon product page.
Some Kindle book samples will generously provide a good chapter while some may supply just a table of contents which is less useful, so it can be a little hit and miss. However, I make sure to do this before spending much money.
In addition, there is also the Look Inside option that exists for many books across the Amazon store (look at the cover of the book on the full website) and this lets you browse through sections of the book to see what is inside.
These two brilliant features have saved me from quite a few purchasing errors over the years.
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