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What's A Kindle?

Tags: Kindle Keyboard, e book reader

Posted November 8, 2011 by eco

...and, Why Would You Want to Buy a Kindle?
If you don't mind carrying around piles of books, then a Kindle is not for you. But if you'd like to fit over 3,000 books in your coat you can!  

So, What exactly is a Kindle?
The short answer is, it's a hand held electronic book reader that allows you read a book right off of the screen, page by page.  You can purchase and download a book directly to your Kindle or borrow Kindle books from your public library.  

Sounds pretty good so far, but, for the big question, how large is the instruction manual? 

Don't fret, no manual is necessary.  It’s simple to use...right out of the setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content.

Last year, I purchased a Kindle Keyboard with WI-Fi.  At first, I wasn't completely convinced I'd be comfortable reading an e-book, but found the Kindle easy to read...even in bright sunlight. And, with so many book titles available, I highly recommend it!

The Kindle Keyboard holds 3,500 books and like all Kindle models, books purchased from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon.  You can re-download books wirelessly for free, anytime.

It's a wonderful research tool with a built-in Oxford American Dictionary and the ability to instantly lookup the definition without ever leaving the book. Just enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search.

The Kindle Keyboard model also comes with built-in Wi-F, it  automatically detects nearby Wi-Fi networks. Books can be wirelessly delivered to your device without synching to a computer.

Another plus, is the long battery life.  A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off, (based upon a half-hour of daily reading time). 

I'm still discovering new features!   My favorite?
I can check out a Kindle book from my local library.  And, I can lend eligible Kindle books to friends with a Kindle. (Each eligible book can be lent once for a period of 14 days.)

There's also a Kindle Textbook Rental. It's a inexpensive way to read textbooks.The minimum rental length, is usually 30 days, and saves about 80% off the printed book price.

You can add notes and annotations to text by using the more post-its!  And, because it’s digital, you can edit, delete, export notes and highlight key passages and bookmark pages for future use.

Even after you've rented textbooks you can access your notes and highlights anytime, after the rental expires, at


Yor're probably familiar with the some members of the Kindle family: The Kindle Keyboard and the Kindle Keyboard 3G.  Shop Ecology is pleaseed to introduct The new additions: the basic  Kindle, the Kindle Touch, the Kindle Touch 3G, and the  Kindle Fire with color touchscreen.