Kindle came first, of course, but is it the best ebook reader still? After all, there is a wide range of alternatives from multi-talented colour-screen machines like the Google Nexus 7, Kindle’s own Fire and Fire HD models and now the iPad mini. Those are designed to offer greater versatility with apps galore. But they lack the …
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It's amazing such stupid people can figure out how to post their opinions really.
In an exaggerated Cockney/Aussie accent this sounds like "paperweight". If sales are crap you can have that one for nothing, Reg.
Arranging a replacement for my first (duff) one, the amazon rep called it exactly that! He was English, too, so clearly a Freudian mistake. The second one was duff, too, so I gave up and will wait for version II to come out.
Odd how it gets 3 stars on the US amazon site and 4 stars on the UK one - Brits really don't like to complain.
How long before they are giving them away for free with a prime membership - i.e. commit to 2 years and get a free kindle. Would still not use it as not carrying it and a real tablet if all you want is to replace a book then fine but why not do that and be able to do so much more = iPad mini or nexus 7 perhaps?
Because e-ink is much better for reading than backlit LCD.
That rumour has been doing the rounds since the first of the smaller kindles appeared. Wish it was true!
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The paper white is good if you like books - if you like browsing the internet for short periods of time get yourself a mini-iCrap or some other alternative which'll cost you twice as much. I think the paperwhite is great. Dont care much about the comments on epub, etc I have transferred PDFs, word docs and .txt files to my device - the rendering can be a little below average to be fair but it works and is more portable than my laptop
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e-readers aren't meant for browsing. That they do it at all is a bonus only.
Face it Amazon just want to sell the books but you are tied in - at least on an ipad you can use ibooks or the kindle app (same for Android).
Tied in how? I've had a Kindle since February of this year, and haven't spent a single euro on e-books from Amazon.
Actually bought a book on my Kindle
Well, for the other half really, but for the most part I've been reading for two years and haven't paid for anything. There''s lot of high quality free books out there, many on Amazon itself.
Also get various free mags/feeds forwarded for free via Calibre.
I'm not feeling particularly tied in.
I think Amazon want to sell Kindles. And ebooks.
I have a Kindle Touch. I have some ebooks I bought on Amazon, and a Spectator subscription, but most of the content on my Kindle didn't come from Amazon (mostly from O'Reilly). Amazon even provide software to make uploading such non-Amazon content an absolute doddle. I might even go so far as to say "a pleasure", and provide free cloud storage for me to manage it all.
Tied in ? Maybe, but the knots are loose and the rope is made of silk. ;)
Paperwhite software and UI much better than previous models
The Paperwhite software and UI is the best yet, running faster and looking a heck of a lot better than any other eInk Kindle - it's a big step up from even the Kindle Touch that came just before. And it makes all the other eInk Kindles look positively prehistoric.
And the latest 5.3.0 update (maybe still only available on the US site) adds the ability to switch off the Amazon Kindle shop recommendations that bothered some people on the home screen when in cover-view mode.
As you can tell, I really like mine; what you can't tell is that I don't work for Amazon - I really am a satisfied, albeit anonymous, customer.
Perfect for Just Reading
I have read about 10 books on the new Paperwhite having previously owned the Kindle 2 and 3.
I've used it in pitch black and outside in direct Oz sunlight wearing sunglasses without any problem. The text is clear, the device is light and easy to use.
Yes having a next and back button would be a bonus and I have found the touch screen to occasionally miss the swipe but overall an excellent product.
I gave in and bought a Paperwhite last week, and am very happy with it so far. I thought the touch screen would be a nuisance but it has proved much less so than I expected. The lighting is nice and does make the "paper" look pretty even when not necessary.
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