For readers of detective books this year they can be incredibly rewarding thanks to the offers available on Kindle.
Why Kindle and why the Kindle Paperwhite?
That’s what I used to ask before I, admittedly reluctantly, got dragged into this century and purchased my first Kindle. The model I have chosen is the Kindle Paperwhite.
First, the wonders of modern technology mean that the Paperwhite has what is called a built-in front light, as opposed (obviously) to being back-lit. Those evil back-lit tablets shine in your eyes, where as this Paperwhite will not. Just try it for a minute and you will notice the difference. This means adios amigos to a lot of eyestrain.
The screen’s brightness is fully adjustable to read in any light.
As mentioned elsewhere, you can sit on a beach in beautiful bright sunshine and be able to read the Kindle as though it was a paperback – no glare as you find on regular tablets.
Kindle Paperwhite also has a great list of fonts to choose from, including one called Bookerly, which was exclusively designed to enhance the reading experience on digital screens.
Set your own preferred font size also.
Flip around your books but still save your place
Kindle offers something called “Page Flip” which helps find charts, pictures and even sections from other parts of the book that you may have tagged to look up later. You can quickly swipe to these other pages and Page Flip will automatically save the page you’re reading by pinning it to the side of your screen so you’ll never lose your place.
Export your favorite parts of the book
Ever read a book and thought, “I should copy this bit so I can use it to impress my friends, work colleagues, use in a presentation etc.? This Kindle allows you to easily export notes and highlights from a book to your e-mail. Receive your notes both in either PDF format, so you can print it, and in a format that you open in your favorite spreadsheet app.
Weighing less than a paperback, hold Kindle in one hand and your drink in the other.
Instantly look things up while you read
Ever been reading something but you don’t understand the meaning of a word, or where in the world a certain place is? I have and I usually would skim over it. But not any more! Introducing “Smart Lookup”. This allows you to instantly lookup the meaning of a word, or obtain information about a name or place using The Oxford American Dictionary and Wikipedia – just press, learn, go back to reading.
“Time To Read” – know how long to finish that chapter
As long as they don’t tell you the ending! Some people find this useful – “Time to Read” is based on your reading speed, and figures out how much time it will take to finish the book, or even a chapter. It continuously updates itself as your reading speed changes – quite remarkable but simple, when you think about it.
Instantly translate sections or words
Tap any word or highlight a section to instantly translate, using Bing Translator, into Spanish, German, French, Japanese, and other languages..
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Direct Instant Download
As long as you have a network connection, you can choose your book, download it (usually takes less than a minute, and start reading. You do not require a computer for this.
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Sample before you buy
Not sure if you want to get a certain book? Download and read a sample for free before you decide to buy.
Customize to your language
Kindle can be used in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, and Simplified Chinese. You choose the language that works for you.
Remember that dictionary lookup thing we told you about earlier? Well, that works in these other languages too.
Read books in other language “scripts”
As long as the book is available in your favorite language, Kindle can supply.
You can read books and documents in Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, Cyrillic, and Greek scripts.
Free access is also available to several international dictionaries.
Never lose a book
Your Kindle library is backed up free of charge in the cloud. No need to stress yourself out about losing books anymore.
If you delete it you can get it back
If you delete your book from your device, have to replace it, you can always download it again at no charge.
Carry and read personal documents
You can email your personal or business documents straight to your Kindle device. These can be PDFs, Word documents, etc.which you can then read in Kindle format. I personally prefer to use it just for books but there are always people that can’t get away from the other stuff.