Category Archives for "Kindle"

November 11, 2017

Kindle Oasis – Now Read In The Shower Or Ocean

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The latest Kindle, the Kindle Oasis, has more features than it’s predecessors which is not unusual, but it also brings yet another dimension to reading – it’s waterproof.

Yes, it can tolerate water up to 2 meters deep, which unfortunately takes you deep sea divers out of it, and withstand being underwater for a whole hour. Why anyone wants to read underwater beats me, but I imagine it’s simply designed for the average klutz in this world. Reading in the shower is also a possibility I suppose, so if your significant other isn’t around to play with, you can take your Kindle with you – not quite the same, but to each their own.

What else is new?

The slimmest yet at only 3.4 mm (less than 1/4 of an inch), and the lightest at under 200 g (about 6 ounces).

The screen is 7 inches as opposed to 6 inches on previous models.

Memory capacity of 8GB or 32GB – enough space for thousands of books. Previous models 4GB – still ample room for most people.

Battery life up to six weeks.

Includes Audible which means you can listen to your favorite books as well as read them – just not at the same time. Basically, you can be reading your book on your Kindle Oasis, and let’s imagine you then have to get in the car and drive somewhere, you can carry on listening from where you left off.

A feature that is not new with this model but a reminder of just one of the amazing features:

X-Ray lets you explore the “Bones of the Book”

Ever carried on reading a book that you had not looked at for a few days or weeks, and couldn’t remember, for example, the details of one of the characters and what they had said or done? I have, many times. Well, the X-Ray timeline view lets you easily flip through passages to remind yourself of what’s happened in the book.

It also allows you to see all the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places, or topics of interest. If, for example, you are reading a book set in Dover, England, you can look up more information about that city directly on your device. The relevant information is stored on the device or the app – you do not need an internet connection. Not all books have this feature.

Here’s a quick demo of the first Kindle that was equipped with X-Ray”

 

Want To Upgrade?

Do you like the idea of this new Kindle? Then how about trading in your old Kindle?

 

Price

The price, set at $249, is not exactly cheap, but if you want the latest including the fact it’s waterproof, you pay for it. If you’re prone to dropping things in the water, or reading in the bath or shower, then this might be for you. The added feature of Audible is interesting and in my mind, useful, but for myself, I’m fine without upgrading.

I reviewed the Kindle Paperwhite before, and at $119. it does everything I need.

Either way, check out Kindle – it’s changing the way we read, which may or may not be a good thing.

 

 

 

 

August 7, 2017

Deals On The Kindle Paperwhite

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.

Lightweight

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..

 Kindle Unlimited

With Kindle Unlimited, you can read as much as you want, choosing from over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks. Freely explore new authors, books, and genres on any device for just $9.99 a month. Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days.

Kindle – Unlimited 30 Day Free Trial

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.

Kindle MatchBook

For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases allow you to buy the Kindle edition of the same book for $2.99 or less. Learn More.

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.

October 9, 2016

Kindle – Get The Free Reading App

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The Amazon Kindle Reader is an amazing way to read my British mystery books, but many people still don’t want to, or can’t afford to, pay out the money. As more and more titles are getting harder to find in hard copy, a download has become the only viable option for some titles.

Now, Amazon has come up with another way that you can enjoy those books without the cost of splashing out the cash on an E-reader. It’s the Free Kindle Reading App, one of the most popular apps to download onto your tablet, pc or smartphone.

 

Take your Kindle books with you

The Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. That means you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one. 

 

Sync to the furthest read page

With Amazon’s Whispersync technology, you can automatically save and sync your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices. That means you can start reading a book on one device, and pick up where you left off on another device.

Sample Books Before Buying.

Easily shop for eBooks and read the first chapter for free before you decide to buy.

 

Read Free Books
Read thousands of free books including popular classics like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and Treasure Island.

 

Store All Your Kindle Books On All Your Devices And Carry Your Kindle Books With You Everywhere
Once you buy a Kindle book, you can download your books on any device with the Kindle app and read them anytime and everywhere.

 

Get the best digital reading tools

Personalize
Adjust the text size, change the screen’s brightness, choose your background color, and read in either portrait or landscape mode.

Look Up Words
Tap and hold any word in a book to view the word’s definition with the built-in dictionary or use the Google or Wikipedia links to get more information.

Collections
Organize your books, docs, and magazines into categories with a few easy taps.

EXCLUSIVE – X-Ray for Books
Tap on any page as you read to access X-Ray, an easy way to uncover more from the books you love. Instantly find chapters and locations that mention ideas, characters, and important places, as well as background info, biographies and more from Shelfari and Wikipedia.


 

Amazon has reinvented the way that many of us buy products but for me, perhaps the biggest change has come in how we can read books. I’ve said many times before that I like to sit down with a good paperback and I still do prefer it, even though a Kindle Reader comes pretty close and has many advantages as I outlined here..

Some of the technological advances mentioned above truly have added another dimension to reading, especially when you think of the possibilities of reading what you want, when you want.

January 11, 2016

British Detective Books – A New Way Of Reading

Have you tried reading an e-book?
Like it or not, technology keeps advancing and now even people like myself are learning to adapt. I still enjoy reading paperbacks but more and more bookstores are only stocking the very latest and fastest-moving titles.

I was recently in a very large chain’s store looking, as ever, for a few British Detective books to take with me on a hastily arranged vacation, and was very disappointed with the lack of selection available – maybe 4 or 5 Ian Rankin books, 5 Peter Robinson, 3 Ruth Rendell, many famous authors had even less!



I often order through Amazon (of which I am a great proponent as is obvious from my site) as they do have the best selection and I can usually wait the few days required for delivery. Now, thanks to a fellow passenger on my latest flight, I have discovered “e-reading”, bringing me to almost total “geekiness”.

I was amazed – here is why:-

  • Easy on your eyes–touchscreen display that reads like real paper.
  • Unlike tablets, no screen glare, even in bright sunlight.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
  • Lose yourself in a book–Kindle doesn’t distract you with social media, emails, and text messages.
  • Lighter than a paperback, holds thousands of books.
  • Massive book selection, lowest prices–over a million titles less than $2.99.
  • Remember – instantly downloaded. no waiting.
  • Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days–choose from over 1 million titles