Amazon Kindle – Are they any good ?
Have had an older version for about 4 years and recently got a new Kindle Paperwhite. Really like it. Easy to use and long battery life (as long as you remember to turn off the wireless after you download a book)-one feature I like is the backlighted screen which allows me to read in bed without any lights on—thereby avoiding arousing the ire of Mrs busydog.Posted 4 years ago
I looked at Kindle Fire, but don’t need it for anything but reading, so the Paperwhite model is fine.Rusty SpannerSubscriber
Yes, have a Kindle Paperwhite.
Probably the best bit of tech I’ve ever had.
It’s simplicity is refreshing, it’s designed for one thing and does it incredibly well.
Having said that I’d like the ability to play audiobooks on it, but that’s nitpicking.
The e-ink display is very easy on the eye and I like the ability to change type size, spacing and font.
Think there’s a new, slightly better one out now.Posted 4 years ago
You can’t go wrong really.yorlinMember
I have a regular kindle and it’s great – kind of wish I’d gone for the paperwhite but hey ho. Normal books are pretty good, and a lot of slightly out-field ones tend to be cheap as chips, or free. As said above, Project Gutenberg is great, and you can find other sites (I mean proper legal ones!).
Oh and for series of books like err terrible David Weber books *cough* quite often a lot of them are free, to get you to buy the new ones. 😯
I’ve been touring with someone who took their kindle – it was crap for maps, but she did have the Rough Guide to Scotland on it, which was useful..Posted 4 years agomanxambassadorMember
Amazon are trying to sell me a bog standard kindle for £49, down from £69, I do read quite a lot of books but the move to e-readers has never really grabbed me, however this on the face of it seems like quite a good price. Are there any kindle converts out there with positive feedback or am I better off sticking to paper and diverting my £49 towards a new bike light fund ?Posted 4 years agoturboferretSubscriber
I love my Paperwhite 🙂 I thought that the lack of a physical book would mean I wouldn’t ever adopt an e-reader, but the Kindle is so convenient. I’m based in India and getting stuff sent here is a PITA so being able to download books virtually instantly alleviates that issue. Having a whole library in one device is great, but there is the downside of not being able to lend a book to a friend.
Cheers, RichPosted 4 years agolemonysamMember
Perfectly adequate for £6.99.Posted 4 years agocrispyMember
They seem great, I bought my Mrs a Paperwhite, and now I have eReader envy.
But! They have a small downside in that they don’t work with UK libraries like some others do (including iPad/iPhone using Overdrive app), which would be 100% of awesome.
Whether this will change in time is another matter, but it’s a terrific service if you can get it.Posted 4 years agovinnyehSubscriber
They’re so good I’m now on my 5th. Largely due to my own clumsiness. Screens are pretty fragile.
If you want to dip a toe in the water without committing to Amazon world then the nook glowlight, equivalent to kindle paperwhite, is on sale in a few places for less than £50, and can apparently be rooted easily to run Android, allowing you to run the Kindle app, as well as other e-reader software.Posted 4 years ago
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