Kindle E-reader from Amazon
Kindle E-reader is available to purchase now for $109View details
Amazon’s Kindles have relatively little competition in the e-reading space, with only stalwart competitors Kobo offering the same kinds of features at most of the same price points.
Kindles are perfect for reading: the standard model is small and light and reads like real paper without glare even from the sun. They also have the advantage of low power consumption, allowing you to read for up to a month on a single charge—based on half hour of reading per day.
Kindle E-reader is available to purchase now for $109View details
Kindle is the original ereader as well as the market leader. It is made by Amazon and dominates the market with its wide selection of models that cater to every budget.
The central point of e-reader technology is the utilisation of e-ink screens which mimic the look of a regular book page. E-ink screens are high visibility, high contrast screens that reflect rather than emit light. They are more gentle on your eyes than regular LCD screens you find on your tablet or laptop. They refresh slowly and require minimal battery power to run, so Kindles can stay charged for weeks on end.
The choice is relatively wide, but it essentially boils down to your budget and particular mania for reading. The entry level Kindle is a decent way to ease into the Kindle ecosystem, but if you do intend to spend a lot of time reading, or you’re replacing an existing Kindle then one of the more advanced models such as the Paperwhite could be a good buy. Here’s how the individual Kindles compare from a technology standpoint:
|Amazon||Kindle||Kindle Paperwhite||Kindle Voyage||Kindle Oasis|
|Resolution||167 ppi||300 ppi||300 ppi||300 ppi|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi+3G||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi+3G|
|Built-in Light||No||Yes||Yes + adaptive light sensor||Yes 10 LEDs for enhanced page consistency|
|Inputs||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||Touchscreen + PagePress||Touchscreen + page turn buttons|
|Dimensions||169 x 119 x 10.2 mm||169 x 117 x 9.1 mm||162 x 115 x 7.6 mm||143 x 122 x 3.4-8.5 mm|
|Weight||191g||205g (Wi-Fi) 217g (Wi-Fi+3G)||180g||131g (Wi-Fi) 133g (Wi-Fi+3G) (without cover)|
|Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now|
Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets as shipped to Australia currently come in two varieties; the Kindle Fire HD6 and Kindle Fire HD7.
Here’s how the two compare:
|Amazon||Kindle Fire HD6||Kindle Fire HD7|
|Resolution||1280 x 800 (252 ppi)||1280 x 800 (216 ppi)|
|Processor||Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz||Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz|
|Audio||Mono speaker, Built-in microphone||Dual stereo speakers, Built-in microphone|
|Storage||8 GB||8 GB|
|Camera||Front-facing VGA camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording||Front-facing VGA camera + 2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording|
|Connectivity||Single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n||Single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n|
|Battery Life||Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music||Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music|
|Weight||290 g||337 g|
|Dimensions||169 x 103 x 10.7 mm||191 x 128 x 10.6 mm|
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In Australia, Amazon’s primary method for Kindle sales is through its own online store, and that’s generally also the best place to buy one from, simply because it’s usually a little cheaper that way, even taking Australian shipping into consideration. The Kindle Store on Amazon has comparison charts and a full list of features. If you want full customer service support, then Amazon is probably the best place to purchase your Kindle as they have trained staff available to help. Amazon also has a forum where you can find support from community members, or help others. When your Kindle arrives, it will already be set up with any ebooks that you've purchased.
There are many different Kindle models, some with Bluetooth and some without.
If you are looking for Bluetooth capability, consider the Kindle Fire (excluding Kindle Fire Second Generation), Kindle Oasis and the newest release of the standard Kindle.
Usually, when you download books from the Kindle store, you pay per download unless you have a subscription with Kindle Unlimited. There is also a free section that you can browse through, but the titles are more limited. It is free to browse and usually free to download excerpts of books you are interested in so you can try them out before you make a purchase.
You can also read PDFs and EPUB files on Kindles, but you might lose some of the original formatting unless you first convert them into MOBI files, which is the native Kindle file type.
The most popular books right now in the Kindle store include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell, A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake, The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender, The House by the River by Lena Manta and The Rooster Bar by John Grisham.
Kindle ebooks are found and bought through the Kindle store, which is accessible from a regular web browser or from your Kindle home screen.
You can use the Kindle store to compile wishlists, reading lists and manage your purchases.
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service that gives you unlimited access to millions of titles at no extra cost other than the subscription fee. It’s slightly different to purchasing a book through the Kindle store because you don’t retain a copy. When you have finished reading your book, it will no longer be held on your device.
The subscription applies to magazines, audiobooks and regular ebooks and you can retain up to ten titles at once on your Kindle. Not all books available on the Kindle store are available through Kindle Unlimited. If you would like to try out the service before signing up, you can use the 30-day free trial.
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