The Kindle and Kindle Application for iPhone
The best gift for any book lover and reading fanatic is The Kindle, amazon.com’s 10.2 ounce, portable, wireless reading device and library. It has a lauded ergonomic design, a glareless display that makes it easy to read on for long periods of time, and a glowing recommendation from Oprah.
The Kindle does not depend on the computer for downloads or charging, requires no synching, and does not use WiFi; instead, the Kindle works on the Amazon-built technology, Whispernet that has the same powerful 3G wireless network that cell phones utilize. So, you search for, sample, download, and read books, magazines, and newspapers right out-of-the box, immediately, and free.
For $299 (1st generation was $359) you get the Kindle, a book cover, power adaptor, and USB 2.0 cable. You can shop amazon.com directly from the Kindle, read samples of books before you purchase them, subscribe to magazines and newspapers, and automatically receive the subscriptions directly to your Kindle. The Kindle also has a built-in dictionary, search feature, and access to Wikipedia.
This second generation Kindle has a Read-to-Me feature that reads blogs, magazines, newspapers, and books out lout to you. What? Yes my friends. The exception is if “the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable” then that particular book, magazine, and so on doesn’t have the feature.
The best application for iPhone owners who love to read, is the amazon Kindle application for the iPhone. The application is free. You can purchase and download books, but not magazines or newspapers…but who cares, iPhone has applications for those things.
I use my iPhone, and I am very pleased with being able to sample the books before I actually purchase them. The Kindle version of novels are usually cheaper than the hardcover or the softcover. But most of all, I love not having to carry my book bag every where. Now, I can carry my books in my phone!!!
Read Kindle books on your iPhone or iPod touch
- No Kindle required. Order your books from the amazon.com Web site or directly from your iPhone! Get the best reading experience available on your iPhone or iPod touch. Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you. Automatically synchronizes your last page read between devices with Amazon Whispersync. Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle.
I am most impressed with the Kindle. I love the concept, accessibility, technology, and portability. But, I think I’ll wait and pick up the next version of it.
iPod Owners…you can get books on your iPhone using amazon.com’s Whispernet technology.