I have a new gadget. Yes I know, you’re just as excited as I am right? I thought so 😉 I got my hands on the new Kindle 3 eBook reader and swanky leather cover with a built-in light. Yeah yeah I know I have an iPad too I hear you all say, can’t that be an eBook reader too? Well yes it can, but – and there is always a but – it has a few pros and cons to being used in that way.
Pros – Colour screen, great for kids picture books. Bigger screen. Cons – the weight of the iPad is around three times that of the kindle, the size too is not something you can pop in your handbag and go. The backlight, while this seems like it should be a pro, it is really a con because if you read something for any length of time it gives you eye strain. Think about how tired your eyes feel at the end of a day in the office staring at your computer screen all day – same thing.
Yes but the iPad does so much more I hear you all squeal. Yes but – again with the but’s – I am only talking about using it for one specific function; reading. True the Kindle cannot do everything an iPad can, but it need not be anymore than it is. However the 3g and WiFi capability in the Kindle is good, you can download books anywhere without a network charge (yes free 3G!) It makes you wonder what phone calls really cost if a device like this can use the network forever after purchase, and not need any kind of plan. As eBook readers go I think this one is the best value and has the best functionality, and if you have to you can tweet or facebook passages from your favourite books. You can also make notes about the text you are reading, great for textbooks and research.
A couple of weeks into owning a Kindle 3 and I am now carting around over 50 books in this one tiny little device. It has got me reading again. I can fit reading time in wherever I am now, as the unit is so light it can be carried in my bag and the battery power can last for three weeks. The only thing that trips me up, but not that much, is that not all authors are available to Australian customers – so if you get one make sure you check if your favourite authors are available to aussies, but with over 400 thousand books available to Australians you won’t be stuck for choice. And bonus, there are a lot of free books available via Amazon get your hands on them here.
So there you go, my geeky post for the week 😉