E-book readers have been available for ten years now. The original reader – the Franklin Ebookman – launched in’99, and it’s still on sale today. However, 2009 has been the year when these devices really entered into the mainstream marketplace. Right now, the Amazon Kindle reader family are the front runners. E-book readers and the downloadable books to read on them are the perfect product for Amazon. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that they launched two new readers in the first half of 2009.
The Kindle 2 was first to launch in February and the large, 9.7″ display, Kindle DX hit the market in June. If you haven’t cast your eye over these devices yet, or if you are still unsure as to whether or not an e-book reader is a good choice for you, then here are ten facts hat might just help you to make up your mind:
1. You can download a book from the Amazon store in less than sixty seconds. You’ll never be without anything to read again.
2. Be environmentally aware. E-books don’t use paper, ink, or bindings, and there’s no distribution which means that your e-book is kinder to the environment than a conventional printed book.
3. No need to worry about “getting connected”. Amazon use a fee free 3G wireless technology to download Kindle books.
4. Take a mini-library of books with you wherever you go. The Kindle 2 has room enough in its memory for over 1500 books. The DX can hold 3,500 books in its memory. You’ll never be without a book to read again.
5. Customise to your heart’s content. Customised covers are just one of a wide range of Kindle accessories on offer. Choose from covers, lights, stands, carry bags – whatever you like.
6. You are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a book. There are over 300,000 available at Amazon’s site – and more titles are being added on a daily basis.
7. Enjoy a little background music while you read. The Kindle is able to store and play mp3 music files.
8. Save money. Since there are no printing or distribution costs, e-books are quite a bit cheaper than the standard printed books.
9. Save money (again). You can find plenty of free books for the Kindle direct on the Amazon website. Many of these are classics – The Last of The Mohicans, Sherlock Holmes etc. – but you will also find special promotions of modern books.
10. Try before you buy. Download the fist chapter of most Kindle books for free so that you can be sure you’re going to like a book before you spend your hard earned cash.
The Kindle is the future of reading. Check it out soon.
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