What is the difference between the «Kindle Wi-fi» and the «Free 3G and Wi-fi» models?
The Kindle Wi-fi models are a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home and do not need the added convenience of a 3G connection. 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up in your home, the Kindle 3G model may be a better option.
The Kindle 3G + Wi-fi is the easiest option because there is no wireless setup – you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box. Built-in free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments – Amazon pays for the Kindle’s 3G wireless connectivity.
The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go-without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, the Kindle 3G models are a great option for travelers. Check 3G coverage.
What is the difference between the kindle and the «kindle with special offers and sponsored screensavers» model?
You can get a discount on the Kindle, Kindle Touch and Kindle Keyboard models by purchasing the version with «Special offers».
What are Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers?
You’ll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle, including AmazonLocal deals in select cities. Examples of past special offers include:
$30 for one month of unlimited yoga classes in your city ($119 value)
Save up to $500 on select HDTVs
$1 for a Kindle book, choose from thousands
$15 for $30 worth of groceries at your local store
Kindle with Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers is only available in the U. S.
Your offers display on your Kindle’s screensaver (when it’s turned off) and on the bottom of the home screen—they don’t interrupt reading.
Where is the Kindle 3 / 3G Model?
With the addition of the new kindle models (Kindle, Kindle Touch and Kindle FIRE), the Kindle 3 was rebranded as the «Kindle Keyboard»
Kindle E Ink Display – What you need to know
The Kindle lineup of ebook readers from Amazon uses the E ink technology from E Ink Corporation.
The most recent version of E Ink is known as Pearl and was introduced in the summer of 201
Currently, 6 of the seven Kindle models utilize the e Ink Pearl display: the new Kindle with the 5 way controller, the Kindle Touch, the Kindle Touch 3G, the Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Keyboard 3G, and the Kindle DX.
The new Kindle Fire, Amazon’s brand new color offering uses a different technology all together.
Historically, the E Ink Pearl is considered second generation.
Basically, the E Ink Pearl technology combines improved readability with lower power consumption. In addition, the proprietary ink system has proven to be extremely stable, offering both reliability and long life.
The contrast between text and images to the background is a key factor in the crispness of display and results in reading ease. Putting this improvement in a print context, think newspapers versus the increased readability of a paperback book.
All of these improvements produce a display that can be read outdoors with little problem. In fact, because the E Ink Pearl technology now offers 16 levels of gray scale, images are richly rendered in spite of a lack of color.
The E Ink display offers a reading experience very similar to reading text printed on paper, thanks to the whitest reflective background available. In fact, many folks describe the text as appearing to pop off of the page.
Another point in favor of the E Ink technology is the fact that it requires no power to hold a page of text or even an image. What does this really mean? Well, rather than needing to bookmark your place, the E Ink will hold you page all while saving your battery life for months, allowing you to reopen and start reading where you had stopped weeks before.
Interestingly enough, it is the E ink technology along with other Kindle technology that have worked together to make electronic page turning surprisingly fast — in fact, typically just a fraction of a second!
This might not mean much when reading a book, but as the offerings progress to include options such as magazines, the differences will become more apparent. Typically, magazine articles are scanned, with the reader moving from article to article quickly. In this context, fast page turning can have a noticeable difference.
Because the E Ink technology is not backlit, you will need a reading light, but, like a book, rather than a computer screen, it is easily read at the beach.
It seems that the combination of the static page presentation, the fast page turning, the slightly off white page with crisp print, and the decreased refresh rate all work together to provide even a traditional book lover with a positive experience.
I have read online descriptions where Kindle lovers described the joy of reading on a display that is so user friendly, it is possible to forget that you are reading an electronic device.
Add in the inherent conveniences of an electronic book reader — with the ability to download at any time from almost anywhere and the built-in dictionary to translate unknown words in seconds, and the range of Kindles are winners, with one for any size pocketbook.
Can I listen to Audio Books? Does it support Text to Speech?
Yes. Text to Speech and Audiobooks are supported on the Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire.
These two features are lacking in the Kindle BASIC model. If you want to listen to Audiobooks, Music or use the Text To Speech function on your Kindle; the Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Touch or Kindle Fire might be better options.
You can download and enjoy more than 60, 000 audio titles from Audible. com, including best-selling audiobooks, radio programs, audio newspapers and magazines. Due to their file size, audiobooks are downloaded to your PC over your existing Internet connection and then transferred to the Kindle using the included USB 0 cable. Listen via the Kindle’s speakers or plug in your headphones for private listening.
With the text-to-speech feature, the Kindle can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can speed up or slow down the reading speeds or choose a male or female voice.
You can download a Free Audio Book of your choice and listen to it on your Kindle.
Just sign up, select the book you want, and begin your download. It’s that simple. At the end of your free trial, you can opt out of the program and still keep the book! If you want to continue with the program, you can do that too. It’s all up to you.
Can I read PDF Files?
Yes. You can read your PDFs in their native format, view them in landscape mode, or zoom in up to 300% to view small print and detailed tables and graphics. You can also convert your PDF document to the Kindle format so that it reflows like a regular Kindle book.
Kindle makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. You can email personal documents and PDFs direct to your Kindle to read and annotate on-the-go..
Where can I buy the Kindle?