What Is a Kindle Book?

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What Is a Kindle Book?
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The Kindle is an electronic book reading device that is manufactured and sold by Amazon.com. The Kindle allows you to download electronic books, or ebooks, and read them anywhere. The Kindle is about the size of a standard paperback book. It can store over 1,500 books at one time. It is the best selling ebook reader on the market, and it is available exclusively on Amazon.com.

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General Facts

The Kindle can download books directly from Amazon.com in less than 60 seconds from a catalogue of more than 300,000 books. In addition to books, the Kindle can also download magazines, newspapers and blogs. The Kindle measures 8" high, 5.3" wide, 0.36" thick and weighs 289gr. The Kindle screen measure 6" diagonally. The Kindle's battery recharges fully in four hours and lasts up to two days with the wireless connectivity turned on or up to two weeks with the wireless turned off. The Kindle comes with a battery charger. A cover for the Kindle can be purchased separately from Amazon or from many third party retailers.

Wireless Technology

The Amazon Kindle was the first electronic book reader to offer wireless technology. The Kindle connects to the internet through the Sprint cellular network. Users shop the Kindle Store, browse the books available and make purchases directly from the Kindle device. After a purchase is made the Kindle automatically downloads the book to the device and the user can start reading his new book within sixty seconds. The wireless connectivity is free of charge to Kindle users.

Pricing

The Amazon Kindle costs $299. Lifetime wireless cellular access to the Kindle Store is included. Users must buy the content such as books and magazines separately. Most best selling books cost $9.99 or less. There are a wide variety of older books and books by independent writers available for much less, or even for free. Magazines and newspapers are available for a monthly fee starting at $1.49 per month. Blogs are available starting at $0.99 per month.

Benefits

The Amazon Kindle has many benefits. It allows you to carry up to 1,500 books with you in one small and convenient device. Its eInk technology is considered to be the closest simulation to a real book available today. The built in wireless technology allows you to instantly download a book without using a computer. The Kindle allows you to download the first chapter of any book for free. This lets you sample the book before you purchase it.

Future

There were electronic book readers before the Amazon Kindle, but the introduction of the Kindle brought ebook readers to the mainstream. Amazon is sure to continue to improve the Kindle by adding memory, faster downloads and possibly a colour screen. Amazon will also continue to add to its catalogue of available content. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezo's ambitious goal is to someday have every book ever written available in ebook format.

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