E-Books And Kindles: The Best Ones For Me

Most writers I know have got an e-Book or two out. Battles between supporters of e-Books and those of physical ones have been fought in the public arena of the Internet. Opponents have been dragged through the virtual mud. Web spit has been flicked back and forth. Yet, latest news would indicate that none of these wars have dampened the growing popularity of e-Books. 

While we dither, frothing in the 'against' or 'for' queue, kindle (electronic reading devices) are becoming more and more widespread. For one, you need no storage whatsoever to access a bookcase worth of books. They're thin and lighter than an average paperback. A small kindle holds about 1,500 books (depending on unit, but most hold thousands of books) and most importantly, they're wireless and read like the real thing. I was surprised that just a light touch of the screen 'turned' pages like a real book (complete with a page-turning sound). The lighting is perfect and very easy on the eyes.

Surprisingly, there is none of the glare you encounter reading your e-Book or PDF material off a computer/laptop. Because of this real 'book-like' look of the reading screen - using low battery life - most kindles allow up to a week's worth of reading with just one charge.
Most kindles come with hundreds of free (out of copyright) books already loaded. They also allow you to read the papers from wherever you are. 
Kindles are beginning to sound like the best (or only) gift to get for someone who loves reading and books. 

So, if you've already downloaded a set of e-Books (including mine) but are finding reading from your computer difficult, a kindle would certainly be a better experience for you. And I know just where to get some great ones. At the moment the best selling Kindles on Amazon are:
Kindle Wireless Reading device 6" display.

Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6" Display, Global Wireless, Latest Generation)

There is a fabulous demonstration of how this one works on the link above. 

The second best selling reading device is the Kindle DX

Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device (9.7" Display, Global Wireless, Latest Generation)
This one is super light and supports images and characters alike. It's as thin as a magazine and you can receive any book you download in less than 60 seconds. It holds more than 3,000 books, which I find simply amazing.

There are also kindles for PCs and blackberries so don't feel left out as you can get good deals with these options too. 


Dan Holloway March 18, 2010 at 10:27 AM  

I think the single most important thing to get across to people about e-readers is what you very prominently mention - that reading on one has none of the glare issues you get on the computer - worry about headaches and eye strain is the single most common reason I come across for people who otherwise might, not buying an e-reader

I LOVE the look of that light one :)

Anne Lyken-Garner March 18, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

Thanks, Dan. It's great to have you stop by.

Ching Ya March 18, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

Think Kindle would be a perfect gift for you. :-) I can't recall when was the last time I picked up a book.

I do hope they can solve the glare issue for the PC so I get to work more comfortably, but I digress. ha.. See you around.

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Nicole Phillips March 18, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

I haven't purchased a Kindle as of yet. I've been thinking about it. Reading Dans comment its good to here about the glare.

Anonymous March 20, 2010 at 2:36 AM  

i very much enjoy your writing taste, very charming,
don't give up and also keep penning considering it simply nicely to follow it,
impatient to see more and more of your current content, kind regards :)

Anonymous March 20, 2010 at 3:30 AM  

Hello. And Bye.

Anonymous March 20, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

I would love to have one, but the price is too stiffed still..

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