Written by Jeff
After several hints, I was shocked, shocked to receive my Amazon Kindle DX for Fathers Day. For those of you unfamiliar with the Kindle it is an electronic reader that allows you to download books (at about 1/3 of the cost of a new hardcover), newspapers (for about $10 a month) magazines (about $2 per week) and blogs into a 9 inch screen (they also have a 6 inch model).
The neat features of the Kindle include a text-to-speech option and a headphone connection to have these items read to you. With the powerful 3G wireless network attached for free (wait until you hear the purchase price and you will know why the options are free) you can also browse the web without looking for a wireless hot spot. The 3G network is available almost everywhere. The speed of the 3G allows you to download an entire book in less than a minute.
The screen is adaptable (5 different fonts with portrait and landscape views by simply turning the screen) and you can also input your MP3 songs and enjoy music as you read.
I have downloaded 5 books (it will hold about 3,500 books, magazines and newspapers) and read the USA Today and Chicago Tribune daily. It downloads while you sleep and the battery last for weeks without recharging.
I love my Kindle. Now that I have it I take it every where I go. The downside? $495 for the 9 inch model and $299 for the 6 inch model. Pricey but fantastic.