Kindle – The current trend for reading
Do you believe me? I’m not bookworm…(Jing Jing na!)
I don’t like to read/carry heavy text books and cartoon books. But for my beside career, I’m writer. I have to catchup news, technology and the knowledge about social marketing for consolidating all of them to write the for writing the column in magazine and my blog.
I want to change and improve my behavior. So I have to find out the way to make me read more and more.
Luck at me, during I tried to find out. I know the people who works in the publishing circle via Twitter. He was interesting to buy the new device for reading with his group.
And this is my starting point to know this gadget call Kindle. That’s why I join and know about this cool device and want to share with you about this.
What is the Kindle?
Kindle is the lightweight device for reading the book in the electronic format, call e-book.
Features in Kindle
- Major e-book reader
- Web Browser
- Support Facebook and Twitter. when you need to share your favorite quote, Kindle has the option to connect with FB and twitter
- MP3 Player + speaker included — with press alt + space
- Text-2-Speech – hold Shift then press Sym button
- Capacity inside ~ 4GB. it can collect 3500 books in this device.
Model and Screen Size
From the past till now, there are 4 models generation of Kindle but the current models are…
- Kindle DX – 9.7 inches – the same screen size as iPad
- Kindle 3 – screensize 6 inches
DX Model – $379 (11000THB)
Device – Kindle 3rd gen – WiFi $139 3G+WiFi $189 , I bought from group buying in ~5600 THB include shipping from US and tax. Individual buy ~6000THB. If you are not sure to order via Amazon directly, you can order Another way from unofficial Thai website
Accessory – Cover Case – Official $60 ~1800THB, But I bought with the same group buying via ebay ~ 400THB
Book – around ~ $10
Price for e-books in Amazon when compares with the real books in the bookstore such as Kinokuniya – there is almost the same price.
We can leave Kindle form full-charged with reading for a month. Meanwhile, iPad able to be used only 10 hrs.
Why can Kindle be used longer time than iPad? Because Kindle uses E-Ink technology. It uses power from battery when the page is changed only. After it changed, no power need. That’s why Kindle can be read and standby for a month.
The format support for Kindle of e-book.
Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), PDF, HTML, TXT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MOBI
Kindle is available on many platform via Kindle Application for Mac / PC / BB / iPad / iPhone / Android and Windows Phone.
If you buy e-book from Amazon, you can open your book from different platform without buy the same book again.
The way to add the books for reading to the different platform, we have to install the Kindle application on the device as you need and login with your password. After that login with the amazon user name and password then Kindle will sync all of information of books and location that you read.
The competitor of Kindle
iPad, the latest e-book reader is Barnes&Noble “Nook” – color e-book reader.
My first touch with Kindle.
This is joke for me…At the first time I had got the Kindle box and after the box was opened, I saw the Kindle with the sticker about instruction to use and re-charge the battery. Then I tried to pull-out the instruction sticker. Finally, I saw it is no sticker attached. this is the welcome screen that is set for the first time. It was disappeared when I turn on the Kindle.
How is feeling with Kindle
Feel like I read the real paper book without scratch. And when i read it for a long time, I don’t face the problem of eye pain.
My 3 latest books and I’m in current to read
- The presentation secret of Steve Jobs
- The truth about negotiation
- The Dragon Fly Effect – about social media driving the social change
Kindle Community in Thailand
There is no community website for Kindle’s fan in Thai but we have the way to talk about it via Twitter – There is the small user group who has the Kindle in Thailand via Twitter with hashtag #TKUG (Thai Kindle User Group). We talk and share some trick, news update about E-book, Kindle and also other device also. You can join to read tweet as well.
Since October last year till now, I think I read much more from the past. I believe that Kindle helps me to improve my behavior.
But the actual and important thing to solve anything