To Kindle or not to Kindle

Recently, studies have shown that the smart phone is the most popular device for reading ebooks. I, for one, am thrilled to read a little of The Hounds of Baskerville in line at "Welcome to Moes's." However, I don't believe people are getting their "War and Peace" on with their iPhone. I think the reading time is short - like my attention span. I think the Kindle and the Nook, and even the Kobo readers are better than your tethered smarty-phone.

I've compiled a list of some of the features of the Amazon Kindle that make it one of your best choices for reading.

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"Kindle is 11% thinner and 16% lighter than the previous generation Kindle." (

The Kindle has a weight of around 6 ounces which is average and on par with it's competitors. The dimensions are 6.3" x 4.5" x 0.36."

2. Display screen.

This is an important feature since you obviously want to be able to easily read whatever book you've downloaded. The Kindle  measures 6" diagonally, which again is a pretty common size.

The Kindle has an E-Ink paper display which makes it look like you're reading right off of a piece of paper. This technology can be found in most book readers.

Where the Kindle really excels is the 16 level gray scale, the next closest competitor has a 8 level gray scale.

3. Wireless network.

The Kindle has a built in network called Whispernet which enables it's users to access any wireless connection using the Sprint network anywhere in the country where the network is available. So you have a very large coverage area. You don't need to sign up with Sprint, or any other carrier, this capability comes standard on all Kindle 2 units.

4.The world's largest library of titles available for download on the Kindle.

You will also be able to access thousands of blogs, newspapers and magazines, all right from your portable reader.

Most competitors only offer about half of the number of titles to download and fewer blogs with no papers or magazines.

5. Available storage.

The Kindle can hold about 3,000 books and comes with an internal 4GB memory. There is no external memory.

6. Battery life.

The Kindle lasts approximately two weeks with a full charge when wireless is turned off. If wireless feature is on battery life is around 4 days. It takes about 4 hours to recharge the battery.

One of the closest competitors to the Kindle is the Barnes and Noble Nook. It appears that they have abandoned their e-ink variety and are sticking to the tablet versions. Their Glow-Light 3 is only available as a refurbished model. Kindles of all varieties are available at and they often go on super sale. The Kindle version of tablet are really a nice tablet and can be less expensive than the e-ink varieties. But I want to emphasize the beauty of the dedicated, non-facebooky version. It serves as a library which can read for you, if needed.

If you do a little digging you will find a lot more information not just on the Kindle, but on other brands of book readers. Take some time and compare features and you can decide for yourself whether or not you think the Amazon Kindle is the best choice for you and your reading style.

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