What Are the Benefits of Reading on a Kindle?
By Susan Presley
Kindle is an electronic reader (e-reader) released by Amazon. The Kindle uses wireless Internet connections to allow a consumer to shop for, select and download books, newspapers and magazines that are in digital format. The device is portable, hand-held and comes with a full keyboard. The readers are sold with plain black or white covers, but decorative covers are available.
A Kindle 2, released in 2010, has the capacity to hold 4Gb of memory, or about 3,500 books. Those who read on Kindles are able to download books from the comfort of their homes, offices or anywhere they find themselves needing a book. The ability to carry thousands of books in a device that weighs less than a pound is remarkable and allows readers to store an extensive collection.
A Kindle owner can keep reference material, books for pleasure, business manuals and reading material for friends and family on a single device that fits easily into a backpack, briefcase or purse. E-books are available for purchase and download as gifts, and Kindle book gift cards can be purchased so that a recipient may make personal choices.
Kindle e-readers use a 6-inch screen with a muted light grey background and dark grey text called E-Ink Pearl. The graphics on a Kindle are also in grayscale. The lack of an LCD-based backlight system results in less eye strain for users than traditional desktop, laptop or notebook monitors.
Kindles have undergone upgrades, but newer versions do not make previous models obsolete. Each new Kindle can receive transferred books from an older reader with a data cord. Books can also be downloaded onto either a computer or the Kindle and transferred between the two devices. Kindle 2 lacked some upgrades desired by users, so a firmware package was made available, called Kindle 2.3.
Bookmarks, highlighting and search features are available on all versions of Kindles. The devices allows bookmarks and note-taking within the screen. When a user turns off a Kindle, the device remembers where the reader left off; when the user turns the Kindle back on, the book is restored to the last page the reader visited.
Using a Kindle gives a user access to Kindle-only books, pamphlets and information. For example, author Stephen King wrote a novella specifically for the Kindle. Kindle also allows unencrypted forms of data to be stored on the device, such as .TXT files; Kindle 2 and newer versions allow .PDF files to be read.
Susan Presley has worked in health care journalism since 2007, and has been published in the American Journal of Nursing and other academic periodicals. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.