I’m so excited about this recent acquisition… it’s the 3rd generation Kindle with built-in 3G and wireless. What this means in a nutshell is that I can download e-books anywhere, anytime – as long as my cell phone has coverage, so does my Kindle. Of course I have to pay for the books – some of them anyways. There are hundreds of thousands of free e-books that can be downloaded from Amazon.com, as well as other sites. There are also games, magazines, and blog subscriptions that I can access.
I’ve only had it for a couple of days and with all of my homework, I haven’t had a chance to truly test-drive it. However, my initial impression is very, very positive. The new generation of Kindle features a high-contrast “E-Ink” screen that is meant to be more realistic to reading print on paper. It’s impressive in its clarity – the image above is a “screen-saver” of sorts – the Kindle is actually turned off. Every time you power it down, it uploads a different screen – often pictures of famous authors (Twain, the Bronte’s; Woolf, etc).
I’ll report back with a more robust review in a few weeks. I have a vacation coming up that this will be quite handy for and I imagine I’ll spend quite a bit of time with my newest toy. If you want to learn more about the Kindle, click here.