What do Amazon Kindle, Microsoft Word and Apple iPhone have in common. They’re not always the best, the cheapest, nor the first ones, but they are produced by the biggest players in their field and hold the exclusive rights of their products.
Today my Amazon Kindle International Edition arrived. Yes you can easily download and read books sold by Amazon after registration. The previous ereader Iliad by irex I used, supports more formats, it’s memory can be extended by SD card and you can easily add files through usb connection with your PC or via usb stick, but unfortunately no quick and swift downloads via wifi or G3. Wifi conection was mostly hard to get, the wifi soon went broke, and their service is lousy.
I read mostly English written books almost always in store at Amazon as Kindle edition. Dutch books, at least the ones I’m interested in are seldom available for ereaders.
That’s the main strength of my new Kindle, books almost always available and easy to obtain where ever you are.
The pro’s of the Amazon Kindle International Edition:
- Large amount of books available for easy and quick download to the Kindle
- Easy to use, buying a book is easy
- Connectivity through G3, swift
- You can make notes, bookmarks etc.
- You can listen to the books, audio books
The cons of the Amazon Kindle International Edition:
- Small display
- You can’t extend memory
- Only amazon file type usable, you need to email pdf and word files for conversion to your kindle account for download
- No computer or USB upload
- Not all US available books are also for download to the international Kindle
- Doesn’t support ePub format of ebooks
Concluding: very satisfied, great way to read your books at least in English.
Another complaint of some is that not all US books are also available for the international version, it depends on the deals made with the publishers and amazon.
An alternative could have been Nook eBook reader from Barnes and Noble. It has a bigger screen, than the Kindle I have, it’s a touch screen somewhat comparable to the iPhone. It has WiFi next to G3 connection and you can lent your books to friends for 2 weeks. You can extend memory with a memory card. Unfortunately it doesn’t have an international version. When it does have an international version it would certainly be an alternative.
A German company Wizpac, will release an erader shortly. The txtr will be more expensive (euro 319), you’ll need a subscription for a service plan for wireless download of 15 euro a month, not as many ebooks available as the kindle or nook
Dutch readers confused, should you buy a kindle, wait for nook or buy another ereader. Well there is help, a whole site about ereaders in Dutch: ereaders.nl. They have made a special table for comparison of ereaders, check it out.
Some science about ereaders, ebooks and the brain? Read this post by The Frontal Cortex:
The larger point is that most complaints about E-Books and Kindle apps boil down to a single problem: they don’t feel as “effortless” or “automatic” as old-fashioned books. But here’s the wonderful thing about the human brain: give it a little time and practice and it can make just about anything automatic. We excel at developing new habits. Before long, digital ink will feel just as easy as actual ink.