One of the latest revolutions in techno gadgets, is the portable digital reader. In essence a small computer with a large screen which allows the reader to read digital novels.
Whilst there are many platforms for this technology including IPAD, the Sony reader and the kindle. It is the Kindle that has caught the publics imagination.
The IPAD catches the eye as APPLE’s march to brand dominance is imagined. It is the Amazon Kindle which boasts some of the best features.
The earlier versions of Kindle were really just as a dedicated e-book readers. But as it has been updated through the years, it now bears more of the hallmarks of a fully functional browsing tablet.
For instance, the early versions sported “Pearl E ink screen’s” which meant that the pages mimiced the pages of a book, in any light. The most recent version – The Fire HDX’s boasts high color accuracy and high pixel density at 339 PPI.
Ebooks can be downloaded directly from the Kindle store and each release of Kindle boasts an larger memory storage capacity. The first Kindle could hold around 200 titles, the Kindle 3 – around 1,500, HDX comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB size models – so an almost infinite number of ebooks and other media can be stored.
The Kindle has gone through several updates and a new version is generally released every September. Each version has boasted a major improvement to the previous model. Including slimmer body and faster interface.
For the uninitiated, the main Kindle’s releases and main differences are listed below :
Kindle – released in Nov 2007.
Kindle 2 – released in Feb 2009- Faster interface and better E Ink screen display
Kindle 3 – released in July 2010 – Slimmer body, cheaper price, even faster interface, even better screen display, WIFI enabled.
Kindle 4 / Kindle Touch / Kindle Fire – released in September 2011 – slimmer and lighter model to previous. including limited browsing function.
Kindle 5 / Paperweight / Kindle Fire HD- released in September/October 2012 – Longer battery life, better contrast, 15% faster loadtime.
Kindle 6 / Paperweight- released in September 2013 – Longer battery life, better contrast, 25% faster process.
Kindle Fire HDX – released September 2013 – The Kindle Fire HDX is the latest generation of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet line. It is available in 7 in and 8.9 in screen sizes, with introductory prices of £180 ($229) and (£349) $379, respectively, for the 16 GB version with special offers. Both tablets are also available in 32 and 64 GB versions.
Both models contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor that has an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit. Both the 7 in and 8.9 in models have a 1.2-megapixel front camera that shoots 720p HD video. The 8.9 in model has a 8-megapixel rear camera that shoots HD 1080p video.
In late January 2011, according to Amazon – digital books were outselling their traditional printed books on its site, with an average of 115 Kindle editions being sold for every 100 paperback editions.
So whether you are in the market for a Kindle, another variety of e-book reader or not yet convinced this latest technological fad looks like it is here to stay, with the Amazon Kindle edging the way in e-book market dominance.