Kindle : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary

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Kindle
Introduction Books
Kindle Coverage Links
Kindle Formats

Introduction

A wireless device for reading electronic books. It uses a high contrast display that looks much like ink on paper. However, the contrast is not nearly as high as the competing Kobo and Sony eBook readers. I have not seen it side by side with a Nook.

Kindle already makes up a whopping 12% of the book sale market of titles also available in Kindle form. Last revised/verified: 2009-02-22

The first things that struck me when I first saw a pair of Kindles was:

Kindles are a loss leader to sell eBooks. Kindles cost Amazon roughly twice what they sell them for.

Shopping for A Kindle

These Kindles are in ascending order by list price. This approximates the order of street price. Amazon insists I not display prices, fearing they will be obsolete and because for some reason the prices they post on their website do not match the ones they post in the AWS (Amazon Web Services) database I use. You can find out the prices by clicking through to the Amazon site. The 9.5” Fires are obsolete, replaced by a smaller 7” model.

Amazon has simplified the black and white Kindle line to three models:

  1. The Basic Kindle has a touch screen but no light.
  2. The Paperwhite Kindle has a light to let you read in the dark or in dim light. The paperwhite has an optional free 3G option for a mere $70 to let you download books where there is no WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) access.
  3. The top-of-the-line Voyager Kindle gives you access to the entire Kindle library for $10 a month.
electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Kindle Basicto electronic home
asin B007HCCNJU
dim 9.10 × 12.20 cm
3.58 × 4.80 in
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Basic model in black or grey. Wireless device for reading eBooks, 16 grey levels, Requires WiFi or USB access. Controlled by wiggling button. diagonal: 15.2 cm, 6.00 inches, width × height 600 × 800 pixels.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Kindle, 6"to electronic home
asin B00I15SB16
dim 16.90 × 11.90 × 1.02 cm
6.65 × 4.69 × 0.40 in
{Basic
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Lightto electronic home
asin B00JG8GOWU
The Amazon AWS database claims this product is not in stock, but if you go to the website, it is in stock. Hi res touch display. Wi-Fi, optional extra cost free 3G, includes ads (aka Special Offers). You can get rid of the ads for an extra $20. Requires a WiFi access to download books. 206 grams. 212 ppi resolution display. Amazon says they are good for one handed reading. I don’t think they really mean that. Porn usually comes in colour.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Kindle Fire 7” 3Gto electronic home
asin B0051VVOB2
dim 9 × 15.30 cm
3.54 × 6.02 in
Older model. Wireless device for reading eBooks with 7” colour screen. Receive books via 3G cellphone towers. Coverage in 100 countries. Does not work with WiFi. Controlled by a touch screen. Like a low-end Apple iPad. It is an Android device that can run apps and games. Developers program it in Java. diagonal: 17.8 cm, 7.00 inches, 600 × 1024 pixels.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Kindle Fire HD 7”, LCD Display, WiFi, 8 GBto electronic home
asin B00CU0NSCU
dim 9 × 15.30 cm
3.54 × 6.02 in
Uses WiFi unlike the original which used 3G. 8Gb, 16Gb or 32Gb. colour touch screen. diagonal: 17.8 cm, 7.00 inches, 600 × 1024 pixels.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Lightto electronic home
asin B00BTI6HBS
dim 9.10 × 12.20 cm
3.58 × 4.80 in
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Essentially a Kindle Touch with a backlight for reading in bed. Controlled by touch screen. diagonal: 15.2 cm, 6.00 inches. extra features cost less because there are ads (aka special offers). Free 3G + Wi-Fi. This lets you download books without being near a computer.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Kindle Voyage, 6"to electronic home
asin B00IOY8XWQ
This product is not in stock at any of the Amazon stores. with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors. Hi res touch display. Wi-Fi, optional extra cost free 3G, includes ads (aka Special Offers). You can get rid of the ads for an extra $20. Requires a WiFi access to download books. 180 grams (lighter than the paperwhite). 300 ppi resolution display.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Kindle DXto electronic home
asin B002GYWHSQ
dim 13.90 × 20.30 cm
5.47 × 7.99 in
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Wireless device for reading eBooks with black and white screen. Receive books via 3G cellphone towers. Coverage in 100 countries. Does not work with WiFi. Controlled by a keyboard. diagonal: 824 × 1200 pixels.
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electronic product image recommend electronic⇒Kindle Fire HDX 8.9”, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band WiFi, 16 GBto electronic home
asin B00BHJRYYS
dim 12 × 19.20 cm
4.72 × 7.56 in
Only available in the USA. 16 GB. 32 GB and 64 GB versions also available. diagonal: 22.6 cm, 8.90 inches, 1200 × 1920 pixels.
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Kindle Coverage

Kindles used to work only in parts of the USA. Now they work world wide, wherever 3G cellphone coverage is advised. See this map of world coverage. The Kindle holds enough books for a lifetime of reading, so you can load them up where there is coverage to read off in the jungle. With WiFi , the kindle will work anywhere in the world there WiFi is Internet access, e.g. Internet Cafés anywhere in the world. See eReader connectivity for details.

Kindle Formats

Kindle is quite limited in the formats of book it can display. It supports only ISO-8859-1 encoding, so has only limited support for non-English. It supports Mobipocket format (.MOBI, .PRC), plain text files, PDF and Amazon’s proprietary, copy-protected AZW format. eBook, Word, HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) etc. have to be converted before use. Kindles mostly use two Amazon proprietary formats, AZW and KF8 with copy protection.

Books

book cover recommend book⇒Publish Your Book On The Amazon Kindle: A Practical Guideto book home
by Michael R. Hicks 978-1-4404-5694-7 paperback
birth 1963 age: 51 B001KYG5AY kindle
publisher CreateSpace
published 2008-11-14
A practical guide to publishing your book for the Amazon Kindle.
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