- Ability to bookmark pages and dog-ear corners (I ALWAYS do this in my books!)
- Ability to highlight passages and take notes on the text (I always do this too! Love marginalia.)
- Read-aloud function for just about every book you download can be turned on and off at will (although the computerized voice will not put audio book-makers out of business any time soon.)
- Change the size of the text from small to ultra large and many sizes in between.
- Instantly purchase and download books. This has already proven hazardous to my wallet. However, you may download samples of any book for free, so it hasn’t been as hazardous as it could be.
- E-mail word, .pdf, picture files, etc. to your Kindle and take them with you wherever you go. (VERY handy for teachers, producers, anybody, really.)
- Basic web browsing.
- Built in dictionary (Oxford American).
- Subscribe to newspapers and magazines from the Kindle, new editions are delivered instantly. Subscriptions are cheaper too!
- Saves all your highlights, bookmarks, notes, clippings, etc. in a separate file which you can then transfer to your computer to edit or e-mail to friends.
- And (I love this) in sleep mode the Kindle displays various different authors or other literary items of interest.
I’m sure there’s more, but I don’t want to take up too much of your time. All I can say is that I am a convert. I love my Kindle, I truly love it.
There are drawbacks, of course. The price ($359!!) can be quite a hurdle, but as I said above, the cost of downloading a book to your Kindle is quite a bit cheaper than buying it physically. Another drawback is that not all books are yet available in Kindle format. I found that both Possession and Rabbit, Run were unavailable on my Kindle, sadly. However, I did download Pride and Prejudice for 99 cents! So it’s hit and miss, but more hit than miss, I think.
Now, this is not to say that a Kindle will replace my library. Perish the thought! I still love my books. I will never stop wanting or buying physical books. I will always cherish my library and want to grow and nurture it. But the Kindle is a brilliant piece of technology and a wonderful halfway step. It’s a perfect way to carry with you at all times all the multiple books one likes to read at once. It’s also a nice way to try out books to see if they are a must-have for your physical library, or to read the “fluff” that you know you want want to share or keep on your shelf.
I love it. If you are a book-lover, this is a must-have.