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Today we present Part Three of a four-part series on devices to download and read digital publications known as eBooks. An eccentric genius named Michael S. Hart invented the eBook (and gave it its name) in the mid-1960's. His first entry into the ether was a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Today there are tens of millions of eBooks and other publications available, and for the past nine months they have taken over from print media in terms of numbers sold.
Part One, which was posted Tuesday HERE reviewed the Kindle e-reader. Wednesday we reviewed the Kindle Fire tablet HERE and today we look at the Kindle app. for laptops. On Friday we conclude with a look at smartphone apps. for eBooks. Next week we will tell you about some eBooks written by firefighters and EMS people that are available and selling well already.
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The Kindle App. for Computers and Laptops, a Review
by Mike Ward
How I Got Started
I was introduced to Kindle through a free book offer by a favorite author, based on my Amazon purchases.
The catch was that it was an eBook, accessible through a Kindle application that I needed to download and install on my laptop.
Great marketing. I got hooked.
From Amazon's Kindle for PC webpage:
- Get the best reading experience available on your PC. No Kindle required
- Access your Kindle books even if you don't have your Kindle with you
- Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
- Create new highlights, notes, and bookmarks and manage those created on your Kindle
- Search for words or phrases within the book you're reading
- Use the built-in dictionary to seamlessly look up the definitions of English words without interrupting your reading.
- Full screen reading view, color modes, and brightness controls offer an immersive reading experience
- Real page numbers for thousands of books in the Kindle Store. Now you can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class
Similar packages for MacBook, iPad, Blackberry, iPhones and Android phones.
Mike's Kindle Experience on a PC
Infinitely varible text size. Unlike Adobe Acrobat .pdf documents, Kindle books are infinitely sizeable, automatically re-adjusting the layout of the text.
Pictures and charts are not as variable. I have compared the paper and Kindle version of a couple of books. Pictures and symbols on Kindle do not maintain the same paper formatting.
It is like reading Firegeezer on a smart phone, the pictures and symbols go to the center of the screen.
I like that I could select three different backgrounds: white, black or sepia.
An Addicting Experience
Bill "Firegeezer" Schumm mentioned that he was reading many more books on his Kindle. I noticed that I quickly accumulated two dozen books in my Kindle library, many purchased because I wanted to read it RIGHT NOW.
During the Winter Carnival I have hammered through a surprising number of Kindle books. In addition to the immediacy, the lower price of ebooks made it easier to make a purchase decision.
As Greg pointed out in his Kindle Fire review, Amazon coordinates your Kindle application with your Amazon.com account. Significantly increases the desire to buy right now.
The Kindle application for the laptop is better than I expected, even with all of the excessive page turning.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward
Tomorrow: Part Four, Kindle apps for smartphones
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