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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:27 PM

Anyone here own a Kindle?

I want to buy one because I think it might be easier for me to read. My eyes aren't what they used to be. Problem is I'm completely ignorant about them. I have asked some questions on Amazon and am waiting for answers but in the meantime;

How do you like yours?

How do you transfer kindle 'books' you buy on Amazon onto them?

Do they have to be connected to wifi when your reading books on them? (I suppose you need a special cable to download the book).

I see I have a choice between 8GB and 32GB.....wot? I mean how many books can you keep on a 8GB?

Pros/cons about the different sizes, waterproof or not?

All helpful advice will be very appreciated.

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:32 PM

1. I got them for my granddaughters. Go for it.

They are so cheap, you should just jump in and find out how you like them. Just as a general rule, I usually go with the highest GB on any devices within reason.

Waterproof, say wut? I don't know. What's the price difference, say I?

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:45 PM

3. The waterproof one is $150 and I see one that is $270 that has an adjustable warm light

and it must be waterproof because it shows a lady ready reading it in the bath....I now read it is waterproof.

I think I'll go with the big storage and this warm light as well. It reads;

"Customize your screen.
Now you can adjust the shade of the screen from white light to a warm amber with the ability to schedule when the light changes for a personalized reading experience. Kindle Oasis also has an adaptive front light that automatically adjusts the brightness of your screen based on lighting conditions".

It sounds so nice. AND you can read newspapers!!

I'm slowly catching up.

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:41 PM

2. Hey, I don't own a Kindle but have a library of well over 1000 Kindle books I read on my iPad using

the Kindle app.

When you buy a book it is placed into your Amazon Kindle Library (in the Cloud). It also appears (just the cover & title) in your library that you view on your device. At that point, you simply download the book through WiFi and it resides on your device, available for off-line reading. No cables required.

I currently have 47 books downloaded on my iPad and they are consuming just under 900 MB of space. The Kindle storage methodology might be different (I don't know), but I would think it's going to be close to that.

Hope that helps

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Response to Cold Warrior (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:52 PM

4. Damn you beat me. I only have 800 books on my IPAD Amazon app. ...

I also own a Kindle Fire which I mainly use for reading when I am waiting in a doctor’s office for an appointment.

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Response to Cold Warrior (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:53 PM

5. Yes it does help. Thanks.

So I'll have to look into this cloud. I can't believe it took me this long to think of getting this. I have bought books that I haven't even opened simply because it's become so difficult to read them. The lighting has to be just right and I have to look for my reading glasses. This morning I saw this book called, 'Walking With the Green Man: Father of the Forest, Spirit of Nature' and thought how much I'd love to read it. I will buy the Kindle version soon as I get a Kindle.

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Response to Jardinier (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:50 PM

10. Make sure you look at the Kindle Paperwhite

It is a far better image for reading than the Kindle Fire. The e-ink display can only do black and white - but it looks like ink on paper rather than screen.

It has a backlight and is very easy to read in all lighting conditions.

You can not use it to watch videos or anything. It is just for reading. But, in my opinion, it is the most pleasant reading experience.

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:08 PM

7. i have 4 of them.

they are cheap, durable, and easy to use.

the books download directly to the kindle from the amazon site. many are free. the books are also available, theoretically forever, on the cloud. you only buy it once.

to download you need to be connected to wi fi. to read, no. download at the coffee shop, read it anywhere.

the 8G is sufficient, but the 32G does not cost a lot more. if you run out of room, delete a few books from the unit, you can always get them back from the cloud.

let's call it "water resistant" but I have never actually tested the "water proof" idea. you can certainly drop the thing a few feet (well tested). I recommend the biggest screen, but it is very easy to make the type bigger so I read without glasses.

my wife uses hers as a game machine, and it is handy for e mail and browsing (wi fi required.) I've used them in the hospital where it is nice ti have a few books and e mail connection.

the fire operating system is "almost" android, but most android aps are available. the "silk" browser is ok, certainly functional if not really chrome.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 04:13 PM

11. I can tell you the iPad Air 1 is NOT waterproof

A few months ago I was in a hotel, laying on the bed, reading on the iPad, and drinking a Tanqueray and Tonic. I spilt it onto the iPad and there was no hesitation. It was gone immediately. At least it gave me the opportunity to upgrade to a 3.

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:14 PM

8. I like my Kindle...

You only need WiFi to download the book when you order it.Then it's in your memory. 32Gb will hold hundreds of books. Magazine subscriptions download every month/ week as well as daily newspapers.
It also has full internet access. Check mail, take selfies, post on DI.
Its much easier to haul around than a laptop.

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:17 PM

9. Go buy the cheapest one and go from there.

A tablet for around $50? Pragmatism is called for here

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 05:32 PM

12. Have the Kindle Fire and for the $40 I paid and 3 years later, I go out tonight and buy

another if this one was to die. Worth every penny, imo.

Also for books, chevk and see if your local library participates in "OverDrive" where you can get most titles free of charge.

Sometimes you have to wait in que for a recent release and the time is limited to how long you have to read, not unlike checking a book out at the library. Tons of free videos, too!

Do it!

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 08:04 PM

13. I have one--a Kindle White. It's okay but I don't use it much anymore. I need to get a kindle

where the books are read aloud.

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 09:44 PM

14. No but

I may break down and get one.

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 10:08 AM

15. I personally think the Kobo is a far superior device

Unlike the Kindle you are not married or tied in to a single source for books. There a several Public Domain sites I have installed books from. In addition you can "borrow" from you local library with it. The Aura H20 is waterproof down to something like 30 feet. The backlight is easy on the eyes.

https://us.kobobooks.com/collections/ereaders

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Response to Jardinier (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 03:31 PM

16. I liked the Kindle just fine, but prefer the iPad. Far better screen (most important to me)

and more apps (via App Store).

Bigger is better for reading IMO

Waterproof? I can't think of any reason to spend extra $$$ for that.

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