Pros The clear black on grey type easy on the eyes and easy to read.
The page turns are very fast.
The unit is thin and lightweight.
Supports MOBI so most downloaded books can be converted by the Calibre ebook program.
Cons Hard to hold onto. The slim design only gives the edge along the side of the screen to grip. I solved this problem with an elastic band holding a folded wad of no-slip rubber shelf liner mesh to the bottom side. This gives something to grip.
Summary This is my first ebook reader and I did a lot of research before purchasing to make sure I was getting the best currently available. I am very satisfied with the choice I made especially after I fixed the grip problem.
There are a few features which would be nice if added like a better filing system with support for sub-folders so that larger numbers of books can be more easly organized in the library, and a built in notepad program to make better use of the qwerty keyboard.
The Kindle supports pdf and txt files but I found it better to convert them to mobi before loading them. The Calibre ebook program does a good job at this.
"Still on the fence"on by PhilM66
Pros looks vastly improved over the earlier models
Cons epub not supported so all of my old books are useless unless I use my laptop or repurchase. Still not a fan of the keyboard
Summary I'm still trying to decide between the Nook & this version of the Kindle. I just sold my faithful Sony reader & regretted it almost instantly! I do need the wifi though as I have been caught on the road with nothing to read! The idea that all my books are now useless unless I get a Nook is very depressing!
One thing I don't get is why all the reviews try to compare the Nook & Kindle with an iPad. Cost aside (and that's a huge aside) the iPad is very heavy & not comfortable for reading at all (I had one & tried it). The backlit screen is no different from any other screen - tiring after a while & the last thing I want to do after a day at work when I want to read a good book is to have to look at another monitor. In my mind these readers are for just that reading, not surfing the web, responding to e-mail or editing documents, etc. Not once did I catch myself licking my fingers in prep for a page turn while reading on the iPad, something I had done with my Sony! I want something small (iPhone is a little too small for reading ) that I can carry with me all the time & use just about anywhere so do I go without EPUB support or go for the larger, slower device?
Pros 1) Specifically designed for "long-form" reading (whole books), with the emphasis on the reader's comfort, particularly eye comfort.
2) Integrated mini-keyboard and navigation doohickey keeps grubby fingers off of the screen.
3) Huge battery life.
Cons 1) No color.
2) PDF display... can't see them very well, even with the zoom.
Summary Look, buy this for reading text. Don't use it for web browsing: that's what computers are for.
This device will give you an instant definition of a highlighted word, without moving you from the page you are reading - so if you are reading something slightly challenging, you can carry on with very little disruption or distraction. That alone is phenomenal.
I bought a Kobo and really liked it until I actually tried to read from it. I took it back the same day because I couldn't actually read it. It was so dark... it was like trying to read a wet newspaper.
The Kindle 3 is the best, brightest e-reader, with the highest contrast. That was my top concern. All of the numerous features are of secondary importance to me.
I am a computer professional and I look at an LCD alllllll day. I do not need nor want another LCD screen to stare at. The Kindle 3 is different, and a break for my eyes.
Pros I like how the Kindle is manufacture with little weight and a very slim profile. It is easy to carry and can fit in my jacket pocket or my backpack. I think it has one of the more intuitive operating programs for all the Ereaders.
Cons The internet feature is slow and blocky to use. The screen really needs to be backlit for dim lighting conditions.
Summary Bottom line - best ereader in my opinion.
"I am addicted"on by Klem67
Pros Light, very long battery life, very easy to read even in bright sunlight. Ability to e-mail documents directly to the Kindle to read later, great for getting work down out of the office. Love the WiFi.
Cons Claims you can read pdf files, but the print is almost always too small to read without a magnifying glass, even the enlarge function is cumbersome and not all that helpful.
Summary I love this thing! I read on it every day. I look forward to any down time to get some reading in. I also love how easy it is to browse books, get free samples, etc. I read so many books now that I never would have even known existed without the Kindle.