The screen is one of the more impressive features. Amazon's calls the technology "electronic paper", and it is pretty similar to reading a printed page. There is none of the electronic glow and glare of a typical computer screen, so there is none of the eye strain associated with it. The bonus features of doing your reading on the Kindle include:
- The ability to carry about 200 books with you. You can also delete any of the books and download any of them later if you wish.
- An included electronic dictionary so you can look up any words while you are reading. You can also look up the terms on Wikipedia as well.
- You can create bookmarks, highlight passages, make notes and store clippings for later reference. The clippings can be saved to your computer as well.
- You can purchase books for $9.99 or less and have them sent wirelessly to your Kindle for free. This can save quite a bit of money and time, especially on best sellers and new releases still in hardback.
- You can download samples of any of the books before you buy.
- You can also subscribe to newspapers and magazines and have them sent wirelessly to your Kindle, again at noticeable savings.
The Kindle is one of those things I was interested in, but would not have purchased for myself anytime soon. And those are the best kind of presents. I have a stack books staring me in the face, so my regular use of the Kindle will probably a month or so away. I only wish I had it before I bought the Nicolas Sparks book for book club. Then I could have read it anonymously.