Sunday, 10 April 2011

The good: Slimmer, more compact design than previous Kindle; improved screen with higher contrast and faster page turns; native PDF support; large library of hundreds of thousands of e-books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs via Amazon's familiar online store; Wi-Fi access to Amazon's online store; built-in keyboard for notes; with 4GB (3.3 usable) of internal memory, it's capable of storing 3,500 electronic books; eight fonts available, including two new extra-large sizes; excellent battery life; displays image files, and plays MP3 and AAC audio.

The bottom line: The third-generation Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades--an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price--vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category.

Review: Editors' note: As of November 22, 2010, the Amazon Kindle reviewed here has been designated a CNET Editors' Choice. As of December 30, 2010, Amazon has activated a lending feature similar to the one available on the Nook.
Just as Apple's iPod wasn't the first MP3 player, Amazon wasn't the first company on the block to release an e-book reader; NuvoMedia's RocketBook and the early Sony Readers both beat the Kindle to market. But it's hard to argue that the online retailer's Kindle isn't the iPod of the e-book reader market. The Kindle ... Expand full review

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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Kindle is #1 bestselling item for two years running. It's the most-wished-for, most-gifted, and has the most 5-star reviews of any product on Now it's even better.

  • All-New, High-Contrast E Ink Screen – 50% better contrast with latest E Ink Pearl technology
  • Read in Bright Sunlight - No glare
  • New and Improved Fonts - New crisper, darker fonts
  • New Sleek Design - 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6" size reading area
  • 15% Lighter - Only 247 grams, weighs less than a paperback
  • Battery Life of One Month - A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
  • Double the Storage - Up to 3,500 books
  • Books in 60 seconds - Download books anytime, anywhere
  • Free 3G Wireless - No monthly payments, no annual contracts
  • Built-In Wi-Fi - In addition to the 3G wireless, you can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots
  • 20% Faster Page Turns - Seamless reading
  • Enhanced PDF Reader - With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
  • New WebKit-Based Browser - Free 3G web browsing (experimental)