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Old 06-10-2015, 06:44 PM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Cody, WY
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I haven't read this whole thread but I'll cut to the chase. I've never used an e-book reading device and now I want to try it. I wouldn't say I'm fearful, just skeptical that I'll take to it.

've considered a pricey apple ipad, but I really prefer my laptop (MacBook) for internet research and of course I have to have my apps on the larger-screen laptop for designing books etc. Nor do I want a device that stores photos, i have a separate G3 for photos and graphics.

So...just for a reader, I want at least 6" x 9", nonglare screen, and a technology close to reading a real book. Of the dozens of options, I zeroed in on the Kindle PaperWhite. There's other Kindles, so I don't know how to choose.

Anyone have a really strong recommendation after having tried many? Under $200?
The Kindle Paperwhite is the answer. The screen is front lit so the light won't shine into your eyes. I had an original Kindle before and was very happy with it, but the Paperwhite is even better. The user selects the illumination level from zero up. I reecommend the 3g model for convenience. The screen isn't as big as you wish, but don't buy the back lit garbage. Those are for nonreaders.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:11 PM
 
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As to technology. I really do not see much fear :I see more having no use for more. Same reason you see computer sells way down. But I hear a lot of people saying and often worried that younger people seem to have little real interaction face to face. Reading on this forum it seems evident.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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The Kindle Paperwhite is the answer. The screen is front lit so the light won't shine into your eyes. I had an original Kindle before and was very happy with it, but the Paperwhite is even better. The user selects the illumination level from zero up. I reecommend the 3g model for convenience. The screen isn't as big as you wish, but don't buy the back lit garbage. Those are for nonreaders.
What does 3G mean?
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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My previous kindles had 3g which means you can download books without wi-fi, it is a cellular connection. When I bought the paperwhite I decided to just go with wi-fi because I always have it at home. If I am going to travel I just load up on books before leaving home.

I probably have close to 150 books on it right now and there are tons of free books you can find by subscribing to email lists.

**I highly recommend the Amazon cover. It keeps the dust out, looks good, and provides screen protection.
Oh just saw this, thanks Maggie.
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Old 06-11-2015, 04:53 AM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Cody, WY
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What does 3G mean?
It means third generation. I'm appending a link to a short article that explains it. The article is incorrect, however, in statng that mobile telephones became available in the eighties; they were available in the fifties.

What is 3G? Explained in simple terms
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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3G is an internet connection built into your Kindle.

There are no monthly charges for it. The cost of the Kindle with 3G is higher but that's a one time cost.

Good if you want to buy books on the fly and are not home.

But you don't need it if you have internet at home.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:32 AM
 
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Maggie, HT and HW: thanks!
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:40 AM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Cody, WY
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Let me tell a story about a wonderful 3g experience. I was in town and decided to stop for pancakes. I had my Kindle Paperwhite and had just downloaded a work on pyrotechnics writtten about 1900. It was a most enjoyable book but full of archaic terms, e.g., sugar of lead. I simply highlighted any term that I didn't recognize. The Kindle, not finding it in the dictionary, would offer me an option to go to Wikipedia where I found the old terms; it seemed as good as my Merck Index for that purpose. I did this several times while I was eating.

The restaurant didn't have wi-fi, but that posed no problem. The 3g signal provided me with the necessary connection. I have a reference library at home, but I wasn't home. My reading experience was heightened by that connection. In fact, had I been home with my library, I still would have used it.

Amazon has found it possible to provide the service with a small one-time fee. This is only available on the reading devices, not on pacifiers for the Great Unwashed.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:02 AM
 
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Is anyone downloading Kindle books from your computer via a USB connection to the Kindle? Is that really slow?
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:08 AM
 
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Is anyone downloading Kindle books from your computer via a USB connection to the Kindle? Is that really slow?
I do it all the time because I download free books from sources other than Amazon. It's very quick. Some of the books that I download are in a format that Kindle doesn't like or recognize but there is some software that makes converting the format very easy (and it's free) calibre - E-book management

And here are some free sources for ebooks. I love rereading classics and many of them are free.

25 sources of free public domain books
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