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This material is archived primarily from Email tips distributed to my own home computer friends here in Ocala, dated 2015-2017. Updates to this material are scheduled for CY 2018.

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Amazon Kindle and Ebook Readers

A recent wirecutter.com article has concluded a study of ebook readers recommending "the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the right choice for almost everyone."

Ebook readers can carry thousands of books and enable users to access books from libraries numbering in the millions of titles. Most are comparable in size and weight to a paperback and will run for weeks without recharging.

Personally I have used Kindle devices for most of my ebook reading, as did my Mom for many years. It's easy to change the font size, which makes Kindles an ideal reading option for anybody dealing with macular degeneration.

Amazon's entry page for Kindle shoppers is at https://kindle.amazon.com/

Primarily I've used one of the early Kindle DX models and a KindleFire tablet. However, Amazon also has program apps for downloading and reading books on just about any desktop, laptop, tablet or even smart phone. You also can use such devices to read books "from the cloud" wherever WiFi is available.

Kindle editions are available for a large segment of book titles in print, often at a fraction of hardcopy cost. Getting set up with an Amazon account is free and you can get set up using the same computer equipment and internet service you already have at home.

When I set up an Amazon account and Kindle devices for Mom and myself, we never realized how many new authors we would discover. Because costs of publication are so low for electronic books, there has been an explosion of literature coming on the scene from writers who never had a chance to gain wide readership before.

I have actually gone into publication myself with a new book, "Easter Witness", a family memoir and commentary on seasonal scripture that I thought would mean a lot to friends and family. So now I can say that even I am a published author. My own book is available through Amazon in paperback format as well. Many books listed on Amazon are available in both electronic and hardcopy form.

More on the wirecutter recommendation - according to their study:

"The Kindle Paperwhite’s screen has the same 300-dots-per-inch pixel density as every comparable and premium ebook reader, meaning it displays crisp, easy-to-read text and clear images. The Kindle Paperwhite is light and small, with a side-lit screen that allows you to read in dim lighting. Amazon also offers the most impressive library in terms of scope and price, as well as partnerships that, for example, let you easily check out free books from many public libraries.

"If you’re willing to pay more, Amazon’s Kindle Voyage is an empirically better ebook reader. It’s lighter, thinner, and equipped with an auto-dimming display, plus convenient page-turn buttons along the left and right edges of the screen. If you’re a heavy reader, or if you enjoyed the physical buttons on older Kindle models, you might want to pay more for those features, but most people will be happy with the Kindle Paperwhite, especially since the two devices have the same display size and resolution. The Kindle Voyage’s features are simply luxuries."

Their study was based primarily on testing of five leading ebook readers - Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage, Barnes & Noble’s Nook GlowLight Plus, and Kobo’s Kobo Glo HD and Kobo Aura H2O.