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Book Reading with the Kindle Fire

Dec 9 2011, 1:35pm CST | by , in News | Android

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Book Reading with the Kindle Fire
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Reading is lots of fun on the Fire

Over the last few weeks, I have been using the Kindle Fire for all sorts of things and talking about how well it performs for the tasks. Today I am going to talk about one of the things that it will be used for the most- reading books. I went over to the Amazon digital bookstore and purchased myself a book that I wanted to check out.

The first thing I noted was that while the book had about 500 pages in the Book store description, on the Kindle Fire the book had over 1700 pages. This is thanks to the small screen size that keeps the sentences on the page limited. If you read quickly as I do, it might get annoying when you feel you are constantly flipping pages.

One thing that I didn’t like about the particular book I am reading is that it has diagrams to show things about the content in the book. The book will start talking about what the diagram is for multiple pages before you actually get to the diagram. They don’t appear to be in line with the content you are reading about. Sometimes when I actually found the diagram I didn’t recall what it was supposed to illustrate.

I do very much like that those diagrams are in color though, it makes some things much easier to relate. When the book talks about diagrams there are links, you can press to go straight to the diagram. The text on the page at default size was perfect for my eyes. You can make the font larger if you need, but you will flip pages even more often. Surprisingly even in a bright room the glare was livable from the glossy screen.

The book was fast to download, but you do need a WiFi connection for any downloading. I also found that the page flipping can be overly sensitive. A few times when I place my finger on the screen to open the highlight or dictionary features, the page would flip ahead accidentally. I love being able to highlight important passages that I want to remember using the highlight feature.

If you are reading a book that has lots of big words that are new to you, the dictionary feature is fantastic as well. If you read several books at once, you might also like the way the Kindle Fire shows the percentage of completion on your library home page. You can look at a glance and see if you finished a book or not. Over all the Kindle Fire is very good for reading with a few quirks.

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