This week was my dad’s birthday, and, as a technology buff, we always try to get him the next big thing on the market. This year, it was perfect timing, as the third edition of the Amazon Kindle had just been released.
While we still receive the ever-slimmer Boston Sunday Globe newspaper, my family has long since given up on physical books, much preferring the Kindle e-reader. Already having versions one and two just wasn’t enough – the third-generation Kindle showed some significant improvements in size, weight, display, and functionality that made it a “must have” and the perfect birthday gift for dad. You can see some of the physical improvements in the photo below, progressing left to right, versions 1-3.
The latest, more compact, 6-inch Kindle e-reader from Amazon has now adopted the Wi-Fi feature that the Barnes & Noble Nook has rivaled, giving it both Wi-Fi and 3G wireless. It has also updated the memory capacity from 2GB to 4GB and doubled the battery life from two weeks to four weeks (with the wireless is turned off).
CNET notes some of the other improved features, including:
- Better screen with higher contrast and faster page turns
- PDF support
- Larger library of hundreds of thousands of e-books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs via the Amazon store
- Built-in keyboard for notes
- Capable of storing 3,500 electronic books
Eight fonts available, including two new extra-large sizes
- Displays image files
- Plays MP3 and AAC audio
So, for all the remaining physical book page turners out there, this third-generation Kindle may very well change your mind and help you make the switch to the modern e-reader world. Sign me up!