The Fusion of Print Media and Technology

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Over the years we have developed; our standard of living and our dependence on technologies has grown. In this world today where everything is merged with technology, the print media stands as no exception.

We can ask ourselves, ’Do we still have people who love to read?’ or ‘People who seek inspiration from books’. The answer is ‘YES’. Another question comes up as to how they should get access to the books they want to read. ‘Do they get every book they want to read the conventional way? In libraries’ or ‘Will it be better for them to look up for their books online?’ Well, most of you will agree that the latter is the better option.

Today, technology has digitalized the print media and has made book lovers get access to millions of books; easier and at a cheaper price. Kindle with Amazon has played a pivotal role in making millions of book lovers get what they want.

Let’s take a closer look how

Kindle e-book reader offers a huge collection of books of all genres to all the proud owners of kindle e-book reader devices. These e books also holds all the features of a paper print including content, pictures and page numbers. It is also relatively easier than the contemporary print books to search for contents for readers. Kindle e books can be purchased from Amazon at a subsidized price and the range of choices available to the customers easily surpasses any other online shops selling books. Kindle e books can also be borrowed for a specific number of days like any other book that you can borrow from a physical library.

Also taking in view sizes of the books and the memory the e-book readers give plus the cloud storage you can save up to 2000+ books in your e-book readers which will be a dream come true for avid readers who can proudly boast of owning a mobile library that’s easily accessible and can even be read offline once downloaded.

What’s better? Unlike the conventional library that was bestowed to you by your parents that can be lost in natural disasters, these e-books can never be lost once you store them in the cloud storage that has been given to your reader device. All you’ve got to do is assign a password and open it anytime you have connection.

Pros of E-Books

  • No trees needs to be cut down to make these books; thus it is eco friendly
  • A click away from finding your book; easy and fast
  • A mobile library everywhere with you
  • Adjustable fonts; easy search of contents
  • Comparatively less costly than its counterpart; paper print

Cons of E-Books

  • Many books are not available in the digital format
  • The book dies when the battery of the e book reader dies
  • You will miss the book itself; the old crimpled pages and the smell
  • Cost of buying some books as some usually comes in a collection at high prices
  • The format available might not be supported for your device

While many have embraced this digitalizing of books, some are of the opinion that these books have lost the true essence of the quality of being a book or book hood if we put it in simple words. We all know technology is there to make our lives easier and this development is definitely a step forward in making reading more enjoyable and easy. However, as we always like to say, ‘Life is a matter of choices’. It is your choice thus as to which form of book to choose and feed your soul. And whatever may be your choices continue to read on as e-books will reach a whole new level in the years to come and the paper print will not become obsolete as long as human beings continue to check, plant and cut trees.

Kindle: A Total Advantage for Modern Man

 

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Are you ready to take a leap into a whole new world of reading? Reading will never be the same again because e-book readers came into existence. Yes, you can still read books the old fashioned way: flipping pages, placing bookmarks, and even reminiscing over pages stained with blotches, and yes, technology should not dictate how modern we are. The good old books serve the needs of every reader, voracious or not, quite well. However, stepping up from all of that, are we ready to break away from the reading habits that we have all developed and loved for something new, something that promises more comfort without compromising on our reading needs?

The majority of us tread change in general. Good change or bad change doesn’t matter because it is still change; we need some major convincing before we take baby steps towards that change. Moving from reading paper-books to e-books may be something that most people are not comfortable with. This is because we are creatures of habit too. Some say, “Heck! I love books, why even bother looking at what e-book readers have to offer?” “What does e-book reading offer that paper-books do not?” “Why do we have to give up the smell of paper books, scribbles, and doggy-ears?” To answer all of that, we will have to analyze what e-book readers actually offer. I am taking the Kindle as an example because right now, it is undeniably taking the lead amongst e-book readers. We must also remember that we are not ditching paper books just because the Kindle came along. This is a new gadget that offers friendly apps for most comfy and convenient reading.

Reading Without Light:

How often do we have to adjust where we read just because the light source was uncomfortable, or how often do we have to stop reading because of power failure? My answer will be numerous times. Comfort while reading is key. All we want to do is curl up in our lazy-boy or bed and settle down with a comfortable book. The Kindle allows you to do just that. Latest models of the Kindle such as the Kindle Voyage even have light sensors that adjust automatically to your environment. If it is broad daylight, it will reduce the screen brightness and if it is dawn, dusk, or night, it increases the brightness. You can read without your reading lights and not disturb your sleeping partners—a sure way to keep everyone happy.

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Adjustable Font Size:

To some, adjustable font size may seem like a trivial thing. Well, wait until you get older. My grandma is 75 and loves her Kindle because of the adjustable font size. She uses it in her quiet-time for reading the Bible and appreciates me greatly for being so thoughtful by gifting her a Kindle. It didn’t quite register with her that it’s a feature I didn’t create but something that came with the Kindle naturally despite me trying to explain a hundred times. I am happy to let her live in her own bubble and also happy to note that features such as adjustable font size makes it very friendly for elderly people who still enjoy reading, but find books tasking.

Your Library Goes Wherever You Go:

To the man and woman constantly on the move, this is a deal maker. Once you have a Kindle, all you have to do is set up your account and all the e-books you own are easily accessible anytime, anywhere. I personally know people who must read at least 2/3 books in one go. They constantly shuffle between chapters and books and have the most difficult time trying to decide which books to carry along when they go for trips. Ultimately, they end up carrying at least 3 books. This hassle is done away with forever when you own an e-book reader. Did I tell you that you can read these books offline too? If I didn’t, now is a good time to tell you that you can read all of the books in your library offline. All you have to do is download them.

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No Book is Too Heavy:

Remember The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or Complete Works of Shakespeare? What do these books have in common? They are thick books. Well, when you have an e–book reader, you will never have to worry about big books again because regardless of how thick your book is, it will always be the size and weight of your e-book reader. You can do away with heavy books for once and for all.

Conclusion:

Regardless of whether you have always been a book fiend or whether you do not give any care about it, it is totally impossible to ignore that fact that there are certain perks that come with owning an e-book reader. The latest from the kindle line including the Kindle the Kindle Voyage and the ever-loved Paperwhite are sure to usher you into a wonderful reading experience. Amazon also have Kindle Fire which is a tablet for those who like take entertaiment to the next level.

The Latest Kindle Fire HD 6 – Pros and Cons

Kindle Fire HD 6 is a dedicated e-book reader, which enables readers to read like reading real books and goes even beyond books due to its rich features. It is perhaps the best tablet below $100 with state of the art technology to make reading more fun than ever.

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A Quick Look at the Top Features of Kindle Fire HD 6

  • The quad processor is twice the old version of kindle, which is up to1.5 GHz and three times the graphic performance for smooth videos.
  • The 6” HD display is crisp and clear with 252 ppi at a resolution of 1280 X 800 for perfect apps, photos, videos games and much more.
  • The rear camera comes with 2 mega pixels for capturing HD photos and videos and Skype with a secondary camera.
  • Cloud storage offers unlimited space for storing your photos and other contents.
  • There are millions of digital contents, which you can enjoy like movies, android games and apps, songs, books and other social media like Facebook and many more.
  • It is splendid for the whole family with unique profiles for each of the members. Two Amazon accounts can be linked with this kindle, which enable users to share contents like videos, photos, games, books and even apps.
  • Remain connected all the time with this kindle by browsing the web, check emails, edit and view documents.

Synopsis of Kindle Fire HD 6

Kindle Fire HD 6 is in fact the most powerful tablet under 100 dollars, which allow users to read for long sessions primarily because of the screen, which does not glare in the dark and the bright light equally. It means the screen adjusts itself to the conditions of the light on its own. Reading with this kindle does not tire your eyes. It is just pocket- size and very light in weight, which enables readers for a comfortable hold with a single hand while reading and for carrying conveniently in the pocket.

This kindle comes in five variant colors with a rear camera of 2 mega pixels and a front facing camera for taking selfies and share via facebook or youtube and Skype video calls. Amazon offers unlimited cloud storage of your contents so that your cherished memories are always there.

It is great for the whole family because Amazon’s kindle HD 6” offers a unique profile for two adults and four children with personalized social accounts. Amazon’s Freetime allows parents to set a profile for each child allowing unlimited time for reading but does not allow access to videos and games.

It is possible to fling your movies in the kindle to a TV screen while you can browse or sent emails. An X-Ray feature of the kindle enables to follow the lyrics for most of the music and in movies, the details of actors can be easily checked with this feature.

Once you buy this kindle, you can read everywhere with thousands of titles to choose from and take it to school, work or wherever you go. There will be no shortage of fun and excitement with this kindle.

What is New in Kindle Fire HD 6?

Kindle Fire HD 6 features the touch screen for easy interface of apps like the x-ray, Kindle free time, vocabulary builder, dictionary look up and sharing your moments with friends and relatives. In addition to that, it has twice the storage capacity compared with the old generation kindle and the processor is 20% faster for an easy and faster pages turns.

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Pros

Battery life of this kindle is excellent with more than 8 hours of continuous HD video playback and close to 9 hours of mixed use and 4 ½ hours of video gaming. It takes a little over 2 hours to charge the battery.

Kindle HD 6” has a decent screen with good contrast and responsiveness for easy reading and browsing.

It has a world class Dolby audio sound for pleasing ears and it is compact in size for a comfortable handling wherever you read or go.

It features unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content with internal storage capacity of 8 and 16 GB. It is just the right size for reading and affordable at less than $100.

Buying books is easy and listening to music is seamless with Amazon cloud player.

Cons

Haphazard design of kindle fire HD 6 is not impressive with an average built quality.

The recessed logo of Amazon at the back attracts lots of dust and dirt.

The pictures are not sharp and the colors are dull because the front camera is VGA while the rear camera is only 2 megapixels, which is not expected of this kindle. There is no auto focus and flash in the camera.

There is very little customizable interface option in this kindle. Internal storage is not big without any option for memory card slot. It comes without Global positioning System (GPS)

Verdict

The conventional design with plastic body is intended to minimize the cost for most of the people to afford this kindle for reading. It is not actually made for style with cues but fortunately, it is available in five variant colors. It is not very attractive in looks but considering the price, it is a good choice for those who do lots of reading.

Kindle Voyage vs Paperwhite- Is it worth the upgrade?

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The Amazon is ready yet again to launch a new e-book reader on the advent of this festive season for e-book lovers. The much-awaited Kindle Voyage is due for launching this October and many avid readers may be anxiously waiting for the arrival of the new e-book reader to find out the upgrades of its predecessor.

We know that the Paperwhite kindle is a very good e-book reader with many interesting features for the comfort and ease of reading digitally printed books. However, as we go through the specifications of the company, we notice some differences between the two in features. If you are a new user due to buy e-book reader, it may be helpful for you to read this comparison table and review, which compares the features, convenience, portability, ease of use and the price.Let us have a closer look at the two kindles from the table below:

 

 

Comparison

Kindle Voyage Paperwhite Kindle
Screen Touch screen/ glass/micro etched Touch screen/ plastic/no
Display 330 ppi 212 ppi
Screen flush bezel yes no
Weight for e-reader with Wi-Fi

Weight for e-reader with Wi-Fi + 3G

6.3 ounce

Same thickness with additional weight of 0.3 ounce

7.3 ounce

Same thickness with additional weight of 0.3 ounce

dimension 6.4” X 4.5” X 0.3” with Wi-Fi 6.7” X 4.6”X 0.36” with Wi-Fi
Connectivity Available both in Wi-Fi and 3G Available both in Wi-Fi and 3G
Page press technology Yes No
Adaptive front light Yes No
File type supported Adobe pdf, html, plain text, Microsoft doc. Mobi, prc Adobe pdf, html, plain text, Microsoft doc. Mobi, prc
 

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Standard black

 

Standard black

Price $ 199 Wi-Fi model

$ 269 Wi-fi + 3G

$ 119 Wi-Fi model

$ 189 Wi-Fi + 3G

Storage 4 GB/ 3000 books 2 GB/ 2000 books
Battery 6 weeks with half an hour reading per day with wireless off and front light setting at 10 8 weeks with half an hour reading per day with wireless off and front light setting at 10

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Screen: Both the kindles are touch screen but the kindle voyage have glass screen with micro edge whereas, the Paperwhite comes with plastic without the micro edge.The advantage of having the micro edge in Kindle Voyage enables reading in the bright sunlight easily without glare. The micro edged glass diffuses light so that you can read without eyestrain in the sunlight. It is easy to read from any angle as if you are reading a real paper print.

Display: The Kindle Voyage has a screen display of 330 ppi(pixels per inch) in contrast with 212 ppi in the Paperwhite. A wide difference in the pixels will have a much more clarity in letters and sharpness of images. The Paperwhite kindle is clear enough like real paper print with 212 ppi. Then how much more clarity will the voyage have for your eyes with 330 ppi? It has much higher resolution of the screen for easy reading of the contents.

Screen Flush Bezel: Kindle voyage has a screen flush bezel that is not present in the Paperwhite kindle. It is a device with a sensor in the bezel for turning the pages by slightly pressing the bezel. In the case of the old version of the kindle, it needed two hands, one to hold and the other to tap the kindle to turn the pages.

Weight: Both the kindles with Wi-Fi have 6.3 ounce each and Wi-Fi + 3G have an additional weight of 0.3 ounce each.

Adaptive light: Whether you read in the light or in the dark, reading would not be a problem with kindle voyage because of the presence of the adaptive light, which adjusts the brightness automatically to suit your eyes in the dark.

Screen flush bezel: The screen flush bezel is an additional feature that you would not find in the Paperwhite kindle. The screen flush bezel is simply a page button on either side of the display for turning to a new page. You just have to press the bezel with your finger and it will flip to a new page or turn back to the previous page. The sensor is so sensitive to a light pressure that flipping to a new page is just a breeze.

Weight: The kindle voyage with Wi-Fi weighs 6.3 ounce and an additional of 0.3 ounce for the kindle with Wi-Fi +3G whereas; the Paperwhite has 7.3 and 7.6 ounce each for Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G respectively. The lighter is the kindle, the better for easy handling of the kindle for long sessions of reading.

Dimension: The kindle voyage is the thinnest ever e-book reader with 0.3” of thickness for the comfort of long hours of reading.This is considerably one of the best for avid readers.

Connectivity: Both the kindles have Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

Storage: Kindle voyage provides 4 GB of storage that is enough to have almost 3000 books with you in your pocket. You will have the advantage to carry around your home library wherever you go. Your distant travelling won’t be a bore anymore with kindle voyage in hand.

Color: Black is standard for Amazon’s kindles. So sorry for those who don’t like black because kindle voyage will also be black. However, color should not be an issue for serious readers with so much of advantages for a comfortable reading anywhere.

Price: As indicated above in the table, there is an overall difference of $80 in both the version of kindle voyage and Paperwhite kindle.

Battery life: The company claims that a single charge of three hours will lasts 6 weeks with half an hour reading with front light setting at 10 compared with the Paperwhite kindle at 8 weeks with the same rating.

My Final Thought on Kindle Voyage: Some major improvements are seen in the Kindle Voyage, which we don’t find in the Paperwhite kindle. The increased ppi of 330 from 212 would be incredible for sharper and darker text for a real paper-like reading without glare and eyestrain. Moreover, the page press will simplify in flipping your page or coming back to the previous page by pressing the side of the kindle that has a sensitive sensor below the bezel. We don’t find this feature in the Paperwhite kindle. The adaptive front light easily adjusts to the condition of the light that enables the reader to read in the dark and the light alike. We don’t find this feature in the Paperwhitekindle whichis an upgrade in the kindle Voyage. Finally, the thickness is only 0.3” for the convenience of handling to do long hours of reading.

The Kindle Voyage has just a few additional features from the Paperwhite Kindle but that is what is important for an avid reader. If you don’t do much reading, the Paperwhite has all the features so you don’t need to spend a whopping 80 dollars just for the three added features. Honestly, if you do lots of reading, this is definitely a better choice because the basic requirements for those who do long sessions of reading are all there in Kindle Voyage, and hence the upgrade for a few dollars more.

Why Kindle Voyage is the Most Successful E-Reader in the Market

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Amazon’s Kindle Voyage is the most successful e-book reader for the rich features it offers for avid readers. The reason for its success is due to the newly added features that makes reading more comfortable. It is a dedicated e-book reader that enables reading for long sessions.

It is compact in size and beautifully designed for the pleasure of reading, browsing, surfing the net and sharing your moments with friends on Facebook and Youtube. Listening to music is very pleasing to the ears from world class Dolby audio.

A quick look at the top features that make kindle Voyage the best e-book reader

Unlike others, this kindle voyage has a much more clarity of the screen with 300 ppi. The pictures, videos and texts are sharp and crisp. The micro etched glass of the screen diffuse light coming from different angles and this makes it look like reading in real paper.

The PagePress haptics provide you with the least indication that you have actually pressed the button in order to do away with distraction from reading. A page turn of kindle voyage is a matter of a single press at the side without the need of using two hands. This feature enables reading much more comfortable than ever.

Kindle voyage is sleek and durable as it is made of reinforced glass front. It is very light in weight and slim in size. Compared with other e-book readers, this is the lightest and slimmest for a convenient handling and comfortable reading.

The adaptive front light is a wonder of this device because it does not allow glaring your eyes in the dark as well as in the light. This adaptive light automatically adjusts to slight changes in the condition of light to suit your eyes, which enables you to read in broad daylight as well as in the dark alike.

There is no strain to the eyes because the built-in light shines on the page and not on the eyes. Therefore, it suits best for those who do long sessions of reading. It has been made to resemble more like reading a physical book.

Kindle e-book readers usually have fewer distractions and more readings to do. There are no pop up advertisements and emails in kindle voyage. It offers cloud storage for users to save pictures, videos and books purchased from Amazon.

The X-ray feature of kindle voyage enables music lovers to follow the lyrics and while watching movies, the details of the actor can be checked out and while reading, it is possible to scan the chapters and titles in the content.

It is also possible to fling videos to a TV screen and make it into a primary screen while you can browse and check emails at the same time.

Once you buy kindle voyage, you can read everywhere. There are thousands of titles to choose from Amazon. It is far safer to own kindle than to invest on physical books.

Children will definitely love reading more and more because there are many things children will like to explore. It is different from reading a physical book because you can highlight the word and look up for the word in the same screen for its meaning thereby enhancing the vocabulary of your children. Many of these features made Kindle Voyage the best e-reader for students.

When it comes to battery life, it is one of the best yet again. It takes three hours to charge the battery but it lasts weeks at half an hour of usage every day.

It is very easy to access the internet and so you can seamlessly browse videos with kindle voyage. Sharing your moments of happiness with your friends and relatives is just a press away.

The whispersync technology of kindle voyage allows users to synchronize the last chapter or topic you read and therefore, it enables you to continue with what you had left.

Now with kindle voyage you can read in most of the major languages of the world. In order to do so, you can choose the language from the options that you are more familiar.

Whether you are at home or in your travel, you will never be without books because within 60 seconds you can choose any title and start reading instantly.

A few final words: The price is a little high for an e-book reader but when we look back at the features it offers, it has almost everything you need for a long session of reading. Therefore, it is wiser not to compromise with the price for the quality it provides. However, you can also choose kindle Paperwhite if you are contented with what it offers.