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I am­look­ing to buy an e-book reader and have heard a lot about Ama­zon’s Kin­dle. What are its pros and cons, and how do I get books on to it? Ex­perts seem to as­sume ev­ery­one is born with an in­nate abil­ity to just grasp these de­tails.

Ama­zon’s e-book read­ers are easy to read due to Elec­tronic Ink screens that look like pa­per and are quite sim­ple to use. The most re­cent model of­fers a touch-sen­si­tive screen (Kin­dle Touch, $169 at Dick Smith) while the most ba­sic ($139) is con­trolled with five but­tons. Users typ­i­cally add books to these de­vices by pay­ing Ama­zon with a credit card and down­load­ing them over a wi-fi con­nec­tion. Books of sev­eral for­mats can also be trans­ferred from a com­puter.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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