Rekin­dle Your Read­ing

Reader's Digest (India) - - Book Bonus -

Thou­sands of books are avail­able, many free, on a Kin­dle, the por­ta­ble wire­less e-reader from Ama­zon. If you were wait­ing to get one, you’re in luck. Prices are down and you can now pick from the new, more ad­vanced Kin­dle Paper­white or Kin­dle Fire HD mod­els. But which one’s right for you? Con­sider th­ese points, says Deven Kanal, our avid Kin­dle user Func­tion­al­ity: The ba­sic reader is the 6-inch Kin­dle Paper­white, weigh­ing about 220 grams, and with a built-in soft light that lets you read in day­light or in the dark. Its Wi-Fionly ver­sion has an MRP of ` 10,999 (dis­counts may vary). The 3G ver­sion costs ` 13,999 and of­fers limited-func­tion 3G, mean­ing you may freely search and down­load books from Ama­zon.com and re­fer mainly to Wikipedia. If you want full net surf­ing, it needs ac­cess to a Wi-Fi net­work. If you want mul­ti­me­dia, get the Fire HD ver­sion. You can surf and e-mail, watch videos, play mu­sic, games, in­stall apps, shoot pho­tos—and, of course, read books. Sizes & weight: The Fire HD comes in 7 and 8.9-inch mod­els. The 7-inch mod­els cost ` 15,999 (for 16GB) and ` 18,999 (32 GB). The two 8.9-inch Kin­dles cost ` 21,999 and ` 25,999 for 16GB and 32GB, re­spec­tively. Pay­ing a lit­tle ex­tra for dou­ble the space is a good idea. The 7-inch model is lighter (395gm vs. 567gm for the 8.9), which is an ad­van­tage, since you’re to hold the “book” in your hands. Dis­play: With its higher res­o­lu­tion, the 8.9-inch Fire out­per­forms its 7-inch cousin. Even so, buy only ac­cord­ing to your re­quire­ments. If you have a com­puter and broad­band at home for surf­ing and video, you may not re­ally need all this—the Paper­white should do. Bat­tery life: Ama­zon claims over 10 and 11 hours (with wire­less off) for its 8.9 and 7 inch mod­els, re­spec­tively, but you may get only half those hours be­fore a recharge, if you use wire­less or video func­tions. Kin­dles recharge via a USB ca­ble, and un­less you have an­other de­vice (like a PC) with a USB out­put, you’ll need an adap­tor as well. To ex­tend over­all bat­tery life, al­low your Kin­dle to drain out com­pletely once a month be­fore full recharge.

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