Kindle Fire for just £99

Though to be honest I have no idea what Black Friday is all about, Amazon have a great deal today on the Kindle Fire.

Kindle Fire for just £99

This 8GB tablet with a 7’ colour screen is just £99. If you don’t have a tablet and are interested in having a device to read books, surf the web, do e-mail and watch video then this device is a bit of a no brainer!

I do have the Google Nexus Seven which in many ways is a much better tablet, but it is nearly twice the price at £159. If I didn’t have that and wanted a 7” tablet then I would be getting the Kindle Fire.

Find out more on Amazon.

Still Kindling

I’ve had my Kindle for over eight months now and I am still using it on a regular basis for reading. I will say that the Kindle App on my iPad probably gets heavier use, but only because with a “back light” the iPad is easier to read in the evening. For daylight and bright sun though, the Kindle does win out. I was on a train recently and the sun was streaming in through the window. The iPad was very difficult if not impossible to read from, whilst the Kindle was a dream. If you read outside a lot or on trains, then the Kindle is certainly a much better option than the iPad. The battery life on the Kindle is incredible, we’re talking weeks between charges, rather than the day for the iPad.

I have found with the Kindle App on the iPad, means I don’t use iBooks at all, though I do have a few books on my shelf to read.

I do find that I have quite enjoyed reading a magazine on the Kindle, and unlike magazines on the iPad the lack of adverts certainly makes up for the lack of colour and interactive content. Downside is that he magazines can only be read ON the Kindle and can not be read in the Kindle App on the iPad. Why? Well it can’t just be to annoy me, can it?

What I am finding is that I am reading more now than before. Of course there are still quite a few books that I would like to read that aren’t in Kindle format, so have had to resort to paper. To be honest I have even bought some paper books too, which were available in Kindle format. For me the Kindle doesn’t replace paper books it complements them, giving me opportunities and more choice about what I can read, where and when I want to.

Amazon Kindle Sold Out

I was quite impressed with the fact that the Amazon UK version of the Kindle has sold out, though you can still order for the next shipment.

Considering that Apple’s iPad probably is stealing a fair bit of the Kindle market, the fact that the Kindle device has sold out shows that there is still a market for this type of device.

New Kindle

Amazon have released a new Kindle.

It has many new features and is smaller and thinner.

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback

Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and even crisper images

Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging

More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books

Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns

Read-to-Me: With the new Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud to you

Large Selection: Over 230,000 books plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs available

Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise

One day we might get one in the UK, one day….

Kindle is quite popular

Amazon’s Kindle is proving quite popular.

Due to heavy customer demand, Kindle is temporarily sold out. We are working hard to manufacture Kindles as quickly as possible and are prioritizing orders on a first come, first served basis. Please ORDER KINDLE NOW to reserve your place in line. We will keep you informed by email as we get more precise delivery dates. Note that Kindles cannot currently be sold or shipped to customers living outside of the U.S.

Some are going for silly money on eBay, but I guess it won’t be long before they are available once more.

Of course they aren’t available in the UK at all, I wonder if we will ever see a UK version of the Kindle?