Out of all the great features that the Amazon Kindle reader has, the capability to download free electronic books is the one that impresses me the most. When you look at the cost of the Kindle 3 handset it is hard to argue that they are cheap but they are certainly good great value. Let’s look at an example to illustrate the point.
If you take a look on the Amazon website for classic books such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you will find that to buy the physical book costs nearly $10. However the Kindle version is free. There are hundreds of thousands of books that make up the Out of Copyright collection that Amazon provides Kindle users access to. The majority of these books are ones that were originally published prior to 1923 which are no longer under copyright, in other words the text of these novels is now freely available.
So if we say that the cost of a classic novel which is now out of copyright is $10, we can see that reading at a rate of one book a month, the Kindle handsets which now cost as little as $114 literally pay for themselves within a year. Of course if you read at a faster rate, you can make much greater savings.
We have to remember that this is just one aspect of the Kindle reading system. There are lots of other reasons why you may decide to start using one. They are as light as most small paperback novels but with a Kindle, you can actually carry as many as 2,500 books on the device at once.
The screen looks amazing. The current 3rd generation readers are still black and white but there is a lot of chatter on the internet already about the probably color screen on the new Kindle 4 when it comes out. Perhaps this would be a great time to get one for yourself.