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This was a presentation that was given at the public library. Many people wanted to know what a Kindle is, why they would wnat one, and how to use it.

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  1. 1. Kindle: portable reading device
  2. 6. Benefits of Kindle <ul><li>Electronic Paper reads like a book, not a computer screen </li></ul><ul><li>Lighter than a paperback </li></ul><ul><li>Holds 3,500 books </li></ul><ul><li>Battery life of up to one month </li></ul><ul><li>Built in Wi-Fi </li></ul><ul><li>Books in 60 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>Massive Selection of books, magazines, blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Free out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books </li></ul>
  3. 7. More benefits/features <ul><li>Low book prices </li></ul><ul><li>Free book samples </li></ul><ul><li>Never gets as long as you like </li></ul><ul><li>Simple to use, no computer required </li></ul><ul><li>No wireless bills or annual contract </li></ul><ul><li>Kindle books can be read on iPhone, iPad, PC, BlackBerry, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Read-to-me feature </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustable text size </li></ul>
  4. 8. Other features <ul><li>Kindle’s keyboard makes it easy to search within a book, across your library, in the Kindle Store, or even the Web. </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks, Notes, and Clippings (Menu) </li></ul><ul><li>Share Passages: Post to Facebook and Twitter directly from Kindle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Menu, Settings, Social Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When you make a note or highlight a passage, you will be given the option to “Save & Share” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 9. Popular Highlights <ul><li>If several other readers have highlighted a particular passage, then that passage will be highlighted in your book along with the total number of people who have highlighted it. </li></ul><ul><li>Menu, Settings, Popular Highlights, Turn on </li></ul>
  6. 10. Dictionary <ul><li>Built in dictionary with instant lookup. </li></ul><ul><li>The New Oxford American Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Move the cursor in front of the first letter of the word you want defined, and it will automatically display the definition at the bottom of the screen. </li></ul>
  7. 11. Wireless Internet Access <ul><li>It wasn’t actually made to use this feature extensively, but it is possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Menu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Type in web site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Go to web </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 12. Kindle Book Lending <ul><li>Lend eligible Kindle books to other Kindle or Kindle app users. </li></ul><ul><li>Each eligible book can be lent ONCE for a period of 14 days. </li></ul><ul><li>Not all books are lendable. </li></ul><ul><li>View instructions “Lending Kindle Books” on’s website. </li></ul>
  9. 13. Read-to-Me <ul><li>With the Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read English newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great story or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go. </li></ul>
  10. 14. Listen to Music/Podcasts <ul><li>Transfer MP3 files to Kindle to play as background music while you read. You can quickly and easily transfer MP3 files via USB by connecting Kindle to your computer. </li></ul><ul><li>The MP3 player on the Kindle is like the first-generation iPod shuffle - you can't see what song is playing, and you can't navigate to other songs on your device. </li></ul><ul><li>Menu, Experimental, Play Music </li></ul>
  11. 15. Buy Once, Read Everywhere <ul><li>Whispersync technology synchronizes your Kindle library and last page read across your devices, so you can read a few pages on your phone or computer and pick up right where you left off when you return to your Kindle. </li></ul>
  12. 16. eBook Format <ul><li>Amazon uses a proprietary ebook format. Many libraries will &quot;lend&quot; ebooks in the ePub format, which works with nook but not kindle (Nook uses the ePub format, a widely used open format). However, a free and reputable program called Calibre allows you to translate ebooks from one format to another - it supports many formats, including ePub and Kindle. The only catch is that it doesn't work with copy-protected ebooks, so you can't, for example, buy a Kindle book (which is copy protected) and translate it to ePub so you can read it on a Nook. </li></ul>
  13. 20. Useful Web Sites <ul><li> Sometimes, charges apply. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>