Kindle: the student reviewBy TheStudentGuide
The student library that fits in your pocket.
Hundreds of thousands of you have just moved to uni – so you’ll have discovered that sometimes it’s tricky to fit all of your treasured possessions into those new (and often cramped) student digs. And what does make it inside is inevitably going to sit there gathering dust for a year…
The Kindle is lighter than a paperback, thinner than a magazine and holds up to 3,000 books – it vastly reduces that need for space. With over 1 million books available to download from the amazon.co.uk Kindle Store (500,000 of which are £3.99 or less) and over 1 million free classics, it’s also great for those already stretched student budgets. So what’s the crack, is it worth the dolla?
The small and featherweight design of the Kindle really does make it ideal for travelling. Having thousands of books at your disposal and the ability to flick between them at will is a revolutionary idea and one that will certainly benefit those of you off on gap years. Plus you can pimp them to really get your character across and make them look super cute.
At just £89, the Kindle is excellent value for money. However a drawback of this model is having the 5 way clicker which does make typing and searching for books in the Kindle store a little tricky and time consuming. If you are considering purchasing a Kindle, perhaps spending the extra twenty quid or so and updating to the Kindle Touch (which is available for just £109) would prove more beneficial.
Overall, you’re either going to love the idea of a Kindle or you’re going to hate it. If you’re into your technology, you’ve probably already got one, but if not the Kindle is your new best friend. If however, you’re a little more traditional, then the chances are that you’re going to come to blows with this new invention which relegates the good old fashioned book (along with its smell, beautiful cover art and good old fashioned tea stains), to the recycling. At the end of the day it’s like downloads though isn’t it – we all said we’d stick with records at the start and look at us now…