Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

Amazon KindleA Kindle is a portable hardware device first released in the United States by November 19, 2007. Kindle displays images and text using E ink and is capable of getting e-books over the Amazon Whispernet using Sprint's EVDO. Users have access to hundreds of thousands of books from The cost is typically less than the paper back version and you can subscribe to magazines, get newspaper subscriptions, RSS feeds, and even connect to the Internet with a basic browser.

What makes the Kindle unique when compared to a computer is the technology behind displaying the text. The text is crisp and clear and comparable to reading text in a book. Also, since it's not constantly refreshed, the battery life is much longer than a laptop. Finally, the Kindle is extremely light and easy to hold, and can connect to Amazon's Whispernet to buy books without the need of a computer or Internet access. The Kindle is a great tool for anyone who enjoys reading.

On July 19, 2010 Amazon announced it was now selling more Kindle books than hardcover books. released a more robust version of the regular Kindle e-book reader, called the Kindle Fire, on November 15, 2011. The Kindle Fire is a tablet, whereas the regular Kindle is only an e-reader. As a tablet, it can also play music, movies, games, surf the web, and run other applications. For web surfing, the device uses a browser named Amazon Silk.

The Kindle Fire allows you to store Amazon content for the device on their cloud servers. It runs on a version of the Android operating system from Google.

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