I bought my wife a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas, and until now I haven’t had much opportunity to use it. I used it to browse a couple of websites, checked Facebook on it, and watched a couple of Netflix shows on there, but until tonight I’ve never used it for reading books or magazines, which is probably one of it’s primary functions. I have to say, now that I have used it to read/browse a book, I am impressed by what I found.
I downloaded the trial version of Rick Steves’ Ireland, and took it for a good test-drive. There’s so much you can do with a Kindle e-book; pretty much most things you can do with a regular book, apart from maybe swat flies 🙂
I found you can bookmark pages you find interesting and you can highlight important sections that you want to come back to. The reading settings allow you to change the font size, background color, line spacing etc, and there’s even an option to have the book read itself to you – perfect if you want to close your eyes while learning about Ireland on a flight, I thought. You can also add and delete notes to pages or pictures, and you can increase the picture size to view them in full-screen mode.
There are other benefits to the Kindle version of books too. Weight is never an issue no matter how many e-books you’re taking along with you. The digital books seem to be cheaper than their paperback cousins and, you don’t need to wait for a book to be shipped to you, or run out to get one from a store. It’s delivered in seconds right to your device – pretty cool!
What to expect from Rick Steves’ Ireland
The Kindle version of Rick Steves’ Ireland offers up all the same great tips and planning advice that the paperback version does. The book is jam-packed with must-have travel info such as: approximate travel costs, places to visit, emergency help information, electrical info, money tips and so much more. You’d expect no less from Rick Steves. The only thing that I did notice that I’d find issue with was that the picture quality wasn’t perfect with the Kindle version, but maybe that was because the book was a trial version. If anyone knows better, please do let me know.