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    Kindle recommendations

    My family are all readers. We prefer physical books. But I am starting to think of a kindle. Why? I have lots of kindle books in my Amazon account (I watch for free ones that interest me).

    This virus also has me looking ahead. Long viability on surfaces, even UV exposed, means minimizing contact. But we want to keep reading.

    I glanced at what Amazon offers and got overwhelmed. So I will ask the INGO knowledge base.

    Priority 1 read like a book. I tried the original and my eyes got tired trying to read on it. Heard the White is better.

    Priority 2. Easy for kids books to be read. Though my 5 year old has mastered grandmaís iPad.

    I am hesitant on the Fire as I donít want the kid doing video games without our ok. He can read all he wants.

    If the machine does more than books, I would like to setup accounts w passcodes. Then kiddo can read whenever he wants, but not do games.

    Thanks.

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    The tablets (fire, iPad) use the battery up a lot fast. If you use it all day, they need charged almost every day. The cheap little book reading only type readers will only need to be charged weekly if you use them a lot. I find the official readers also to be easier on the eyes over the long term than bright shiny tablets. But that is all my preferences.

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    You can read Kindle books on almost any device you already have. They have software for Windows, Android & iOS. I have an older model Kindle that works fine, but I consider it a backup device. If you have a tablet or other device you like, you can try loading the software and reading there first for free. Books differ in how they are licensed, but the majority (I have a large collection) can be loaded onto multiple devices using the same account. They will automatically sync and when you switch from one device to another, they will open up at the latest page you've read.

    Edit: If you have people using different Kindle accounts, when you aren't using a book, you can lend it to them for up to 14 days so you don't have to rebuy the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phase2 View Post

    Edit: If you have people using different Kindle accounts, when you aren't using a book, you can lend it to them for up to 14 days so you don't have to rebuy the book.
    Just to put it out there, lots of libraries have huge eBook collections these days too and I don't think you need any particular device to "check" them out.

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    I have had a Kindle Voyage for a couple of years now. It is a great device and very easy to use. The downside is it has been discontinued by Amazon but you can still find it on the secondary market. Almost any of the current Kindles will do what you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwelhse View Post
    Just to put it out there, lots of libraries have huge eBook collections these days too and I don't think you need any particular device to "check" them out.
    Correct, I borrow books for free from my library periodically. They also have audiobooks. Depending on your library setup, you may be able to use Kindle or you may need different software, like OverDrive.
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    My mom is the one with the iPad. We do not have a tablet and I hate to read too much on my phone. I know the Kindle white was supposed to be a radical change and be easier on the eyes and able to be read anywhere.

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    The Kindle Paperwhite is a great option. Fairly inexpensive, especially when on sale. It's small, has a backlight to make reading easier depending on the lighting conditions and is easy to use. If you turn the backlight off, you can use it like a regular book and it's easier on the eyes, which is good if you're reading in or before bed.

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    I will second checking with your library. They may have a program that will work with an existing device and it will be cost effective.

    The paperwhite kindle is great for just reading and I find it MUCH easier on the eyes. Its also lightweight so when you fall asleep you wont hurt yourself as it falls on your face...or in your lap.

    Both my girls have the kindle kids edition with kid time, they seem to be a little cheaper and work like a regular kindle. Those are really nice since you set the age, the content is specific to that. Games, activities, videos, and you can set time restraints as far a s start, stop, and screen on time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    I will second checking with your library. T...

    Both my girls have the kindle kids edition with kid time, they seem to be a little cheaper and work like a regular kindle. Those are really nice since you set the age, the content is specific to that. Games, activities, videos, and you can set time restraints as far a s start, stop, and screen on time.
    On the kids edition, can you set restrictions on what they can do without an adult typing in a code? I have no issues with unlimited access to books to read -- I do not want unlimited access to other things (games, etc).


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