The Model Solution
Kindle: eBook Reader
by: Jerry Liao
While most organizations are working to provide PCs to most of our schools, the problem of room availability, tables, chairs, teachers and of course books are still lingering in front of our educators. What’s the use of having computers when kids don’t have a conducive room for their learning, teachers that are not equipped with the latest teaching technology, and students with outdated books or no books at all.
MONEY. Yes, money / budget is the problem why we an’t seem to solve these problems that we had since time and memorial. Government can’t seem to gather their acts together, or is it more of a problem of commitment, priorities and/or sincerity to solve the problem? I really don’t know.
Technology is again here to extend a helping hand – in as far as the shortage of books is concerned. Not only should we provide our students books but it has to be “Quality Books”. Books that are updated with
quality information to provide our student and teachers quality knowledge and education. Here’s a
sample solution – KINDLE.
Amazon.com introduced Amazon Kindle, a revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books,
blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight. More than 90,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 101 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, which are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. Kindle is available starting today for $399 at http://amazon.com/kindle.
“We’ve been working on Kindle for more than three years. Our top design objective was for Kindle to
disappear in your hands — to get out of the way — so you can enjoy your reading,” said Jeff Bezos,
Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “We also wanted to go beyond the physical book. Kindle is wireless, so whether you’re lying in bed or riding a train, you can think of a book, and have it in less than 60 seconds. No computer is needed — you do your shopping directly from the device. We’re excited to make Kindle available today.”
Downloads Content Wirelessly, No PC Required, No Hunting for Wi-Fi Hot Spots
The Kindle wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet, uses the same nationwide high-speed data
network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones. Kindle customers can wirelessly shop the Kindle Store,
download or receive new content — all without a PC, Wi-Fi hot spot, or syncing.
No Monthly Wireless Bills or Commitments With Amazon Kindle eBook Reader
Books can be downloaded in less than a minute and magazines, newspapers, and blogs are delivered to
subscribers automatically. Amazon pays for the wireless connectivity for Kindle so there are no monthly wireless bills, data plans, or service commitments for customers.
Amazon Kindle Reads Like Paper
Kindle uses a high-resolution display technology called electronic paper that provides a sharp black and white screen that is as easy to read as printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and
newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper
and uses no backlight, eliminating the eyestrain and glare associated with other electronic displays such
as computer monitors or PDA screens.
Books, Blogs, Magazines and Newspapers The Kindle Store currently offers more than 90,000 books, as well as hundreds of newspapers, magazines and blogs. Customers can search, browse, buy, and
download from this wide selection wirelessly from their Kindle. The same Amazon shopping experience
customers are accustomed to is offered in the Kindle Store, including customer reviews, personalized
recommendations, 1-Click purchasing, and everyday low prices. Additionally, Kindle customers can download and read the first chapter of most Kindle books for free.
Kindle customers can select from the most recognized U.S. newspapers, as well as popular magazines and journals, such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, TIME and Fortune. The Kindle Store also includes top international newspapers from France, Germany, and
Ireland, including Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine and The Irish Times. Subscriptions are auto-delivered
wirelessly to Kindle overnight so that the latest edition is waiting for customers when they wake up.
Monthly Kindle newspaper subscriptions are $5.99 to $14.99 per month, and Kindle magazines are $1.25 to $3.49 per month. All magazines and newspapers include a free two-week trial.
The Kindle Store has over 300 blogs on topics ranging from Internet and technology to culture, lifestyle,
and humor, to politics and opinion. Examples include Slashdot, TechCrunch, BoingBoing, The Onion, The
Huffington Post, and ESPN blogs. Blogs are updated and downloaded wirelessly throughout the day so Kindle customers can read blogs whenever and wherever they want. Wireless delivery of blogs costs as little as $0.99 each per month and also includes a free two-week trial.
Holds Hundreds of Books in 10.3 Ounces
At 10.3 ounces, Kindle is lighter and thinner than a typical paperback and fits easily in one hand, yet its
built-in memory stores more than 200 titles, and hundreds more with an optional SD memory card.
Additionally, a copy of every book purchased is backed up online on Amazon.com so that customers have the option to make room for new titles on their Kindle knowing that Amazon.com is storing their personal library of purchased content.
Built-In Dictionary and Wikipedia
Kindle has built-in access to The New Oxford American Dictionary, which contains over 250,000 entries and definitions, so readers can easily look up the definitions of words within their reading. Kindle
customers also have seamless access to the world’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia,
Wikipedia.org, and its collection of over 2,000,000 articles.
Long Battery Life
Customers can leave the Kindle wireless connectivity on and recharge approximately every other day, or turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Kindle fully recharges in two hours.
Kindle has a standard-layout keyboard that makes it possible for users to search the Kindle Store, their
entire library of purchased content, and Wikipedia.org. Customers simply type in a word or phrase and Kindle will find every instance.
Annotation and Bookmarks
The Kindle keyboard lets customers add annotations to text, just as they would write in the margins of a
book. Customers can edit, delete and export these notes, highlight and clip key passages, and bookmark
pages for future use. Additionally, Kindle automatically bookmarks the last page a customer reads
of any content on their Kindle.
Kindle is designed for long-form reading, so it is as easy to hold and use as a book. Full-length, vertical
page-turning buttons are located on both sides of Kindle, allowing customers to read and turn pages
comfortably from any position. The page-turning buttons are located on both the right and left sides
of Kindle, which allows both left and right-handed customers to hold, turn pages, and position Kindle
with one hand.
Adjustable Text Size
Amazon Kindle has six adjustable font sizes to suit customers’ varying reading preferences.
Customers can take their personal documents with them on their Kindle. Customers and their contacts can e-mail Word documents and pictures directly to their unique and customizable Kindle e-mail address for $0.10 each. Kindle supports wireless delivery of unprotected Microsoft(R) Word, HTML, TXT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP files.
Kindle is a device that shows all of us that quality education need not be expensive. It doesn’t have to
be Kindle, it could be any other device, for as long as it can do the same – am all for it. The idea is to
have something like Kindle that will allow our students to download new and quality books for them to
read. A device that allows them to connect to the Internet to read additional materials. Now that’s
technology for you.