Damn them. The Kindle Fire is about the same price as the higher end Kindle that I bought Julia just before her trip overseas…. oh well.
The Kindle Fire is an android based tablet designed to be an ebook.
Here’s why I want one: An iPad, which is also an eBook reader but that does a lot more stuff than a Kindle Fire, weighs 1.33 pounds. The Kindle Fire weighs 14.6 ounces. That puts the Kindle Fire just under the threshold for comfortable reading where you don’t have to prop it up. I’d like it to be lighter, but that’s a good start. (The regular Kindle, by the way, weighs about 6 ounces.)
The other nice thing about the Fire is that it does not require a computer to operate. The iPad does, even though it might not seem like it. Eventually, you’re going to want to hook your iPad up to a computer, but the Fire is designed to never need to do that. Since I don’t own a Mac, and my Windows computer that runs iTunes is in the Computer Hospice, that matters. Amanda’s iPad is about to become obsolete just sitting there.