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Amazon Kindle 2011 Review

by Ebook Doctor on November 24, 2011

The Kindle (not to be confused with the original kindle, kindle 2 or kindle 3G), is this year’s latest Kindle and is Amazon’s attempt to make ebook readers as accessible as possible.

With a price tag of just £89, it is the cheapest ebook reader Amazon have ever produced, but how does it compare to the rest of the Kindle family, and other ebook readers out there this season? Lets find out shall we…

What is new with the Kindle 2011?

The first thing you will notice with the new Kindle is that Amazon have kept the crisp 6-inch 167ppi display, but have made the device smaller and lighter by removing the usual keyboard. Instead you get access to 4 buttons and a five way pad.

This change alone makes the new Kindle 18% smaller and 30% lighter than the Kindle 3G.  Weighing in at just 130g, it feels really light but also incredibly solid as you would expect from Amazon.

In terms of design Amazon have produced one of the nicest ebook readers around, it looks polished and minimalistic.

This Kindle does not include a 3G connection, instead you can buy books from the Amazon ebook store and browse the web using the WIFI connection, or transfer books from your pc or mac. Both are really easy to do, and unless you are somewhere where there is no WIFI, this should not really be an issue.

In terms of memory you get 2GB instead of 4GB with the Kindle 3G, which is more than enough considering you can store over 1400 books

The reading experience on the Kindle 2011

Apart from the visual changes, this new Kindle works in the same way as the Kindle 3G.
It’s lightweight, packs easily in your things, and feels just right when reading for extended periods of time.

The navigation works well, the keyboard-less design is actually quite usable as long as you don’t do many searches or use the internet browser much.

You get access to Amazon’s huge ebook store, where you can buy books with one click and can load up a vast range of different ebook/content types including: Kindle (AZW), PRC/MOBI (non DRM), PDF, PDF (non DRM), HTML, DOC, TXT, MP3, Audible (format 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), JPEG, GIF and PNG.

This price,  flexibility, and the instant access to one of the largest ebook stores in the world makes this ebook reader heads and shoulders above the other ebook readers in the market.

Is this the Kindle for you?

In the UK Amazon has 2 main Kindles:

The 2011 Kindle –  At £89 is the entry level Kindle, featuring the same screen and functionality as the other Kindles, but does not have a keyboard or 3G connection.

The Kindle Keyboard 3G  – At £149 is the top of the range Kindle, featuring a keyboard, and free worldwide 3G connection as well as WIFI so you can buy books and surf the web anywhere for free without needing a computer or WIFI connection.

Therefore whatever your budget or requirements there is a Kindle for you.

The Verdict

The 2011 Kindle is an amazing device which makes reading as accessible as ever. The device is light, compact, and the excellent screen makes reading for long periods a pleasure.

If you are looking for a budget device with a premium design and functionality look no further than the Kindle. Click here to find out more about the Kindle 2011

But if your budget can stretch to £149, we would highly recommend the Kindle keyboard 3G. As a frequent traveller the free 3G connection is fantastic, and lets you buy ebooks anywhere you are, even abroad. Plus you can use the kindle to browse the internet for free to check your emails when abroad saving you £££ on roaming charges. Click here to find out more about the Kindle 3G.

Where to buy your Kindle?

The best place to buy your Kindle is from the Amazon UK website here or the Amazon USA website here.
You will be able to get free delivery and are covered by their excellent warranty.

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Amazon Kindle Touch

by Ebook Doctor on September 28, 2011

The Amazon Kindle Touch is Amazon’s new flagship ebook reader which was announced today (28/06/11) and which is due to launch on November 21st.

So how does it compare to last year’s Kindle 3?

Firstly, the Kindle Touch features a a keyboard-less design, and an IR based multi touch screen. This means you can now touch the screen to navigate, and use gestures to flick through pages. This is the same technology used in other ebook readers such as the latest Nook or Kobo readers, but based on Amazon’s tried and tested UI.

The Kindle touch uses the same Pearl E-Ink display featuring a 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, and 16-level grayscale. So there are no compromises with the new multi touch technology (some other devices such as the early Sony ebook readers had contact based touch screens which meant that the screen needed an extra layer of plastic which reduced the visibility of text. This is not the case with the Kindle Touch).

The buttons have unfortunately disappeared, but the device make it up with a smart UI, and responsive touch screen interface.

The battery life is similar to the previous Kindle, featuring around 2 months of usage without 3G.

Size wise, this ebook reader has a 11% smaller body, with the same 6″ screen size, and is 8% lighter, at only 7.5 ounces.

The only downside to the Kindle touch is the lack of keyboard, and 3G connection.

The Verdict?

If you have a Kindle 3, this might be an actual downgrade as you will only gain a touchscreen and a slightly smaller form factor but lose out on the 3G connection. I would recommend opting for the Kindle 3G Keyboard if your budget can afford it, but if you are looking for a more affordable ebook reader the Kindle Touch is a fantastic buy.

Where To Get Your Kindle Touch?

The Kindle touch will be launched on November 21st, so I would recommend trying to pre-order your device, as the previous Kindle sold out when it was launched last year.

For US users, you can pre-order your device at the US amazon site here.

For UK users, we don’t have a pre-order page yet and will update this page when we do!

*Update* It looks like the UK will not be seeing the Kindle Touch this year! Instead we recommend sticking with the Kindle 3G which is our number 1 rated ebook reader.



Kindle Fire – Amazon’s New Tablet

by Ebook Doctor on September 28, 2011

The Kindle Fire is Amazon’s new tablet, taking advantage of what they have learned from the Kindle, in order to deliver a portable device which lets users consume even more media on the move.

So firstly what is the Kindle Fire?

The Kindle Fire houses a 7 Inch IPS colour display, protected by Gorilla Glass (a scratchproof re-inforced material).  Amazon have opted for a highly customised version of Google Android, coupled with a dual core processor and 8 GB of flash storage.

What can you do with a Kindle Fire?

The Kindle Fire features everything you would expect from a tablet, but with much deeper integration with Amazon’s own services for a one click experience.
For example, they have integrated their magazine subscription service where you can choose from hundreds of titles, such as Bon Appetit, Elle, and Oprah. Special editions of titles like Vanity Fair, Wired, and GQ come with built-in video, audio and other interactive features.

You also get access to Amazon’s growing catalog of 100,000 movies to stream or purchase directly through your Amazon Fire tablet (requires an amazon prime subscription) as well as over 17 million mp3 tracks available to buy from their music store.

Plus you can browse the web, access email and have access to 1000’s of apps through the Amazon android app store.

How does this compare to an ebook reader?

When it comes to reading books, nothing beats a dedicated e-ink ebook reader. Tablets such as the Kindle Fire are great for consuming multimedia, and for short tasks, but reading an actual book for anything longer than 30 minutes from a colour tablet is painful.

E-Ink ebook readers on the other hand provide an experience which is as close to ink on paper as possible, and makes for a lot less eye straining when reading for extended periods.

How does the Kindle Fire compare to the Apple Ipad?

The apple Ipad with it’s 9.7″ screen is a fantastic device, but starting at over $450 / £399 it is a premium product that not many can afford.

The Amazon Fire is a 7″ tablet, which retails at only $199, which makes it not only highly affordable, but a no brainer if you have not bought a tablet yet, but want to be able to entertain yourself on trips or at home.

The Verdict?

If you are looking for an ebook reader, then we recommend going for an Amazon Kindle which is currently the leader when it comes to ebook readers. Their devices are affordable, light, and have great compatibility across many different formats. Plus with a Kindle ebook reader you won’t get sore eyes after reading for extended periods of time.

If you are looking for a budget tablet to watch movies, tv shows, check email, browse the web, and haven’t bought an Apple Ipad yet, then the Kindle Fire could provide good value.


If you are looking for the best tablet out there, I would say that there is only one king in town, and that is the Apple Ipad 2.
Yes it’s more expensive, but with the largest app store in the world, some of the most powerful hardware, and a sleek Apple-eske design, you just can’t fault it. I recommend checking it out on Amazon for the best prices on tablets here.

When and Where Can you Buy The Kindle Fire?

The Kindle Fire was announced today (28/09/11) and is due to be released on the 15th of November in the USA only.
If you are from the US you can pre-order your device here.

For UK users, It looks like Amazon won’t be shipping here at least until next year. I would therefore recommend the Ipad 2 which you can get right now.



Amazon Kindle 3 Review

by Ebook Doctor on November 26, 2010


The Amazon Kindle 3 was launched in September 2010 after a media frenzy following the unveiling of the ebook reader many months before.

The big question is, does the Amazon Kindle have what it takes to be the ebook reader of choice this year?


The Amazon Kindle 3 is available in two flavours:

Kindle WiFi: £109/$139

Kindle 3G: £149/$189

And these can only be bought direct from

These price points are really attractive, and seriously undercuts the competition making the Kindle 3G and Wifi not only more affordable than its closest competitors, but it adds features such as free 3G connectivity available around the world.


The WIFI and 3G connectivity enables you to buy and download ebooks straight from your kindle, using a simple one click purchase process. The engineers at Amazon have really worked hard to make this a no brainer, and it means you don’t actually need to own a computer to use the Amazon Kindle. (at the time of writing only the Bebook neo has access to a bookstore from the ebook reader itself)

I found this to be really useful whilst waiting for my flight from Bangkok for example, where I had just finished a novel, and the airport book store was charging 200% more than list price for some English paperbacks!

Screen Quality

In terms of technology, the Kindle 3 uses the latest Pearl high contrast E-Ink screen, which provides 16 shades of grey for a really comfortable reading experience (this is comparable to the screens used in the Sony PRS 350 and PRS650).

The 6 inch screen is crisp and clear, and is readable in most conditions including bright sunlight. This is one of the problems with the previous Sony PRS600 and the Apple Ipad, whereby their screens make it difficult to read in direct sunlight.

Another advantage of the new Pearl E-Ink screen is that text read from it will look as sharp as reading printed copy. A big gripe I have with reading books on my Apple Ipad for example, is that I get eye strain from reading from the backlit reflective screen. Thankfully this isn’t the case with my Kindle, which lets me read for hours, just like reading a real book.


In terms of aesthetics the Kindle 3 is really attractive, featuring a nice matte graphite exterior, a super thin design, and an elegant design. In my opinion the previous Kindle readers had too much of a retro look to them, and this latest reader is just perfect.

The Kindle 3 and the Sony PRS350/PRS 650 are my favourites in terms of product design, the Sony ebook readers get a slight edge because of their metal alloy frame which makes them feel really solid. But the Amazon Kindle also looks great, and always gets compliments on the tube or train.

Because it’s so light you can hold it for hours without getting tired, and keep it in your coat pocket without having any unsightly bulges!

Battery Life

The Kindle has a new Li-Polymer 1750mAh battery which gives you up to 1 month of reading time if you turn off the 3G/Wifi settings (10 days with 3G wireless on, 3 weeks with Wifi). In my tests I found that I can get around 2-3 weeks of “normal” usage with 3G on before having to charge it up.

Charging takes an hour or so, and you get a proper charger included with your Kindle (Other ebook readers like the Sony PRS series only provide a usb cable for charging).

Ebook Compatibility & The Kindle Store

In a way this is the Amazon Kindle’s Achiles heel, as the Kindle only supports Kindle (Azw) and non DRM Mobi/Pdf files natively. You can also send .txt, audible,  .doc, html,and image files through your amazon email which loads them onto your device too.

What this means is that you will be restricted to buying ebooks from the Kindle store only (you won’t be able to use Waterstones, WHSmith, Diesel Ebooks, Kobo etc).

But on the flip side, you get access to one of the biggest ebook stores in the world, with some of the most competitive prices around.

I regularly check prices of ebooks across the main ebook stores and Amazon usually matches other prices or is 10-25% cheaper. Plus you can buy books straight from the device and be reading within minutes.

If you own an Iphone, or Ipad you can also install the Amazon Kindle reader app, and get access to all your purchased books too for free.

Features Unique To Kindle 3

The Amazon Kindle differentiates itself from the crowd mainly because of its free 3G connectivity, which enables you to buy books whilst travelling.

You also get text to speech built in, which makes your books sound like a cross between Stephen Hawking and an actual American lady/ or man. This is great for accessibility, especially until the library of audiobooks expands to cover all books available.

Amazon are also experimenting with new features, and you get access to a beta web browser too, which you can use to browse the web for free. In theory it’s a great idea, in practice it’s a slow and awkward process. But you can’t really complain with free web access can you?


The Amazon Kindle 3 is priced at £109/$139 for the Wifi version, and £149/$189 for the 3G version.

In comparison, the closest competitors in terms of features are the Sony PRS 650 available for £199/$229 and the BeBook Neo available for £229/$350.

The Kindle 3 is therefore great value, as you’re not only getting more features, but its around £50/ $40 cheaper than the competition.

We recommend getting the 3G version as it makes getting new ebooks really easy and convenient, especially for non technical users.

The Technical Bits

You can read about the technical specifications and compare the Kindle 3 to the leading ebook readers using our 6″ ebook reader comparison table here.

The Verdict

Amazon have a real winner on their hands this year with the Kindle 3 ebook readers. Not only are they priced very competitively, but they make purchasing and reading books easy, and convenient.

The 3G connectivity and direct access to one of the largest ebook, newspaper and magazine stores in the world means you are literally a few button presses away from nearly any book, wherever you are.

This range of ebook readers are ideal for non techie types too, as getting to grips with the device literally takes minutes and doesn’t require any computer. Just buy from amazon and the device will come pre-registered with your Amazon ID, ready for you to charge up and use.

Where To Buy

The only place to buy your Kindle is direct at Amazon.
For UK orders go to
For US/World orders go to


BeBook Club Review

by Ebook Doctor on November 11, 2010


The BeBook Club is the latest ebook reader, from open ebook reader pioneers Endless Ideas. This ebook reader has been designed to compete at a lower pricepoint, in order to satisfy users not looking for advanced features found in the BeBook Neo.

The BeBook Club is similar to the BeBook One: It’s got a 6 inch Vizplex E-Ink screen, and shares the open nature of its predecessor enabling you to load up just about any ebook format including: PDF, EPUB, MOBI, FB2, TXT, PDB, HTML, CHM, JPEG, BMP, PNG and TIFF.

The great thing which separates the BeBook Club from the Amazon Kindle for example is the ability to buy an ebook from any ebook store and load it up onto the device, sadly the Kindle can only read ebooks purchased from the Kindle store, and non DRM pdfs.

In terms of look, the BeBook Club has a nice plastic front which feels solid, but its no Sony Ebook reader in terms of style.

In terms of functionality, it uses the same 6” 600×800 E Ink Vizplex screen as the BeBook One, which is standard across most ebook readers these days. But the new Sony  PRS-350, PRS-650 and Amazon Kindle 3G are now using an improved E Ink Pearl screen which offers better contrast, so this screen is technically inferior.

This is not a massive point as you would be hard pressed to really see much difference in most situations, but suffice to say you are only getting 8 shades of grey instead of 16 with the Kindle and Sony ebook readers.

The main difference between the BeBook Club and the BeBook Neo is the lack of Wifi and internet browsing, and no touchscreen. Instead you navigate using a set of buttons on the device.

The BeBook also offers fast page refresh rates, and the ability to listen to audio too. You should get around 12,000 page views from a single charge which puts it tip of its class in battery life.

Other than that, the BeBook Club includes an external SD card slot so you can expand the 510mb of internal memory up to 4GB! This would be enough for a lifetime of reading.

You can find the BeBook Club at £149/$189 which makes it quite attractive for a 6 inch screen ebook reader with access to most of the ebook formats.

Click here to compare the BeBook Club to the other 6” ebook readers available today.

You can find the BeBook Club at


Sony PRS-350 Review

by Ebook Doctor on November 11, 2010


Sony are synonymous with timeless design, and solid quality – The Sony PRS-350 with its 5 inch screen is no exception.

Featuring a brushed aluminium design, it looks and feels great. And along with its larger sibling the Sony PRS-650 with its 6 inch screen are probably the best looking ebook readers around.

The Sony PRS 350 is an update to the PRS300 launched last year, featuring the following improvements:

-A new E-Ink Pearl screen, which improves contrast by 50%. This is the same new display used in the 3rd generation Amazon Kindle, and Sony PRS-650.
This new screen now provides 16 shades of grey instead of 8, and is now clearer than ever.
-The PRS350 now has touchscreen functionality, which uses infrared sensors for improved clarity and response rate (the previous PRS-300 didn’t have a touchscreen).
-Improved battery life, you can now read over 10,000 pages on one charge versus 7500 with the older model
-Its also 60 grams lighter, which makes it an ideal ebook reader for those travelling light (fits a handbag perfectly).

Other than these new features, the Sony PRS-350 build on the great feature set of its predecessor.
Its supports an impressive range of ebook formats including BBeB (LRF/LRX), PDF, EPUB, TXT, RTF, JPEG, BMP, GIF and PNG so you can literally purchase your ebooks from nearly every ebook store. Because of this you are not tied down to a specific ebook store like the Amazon Kindle.

This ebook reader also features a large 2GB internal memory which is enough to carry thousands of ebooks at a time.

Unfortunately you don’t get any Wifi or 3G connectivity, and you have to purchase books from online ebook retailers from your desktop. But these are somewhat advantages, as it means you get solid battery life, and can purchase ebooks at any ebook retailer (therefore can comparison shop for the best ebook deals).

In terms of price points, you can find this ebook reader for around £159/$179 which makes it an ideal purchase if you are an occasional book reader. If you spend a lot of time reading, you might want to consider the Sony PRS-650 which features a 6 inch screen for more comfortable reading.

Click here to compare the Sony PRS-350 to the other 6” ebook readers available today.

You can find the Sony PRS-350 and Sony PRS-650 at


BeBook Neo Review

by Ebook Doctor on November 10, 2010


The BeBook Neo is the latest flagship ebook reader from Endless Ideas, one of the pioneers of the open ebook reader movement who launched the BeBook One two years ago.

BeBook’s strength is their community and developer base which aims to make their ebook readers as versatile as possible, embracing the largest amount of ebook formats available today.

The BeBook Neo is no exception, featuring the same list of available formats including PDF, EPUB, MOBI, FB2, TXT, PDB, HTML, CHM, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF and Adobe DRM’d Epub/Pdf formats.

The great thing which separates the BeBook Neo from the Amazon Kindle for example is the ability to buy an ebook from any ebook store and load it up onto the device, sadly the Kindle can only read ebooks purchased from the Kindle store, and non DRM pdfs.

In terms of look, the BeBook Neo has a nice plastic front which feels solid, and a metal back. It looks a lot smarter than its predecessor the BeBook One.

In terms of functionality, it uses the same 6” 600×800 E Ink Vizplex screen as the BeBook One, which is standard across most ebook readers these days. But the new Sony PRS-650 and Amazon Kindle 3G are now using an improved E Ink Pearl screen which offers better contrast, so this screen is technically inferior.

This is not a massive point as you would be hard pressed to really see much difference in most situations, but suffice to say you are only getting 8 shades of grey instead of 16 with the Kindle and Sony ebook readers.

The biggest innovation comes in the shape of a Wifi connection, and a built in portal which enables you to purchase books from compatible book stores directly from the ebook reader.

Although not as user friendly as the one click purchase offered by Amazon, the BeBook portal works well, and lets you actually buy books directly from your ebook retailer of choice (at the moment the retailers include: Foyles, Blackwell, Whsmith).

The bebook also has a limited web browser, which is handy if you find yourself needing to check something whilst at an internet café and a rather good stylus touchscreen provided by Wacom. This combination makes it a breeze to surf, and annotate ebooks.

This ebook reader also has a faster processor than most other ebook readers available today, and has quite a quick screen refresh rate – so no more waiting (too long) for pages to refresh.

Other than that, the BeBook Neo includes an external SD card slot so you can expand the 510mb of internal memory up to 4GB! This would be enough for a lifetime of reading.

In terms of price, the BeBook Neo is currently available at £229/$350. Its not the cheapest ebook reader in the marketplace, but makes up with the ability to use Wifi and load up virtually any ebook.

Click here to compare the BeBook Neo to the other 6” ebook readers available today.

You can find out more about the BeBook Neo at


Amazon Kindle Refresh Line And Drops Prices

by Ebook Doctor on July 29, 2010


Amazon today released details of its new line of Amazon Kindle devices which are now available to pre-order (dispatch of the new ebook readers will start on the 27th August in the UK & US).

Jeff Bezos wrote a personal message on the amazon homepage detailing the news:

Two new Amazon Kindles are coming (A Wifi only and Wifi & 3G version), which will replace the Kindle 2. The new devices are smaller, lighter, and now much more affordable which should help drive the demand in ebooks.

The new Kindles feature the following:

-Improved screen (50 per cent superior contrast to any other e-reader, faster page turns, and sharper fonts)
-21% smaller, and the new Kindles weigh only 247g)
-New webkit based web browser
-Now available in graphite colour!


Also the great news is that a UK centric Amazon ebook store is coming on the 27th August, as you now have to purchase from the US website at the moment.

I’m not too sure how Amazon can make this work financially, but its great news for book readers – As ebook readers are now much more accessible, and perfect for everyday use – Much better than Ipads and colour tablets when it comes to reading books, and now much cheaper.

The Kindle Wifi will retail at £109 ($139) , and the Wifi + 3G Kindle will retail at £149 ($189), and you can click here to pre-order yours for dispatch as soon as it comes out. Pre Order Your New UK Amazon Kindleor Pre Order your New USA Amazon Kindle.


Bebook Neo Announced – First Look Review

by Ebook Doctor on January 23, 2010


Bebook have pulled a 180 with regards to their Bebook 2, opting to cancel the release of the device at last minute to concentrate their efforts towards releasing a better ebook reader for 2010: This ebook reader is the Bebook Neo.

Featuring an eye pleasing slim design, a 6inch Vizplex screen, WIFI access (A world first), access to ebook stores from the device, Wacom tablet technology as well as one of the fastest processors in its class.


All these attributes makes the BeBook Neo one of the fastest eReader currently on the market. Offering up to 2,5 times faster browsing and operating speeds, due to its powerful Freescale processor.

Another great advantage to this new ebook reader is the fact that you also get a web browser, which makes this ebook reader perfect for research on the go.


The Wacom tablet technology makes the annotation and stylus writing experience better than some other ebook readers, and should make for a nippy experience.

Endless Ideas have released a few videos, check them out below:

The device is planned for a release end of Feb, we’ll keep you updated.
In the meantime you can find out more about the device at


iRiver Story Review

by Ebook Doctor on December 3, 2009


The iRiver Story is the latest entrant into the Ebook Reader market, and its iRiver’s first ebook reader.

I must admit I was weary when I first heard bout the iRiver Story, as from afar it could be mistaken for a rebadged Amazon Kindle clone. But I’m pleased to say that iRiver have done a good job designing this ebook reader, and they have invested quite a bit in the packaging and marketing material for their ebook reader.

This is no Amazon Kindle though, the build quality although ok and it doesn’t have the solid feel of a Kindle. But the device doesn’t feel cheap, its quite attractive and the keyboard actually works quite well.


The screen is your typical Vizplex E-Ink screen, featuring 8 levels of greyscale (same as the Sony Touch & Pocket / Bebook) with a resolution of 800×600. The Kindle features a better 16 greyscale screen, but both offer a really good reading experience.

The user interface is intuitive, you can use the keypad to navigate through the menus and there are side buttons available so that you can use the book in one hand for both left and right handed users.

Unlike the Amazon Kindle which limits the ebook formats to their own and pdf ebook formats, the iRiver Story is compatible with a wide range of ebook formats including: EPUB, PDF & TXT cover the main formats for commercial ebooks, while the Story also displays office files like DOC, PPT & XLS.  For comics & graphic novels, JPEG, BMP and GIF image. This makes this ideal for reading business documents on the road without having to carry a laptop.


Page turns are snappy (for ebook reader standards) and you’ll find the ebook reader comfortable to read all sorts of books on your journeys.

The device comes with a generous 2GB of internal storage, enough to store hundreds of books, and it can be expanded with an external SD card.

We also like the added features which are not available on other ebook readers as yet including the diary, memo facility, the built in speaker and the voice recorder which are all handy but will probably never be used…

At £229 the iRiver ebook reader is on par with most 6″ ebook readers in the UK, but is more expensive than the Amazon Kindle.

In all the iRiver is a good device, especially if you are interested in being able to upload any ebook format, or your own documents which is not currently possible on the Kindle.

You can find out more about the iRiver Story here