Amazon’s Kindle reader has truly changed the way books are carried on cruising boats. With a Kindle, you can greatly expand your on-board library and have much greater access to books wherever you are — no more searching for books in English when you’re in foreign countries, or waiting for titles you want to be shipped to you.
- Weighing less than just one paperback, they can hold the contents of 3,500 books (the least expensive Kindles hold 1,400), enabling cruisers to have far larger libraries. Talk about saving both weight and space!
- A single charge will last about a month (with the Wi-Fi turned off), so they’re not a power hog. You can charge from a standard wall outlet or via USB from your computer. You can also purchase aftermarket “car chargers” to charge from a 12v cigarette lighter — just make sure to get one designed for the Kindle you have.
- Easily read in bright sunlight.
- Enlarge the font (type size) at the touch of a button — very helpful if reading in low light conditions.
- Download books via Wi-Fi at any internet cafe or other place (such as most marinas) with Wi-Fi, or via 3G wireless in the US and 100 foreign countries — much easier than having books mailed to you.
- Most titles are cheaper on Kindle than on paper.
- You can also store and read PDF files on your Kindle — and more and more owners manuals are available as PDF’s (in fact, some are ONLY available as PDFs and others are free as PDFs and must be purchased if you want a paper copy).
- You don’t need to connect the Kindle to a computer to download publications.
- Just as with traditional books, you can “check out” a Kindle book before buying it — the first chapter is available for free and then, if you like it, you can download the whole thing in less than a minute.