Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kindle Some Fun!

The local music therapists in Dallas/Fort Worth have recently been discussing the merits of digital readers. They mentioned the Kindle from Amazon which I have already had highlighted on Music Makes Sense for the last year. Amazon just came out with their newest version which uses 3G technology.

I think these devices are great ideas for therapists! They are super portable and won't add much to the huge amount of stuff music therapists usually port around. I imagine having song books and picture books at the tip of my fingers without the extra weight! Because they are 3G, you will also be able to download selections wherever you are and use the materials almost in real time.

Here is a nice video about how it works:

And some details about the Kindle:

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback

Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

3G Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle; no annual contracts, no monthly fees, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

International Coverage: Enjoy 3G wireless coverage at home or abroad in over 100 countries.

Paper-Like Display: Reads like real paper without glare, even in bright sunlight

Carry Your Library: Holds up to 1,500 books

Long Battery Life: Read for days without recharging

Read-to-Me: With the experimental Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable

Free Book Samples: Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy

Large Selection: Over 350,000 books, including 104 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. For non-U.S. customers, content availability and pricing will vary.

Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. When traveling abroad, you can download books wirelessly from the Kindle Store or your Archived Items. U.S. customers will be charged a fee of $1.99 for international downloads.

Christmas is right around the corner!

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