English 111 17
November 17, 2011
Kindle Vs. Books
When two objects, such as the Kindle and a book, are compared there is a lot of room for the consumer’s personal opinion. On one side, the argument is the enjoyment of holding and reading a real book, and on the other, the argument is the conservation of materials. The real comparison lies within the cost, the ease of access, and aesthetics.
When shopping for a Kindle, there are five versions to choose from: the original Kindle, the Kindle Touch, the Kindle Touch 3G, the Kindle Keyboard 3G, and the Kindle Fire. The original Kindle starts at around $79. Its features include built in Wi-Fi, E Ink display, and a 6 inch screen size. The Kindle Touch starts at around $99. Its features include a simple-to-use touchscreen, text-to-speech, mp3 support, E Ink display, and built in Wi-Fi. The Kindle Touch 3G starts at around $149 and its features include free global 3G wireless, Easy Reach touch technology, text-to-speech, mp3 support, and E Ink display. The Kindle Keyboard 3G runs at around $139 and its features include free global 3G wireless, a simple to use keyboard, and E Ink display. Lastly, the Kindle Fire can be purchased from $199 and up. Its features include full color 7 inch Multi-touch display, Wi-Fi, dual-core processor, Amazon Silk, and free cloud storage. So, when speaking in terms of price, the choice is in whatever the consumer is willing to pay and the preferred features. The cost of a book can range anywhere from $5 to $35 generally speaking. The cost of a book is determined by the cost of paper, the cost of publishing, fees and salaries of editors and other staff. It is mainly up to the publisher to decide. The advantage of a book is the consumer buys it once and that’s all the money he/she has to put down on it. With a Kindle, the consumer drops the $79 or more plus the cost of the book. Even...