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APP REVIEW

by Dristy Rahman

You know what’s the worst part of being a book lover? — Books are EXPENSIVE! If you don’t have money, you need to save for a month before you can afford a new one. I always find myself struggling to choose between books and food. I mean, come on, we all have opportunity costs. Even though I am not a big fan of e-books (mainly because I am technologically handicapped), I searched for apps which might solve the problem. That’s when I came across ‘Kindle,’ which is probably one of the most user friendly apps for book lovers.

AppThis app is paired with Amazon which lets you can carry your e-books wherever you go. The books are free of cost and once you have downloaded the books, you will not need an internet connection to read them. They provide a guide to how to use the app when you first install it where you can see suggestions based on the broad range of genres such as business, thriller, romance, comedy, horror, and many other various kinds of books. What makes this app stand out is the ability to change the fonts, style, and page color according to your preference. This is the liberty that text books don’t give you. It has unique features like X-Ray, Whispersync, page flip, print replica, flashcards, and more. You can get instant translations and definitions, without leaving the page. Also, you can make and share in-page highlights. All of these will give you the feeling of reading a real life book.

Kindle, a term known to define a small hand-held electronic device for reading, was developed by the online retailer Amazon. They then took it up a notch and developed this application for people who don’t own the Kindle device, and own smartphones and computers. It even gives access to local libraries in some countries which make studying easier. You can share your books from one device to another and read magazines, newspapers, graphic novels, and textbooks with high-res color images. However, there are two downsides to the app, hence the 4 star reviews it got. Sometimes it becomes difficult to highlight portions and share because of the dependability on the touch based screen. Also, the app seems to consume a good chunk of battery life. Due to this, the app sometimes seems to crash while reading.

Regardless of the tiny glitches here and there, Kindle is a life saver and a must have if you love to read. Even if you don’t like to read, you never know when it might come in handy if you are a student. For those who work, you can share documents through Kindle as well! So, I’d say go download the app and explore something new. You can always delete it if you don’t like it.

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