Monday, December 7, 2015

Found it! The Best Tablet for Reading

They've finally done it. Amazon has combined the best features of the Kindle reader with a Fire tablet to create their new Reader's Edition tablet.
Combine the reading features of a Kindle
with the awesome Fire HD 8 tablet to create the
ultimate reading experience ever on a tablet.
Well, they've gone and done it. Amazon has combined the best features of the Kindle reader with an 8-inch Fire tablet to create their all-new Fire HD 8 Reader's Edition tablet.

If you've ever tried to read in bed at night on your Fire tablet, you know that there's just a bit of glariness that makes reading less than perfectly comfortable. It's the blue light that the tablets produce, light that actually can suppress the production of melatonin in your body and disturb your sleep. This new tablet has what Amazon calls Blue Shade, filters that suppress the blue light. Turn the Blue Shade feature on and off at will and fine tune the brightness to suit yourself - and your eyes.

In addition to the much-improved lighting for night reading, the new Reader's Edition tablet comes with a full year's subscription to Kindle Unlimited. That service makes over a million book titles available to be read for free as long as the subscription is in effect. Most of us now pay $9.99 a month for Unlimited reading. That means this is a $120 value, included with the purchase of this new Fire tablet for an amazing price of just $249.99. A seriously good deal!

You'll also get the wonderful reading features of the other Kindle readers such as the new Bookerly font (introduced earlier this year on the latest Paperwhite), adjustable fonts, Word Runner (a different way to read which may help you read much faster), Book Wizard, and more features too numerous to mention here. (They're all explained on the product page.)

Let's not forget the case. Amazon has designed a beautiful, rustic-looking, book-like brown leather case for this new tablet. It's a Limited Edition cover that also includes the features that Kindle and Fire owners have come to love about Amazon's own device covers.

While reading on a tablet is now something to seriously consider, remember that this is a tablet. That means you'll also get the beautiful color display that Amazon always provides in their Fire tablets, so you can read colorful magazines, play games, watch movies, and take pictures with the front and the rear-facing cameras. Expand the 8GB of storage with a microSD card, too, if you need the extra space (up to 128 GB).

Those who know me know that I'm kinda Kindle crazy and right now my heart is beating just a bit a whole lot faster than usual. This is going to be an awesome product, I can tell. So if you've put off choosing a Kindle, or choosing between a Kindle reader and a Fire tablet, your problem now has been solved.

Order your Fire HD8 Reader's Edition tablet now at this link. Shipping starts on December 9th. Hooray! You can have yours by Christmas!


8 comments:

  1. Oh Wow!!! I think you just showed me what I want for Christmas! I don't own a tablet and have though several times how I would like the convenience of one. Now, a reader with color pictures! That is simply awesome! I actually recently considered the trial of Kindle Unlimited, but just didn't want to commit just yet to a monthly charge. This truly sounds like the perfect combination for me.
    (btw, I am listening to holiday music on my Echo, that you introduced me to, as I work this morning) You do come up with the best gift ideas for me!

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  2. It really is a great idea, Cynthia. I've "talked" to many, many people through my years of writing about my Kindle readers and tablets so I know that this device truly will solve the same dilemma that you describe. If you do decide to get one, I hope you absolutely love it. Since I've bought both a new Paperwhite and a new Fire this year, I'll have to wait to get mine, but rest assured I will have one eventually! Can't wait to hear from you about yours!

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  3. Very informative Susan! and yes, the glare prevents me from even considering ereaders as an option. Working online all day makes me enjoy picking up an actual book to avoid more stress and screen time on my eyes. But it sounds like they're listening and beginning to solve this problem. Laptops, phones, ipads - everything needs to have this issue resolved. My eyes are so strained from online work, and I can imagine the damage it's doing to our children's eyes. I maintain that investing in 'the eyes and hearing business' is a smart move, because as the population ages, this will be a booming business! Glad Amazon is starting to deal with this.

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    1. Barbara, I think you're right to be concerned about vision and hearing problems that we'll see in the future. I'm thrilled that Amazon listens to their customers and has made improvements based on consumer feedback. Honestly, with the Kindle readers it really does look like you're reading on paper, or at least it does to me, especially with the more recent versions. If you haven't seen a Paperwhite, you really should find one and try it. With the front-lit screen (instead of back-lit like the shiny tablets) there's such a difference. What I love about this new tablet is that one device will do well for both functions. Now, I carry two with me whenever I go very far from home. Never know which one I'm going to prefer. Hope you get to try one!

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  4. I have not yet owned any type of Kindle and I just ordered the Kindle Fire that was on Black Friday special. (my Christmas present to myself) Now I sort of wish I'd waited! But the price was right and I'm sure I'll enjoy it. It's mostly for when I have to wait at the doctor's office or when getting tires rotated etc. But next time...!

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    1. Dianne, I'm so excited that you'll be getting a new Fire! Even though it isn't this one, I'm sure you'll love it. I got the new $50 Fire a few months ago and I absolutely love it, too. Whichever one you chose, I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with it!

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  5. My Kindle Fire is still hiding out at my grandkid's house. I think this is now at least 3 years it has been there. If it doesn't find its way home soon I will have to start looking for a new one.

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    1. Lorelei, I'd say it's just about time to start looking for a new one! (Smart grandkids!)

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