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Kindle Review February 26, 2009

Filed under: Updates — bookbeat @ 3:56 am

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You may or may not have heard all the hype about the new Kindle released by Amazon. Kindle 2 includes new features that the first didn’t have. I ordered my Kindle about a month before Christmas and finally received it today. Originally, I was set to receive Kindle 1 but due to the overlap of the release of Kindle 2 and my shipping date, they upgraded my order to a Kindle 2 at no charge!

Excellent customer service can be added to the list of pro’s for the new Amazon Kindle. A sleek and comfortable new design replacing an awkward and bulky design can also be marked down. The keyboard is especially easy to use and the controls are also relatively well-placed. Props to Amazon for transforming a virtually (and realistically) unuseful device into a modern innovation.

As soon as I turned it on, it came up with the User Guide right on the front page. This was especially convenient for the less than tech-savvy readers who aren’t sure how to flip the page, let alone access the Amazon store. The Amazon store was also easy to navigate through, though a little difficult to narrow down book selections. You click on Books, and then you are brought to a page where subjects such as Fiction, Nonfiction, Health, etc. are listed. Click on Fiction and you now have 94,000 fiction books to choose from. There is no “Mystery,” “Young Adult,” or “Children’s” subcategories. However, I was able to purchase a few promising books.

Charging the Kindle has also become much more convenient. The cord features one end that connects to the device and one end with a USB port cord and a detachable wall-plug for the end of it. Well-done Amazon.

As soon as I sat down to read my first book, I could really feel the device melt away and all that was there was the story. Corny, yes, but also very true. This was one of their goals as they invented the Kindle, and I believe they have definitely accomplished it. The read was enjoyable and features like adjustable text size and text-to-speech made the experience much more customizable.

So, despite a few flaws, I give the Kindle two big thumbs up. Though it comes with a high price tag, avid readers will save equally as much money from the low book prices and the hours of enjoyment.

Now that I have a few books waiting on my virtual shelf, I promise I will have a few more reviews up ASAP. I have 3 particularly interesting books that are waiting to be devoured this weekend.

Happy reading!

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“Stiff” by Mary Roach February 8, 2009

Filed under: Non-fiction,Science — bookbeat @ 11:41 pm

If you’re looking for an interesting book club discussion or an educational yet humorous addition to your bookshelf, I have the perfect book for you. Stiff is an intriguing and (at some parts) grisly book exploring what exactly happens to our bodies after we leave them.

Most of the chapters discuss the many uses of bodies that have been donated to science. The first thing that comes to mind when you hear this is usually the routine first-year medical cadaver dissection. The book faithfully discusses this, but also adds in some more shocking dissection stories that are sure to make your phalanges curl.

Mary Roach visits medical hot spots around the world to get professional opinions and provide you with some of the oddest cadaver stories to date. After reading this book, it is fascinating to me that she can sleep at night after seeing all of the things that she describes in her book. She recounts her visits to such unpleasant places as a morgue and a field where bodies are laid out in the sun (for a study on decompisition, of course).

So if you have even for a second wondered about what happens to the thousands of bodies donated to science each year, I highly recommend a trip to the library to check out Stiff. It is sure to teach you something new and probably leave you with your mouth agape by the end of it.

 

BOOKbeat!

Filed under: Updates — bookbeat @ 11:04 pm

Hi everyone,

This is the first ever post for BOOKbeat reviews! My goals in posting on this blog are

1) to broaden your library shelves and

2) to broaden my own.

I hope to provide you with the widest possible variety of books and write honest reviews on books that I’m sure you’ll love.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I am looking forward to reading the stack of books I have piled up for you guys!