Amazon's Kindle e-book reader gives you a digital way to read -- and carry -- all your favorite books. Amazon doesn't stop there, though; even those without their e-readers can enjoy the Kindle experience using one of the Kindle apps available for various devices, including many tablets. Amazon even offers their own tablet computer in the Kindle Fire.
Despite sharing the first part of its name with Amazon's e-book readers, the Fire is a full-fledged tablet. While many other tablet operating systems have Kindle apps, this device actually is a Kindle. While it doesn't have the paper-like display of a Kindle e-reader, the Fire's LCD display means your books and magazines can be displayed in color. The Kindle Fire comes in multiple sizes and varieties, with some touting features like an HD display and 3G or 4G LTE Internet connection. Fire tablets use a modified version of the Android operating system, giving them access to Android apps and games through Amazon's Appstore for Android platform.
Amazon offers free Kindle apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8 tablets. This application brings Kindle e-reading to your tablet, giving you access to your entire Kindle collection and Amazon's Kindle store. Like the Fire, the Kindle apps for these devices display magazines and colored content in full color, making them a better option for such content than the basic Kindle.
The Kindle, Kindle Fire and Kindle apps all include a feature called Whisper Sync. This feature saves your spot while reading, syncing it to all of your Kindle-capable devices. If your reading on Kindle gets interrupted, you can pick up from the same spot later, even if you're using your tablet. If you have a Kindle Fire or Kindle e-reader, the Whisper Sync feature also automatically syncs your content, making all your Kindle content easily available across your devices.
Other Key Features
The Kindle tablet apps include many of the same options and features of the e-book reader. The apps enable you to customize your reading experience and change font size, margin size, background color and number of reading columns. Tapping a word pulls up the definition, and highlighting text enables you to share it over social networks. You can also take notes and create bookmarks within your books, just like with your Kindle. The apps even include the Kindle's ability to borrow e-books from participating libraries.
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