Can Kindle Handle Chinese?

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Besides support for various languages, including Chinese, the Kindle has many other features that make it a versatile e-reader. Among the Kindle's features is a new screen made by E Ink Corp. that clearly displays Chinese characters and conserves battery life. You must navigate the Kindle in English, however.

Language Support

  • The Kindle can display Chinese, along with Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic -- which are the characters languages such as Russian use -- and even Latin and Greek. This expanded language support isn't just important if you can read more than one language; it means that any book, document or Web page you view that has these characters will display correctly.

E Ink Screen

  • The Kindle's screen, developed by E Ink Corp., uses actual ink -- in a very complex technical way -- making text like Chinese appear more like characters on a book than on a digital screen. Unlike many LCD screens found on laptops and tablets, the matte finish of the Kindle's screen makes it readable in direct sunlight. The manufacturer states that the screen also has 50 percent greater contrast than other screens, which translates to text that's crisp and supposedly more readable than text on other screens.

Chinese Content

  • If you can read Chinese, you can have access to an almost limitless amount of content in correctly displayed Chinese characters because you can use the Kindle to browse the Internet. Amazon.com's Kindle e-books list may not have any available titles in Chinese. However, there are Chinese titles in the public domain that you can access and read on the Kindle.

Using Other Languages

  • While the Kindle can display Chinese characters, and those of other languages, the Kindle's menu itself can't be changed to another language. In other words, you must be able to navigate the Kindle's settings and menus in English to use the device. To view your personal documents in Chinese, you must save the documents as a Microsoft Word DOC file and email it to your Kindle's email address. The document will be converted and sent to your Kindle for free via a Wi-Fi connection.

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