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My Favorite eReader Lights

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eReader mini-lights are simple to use. They utilize small LED lamps to allow anyone to read in low-light conditions. If you are like me, your primary ereader has no backlight. I have been through many of these reading lights and after some trial and error here are my top three choices:

1. Mighty Bright Book Lights – XtraFlex2 L.E.D:

Even though I like all three of these lights, The Mighty Bright Book Light-XtraFlex2 is my favorite. You cant beat the price. It is a tiny lamp with a highly flexible and sufficiently long arm to get it in just the right spot. Weighing just about 4.6 ounces, it can also be carried around and fits perfectly in a purse or a back pack. The slim and flexible arm that it comes with is easy to stash anywhere, and it is super easy to adjust the angle of the light. It is the flexible arm that, in my opinion, what makes it better than any other product in the market.

The light comes with a tiny LED lamp that is tremendously bright for its size and its precision engineered reflector helps it to cast uniform light on the surface. However, I find that these lights have a non-glaring glow makes for a comfortable reading light. A dimmer setting allows for two levels of brightness. These LED lamps last a really long time. I have never heard of anyone having to replace them.

Yes, it does work on AAA batteries but they don’t drain fast. I like AAA because they are cheap and easy to replace as long as the lighting product doesn’t suck them dry every few days. The batteries in this light last a good long time.

I can’t say enough good things about the gooseneck design which makes these lights a great utility feature that clips on wonderfully to any e-reader.
This is a great light for reading in bed. I never hear complaints from my husband with this light.

By far my favorite for initial cost, low to no glare, and good use of batteries.

2. Pathway Lights eReader Lite:

This e-reader light is the perfect little thing. I really like it. It simply clips to the top of any device, and shines down evenly on the e-reader screen. By virtue of its position, (that is, on the top edge of the e-reader), this light shines down uniformly throughout the screen enabling reading no matter what level of light is available. Since it clips right to the e-reader or its case, this light can of course be used with any eReader including the Nook, Kindle and Kobo, or even “regular” books.

The spring which clasps on to the e-reader is padded so that it doesn’t leave any scratches on the device, and this is perhaps one of the most important things about this light, apart from the quality of the light that it gives.

The Pathway LiteTM comes with long lasting LED light bulbs that shine down really bright. Even though it is an external light source, the glare is really minimal. The good quality and long shelf-life of these LED bulbs means they never need to be replaced. The light works with three AAA batteries. Some lights are just a drain on battery life. I find this light is much better in this respect compared to other lights I’ve tried.

The angle of the light can be adjusted depending on the reader’s needs. The light has a high-power and low-power feature to adjust the brightness of the lamp to two levels.
Overall, the Pathway Lights e-reader Lite is great for reading in low-light conditions, with minimal glare, and even amount of light across the display and batteries that last.

3. Kandle II:

I never tried the Kandle 1 so I can’t comment but I have been using the Kandle 2 so I thought I would include it here. The Kandle 2 by Ozeri Clip-on Reading Light is basically designed for use with the Kindle (hence the borrowed name) but it can be used with any eReader. It is powered by three ultra-bright LED lamps and offers long lasting brightness with minimal battery usage.

The new intelligent LED sensors in the lamp automatically power off when the lid is closed to prevent any accidental loss of battery power. I can’t even count the number of times I have dozed of reading with the lights still on. What a waste! I like this feature on the Kandle.

The Kandle comes with a patent-pending WideLipTM design attaches snugly to the Kindle, Nook, Kobo or other eBook readers without blocking the screen or scratching the device. The design ensures that the light stays firmly in place and does not slip out whatever angle you the e-reader is placed in.

The LED lamp has 3 brightness settings to choose from and all three settings ensure a uniformly distributed light over the screen. The feel of the plastic of the Kandle 2 is almost velvety and it comes in a variety of colors including white, black and graphite.

This light does use lithium ion batteries which are slightly hard to find. But I think they are well worth it because the batteries really do last a long, long time.

I liked that the Kandle 2 comes with its own protective pouch that allows it to be safely carried. It just feels more protected in my purse.

The Kandle 2 is a little pricey but is a great option for those on the move and people who love to read their books at night but are worried about disturbing others around them. I considered the extra cost compared to other lights as an investment since batteries last so long with this light.

Kindle 6″ Review

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In this age of rapidly changing technology, more and more gadgets are being introduced worldwide, be it smartphones, laptops, tablets or e-book readers. Not just that, there are a whole lot of different versions of a single brand, which makes it difficult to know the right fit.

After working with the Kindle 6”, here are my thoughts:

What’s great is that this e-book reader is equipped with the E-Ink technology which makes it feel like I’m reading a real book. The display is amazing. For reading, E-Ink technology is far better than the LCD, in the sense that it looks like real paper and reflects light and isn’t hard on the eyes. I can easily read outside under the bright sun. There’s no backlighting mechanism, no glares, and, in addition to a crystal clear display, the batteries last a long time.

I really do notice a difference when it comes to eye strain with the E-Ink technology vs LCD. I can read in any position, whichever angle I read my viewing experience will be the same. It gives better image quality, so the letters appear sharp, crisp and clear. I read for hours at a time sometimes and my eyes never feel strained with this display.

It’s also very light as compared to other models. I was amazed how sleek and light it is than the other kindles. It just weighs 5.98 ounces! I can hold it in one hand.

This e-book reader has an internal storage capacity of 2GB, so I can store around 1400 books. Plenty for me, although this much storage may not be enough for some. If additional storage is needed, the cloud is available.

Wifi technology is a necessity these days, and I believe no gadget can compete without it. Wifi in this e-book reader supports both public and private networks and hotspots. I can download a book in just 60 seconds, it’s that fast! So whether I am at home or in a café, airport etc. I don’t need to worry, as I’m always connected to my favourite authors.

The Kindle 6” E-ink display offers a battery life up to one month with wireless off and even if the wifi is on, it lasts a decent 3 weeks. But, the battery life will vary with heavy wireless use. The battery charges in about 3 hours with the USB 2.0 cable connected to a computer. Alternatively, the U.S. power adapter is included in the package.

Navigating through the e-book reader is super easy. For turning to the next page of the book , there is one button on each side of the kindle. So I can easily browse forward and backward with the same hand with which I am holding the device. At the leftmost is the back button, which is frequently used to go a step back. Next to it is the keyboard button. It will be mainly useful typing in search boxes in the browser. The keyboard is not of much use as this kindle is predominantly a reading device. Along the right, is the menu button which takes you to the main menu of the e-book reader and allows you to perform other functions. Then there is the home button, through which you can access all documents in your e-book reader. The last button is situated in the bottom edge of the kindle, which is the power/sleep button. A slight press pushes it to the sleep mode, and you’ll see a still image on the background. Just push it slightly again and it wakes up. Pressing it for longer will switch the device on and off.

It includes a built-in dictionary so you can access word meanings or definitions easily.

I can adjust the text sizes and alter font choices in this kindle as per your requirement with just the push of a button. I can organize your library into various categories favorite authors, or recently read etc. That way I can easily access whatever book you feel like reading. I can protect you kindle with a password. The Kindle user guide is pre-installed in the device which is very nice as I get to know the device. Kindle provides a one year limited warranty for this device.

Beloved Books for Children

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Some of my fondest memories of my childhood involve a comfy chair and a good book.

I started thinking about some of the books that had the biggest impact, those I read over and over again as a child, and those more recent ones that are can’t-miss for today’s kids or anyone young at heart. I know we all have our favorites so I thought I would share these with you; maybe there is a book or two you have overlooked or even a few well-loved but rarely read. To me, books are like old friends: Always there and ready for a reconnection. I hope you enjoy my list of favorites:

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Anne of Green Gables

Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret

Black Beauty

Charlotte’s Web

Chronicles of Narnia

Dick King Smith books

Eragon

From the Mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Harriet the Spy

Harry Potter

Heidi

Jane Eyre

Little House on the Prairie

Little Women

Nancy Drew Mysteries

Old Yeller

PollyAnna

Robinson Caruso

Secret Garden

Swiss Family Robinson

The Hobbit

The Island of the Blue Dolphins

Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn

Treasure Island

Watership Down

Where the Sidewalk Ends

These books hold a special place in my heart. My childhood would not be complete without them. They are great for sharing with the kids in your life.

A Review of Lights and cases for the Nook Color

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A review of cases and lights for the Nook Color eReader by Barnes and Noble. The U.S. Congress on Thursday voted to extend higher loan limits for government-backed mortgages, a move that should help keep borrowing costs low and support the shaky housing sector.

At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, the government raised the ceiling on the size of loans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could buy. At the time, the private market for so-called jumbo loans had all but dried up.

The legislation approved by the House of Representatives and Senate, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law, would keep in place until October 2011 the higher $729,750 ceiling for single-family home mortgages in high cost areas other than Hawaii and Alaska.

Cases and Lights for the Kindle Fire by Amazon

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A review of the Kindle Fire cases and lights. The U.S. Congress on Thursday voted to extend higher loan limits for government-backed mortgages, a move that should help keep borrowing costs low and support the shaky housing sector.

At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, the government raised the ceiling on the size of loans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could buy. At the time, the private market for so-called jumbo loans had all but dried up.

The legislation approved by the House of Representatives and Senate, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law, would keep in place until October 2011 the higher $729,750 ceiling for single-family home mortgages in high cost areas other than Hawaii and Alaska.