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Old 12-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Is the Kindle Keyboard a good choice?

Hi,

I need help to choose an eReader.
Of all the options I prefer the Kindle Keyboard because the TTS function, I am not an English speaker and I will use the eReader to improve my vocabulary so the dictionary function and the TTS are very important to me.

I have read several threads and viewed some videos about the Kindle Keyboard but I still have some doubts:

1) I dont live in the US so I cant access to all the content in the kindle store.
Could I use books from another sources (gutenberg.org, local library) in Kindle?

2) As far as I understand the Kindle Keyboard is a 3rd generation Kindle.
Is there too much difference in the display quality and firmware of this device and the 4th and 5th generation?

3) Does the TTS worth it or should I go directly for a Kindle Paperwhite?
Can I use the TTS with mobi or txt books?
This is a dealbreaker for me because I will use it to improve my English vocabulary (pronunciation).

Thanks
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:27 AM   #2
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1) Yes. The Kindles read any non-DRM Mobipocket files, and calibre will convert almost anything into Mobipocket format.

2) No difference between KK3 and Kindle Touch. The Paperwhite's display is slightly higher resolution, as well as having the frontlight.

3) The TTS is better than nothing, but it isn't brilliant as a guide to English pronunciation, especially for unusual words.
It certainly works for Mobipocket books. I think it would work on plain text, but easy to convert to MObipocket if not.
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1) Yes. The Kindles read any non-DRM Mobipocket files, and calibre will convert almost anything into Mobipocket format.

2) No difference between KK3 and Kindle Touch. The Paperwhite's display is slightly higher resolution, as well as having the frontlight.

3) The TTS is better than nothing, but it isn't brilliant as a guide to English pronunciation, especially for unusual words.
It certainly works for Mobipocket books. I think it would work on plain text, but easy to convert to MObipocket if not.
Thanks, I will order one.

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I like my trusty K3 very much, although the TTS capability leaves a lot to be desired. I rarely use it.
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In addition to the book reader that you have contemplated I would like to make a few more recommendations. translate.google.com, can help by translating to English and from English and try openoffice.org, its a free suite of software that speaks over 105 different languages, its a pretty remote chance that openoffice does not speak your language like a native.
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