Be sure to read the first Kindle 3 Tips and Cautions blog article here.

The picture on the left is of my white-bezeled 6″ Kindle 3 next to the Graphite 9.7″ Kindle DX.
The Graphite DX does have a slightly greener tint under certain lighting, but a touch of green can make an image look brighter.

Here’s the larger image.  Following the larger version is a second, closer shot of the text of both.

Further on down the page, I have a tip to get the Kindle text to a closer match with the DX text.

On Twitter, Jason Varner asked: “My very first Kindle is on its way!  What are the first things I should try/do w/it?  Tips from exp. Kindlers? /cc @kindleworld

Besides going to Amazon’s Kindlestore to click on Books or heading straight for the Top 10 Free Bestsellers (UK Top 10 Free Bestsellers) to try your first download of a free book for the new Kindle (UK Kindle), definitely do the following:

Download to your computer FOR the Kindle 3, the very helpful Kindle 3 USER’S GUIDE for reading ON the Kindle.  After you get it you can transfer it to the Kindle “documents” folder via the USB cable that’s part of the power cord.

Also, get the PDF User’s Guide for reading on a computer.

For a general additional guide to creating and editing Collections (“folders” concept) and some other newer features, see the Introduction and Guide, which also gives you links to the apropos Amazon Help pages.

There are also new Kindle 3 features added to those.

Here are guides to how to use some of the more advanced recent features:
. Forwarding highlighted passages and notes to Facebook and/or Twitter
. Some information on the filing of Personal Docs and Subscriptions/Periodicals
. Collections:   Important tips to avoid problems or to solve them
. How to Pan & Zoom in a PDF (similar for web pages).

Getting the Kindle 3’s font size and appearance closer to the default font size of the larger Kindle DX.

The smaller Kindle 3 has a default font size (#3 of 8 choices) that is smaller than the default font size of the Kindle DX.

Now that we have so many more options, I played with it a bit.
Except for brightest light (when I sometimes use smaller font sizes), I like best the somewhat larger DX’s default ‘3’ size.

So I chose, for the Kindle 3,
. Size 4,
. condensed typeface (for tighter
character spacing at the larger size)
. medium line spacing (less space
between lines), and
. Words per Line default, which goes to
the edges of that small screen.

If you click on the Kindle 3 and DX text photo just above, or on the Text-key settings on the right, you’ll see the larger images for each.

And for those who installed special font-sets to get darker text on the Kindle 2, I think you’ll love the sans serif typeface.   It doesn’t get darker than that, and it’s very clear.

As for the DX Graphite — while the Kindle 3 text pops out at you, the Kindle DXG text is so sharp and crisp that it looks etched on the screen.  But the smaller Kindle does very well against the DXG with this setting and though you get less on the screen, the K3 is ultra light and the clarity makes reading it addictive the way the DX models have been for me.

Kindle 3’s (UK: Kindle 3’s),   DX Graphite

Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
Also, UK customers should see the UK store’s Top 100 free bestsellers.
Via Andrys Basten’s A Kindle World blog.


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