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review 2017-12-06 10:07
Kindle Lite - indyjski Amazon testuje lekką aplikację Kindle

 

Przez wiele lat, ulice indyjskich miast oraz rozdroża indyjskich wsi, pełne były reklam Nokii. Obecnie sytuacja wygląda oczywiście inaczej. Rynek zdobywają tańsze marki smartfonów, a chyba najbardziej widoczne jest Xiaomi. Wystarczy przejść się po ulicy, lub wsiąść do stołecznego metra, aby przekonać się, iż smartfon to podstawowy (i często jedyny) gadżet, z którym nie rozstają się mniej i bardziej zasobni Indusi.

 

Kindle Lite obecna jest w sklepie Google Play jako nieopublikowana aplikacja (źródło: play.google.com)

 

Do tej sytuacji zapewne pragnie dostosować się Amazon, w tym także oddział indyjski. Sklep na całym świecie oferuje przecież czytelnikom nie tylko czytniki i książki. Ekosystem Amazonu zbudowany jest wokół sprzedaży i dostępu do treści elektronicznych, na różnych typach urządzeń. Skoro w takich krajach, jak Indie, smartfony definiują sposób codziennego dostępu do treści w internecie, mogą więc także być urządzeniami, na których Indusi czytają e-booki.

 

Chiński Xiaomi ma już w Indiach trzy swoje fabryki (źródło: instagram.com)

 

Kindle Lite

Od niedawna, indyjski oddział Amazonu, testuje aplikację Kindle Lite. Można się domyślać, że program został stworzony z myślą o tańszych smartfonach, które nie mogą się poszczycić znakomitymi parametrami. Aplikacja jest więc niewielka, jak na dzisiejsze czasy, zajmuje ok 2 MB.

 

Ekran startowy Kindle Lite

 

 

Niestety, jeszcze skromniejsze są jej możliwości. Użytkownik otrzymuje dostęp wyłącznie do pozycji zakupionych w Amazonie. Można także przeglądać ofertę sklepu. No i da się czytać e-booki...

 

Kindle Lite daje dostęp tylko do pozycji zakupionych w Amazonie. Po resztę zawartości konta, odsyła do pełnej androidowej aplikacji

 

Samo wyświetlanie książek pozostawia wiele do życzenia. Poza prostą nawigacją, a więc spisem treści i kartkowaniem, nie znajdziemy nic, co by uprzyjemniło lekturę e-booków. Nie ma mowy o słowniku, zakładkach, czy zaznaczaniu tekstu. Ba! Nie można nawet zmienić domyślnego kroju czcionki czy jej wielkości! Jednak trochę słabo...

 

Wygląd tekstu w Kindle Lite

 

Pół biedy, jeśli by to dotyczyło grupy docelowej z identycznym sprzętem. Ale przecież telefony z Androidem są zróżnicowane tak, jak tylko może być dziś różnorodna elektronika użytkowa. Od małych do ogromnych ekranów, od obrazów rozmazanych do ostrych jak brzytwa. Trudno założyć, że na tych wszystkich urządzeniach tekst będzie dla każdego czytelny. No i pewnie nie jest. Jak dla mnie literki wyświetlane przez Kindle Lite są na przykład za małe do komfortowego czytania.

 

Wybór ustawień Kindle Lite nie rozpieszcza

 

Podsumowanie

Nie jestem przeciwnikiem „lekkich” aplikacji, sam używam takowej do Facebooka. Ale jednak Kindle Lite zdecydowanie nie przypadła mi do gustu. Mam wrażenie, że zbyt daleko zaszedł minimalizm inżynierów Amazonu. Pomijam wszelkie inne ograniczenia aplikacji, ale brak możliwości regulacji wielkości tekstu (i to w aplikacji do czytania), jest dużą pomyłką. Przecież to program mający ułatwić czytanie! Oby w momencie oficjalnej premiery Kindle Lite, zostały dodane przynajmniej podstawowe funkcje.

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review 2017-12-03 04:01
Wow What a Freaking Fantastic Series so far!!!!!!!
Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

I am not going to do a very big review on this one, just because I feel like I would have to go into big spoiler territory.

I do have to say I freaking still love Dorian, and I love his parts of the storyline, especially towards the end, with his big scene with Aelin, and his father the king. I do also really like the scenes between Dorian, Aelin, and Chaol, towards the end also.

So much happens in this book, that there are just to much to talk about, in my review of it. I liked that Aelin finally gets a best girlfriend again in Lysandra. I wasn't really sure if she was really good at first, but later when she does what she does to Arobynn, that monster, I was convinced. I love also what she chose to change into, what an awesome choice. 

Now back again to Aelin, I love her relationship with Rowan and how those to are growing much better for that relationship. The scene where they see one another again for the first time in awhile, was just so freaking adorable. And the scenes that she has with Manon were interested, and made me actually start to enjoy Manon. 

Manon scenes by herself still bores me the most, I do love when shes around Abraxos, her Dragon, I believe that is what they said he is. She tries to act like she has no heart but she does when it comes to Abraxos and also Dorian. 

I am so happy that I am finally starting to enjoy and fall in love with Chaol again, and that his relationships with Dorian and Aelin are starting to get repaired. I feel so bad in regards to what happens to him towards the end of the book, and what happens to his team.

Aedion I really enjoyed in this book, and I love his relationship with Aelin which is cousin, I loved when Aelin comes to rescue him and what all takes place before, during, and after those two.

I know I didn't even cover half of what takes place in the book, so if you haven't started this series yet, you need to get up right now and do just that. Its a kick awesome series. I have book 5 and the book that Sam is in, but I am taken a little break from this series, and I am going to read The Young Elites by Marie Lu, sorry if I spelled her name wrong. Hopefully I will be able to get into that series. I borrowed the first two books from my local library, so I will see what happens.

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review 2017-12-02 00:14
Poor Dorian!!!!!!
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

Wow what a one hell of a book cliffhanger. My poor Dorian and if you haven't read the book yet, you'll have to read it to find out what I am talking about. And if you have read it, you'll understand why I said that. Still my favorite character out of the men in this series. I do have to say I am slowly falling in love with Rowan, who is one of the new characters in this series.

Okay now let's talk about Rowan since I just mentioned him. At first I thought what a jerk in regards to how he was treated Celaena, but later once he started to treat her like an actual individual, I really started to enjoy him. In this book it's like a friendship relationship, but I think that will definitely change. I can't wait to see how there relationship, will end up in the end.

Celaena I really love more and more as the story goes on. I really hope that she survives when this series ends, and she has a happy ending. After the life she had she really deserves the happy ever after ending. I loved when she started getting her powers, and that it seems like she final meet someone that likes her just as she is. Not like Chaol who can't handle who and what she is. Dorian I know does, but while at first I wanted those two together, now I just what them to be best friends.

Chaol I just didn't care about at all in this book, he needs to decide, which team his on, and just stick to it already. I what him and Dorian to be friends again. And I need him to be the way he was in the first book and the first part of the second one. 

Manon  another new character, I just couldn't get into her parts of the story, I just didn't really care at all for her. I was just plain bored.

Than another new character and someone else at first I wasn't sure if I was going to like was Aedion. Once I know what was really going on with him, I really started to warm up to him a whole lot. I like who he is to Celaena, and what part he just plays in the whole storyline.

I just have to say again oh gosh my poor Dorian and what happened to him at the end, had me in freaking tears. And Celaena going back home, and leaving Rowan behind, boy he better be in the next book.

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review 2017-11-26 02:01
Pretty Creepy towards the end of the book!!!!!
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

I really loved this one a lot more than the first in the series, even though I did like the first one. I am still trying to decide what character is my favorite, if I choose right now that individual would have to be Dorian. I felt really bad for him, in regards for his feelings for Celaena. And also because Celaena and Chaol, leaving him out of a lot of important information. But the biggest reason is what he finds out about himself, and what would happen if his father the king finds out about it.

Chaol I am kind of not sure about, I really loved him in the first book, but the second half of this book his really started to bother me. 

Celaena I am not sure about either, her and Chaol's relationship is just all over the place in this book. One minute she loves him and the next minute she can't stands him and wants him died. I understand why she feels this way at first, but then she finds out something and she still acts the same way. I did know her secret before it was revealed and I still loved it because how it was revealed and by whom.

And the King I just can't stand, and what we find out in regards to what his trying to do, is so creepy and cray, cray!!!!!!!

I am now starting The Heir of Fire, and I really can't wait to find out, what's going to happen next. I really want to know what Dorian is going to do, and also what his father the king will do if he finds out about it.

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review 2017-11-22 15:43
Funny Amazon Reviews Aren't So Funny When Read Out Loud
Funny Amazon Reviews - Jane Lynch,Jane Lynch,Audible Comedy

I woke up this morning, let out the dog and stepped my bare foot into a steaming pile of cat vomit one of my furry demons so thoughtfully left for me on the mat nearest the door. Last week it was mouse innards (On My NAKED Foot!!) so I know from personal experience that it could always be worse. Much worse, actually. Still, after that stellar start to the morning I needed a little laugh on my commute to work before I started thinking bad thoughts and decided to give this one a listen.

 

Maybe it's my current sour mood or just the fact that I've already read 80% of these funny reviews on Amazon, but listening to them barely made me crack a smile. I think they work better on Amazon where you can actually see the product they're riffing on, especially the wolf shirt. You've got to see that wolf shirt if you haven't already. It's also a helluva lot more fun when you can read the accompanying funny reviews of the item because usually once someone starts it spirals into a page filled with wacky reviews.

 

I'll give this a three because I guess I liked it a little.

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