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Audio books disabled for Australians
Reviewed in Australia on 16 July 2019
Unfortunately I am disappointed. I purchase a kindle for the first time after reading reviews saying it can play audio books and that is the main thing I need it for. After a frustrating three hours, it seems the audio book function is disabled for Australia. This is not specified anywhere on the Amazon page or elsewhere on the internet. Even the user manual covers how to listen to audio books, except the functions described are just missing.
I was also surprised by the blocky rendering of the font. I think it’s the kind of thing I would get used to over time, so not a deal breaker, but personally I expected better.
The turn page function sometimes bring up unexpected results - I don’t know what it’s doing but it’s not always going to the next page.
The weight is acceptable but I would expect future ones to be even lighter - I get pains in my hands sometimes and lighter is better.
The battery life using the configuration out-of-the-box is not weeks as advertised - I drained it significantly while setting it up and researching. You have to turn off the screen light and the wifi to extend the battery life.
Overall this is a pretty good device, but over priced considering you have to pay Amazon to get the books on it, and considering the Australian market isn’t permitted to use audio books.