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Exercise 1. Look through the words and word combinations, which will help you to understand the text.

to highlight – подчёркивать, выделять, отмечать в тексте маркером

to vary – менять(ся); изменять(ся); варьировать

power adapter – адаптер источника питания, силовой адаптер

to enable – давать возможность

to purchase – покупать

enhanced – улучшенный, усовершенствованный, с расширенными возможностями

ink – чернила

crisp = sha rp – чёткий, резкий

glare – блики

font size – кегль, размер шрифта

margins – поля

exhaustive – полный, исчерпывающий

apps = applications – приложения


Exercise 2. Explain the following words and word combinations, translate them into Russian.

o graphic-rich books

o on the go

o easy-to-use

o ready to use

o wall charging

o re-download

o shades of gray

o readability

o portrait/landscape mode

o hands free


Exercise 3. Read and try to remember the following abbreviations.

PDF (Portable Document Format) – формат переносимого документа, PDF-формат

HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language) – язык разметки гипертекста, язык HTML способ описания документов в WWW.

TXT (text) – текст

RTF (Rich Text Format) – (файловый) формат RTF, расширенный текстовый формат

JPEG (Joint Photography Experts Group) – 1) Объединенная группа экспертов в области фотографии 2) разработанный данной группой метод сжатия изображений и соответствующий графический формат JPEG (формат хранения графических файлов, сжатых посредством алгоритма JPEG)

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) – формат обмена графическими данными, формат GIF

PNG (Portable Network Graphics) – переносимая сетевая графика, графический формат PNG

BMP (от bitmap) – формат BMP стандартный формат растровых графических файлов



Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device (9.7" Display, U.S. Wireless)


“Three years ago, we set out to design and build an entirely new class of device – a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers. The result is Amazon Kindle”. – The Amazon Kindle Team

Kindle DX Features

Advanced Design. Kindle DX is as thin as most magazines. Just over a third of an inch in profile, you'll find Kindle DX fits perfectly in your hands. Kindle DX's large display is ideal for a broad range of reading material, including graphic-rich books, PDFs, newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Whether you're reading the latest bestseller or a financial report, text and images are amazingly sharp on the 9.7" screen. By simply turning the device, you can immediately see full-width landscape views of maps, graphs, tables and Web pages. Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go. With Amazon's Whispernet service, you can send your documents directly to your Kindle DX and read them anytime, anywhere. Kindle DX has an easy-to-use 5-way controller, enabling precise on-screen navigation for selecting text to highlight or looking up words. Kindle DX is completely wireless and ready to use right out of the box – no setup, no cables, no computer required.

Long Battery Life. With Kindle DX's long battery life, you can read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to 2 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. Kindle DX supports wall charging via the included Kindle DX power adapter, and charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable. Kindle DX fully charges in approximately 4 hours.

Wireless Access with Whispernet. Whispernet utilizes Amazon's optimized technology plus Sprint's national high-speed (3G) data network to enable you to wirelessly search, discover, and download content on the go. Your books and periodicals are delivered via Whispernet in less than 60 seconds. Kindle DX's national coverage includes cities and areas in all 50 states.

Carry Your Library in a Profile As Thin As a Magazine. Kindle DX is as thin as a magazine and holds up to 3, 500 books, newspapers, magazines, and documents. Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are backed up online in your Kindle book library at Amazon.com. You can wirelessly re-download books available in your library for free.

Enhanced Reading. Utilizing the latest in electronic-ink display technology, Kindle DX provides a crisp black-and-white 9.7-inch diagonal screen with the same appearance and readability of printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. And unlike a laptop or smart phone, Kindle DX never gets warm so you can comfortably read as long as you like. Kindle DX's high-resolution screen boasts 16 shades of gray, so images and photos are sharp and clear. Whether you prefer reading in portrait or landscape mode, images and photos display crisply on Kindle DX and can be zoomed to the full size of the 9.7" screen. Kindle DX's screen reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. Kindle DX has six adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference.

With its Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle DX can read to you. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can speed up or slow down the reading speeds or choose a male or female voice. By using the QWERTY keyboard, you can add annotations to text, just like you might write in the margins of a book. And because it is digital, you can edit, delete, and export your notes. Using the 5-way controller, you can highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use.

Kindle DX makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. Each Kindle has a unique and customizable e-mail address. This allows you and your approved contacts to e-mail Word, PDF documents, and pictures wirelessly to your Kindle for a small fee. Kindle supports wireless delivery of unprotected Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML, TXT, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, PRC and MOBI files. In addition, DOCX conversion is supported as an experimental feature.

Kindle DX includes The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250, 000 entries and definitions. Simply move the cursor to the word and the definition will automatically display at the bottom of the screen. Kindle DX also includes free built-in access to the world's most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia – Wikipedia.org. Kindle DX makes it easy to search within a book, across your library, in the Kindle Store, or even the Web. To use the Search feature, simply type in a word or phrase you're looking for, and Kindle DX finds every instance in your book or across your Kindle library. With free Kindle for PC and Kindle for iPhone apps, you can read Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you.

Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your reading location across your Kindle(s), iPhone and PC. With Kindle DX, you are able to download and enjoy more than 60, 000 audio titles from Audible.com, including bestselling audio books, radio programs, audio newspapers and magazines.

Experimental Features. Read-to-Me; Basic Web Browser; Listen to Music & Podcasts (Transfer MP3 files to Kindle DX to play as background music while you read. You can quickly and easily transfer MP3 files via USB by connecting Kindle DX to your computer)


Exercise 1. Answer the following questions.

1) What is Kindle? (find the definition in the text)

2) What can you read on the 9.7" screen of Kindle DX?

3) Is Kindle DX’s battery life long? In what way is it possible to charge Kindle?

4) What is the function of Whispernet?

5) What are the advantages of Kindle DX’s screen?

6) Does Kindle support wireless delivery of files? Name the file-formats.

7) In what way can you search within a book, across your library or in the Web?

8) What is the function of Whispersynch technology?

Exercise 2. Say True or False.

1) The profile of Kindle DX is 1 inch.

2) Texts are very sharp on the screen, while the images are blurred.

3) Native PDF support allows you to read documents on the go.

4) Precise on-screen navigation is available due to 5-way controller.

5) Unfortunately, Kindle is not ready to use right out of the box.

6) You may charge Kindle DX from your computer via USB 2.0 cable.

7) Kindle DX’s high-resolution screen boasts 16 shades of gray, but images and photos are not clear and sharp.

8) Kindle DX’s screen doesn’t use backlighting and reflects light like ordinary paper.

9) To suit your reading preference, Kindle has six adjustable font sizes.

10) Kindle DX includes free built-in access to Wikipedia.

Exercise 3. Match each word with its meaning.

1) out of the box a) forming an integral part of a structure or device
2) wireless b) far on or ahead in development or progress
3) crisp c) able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions
4) available d) describing a newly purchased product that works immediately, without any special assembly or training
5) built-in e) suitable for one's purpose or needs
6) advanced f) modern, current, or fashionable
7) adjustable g) clear; sharp
8) up-to-date h) able to be used or obtained
9) convenient i) lacking or not requiring wires  

Exercise 4. Give the Russian equivalents.


1) convenient portable device

2) wireless usage

3) readability of printed paper

4) enhanced reading

5) full-width landscape view

6) to download content

7) to type in a word

8) wall charging

9) power adapter

10) edit and delete

11) a broad range of

12) to transfer via smth

13) reading speed

14) wireless delivery


Exercise 5. Give the English equivalents.


1) высокое разрешение

2) отображать текст

3) высокоскоростная сеть

4) экспериментальные функции

5) внизу экрана

6) читать на ходу

7) загружать контент

8) впечатать слово

9) легкое в пользовании устройство

10) электронные чернила

11) доступный бесплатно

12) подсветка

11) редактировать и удалять

12) блики на дисплее

13) работа от батареи

14) вертикальная/горизонтальная ориентация

15) ускорять/замедлять

16) двигать курсор


Exercise 6. Answer the questions and discuss the following points.

1) Advantages of portable reading devices.

Can portable reading devices compete with printed books?

What other features besides reading does Kindle have?


2) Advantages of the electronic-ink display technology.

Have you ever read from LCD display in a sunny day out of doors?

What disadvantages do electronic displays have?

Exercise 7. Translate from Russian into English.

1) Kindle DX – это удобное, портативное устройство для чтения с возможностью беспроводного доступа в Интернет. В Kindle можно загружать книги, блоги, журналы, газеты и различные документы.

2) Карты, графики, таблицы, веб-страницы отображаются в высоком качестве на сверхчётком черно-белом дисплее с диагональю 9, 7 дюймов.

3) Kindle DX можно заряжать от сети и от компьютера через USB-порт. Зарядка занимает около 4 часов.

4) В Kindle DX применена технология электронных чернил. При этом не используется подсветка, экран отражает свет, как обычная бумага, блики не мешают читать.

5) Изображения отображаются очень чётко как в вертикальной, так и в горизонтальной ориентации. Также возможно менять масштаб изображения.

6) С портативными устройствами для чтения нет необходимости печатать, вы можете загружать документы прямо в само устройство, которое поддерживает большое количество различных форматов файлов.

7) Kindle DX позволяет слушать аудио-файлы. Вы можете слушать радиопрограммы, аудиогазеты, аудиокниги, при этом ваши руки не заняты.

8) Функция поиска позволяет найти необходимую информацию в книге, в библиотеке или даже в сети. Впечатайте ключевое слово или фразу, а ваше устройство найдет все совпадения.


Exercise 8. Sum up the text paying attention to the following points:

- the definition of Kindle DX;

- Kindle DX design;

- the advantages of the electronic-ink display technology;

- Kindle DX features.






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