iPad as an e-reader, recommended?
Ok, so lately I have been reading quite a lot. I'm a budding nutritionalist/herbologist who's been buying book after book.
I've found a book that I've been wanting for a while now in the iBooks store, and I'm kind of torn between spending the $10 on the iPad or ordering a REAL copy for $15.
Any book readers out there have an opinion on this? Pro's, con's? Let me know.
- 03-27-2011, 09:45 PM #2
- 03-27-2011, 09:54 PM #3
- 03-27-2011, 09:55 PM #4
- 03-27-2011, 09:56 PM #5
I don't want it to feel like a chore to read something on the iPad, ya know? Which, in general, it doesn't. Reading forums or reading a sample from the iBooks store is a breeze... Unless I blast the brightness to max. Lol.
- 03-27-2011, 10:19 PM #8
I have Kindle, Nook and iBooks on my iPad and prefer Kindle to the other readers, I find I like Kindles layout better. I don't have any problems outdoors, but I'm usually outside under an awning when reading. We have bookshelves full of books and the only way we read nowadays is with our iPads, there's something to be said about having your whole book library with you wherever you go, plus reading in bed is awesome, no bright lights on, blinding the other person trying to sleep or book lights in the way when you try to turn pages.
I would highly recommend your iPad as your reader, but on the other hand, if it's a collectible or a special book, I wouldn't hesitate in buying a hard copy to keep. But for everyday reading it's the iPad any day.
- 03-28-2011, 12:19 AM #9
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- 03-28-2011, 09:19 AM #11
But it sounds like the OP already has an ipad and is just wanting to know if buying an ebook is worthwhile. If is concern is eyestrain, then just download a free sample and start reading?
- 03-28-2011, 09:56 AM #12
There's another thread (several actually), discussing the same thing. If you don't have a huge amount of money to blow, and only want to read books, get a Nook or a Kindle. The iPad makes a lousy ebook reader - it's too big, and too heavy.
- 03-28-2011, 11:54 AM #13
If you want a good e-reader and a somewhat mini tablet experience, get a nook from barnes and noble. I love my iPad for reading, but thats not that same for everyone. I set my lady up this way, and she can boot android from an SD. Soon B&N is pushing an update of android of their own. So it's a good reader and you can play some games and browse the web all for $250, not bad....
- 03-28-2011, 01:38 PM #14
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- 03-28-2011, 06:02 PM #17
But the silliness was you saying "if you want to use the ipad just as an e-reader" Now why would anyone want to do that?
How about if you just want to use the ipad as a camera? Does that make any sense either? Then i'll just conclude the person should buy a cheapo digital camera instead. It may not look as good but in this economy you would be stupid not to..lol
- 03-28-2011, 07:59 PM #18
My personal experience with the iPad as an ereader has been mixed. It has pretty much every content store and reading app you can think of - iBooks is very, very good. You won't have a problem finding a book you want to read or a great app to read it in. The issue I've come to find, which may be limited to me, is that after about 30-40 minutes I start to feel my eyes straining and I get a little headache from reading off the screen. On my Nook long reading sessions were never an issue. If you can handle only reading in short bursts or only read in short bursts you will absolutely love the iPad as an ereader.
- 03-28-2011, 09:46 PM #19
- 03-28-2011, 09:59 PM #20
I have a Pandigital Novel. It started out as a very cheap e-reader ($125). It's been updated to full fledged Android now. So it does plenty of stuff including email and web browsing. But it's a much more comfortable e-reader than the larger/heavier iPad.
- 03-28-2011, 11:45 PM #21
- 03-29-2011, 07:47 AM #22
I have Kindle, iBook, Nook, Stanza, and eReader Pro on both my iPhone and my iPad. I have Kindle and Nook on my PC and MacBook. I use them all. Read more now than I ever have. Have not read a paper book in a year. My wish list on Amazon is all e-books.
It is bad enough that I have all these devices. Cannot imagine carrying another device, locked to a single store.
Prefer the Kindle apps because they keep my place in the e-book, not on the device.
Use all the stores. Except for specials, I do not see much difference in price across the stores.
Give iPod Touches to kids with Stanza. Wonderful to be able to give a child a library of all the classics for only $200-.
Kids prefer paper books because they want parents to know that they are "reading" and not "just playing games."
Last edited by whmurray; 03-29-2011 at 07:50 AM.
- 03-29-2011, 09:01 AM #23