1. CavemanOOGA's Avatar
    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.

    Thanks all.
    03-27-2011 10:42 PM
  2. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    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.

    Thanks all.
    I haven't used mine as an e-reader, but I've used my iPad outdoors once, and not that its bad or particularly difficult to see, but I don't think it makes a great e-reader in direct sunlight. It makes me want to turn up the brightness more, but its already at max.
    03-27-2011 10:45 PM
  3. iamtone's Avatar
    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.

    Thanks all.

    i havent had any problem with mine outdoors dealing with sunlight

    i think its a better looking ebook reader then kindle and nook
    03-27-2011 10:54 PM
  4. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    i havent had any problem with mine outdoors dealing with sunlight

    i think its a better looking ebook reader then kindle and nook
    Lol, better looking, that I can agree on.
    03-27-2011 10:55 PM
  5. Jemjee's Avatar
    I use my iPad for books, and love it. However, I use the Kindle app and get my books from amazon. I've found that many books are more expensive in iBooks than in the kindle store.
    03-27-2011 10:56 PM
  6. CavemanOOGA's Avatar
    I haven't used mine as an e-reader, but I've used my iPad outdoors once, and not that its bad or particularly difficult to see, but I don't think it makes a great e-reader in direct sunlight. It makes me want to turn up the brightness more, but its already at max.
    I figured this would be the case with sunlight. Luckily, I don't plan on reading outside.
    03-27-2011 11:10 PM
  7. CavemanOOGA's Avatar
    I use my iPad for books, and love it. However, I use the Kindle app and get my books from amazon. I've found that many books are more expensive in iBooks than in the kindle store.
    Do you ever feel like your straining your eyes? That's mostly what I'm worried about.

    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 11:14 PM
  8. CalifJewls's Avatar
    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.
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    03-27-2011 11:19 PM
  9. Fausty82's Avatar
    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.
    I agree! I have about 50 books in the Kindle format on my iPad... comes in handy for reference, for reading and for making my family jealous!
    03-28-2011 01:19 AM
  10. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    If your wanting top use it JUST AS AN E-READER, then save your self the money and get a Nook or a Kindle. Sure it may not look as good as the iPad but you save money and in todays enconney you would be stupid not to.
    03-28-2011 01:27 AM
  11. cardfan's Avatar
    If your wanting top use it JUST AS AN E-READER, then save your self the money and get a Nook or a Kindle. Sure it may not look as good as the iPad but you save money and in todays enconney you would be stupid not to.
    That's silly. Why would anyone want to use it just as an e-reader? When you factor in what all it can do or replace, it's a bargain compared to a one function e-reader.

    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 10:19 AM
  12. Alli's Avatar
    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 10:56 AM
  13. touchyphone's Avatar
    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....
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    03-28-2011 12:54 PM
  14. Gary86's Avatar
    I'm reading George Bush's Decision Points now and the eReader is awesome. I took it to the beach here in Hawaii and didn't have one issue with the sun.
    03-28-2011 02:38 PM
  15. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    That's silly. Why would anyone want to use it just as an e-reader? When you factor in what all it can do or replace, it's a bargain compared to a one function e-reader.

    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?
    How is it silly? Why do they make e-readers then?
    03-28-2011 03:32 PM
  16. Fausty82's Avatar
    How is it silly? Why do they make e-readers then?
    So they can be updated into full fledged tablet... like what B&N is wanting to do with the Nook...
    03-28-2011 06:29 PM
  17. cardfan's Avatar
    How is it silly? Why do they make e-readers then?
    So people can read books?

    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 07:02 PM
  18. ProjMob_Chris's Avatar
    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 08:59 PM
  19. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    So people can read books?

    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
    Your sort of missing my whole point. (very typical of an apple fanboy) Those who just want to read books are better off with an e-reader. Just because it has an apple logo on it does not mean you have to buy it.
    03-28-2011 10:46 PM
  20. Alli's Avatar
    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 10:59 PM
  21. CalifJewls's Avatar
    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.
    Have you tried changing the background brightness, color, font size, etc? At night in bed I use the black background, white lettering dimmed just a tad, I actually use a black background with white lettering for daytime also, I just turn the brightness up. I can read for hours on my iPad and weight isn't an issue for me either, my iPad is usually resting on me or a pillow.
    03-29-2011 12:45 AM
  22. whmurray's Avatar
    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 08:50 AM.
    03-29-2011 08:47 AM
  23. cardfan's Avatar
    Your sort of missing my whole point. (very typical of an apple fanboy) Those who just want to read books are better off with an e-reader. Just because it has an apple logo on it does not mean you have to buy it.
    The OP never mentioned he wanted an ipad JUST to read books. He has the device. He simply asked if he should buy the book on his ipad or a real book. Again, your advice to him was silly, kiddo.

    Though its pretty funny you called me an apple fanboy :P
    03-29-2011 10:01 AM
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