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Old 11-25-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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iPad Mini as an ereader

I caved and bought the Mini. I just love my new Mini as an ereader. It's easy enough to hold with one hand. And I'm curious to see who else uses the Mini as an ereader.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:56 PM   #2
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Good to know! I'm trying a Fire HD and it is very good as a reader but the rest of the experience is a fail. Can you tell me if books on the Kindle app have the same look/form as they do on a iPad 2? Not sure why I didn't just get the mini to begin with.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:14 PM   #3
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I use mine as one. Really, really like it. The Kindle app is great on it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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Thank you. I'll be sending the Fire back and ordering the mini.

One reason I went with the fire is the Amazon case, it's a good combination that and I've been unable to find a comparable case for the mini.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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Thank you. I'll be sending the Fire back and ordering the mini.

One reason I went with the fire is the Amazon case, it's a good combination that and I've been unable to find a comparable case for the mini.
It's still a little early. More and more cases will continue popping up in the next few months. A lot of case makers got burned this time around because they made their cases match the specifications of leaked information that turned out to be false.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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Good to know! I'm trying a Fire HD and it is very good as a reader but the rest of the experience is a fail. Can you tell me if books on the Kindle app have the same look/form as they do on a iPad 2? Not sure why I didn't just get the mini to begin with.
The Kindle for iPad doesn't have X-Ray or the Share features, but otherwise it is the best looking of the Kindle apps.

Totally agree that my Fire HD is a great reader but a terrible tablet otherwise. I just took it on a Thanksgiving trip to see family. I took it solely because of its small size. I read on the airplanes and watched videos at night. It worked, but not that well. Android really blows chunks IMO. In retrospect I should have taken my iPad 3 instead! Apps just work so much better on the iPads.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:31 PM   #7
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I have read ebooks on mine, but I usually grab my Kindle Keyboard when I'm going to read a book.

I do a ton of online reading on the mini though: news and sports articles, forums, magazines, comic strips, emails, book reviews, etc. The 4:3 ratio and 8" screen is great for this sort of reading, much more screen real estate than the 7" tablets.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:17 PM   #8
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I have not made the jump yet. I took my Mini on vacation two weeks ago and it was great for checking e-mail and basic browsing, etc. And the lighter weight was a big help! However, I still ended up taking my Kindle for regular reading - books, blogs, newspapers. I really can't see myself giving that up at this point. I do not like reaing magazines on a table or e-reader (except for PC Magazine and Readers' Digest). I much prefer the hard copy. I've tried and had high hopes, but it just did not work for me.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:55 PM   #9
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Thank you all for the feedback. I'm one of the minority that prefers reading on a tablet to an ereader. I have a Kindle Touch and love the footprint and weight but enjoy the backlit screen.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:03 PM   #10
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A question for mini owners: how is reading PDFs on the 8" screen? Do you find you have to zoom and swipe a lot, or can you read the text as is?

Input from those who own both a mini and a regular-size iPad is especially appreciated.
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A question for mini owners: how is reading PDFs on the 8" screen? Do you find you have to zoom and swipe a lot, or can you read the text as is?

Input from those who own both a mini and a regular-size iPad is especially appreciated.
Reading PDFs is pretty good on my iPad3. The need for zooming is totally dependent on the type of PDF of course. A PDF with small text or multi-column tables will often require zooming, but zooming on an iPad is really straight forward and easy.

Having said that, I still find PDFs on any tablet or computer monitor a royal PITA. Adobe developed PDF a quarter of a century ago to make secure print documents portable and digital. Beyond that, PDFs were never meant for reading on a computer, just for printing out. Publishers need to find a better platform to use than the antiquated PDF format.
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Let me introduce you to the two laws of PDFs:

1. PDFs suck.
2. PDFs suck more the smaller the screen you try to read them on.

Get the full sized iPad if you want to read PDFs.
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I've had the Mini for a couple weeks and have read close to 5,500 pages of books using it. I have used ibooks, kindle app and the sony app. Best ereader I've ever had.
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I'm in complete agreement with you both about the awfulness of PDFs. It's just a shame that so many magazines refuse to offer a mobile version that isn't just a scan of the print edition.
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I was thinking about an iPad Mini as a comics reader before it was announced - but then they announced it without a retina display, so I said "nope, nope, nope". Can't imagine that you'd be able to read full-size comics comfortably on one. I figure they lowballed it this time in order to make a substantive upgrade next time, figuring people would buy it anyway.
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