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Old 10-19-2010, 10:33 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Why I Bought a Kindle 3 and Why I Stopped Using My iPad To Read eBooks

http://jimlynch.com/index.php/2010/1...o-read-ebooks/

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If you’ve read any of my previous columns, you know that I’ve always been a big fan of ebooks. I started out with a Kindle 2 and then proceeded to buy an iPad. I loved both of these devices for different reasons, but I finally decided to replace both of them for reading ebooks with something new: the Kindle 3.

This column is broken into two pages. On the first page I explain why I bought my Kindle 3 and on the second I share the reasons why I’ve found it to be better than my iPad for reading ebooks.
This guy bought a Kindle 3 and now isn't using his ipad for ebooks any more. I can't say I blame him. I can't imagine reading on an LCD screen for any length of time. Ick!

Not to bash the ipad, it's cool. I wouldn't use it for ebooks though unless I had no other alternative. That screen would just suck to stare at for hours on end.

I'd use the ipad for the web and games though.

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Old 10-19-2010, 10:37 PM   #2
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:40 PM   #3
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Thank you grandma.

I've been here before, mainly as a lurker. Awesome info here though, it helps to read what other people are saying about various ereaders.
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This guy bought a Kindle 3 and now isn't using his ipad for ebooks any more. I can't say I blame him. I can't imagine reading on an LCD screen for any length of time. Ick!

Not to bash the ipad, it's cool. I wouldn't use it for ebooks though unless I had no other alternative. That screen would just suck to stare at for hours on end.

I'd use the ipad for the web and games though.
Used the iPad for ereading, in between small ereaders, for a while. It just is too heavy to drag around all day, as I do with my Kindle. Reading was good though, but shiny. Yesterday I deleted all my books off the iPad.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:39 AM   #5
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I have a Kindle 2 and an iPad....and for novel reading, the Kindle 2 is better. I use the iPad for PDFs that are computer manuals and for colour children's books with my 4yo. I also use the iPad for email, web browsing and apps. So, I love my iPad....but I also love my Kindle and still find it better for novels.
BTW, I have ordered a Kindle 3 and expecting it in a few days.
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I have a Kindle 2 and an iPad....and for novel reading, the Kindle 2 is better. I use the iPad for PDFs that are computer manuals and for colour children's books with my 4yo. I also use the iPad for email, web browsing and apps. So, I love my iPad....but I also love my Kindle and still find it better for novels.
BTW, I have ordered a Kindle 3 and expecting it in a few days.
Yes, love the iPad as well. Is now part of my breakfast routine.
PDF on the Kindle is supported in theory, but a lot of PDF's are hard to read, so I read them on my iPad or convert them on Calibre or other.

But having an ereader before; this is the best yet. Very sturdy and light. It goes where I go.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:17 AM   #7
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I have no problems reading on my iPad. I stare @ 2 LCDs all day at work so an iPad is no problem. And I do everything there is to do on my iPad. I rarely use my laptop other than for school & "file management". Now I do have and read on my K3 because my kids often take over my iPad to play games. Some people say "well you can't read in the sun" wrong!!! Just turn up the brightness. Besides I live in Florida & don't want to read outside anyway.

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Old 10-20-2010, 10:24 AM   #8
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However they are both prorietary. This is the only thing I have against apple and kindle.
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However they are both prorietary. This is the only thing I have against apple and kindle.
So are printed books not in public domain. Only one publisher has the right to print them. You're locked into their format.

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Old 10-23-2010, 03:57 PM   #10
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However they are both prorietary. This is the only thing I have against apple and kindle.
Calibre. Problem solved.
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:37 PM   #11
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i used to go for the multi-purpose type of gadget (you know, phone+mp3player+video+camera.... +tank) but i realised that nothing can beat one instrument designed to do one thing right.
again, not bashing the iphone or ipad, they're awesome machines (and i used to read on my PC screen for a long time) but, paradoxically, life's much simpler with a dedicated phone, an mp3player, a camera, a recorder, an e-reader.... a tank
they all work marvelously and i get quality from all of them.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:46 AM   #12
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I bought a kindle 3 yesterday as I was getting headaches from reading novels on my iPad
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:32 AM   #13
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Too right. No need to choose for me though, as they both have an Oberoncover.
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I can't imagine reading on an LCD screen for any length of time. Ick!
How do you suppose people read eBooks before eInk screens came along? I read eBooks for 20 odd years before the invention of eInk on a whole range of different handheld devices. No problem at all.
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