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Old 04-01-2010, 02:30 AM   #1
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"iBooks is worth the price alone for iPad as ebook reader" Sun-Times

An opinion regarding the iPad reader app "iBooks" from the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Don Knotts wasn’t really a bumbling small-town deputy. But he was so damned good in that role that he got completely typecast in it.

And that’s the same danger facing the iPad. It’s a tablet computer that can fulfill any function, provided that a developer write the app and Apple actually approves it for sale. But it’s just such a bloody good book reader that some folks will never wander far from its eBook functions. And why not? From one perspective, it’s hands-down the best book reader you can buy.
iPad, the Don Knotts of ereaders.

Steve Jobs will be speechless with the positive analogy.

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Old 04-02-2010, 06:41 PM   #2
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I don't think a lot of young people under 30 even know who Don Knotts is.
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I don't think a lot of young people under 30 even know who Don Knotts is.
I'm well into my 30s and don't know who he is, although maybe he wasn't so well known internationally.
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:47 PM   #5
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I'm well into my 30s and don't know who he is, although maybe he wasn't so well known internationally.
You may not know his name. But you certainly have seen him.
He's been in "Matlock" and in "Three's Company". Both series have been huge successes in Germany and you most likely will have seen him in one of those. BTW: I'm 42.
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And of course the Andy Griffith Show, which I'd have to imagine made it to TV over there as well.

Barney Fife ring a bell, Crowl?
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Don Knotts will always be Henry Limpet.
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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Incredible Mr. Limpit,and The Apple-Dumpling Gang are a few movies that come to mind. As I recall, he was also in several episodes of Matlock.

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As much as I like my iPad, is it worth $500 just to be an eReader? Against the newly repriced Kindle and the Wifi Nook? If you were only going to read books on it? No. Save yourself a bundle and buy a Nook or Kindle and spend the saved money on books themselves.

Now if you allowed yourself to venture off the iBooks icon and into the other apps, even just going with the installed apps, on the 16G wi-fi model, compared to the Nook and Kindle, then yes. I'd say get one.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:38 AM   #12
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As much as I like my iPad, is it worth $500 just to be an eReader? Against the newly repriced Kindle and the Wifi Nook? If you were only going to read books on it? No.
It's actually pretty competitively priced against the US$489 Kindle DX. I think it is worth considering purely as a bookreader, especially if you want a larger screen than the 6" readers offer.
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It's actually pretty competitively priced against the US$489 Kindle DX. I think it is worth considering purely as a bookreader, especially if you want a larger screen than the 6" readers offer.
yeah, i agree. I was gonna spend $400 on iRex's DR800 in a couple weeks when I visit the States. Now that that's out: what's an extra $100 for an iPad? If you want color and/or quality PDF-viewing, it's a no-brainer.

if Sony's 900 drops in price, I might get that. Otherwise, i'll prolly buy an iPad... for reading and only reading.

sorry, one more thing: I also want to read at night. It is utterly incomprehensible to me that all the eReaders don't accommodate this. I don't care how, just do it. Totin' around a separate book-light is stank.
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As a owner of the "lowly" 16G WIFI, I would agree that it is a much better deal than the Kindle DX. But, of course the 64G 3G would be a different matter, but then again why would you buy the 64G 3G for only reading books.

Having said that, there are folks that will simply like the Kindle DX better for reading than an iPad.... so for them the DX would be the better deal....

If someone is truly only going to read books, I can see looking at the other options. But really, as any of us iPad owners know... who is really going to ONLY read books on it..... there is so much more....

Oh, and as a kid I thought Don Knotts was the funnest person ever. As an adult I think of him as a legend....
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It's actually pretty competitively priced against the US$489 Kindle DX. I think it is worth considering purely as a bookreader, especially if you want a larger screen than the 6" readers offer.
Right. Also note this article was written before the public launch of the iPad, and before the recent price cuts.
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