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Old 05-09-2010, 03:49 PM   #1
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What is the word on the ipad?

What is the word on the ipad is it worth the price and how is if for ebooks. I am anxious to see one but life in the midwest where nobody else ever gets new gadgets. Help me out I am interested in getting one but want to know how it compares to the kindle.
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Old 05-09-2010, 04:05 PM   #2
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Personally, I think it is better than any e-ink reader I've ever used. I've never seen an actual Kindle so I can't comment on that one.

If you have a BestBuy in your area, they may have iPads.
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:14 PM   #3
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Only you can answer the "worth it" question. I love mine which I use for much more than just reading books...like typing this post . I love it as a reader for everything but outside in full sun.

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We've only had ours in house for a few days. So far, I've not found I can concentrate reading on it as well as I can a Kindle. But it did take me a while before I became comfortable reading on my iPhone--and I still prefer e-ink. I'd expect that for some people (myself included), it's simply a matter of what you get used to.
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:53 PM   #5
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Only you can answer the "worth it" question. I love mine which I use for much more than just reading books...like typing this post . I love it as a reader for everything but outside in full sun.

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I wish more thought would be for readers in low light situations rather than full sun. Most people are more likely to be in low light (reading in bed is a perfect example) and reader manufacturers don't seem to take this into account .

I sold my e-ink reader because I got tired of needing a very bright light to read in bed. I also think my husband probably wanted to brain me with the lamp so he could sleep.
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Old 05-09-2010, 09:40 PM   #6
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Thanks guys it looks like I will have to get an ipad as soon as possible.
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:19 PM   #7
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In my opinion... an oversized iPod Touch.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:56 AM   #8
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In my opinion... an oversized iPod Touch.
Yep... as Hitler says in the video, "you can't even make phone calls with it."
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:14 AM   #9
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I wish more thought would be for readers in low light situations rather than full sun. Most people are more likely to be in low light (reading in bed is a perfect example) and reader manufacturers don't seem to take this into account .

I sold my e-ink reader because I got tired of needing a very bright light to read in bed. I also think my husband probably wanted to brain me with the lamp so he could sleep.
Which is why I have two readers. One for each situation
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:49 PM   #10
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Getting mixed emotions on the ipad making me debate it but I love apple products.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:02 PM   #11
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I tried out an ipad at Best Buy yesterday. I am not a big fan of either Apple or iTunes because they are such closed systems. That being said... it was WAY cool. You really can't appreciate it until you get your hands on one. It was heavier than it looks and the screen is beautiful. iBooks was nice and really fast. When you turn the page, the page flipping animation moves with your finger, not seconds later.

Now if I could only get my hands on an Archos 9 to try it out.
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Old 05-10-2010, 05:19 PM   #12
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Now I am leaning towards getting an ipad I have heard people say that the bulge on the back makes it a little difficult to type on does anyone have information on that?
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Old 05-10-2010, 05:34 PM   #13
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How easy is it to get books onto it? I have a huge library of non-drm Epubs. I currently use, and love, Calibre to get them to my Sony PRS505. I'd hate to lose the organizational functionality of Calibre, but I am drooling for an iPad.
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@edbro You just add the files to iTune with the import-a-file option. You can edit metadata in iTunes, add covers, set a catagory, etc. When you sync the iPad, you simply check the books you want added to iBooks - all or selected ones. I have 550 books on my iPad that got synched over in just a few minutes.
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How easy is it to get books onto it? I have a huge library of non-drm Epubs. I currently use, and love, Calibre to get them to my Sony PRS505. I'd hate to lose the organizational functionality of Calibre, but I am drooling for an iPad.
Just drag them in to iTunes. If you don't have one already, a Books icon will show up below Music, Movies, TV Shows. Then plug in your iPad, and you can sync all or selected books. And then they will show up on your bookshelf in iBooks. I used Calibre to make sure the covers all showed up correctly.



(If you are an organization freak, it is kinda weird though, if you dig around in the iTunes Music Library, there they are, sorted by author, right mixed in with all your music artists. But Apple doesn't want you digging around in there anyways )
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