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Old 05-28-2010, 05:02 AM   #1
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My 1 day ereading on iPad review

I got my iPad yesterday and I thought I'd post my thoughts on ebook and comic reading using the device.

I'll start with ebooks. My other main device is a K2i. The iPad is larger, heavier and lacks the hardware page turn buttons I'm used to.

iBooks.
I'd just finished reading the first book in a series on my Kindle so I decided to read the sequel on my iPad (both were drm free from Webscriptions). iBooks has a good selection of fonts and font sizes. Text is clear and readable and unsurprisingly after a few minutes (Like on an eink reader) the device vanishes from your senses and leaves you engrosed in the book. Page turn is simple but I miss hardware page turn buttons. Nice feature is turning the iPad on its side for a double page view.

Book selection for purchase is current rubbish but prices appear to be on par with paperback prices for the stuff I could find. Searching and browsing is painful. They really need to sort this out.

Kindle app
This works just like the iPhone app. Text rather surprisingly is noticebly sharper than in iBooks but in practice it doesn't make much difference. Basic controls are not really any different from iBooks and both work fine. Book selection obviously is the same as for the Kindle. IE. Much better than iBooks

Overall I can see me using the Kindle app more. Selection of books for purchase is better and everything syncs up between my Kindle app devices

I'll reserve final judgement on ebook reading until after I commute to work since I'm not convinced this will be ideal if you catch the sun at the wrong angle.

Comics
My primary comic reading app is Comic Zeal 4. Put simply it's a joy. I tried a selection of comics and some old computer mag scans from the 80s and they were all a pleasure to read. This is the killer electronic device for comic reading.

DC and Marvel take note. I spend a lot of money on comics a week. I don't keep them long. I either recycle or give them away in the end. If I want to keep anything I buy it in trade. Why can't I launch my DC or Marvel app, hit a button and buy my pull list from the comfort of my chair? The Marvel app is nice but the selection of comics is pitiful. DC don't even make it out the gate.

So overall I'm deleriously happy with my iPad but I'll reserve full judgement until I've used it in the great outdoors on the train

How are the rest of you enjoying your iPads?
This works just like the iPhone app
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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Nice iPad review man

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Old 05-28-2010, 08:30 AM   #3
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Love mine! I have done some reading using both the Kindle and iBooks apps. The only thing that has bugged me has been some of the page turns. I do a lot of my reading on the machines at the gym; in the Kindle app in particular, it's very nice to be able to do a one-touch tap in the lower right corner of the book page (don't have to aim much). Sometimes when I tap, it turns to the previous page instead of the next page. I can't figure out why; I generally tap again to go back where I started, then again to advance one page - turns out to be 3 taps to move 1 page ahead, and I don't know why! Is there some hotspot I'm touching inadvertently?
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Agree with most of that however I'm not 100% happy with comic zeal 4 it's the best I have used and it's hard to explain but I'm not yet quite comfortable with it.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:51 AM   #5
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The past updates of comiczeal were mainly debugs. But now the devver is going for new features. I'm quite excited about those though.
A very important one for me is the integration of the app as "open in"-app. Meaning that you can open comicfiles from OTHER apps into comiczeal.

I can imagine myself being at work, downloading the newest release of a chapter into dropbox. When at home, i'd just start the dropbox app, and then select the newly downloaded release and "open file in" comiczeal.
But also files in emails, downloaded through the icabbrowser, some random ftp-app for the ipad. It will make it much easier.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:59 AM   #6
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Nice review. I use ipad one week and no have problems for this. Good item apple software products.

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I've been reading on mine since day one, about 9 books to date.

I prefer the iBooks app. I like how it looks more like a book, and that a single tap on either side goes to the next page. I can always swipe to go back a page. I like the two page format when held in landscape, which is how I do most of my reading. I'm using the dictionary a lot more than I thought I would.

I do miss the "get books" ability I had with Stanza. It's a bit of a pain to have to use iTunes and sync to load books. I'm not buying any books from Apple at this point. Of course those are very easy to load. I won't start buying books from apple until they have iBooks out for the iphone. Plus I have a ton of books already bought or free from Baen.

I also miss having "night mode" in the iBooks app. But I find the pages very easy to read.

The kindle app is "fine". It does all I need it to do. I wish it were more configurable, but at least it does have night mode. I like the kindle app on the iPad more than on the iPhone. Most of that, though, is that on the iPhone I have Stanza which I like best of all.

The Barnes and Noble book app is also "fine". It frustrates me that B&N owns Fictionwise but I can't read fictionwise books via the B&N app -- AND -- there is no iPad app for eReader books. So for the moment, I'm stuck reading those books on my iPhone. I'm just spoiled by the screen size of the iPad and really don't want to read books on my iPhone anymore.

Both the Kindle and B&N apps sync between iPad/iPhone which is very nice. You can read on the iphone when out and about and pick right up where you left of no matter which device you use.

None of the other apps so far are to my liking. The Kobo app has a scrolling metaphore, not page turning. YUCK! Same with another app that escapes me for it's name. It actually has some of Stanza's book loading features but I just cannot read from a scrolling metaphore.

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I also miss having "night mode" in the iBooks app. But I find the pages very easy to read.


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There is a little cheat if you want night mode. Go to Settings - General - Accessibility - white on black. It will change everything on the iPad but it will give you a reasonably decent "night mode" and you can always flip it back in the daytime.

I have sent feedback to Apple - http://apple.com/feedback - asking for a built in night mode.
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There is a little cheat if you want night mode. Go to Settings - General - Accessibility - white on black. It will change everything on the iPad but it will give you a reasonably decent "night mode" and you can always flip it back in the daytime.

I have sent feedback to Apple - http://apple.com/feedback - asking for a built in night mode.
You can also configure a triple-tap of the home button to switch to/from night mode.
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You can also configure a triple-tap of the home button to switch to/from night mode.
That's even more convenient .
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I created an epub of a book I'm reading on my Sony 505 and loaded into iBooks and it looks absolutely amazing. All my formatting is better than the Sony epub rendered and my color maps all look beautiful.

Very impressed with iBooks so far. It's everything I wanted in an ebook reader already. Love the search and dictionary! I'm going to try the other epub readers but at least I know I have something that does what I want.
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Reading on it is OK, but too hard on the eyes and too heavy compared to my Kindle. A great device overall but my reading on it will be limited to:

1) Where I must read in the dark or dim light.
2) Where I need to carry the iPad for other reasons anyway.
3) Where I need the much better graphics and/or color that the iPad offers

For regular text in daytime at home - Kindle is still king...
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I'm delighted with mine as a reader, apart from the weight. I'll probably keep my Sony 600, if only for sunny outdoor reading, but this is the way forward for me.

Can't get excited about iBooks vs Kindle app - they both work for me. IBooks plays very well with my epubs.

BTW, the iPad is also excellent for reading PDFs. I use Goodreader, love it
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I've had my iPad for a day as well. I really like both the kobo and Kindle apps. IBooks is great too - but no books to purchase in the Canadian ibook store store yet.

I don't have concerns with any of the reading apps. My regular reader has been a Sony 505 for the last 2+ years. I find all three iPad readers to be lightening fast compared to the page turns on the sony, plus the text is sooo much crisper. I'll keep the Sony for reading in the sun - plus i've invested in a lot books I'll want to reread. And it is nice and light.

There are several features I prefer on iPad. First how fast and effortlessly the pages turn, compared to the buttons on the 505. I reminds me of when I went from dial up to high speed - the next generation. Second being able to just download and start reading without being tethered to the computer is liberating.

Finally, the book selection is huge compared to the Sony store. For example I've waited for 2 years hoping they'd carry Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series - but Sony still only has the last one in series. So I feel like I have gone to reader heaven. Everyone's needs differ - but if anyone is on the fence about what to invest in, i'd say the iPad is a far better choice than a. Sony.

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I've had my iPad for a day as well. I really like both the kobo and Kindle apps. IBooks is great too - but no books to purchase in the Canadian ibook store store yet.

I don't have concerns with any of the reading apps. My regular reader has been a Sony 505 for the last 2+ years. I find all three iPad readers to be lightening fast compared to the page turns on the sony, plus the text is sooo much crisper. I'll keep the Sony for reading in the sun - plus i've invested in a lot books I'll want to reread. And it is nice and light.

There are several features I prefer on iPad. First how fast and effortlessly the pages turn, compared to the buttons on the 505. I reminds me of when I went from dial up to high speed - the next generation. Second being able to just download and start reading without being tethered to the computer is liberating.

Finally, the book selection is huge compared to the Sony store. For example I've waited for 2 years hoping they'd carry Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series - but Sony still only has the last one in series. So I feel like I have gone to reader heaven. Everyone's needs differ - but if anyone is on the fence about what to invest in, i'd say the iPad is a far better choice than a. Sony.
The book selection? Did you think you are limited to the Sony store when using Sony readers? For the Sony you can buy from any store offering epub and, with a little effort, from Amazon, too.

And you can transfer your Sony bought books to to the Ipad. Redownload the epub versions at the Sony store.
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