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Magazines on iPad, How Important Is an App?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martlet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AutoTraveler

    I find it so interesting that you distinguish between using the Nook for books (I assume it's not a Nook Color) and the possibility of using the iPad for magazines. I would think that you would do books and magazines both on the iPad, possibly with the Nook and Kindle apps for the iPad.

    What am I missing?
    E-ink has a much different "feel" to it. It's easier on the eyes and is less distracting. I allows me to fall into a book easier. This is particularly important since I normally read before bed.

    Magazines are different. They usually aren't soothing, have large color images, glossy pages, and are typically more information driven. You usually don't fall into a story, even a short magazine story. They are often fact or opinion driven, full of short pieces and bright pictures. That would look pretty on E-ink. I wouldn't make the Nook my primary magazine reader for the same reason I wouldn't make the iPad my primary book reader. The medium is just wrong for the experience.

    Magazines on the iPad can look great if done right. Touch an image and have I fill the whole page. Links right in the article to be viewed immediately. Videos embedded. The opportunities are endless.
    I agree with all of this.

    Plus the iPad is quite a bit heaver than most of the e-ink e-readers that are on the market. I usually have to put my iPad down at least once while reading a magazine in order to give my hands and wrists a break. With my Kindle I can hold it for hours without any pain.

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    A suggestion for those that find the Ipad too heavy to read. I use a strange lightweight stand or holder called a Prop Up
    and never hold my Ipad for either reading or typing. In bed its wonderful (BTW, I prefer the Kindle/Nook apps etc because they DO have a night mode and I can turn off all lights and not disturb anyone, husband or dog LOL).

    Sorry to go off topic but to interject a bit of topic I do read magazines and newspapers on the Ipad. I read some mags through Zinio and they have live links, allow me to zoom, etc. I read newspapers through apps and on the net--but prefer apps. I do think if you had the ability to read offline that would make a difference for me. I have wifi only but do have a phone with mobile hot spot but I'd never bother tethering sitting in a waiting room or in line, something similar.


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