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    My wife has the B&W Nook and she loves it. She also likes my iPad2 as well...but there really is no comparison when it come to reading outdoors in bright light...Nook B&W wins every time.

    Like others here have done I have a B&N app and download all her books so she can use either one of the "E-Readers"...which ever one fits the occasion.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by EARL97850
    My wife has the B&W Nook and she loves it. She also likes my iPad2 as well...but there really is no comparison when it come to reading outdoors in bright light...Nook B&W wins every time.

    Like others here have done I have a B&N app and download all her books so she can use either one of the "E-Readers"...which ever one fits the occasion.

    Good luck

    Cya
    Yea, I completely forgot the reading outside on the beach aspect.

    Outside in the sun, the iPad is virtually useless where a B&W Nook or any Kindle will read just like a real book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schuyler View Post
    My question is: How does the iPad compare in terms of contrast when you are using the e-reader feature? Is it color Nook-like, B&W Nook-like, or something else altogether? Thanks for any feedback.
    It is a matter of personal preference. I have the Kindle, Nook and Kobo apps and quite satisfied with how they work. I don't have an eReader device but I have tried eReaders belonging to colleagues and in the retail shops, but the difference to me is not tangible enough to spend the money on a new device whose functionality already exists on iPad.
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    From studies I've read ebook readers are superior for really serious readers. Serious readers read a number of books per short period. LCD screens by design flicker at a high rate which presents eyestrain from prolonged use.

    Another issue frequently mentioned is the difference in weight between iPads and e-readers. Personally, I use my iPad for almost everything. My wife (a serious reader), prefers her nook. We are also senior citizens with corrected vision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schuyler
    Is it color Nook-like, B&W Nook-like, or something else altogether? Thanks for any feedback.

    To answer that specifically, the iPad is most similar to the nook color with it's backlit screen.

    Most people the B/W Nook because it has a true paper screen minus the backlight.

    Backlit screens cause much more eye strain as anybody who stares at a computer monitor all day will usually attest to.

    Reading on a Kindle or B/W Nook is almost exactly the same as reading a paper book, an iPad most definitely is not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schuyler View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by autumnbaby View Post
    I'm actually the opposite and hate reading on my iPad. My iPad is for internet browsing, apps and games; my Kindle is for reading.

    The only time I read on my ipad is when it is something in color or has a lot of pictures, so mainly magazines and children books.
    OK, but why? Is the contrast not to your liking? The size of the iPad compared to the Kindle? Is the black print not black enough or the white background not white enough?

    the reason I ask is that contrast is very important to me because I'm a bit older (62) with some vision issues. I actually thought the Nook contrast was pretty good, but the thing is the size of a paperback and even the new one coming out in a couple of weeks is very restricted as to what it can do.

    So I guess another way to ask the question is, on a scale of 1 to 10 where one is very bad and 10 is very good (and where price is not an object), how easy is it to read text on an iPad compared to "other" readers?

    In my case it has to do with not liking to read on a backlit screen. When I read, I read for hours at a time and almost everyday; LCD screens start to hurt my eyes after 30 minutes or so (even with a black background and white text) so they are useless as a reader for me.

    If LCD screens do not hurt your eyes then this would not be a problem for you.

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    Personally, I prefer to use my Kindle in the daytime and the iPad at night. I have macular degeneration so reading is difficult. I find my eyes get really tired from the iPad glare and the anti-glare protector makes the screen blurry. Reading on the iPad oudoors is impossible so when I travel, I take both. Reading on the iPad is great when there's a power outage. lol

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    I took my Kindle back and bought my Ipad strictly for the Kindle app . If I want to eread in direct sunlight I'll use my phone Kindle app anyway as me being in direct sunlight for any length of time my Ipad isn't going to be with me anyway. My Kindle wasn't either.
    Btw though I still use the app almost daily it is one of my least used features now. The Ipad us much more than a reader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmorton10

    To answer that specifically, the iPad is most similar to the nook color with it's backlit screen.

    Most people the B/W Nook because it has a true paper screen minus the backlight.

    Backlit screens cause much more eye strain as anybody who stares at a computer monitor all day will usually attest to.

    Reading on a Kindle or B/W Nook is almost exactly the same as reading a paper book, an iPad most definitely is not.
    I still prefer my kindle for reading.

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    I am legally blind, and have just listened to books for several years now. I have keratoconus and MUST wear specialized expensive contacts to function. I can now read again with the iPad. I have far too much strain with the Kindle. ...hope that helps you. And I'm one of the oldies.


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