? About ebook readers

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by DashSatan, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Diane B

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    A good reaeon to have the Ipad instead of an ereader. I have tried out a number of others and do like the lightness, but don't like the restrictione and that they don't do much else. I love having multiple ereader apps.
     
  2. BrennB

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    Let's not forget the kindle syncs between devices...that is the point that sells Kindle for me, although I have several other readers loaded I always go to kindle. I can pick up mybphone and read from where I left off on the iPad, or pc or whatever
     
  3. theipadstudent

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    I understand your counter-points, but my original posting was referring to the actual books offered by iBooks and Kindle and reading those books on different devices. iBooks uses it's own DRM'd .ePub books, and when bought through iBooks you can only use them on up to 5 Apple-approved devices. Even though some books offered through iBooks are DRM free, most books offered through iBooks by the bigger publishers are not, meaning books you buy through iBooks cannot be read on a Blackberry phone or handheld Kindle. Amazon's Kindle store, although it is DRM'd also, is supported on so many more devices including the iPad. Plus how the Kindle software will synchronize across all your devices where you've left off in reading each ebook - something that can only happen between iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch with iBooks.

    I was coming from the perspective of the average, not so tech savvy consumer who may not know how to use and format .ePub books and doesn't want to go through the process to learn how to format into .ePub just to read their books. All they really want, in my opinion, is just an easy way to read books across a number of different platforms - which I believe Kindle, in that respect even with their proprietary format, still does better than iBooks right now.
     
  4. Gen from Oz

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    The great thing about having both a Kindle and IPad is having the ebooks on both devices - I can read on one at home, one while on the train and it auto -updates where I am. Very cool. I hope Apple don't try and squeeze our access to Amazon etc out by charging for downloads to IPad as rumoured - it could ruin what is currently a lovely symbiosis!
     

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