best eBook reader

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  1. commie

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    Just got the ipad...what is a good ebook reader for Canadians? I heard that not all books are available from the iBooks store...Is Amazon Kindle good?
    What about using Calibre, do I need any special apps?

    Can I buy an ebook from Amazon and use the iBook to read it?
     
  2. ivanmarkchang

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    amazon kindle is just like ibook to me.

    1. make an amazon account (if you don't have one already)
    2. purchase books (there are whole bunch of free books as well)
    3. download kindle app on your ipad
    4. login
    5. the app will then sync itself with your purchases.
     
  3. BrennB

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    I love the kindle especially because it syncs with my Blackberry, and many other devices.
     
  4. ivanmarkchang

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    that's a good point.
     
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    stanza is good.
    and calibre is for converting formats
     
  6. CaseShop.se

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    Well, personally the kindle has been into business for longer than the iPad, so there are naturally more books available for the kindle than for the ipad. But if you are just into books then I can recommend the kindle because it is just a book... so while you read a book you wont be tempted to check facebook (because you cant with the kindle).
     
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    All of the readers from booksellers do basically the same thing, so it is really more a matter of where you decide to buy your books. Each one is proprietary so that means when you buy a book from Amazon, you can only read it on the Kindle app (or you PC with the Kindle program or on an actual Kindle) and when you buy a book through iBooks, you can only read it with the iBooks app.
     
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    I have both iBooks and Kindle. Kindle has a much bigger selection. iBooks allows you to download a sample, so I can tell whether or not I've already read it. If Kindle allows samples, I haven't figured out a way to do so.
     
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    The Kindle app is IMHO the best eBook app. I have over 850 books in my
    Kindle and on my iPad, my Laptop, my Desktop... cross platform and I have
    yet to find something it can not read with a little run through calibre.

    iBook is okay.. but if you are looking for a large library of books available then
    the Kindle app is the best.
     
  10. arshield

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    Amazon has the majority of the market and the largest number of books. It is all about the store. The features are pretty much the same.
     

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