iPad as e-reader. How does it compare

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  1. Schuyler

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    I'm interested in the iPad AS AN E-READER more than all the other cool stuff it can do. I've looked at the Nook Color and was disappointed because the background seemed washed out. The B&W Nook, with it's "E-ink" seemed like very good contrast, which is what I need. In other respects the Nook doesn't float my boat much.

    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.
     
  2. emm

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    I find it absolutely superior to the Nook or Kindle e ink. I now download all of my Kindle books on the ipad app and buy Barnes & Noble deals for the ipad app. Once in a great while I'll revert to the Kindle for beach reading. The always well lit ipad screen is tops in my book for e-reading. Go into an Apple store to try one out!
     
  3. The Alternative

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    Actually, since owning the iPad all my old readers lay neglected. Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader... in my opinion, none of them compare to the reading experience of the iPad.
     
  4. Schuyler

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    I will. Thanks. The nearest store is about 40 miles away, so I was trying to cheat and ask you guys! :)
     
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    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.
     
  6. Schuyler

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    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?
     
  7. jmorton10

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    I don't think my ipad2 is anywhere near as good as my 2 Kindles for ereading.

    I will use it if the Kindles aren't handy and I don't hate it, but to me ANY backlit screen doesn't really hold a candle to a Kindle screen for extended reading.
     
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    By the way, I have a Kindle DX which almost exactly the same size as the iPad but displays text totally different (and loses out in every way possible IMHO)
     
  9. giradman

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    Well, for me the iPad2 is the 'first' devoted eReader that I own - I've not bought into the pure B&W readers - I wanted color when needed.

    With the iPad2, I've used the Zinio app and have several magazine already ordered, e.g. PC Mag - this is a beautiful production in color - would be worthless to me in B&W only.

    OTOH, I'm also using the Kindle & iBooks apps; in addition, I've added the OverDrive app and have checked out books from our local library - these are only in B&W, but I've been reading a free DL of Shelby Foote's first volume on the Civil War and have enjoyed the experience.

    I guess that my bottom line is that if one wants both B&W and color, this is a nice option for me - BOY, so many choices - :)
     
  10. jmorton10

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    I could care less about color, I use my Kindles for reading books and PDFs occasionally.

    An iPad is NOT a "dedicated reader" and loses big time to things like the kindle for any extended reading as does any laptop or anything else with a backlit screen.

    I love my ipad2, but would never use it for reading ever if a kindle was within reach.
     

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