View Full Version : whats better for reading a kindle or an ipad?

03-01-2011, 11:23 AM
I dont want to play games on it really but I want it to have loads of books so I can take one simple thing on holiday and trips rather than heavy books.

Would it be best to buy a kindle or an ipad?

03-01-2011, 12:13 PM
You can have kindle app on ipad and have best of both world? As apple have their own ibook store....

With kindle there is no backlight so it is literally like a book and you can read it under the sun whereas ipad have backlight and some people may find this uncomfortable....

The page transition is different between ipad and kindle as kindle tend to 'fade out and fade in' between the pages whereas ipad (ibook) operate similar to a book and kindle app does the 'swipe' effect which I prefer..

03-01-2011, 12:20 PM
Yep as Jeff Says :yes:

A few notable points though, you can get a neat kindle case with a light built in which looks smart and works very well. The battery life for reading books is great on the ipad but even better on the kindle. Some people feel that the e-ink kindle is more like a book and more restful on the eyes than the ipad. It's also lighter and easier to hold like a book

However, as Jeff says, you can use the kindle app on the ipad to download your books and then read them on the ipad, iphone, mac, windows or even a kindle if you decided to swap.

03-01-2011, 12:21 PM
Keep in mind also that you can also put movies on the iPad but not the Kindle if that's a consideration for you.

Tom (:macwave:... myPad!)

03-01-2011, 01:19 PM
I love my kindle. I have the second generation one, that's the size of a larger paper back. No need for the super size version.

I bought a small case to keep it protected and a small light that just sits on the top. It's an led light which is super bright.

I love the battery life of my kindle. I only turn on the wifi to download the books then it goes off again, which saves the battery tremendously. The books download quickly.

03-01-2011, 01:22 PM
do you still buy books? or are you on the kindle for everything (assuming the kindle store has it) ?

03-01-2011, 01:25 PM
I only buy the books if they are not on the kindle and they are "musts" for me. Such as the new Sookie books. :D I can't wait for them to be on the kindle.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-books. I love books and their smell, but frankly they take up a lot of space.

And not too mention, I can download the kindle book at midnight when it comes out and not wait for the UPS guy to arrive.

03-01-2011, 01:27 PM
yeah I wonder if I can live with not seeing the books on the shelf. I just don't know.

Weird that they dont come out really quickly on the kindle isnt it? no reason really

03-01-2011, 01:30 PM
From what I've heard it has more to do with the publisher. Kindle books were suppose to be 9.99 for traditional hardbacks. However, publishers are wanting to charge more, so for a while there were certain book companies that were not putting there books on the kindle. All boils down to money.

And I still have favorites on the shelf. Just not that many.

03-01-2011, 01:41 PM
Another perk, Amazon offers a lot of free books. I have downloaded several classics such as Dracula and Pride and Prejudice. Both free.

But there are also free ones that are not classics. Maybe a new book or a new author. And heck, they're free, so I download them and give them a try. If I don't like them, well they were free. If I did, that's even better. :D

03-01-2011, 01:55 PM
Ooooo I have the kindle app on my iPhone and love it, so much easier and less hassle than carrying a book

09-01-2011, 02:41 PM
Kindles are awesome - I got one for my Christmas and love it. :thumbsup:

10-01-2011, 06:28 PM
I'm not usually one that buys books, I go through stages of reading them really quickly and then go months without picking up a book. My parents often buy me them for Christmas or Birthday presents and for this reason I never really used the e-reader apps on my iPhone/iPad :shrug: They are fantastic apps though.