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Old 10-27-2010, 08:18 AM   #15
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Rodney Tamara got a Sony Reader and likes it a lot. She got a library card from Alburquerque and downloads lots of books for free. She just loves it.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:07 AM   #16
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Ipad vs. Kindle
iPad doesn't do well in superbright direct sunlight. No problem with regular outdoors, but don't expect to sit on the beach on a hot sunny day and read. Kindle is ok in these circumstances
Kindle doesn't do well indoors, unless you have lighting. Like on a plane or in the bedroom. iPad is backlit so you can sit in a pitch black room and still read.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:15 AM   #17
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Have a Kindle, and love it. My husband has the larger one so he can get really big print on the screen.
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I think I read somewhere that the Kindle has a PDF reader, how do you get your PDFs onto the machine? Through a local wireless connection somehow?
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:40 AM   #19
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Rodney, the artist residing in you should have the full power of the iPad.



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Old 10-27-2010, 11:49 AM   #20
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Rodney, the artist residing in you should have the full power of the iPad.



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Thanks. However, the artist is a poor one. Besides, I really just want the thing for reading.
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If all you want to do is read, then the Kindle appears the way to go. I have several friends who own them for that specific purpose and are very happy. I want to replace my laptop while on the road, so I am waiting for the second version of the iPad to come out in the Spring of 2011.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:52 AM   #22
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Love the Kindle but its charger adds another needle to the haystack.

Hmmm..... the USB charger cable is the same as for my Nikons so no big deal there. Just received the newest 3rd generation Kindle and so far it is great. Tons of free books out there for it and the discount on the others is good. I still need to hold paper in my hands once in a while and many of the books I use for research and learning are either out of print or not on kindle yet. Very light weight, battery lasts for ever and never thought I would like it till I received it.
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Follow up... News papers?

For the Kindle users, do any of you have the newspaper subscriptions? Do you like them?
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We have both an Ipad and a Kindle. For reading books, hands down the Kindle is better for bright light plus it weighs a lot less. I read a book a week on average and the Kindle kinda disappears when you are rading it. You wont notice after a while that you arent reading a paperback. To get pdf's to your Kindle you just email it to your Kindle email address.

Now if you are reading magazines or newspapers, I would choose the Ipad as it is color and larger in size. The Ipad is great for watching movies, surfing the net, having navigation on the go, etc. etc. We just flew back from Hawaii this week and we played Scrabble for two hours on it and then watched a two hour movie. The plane flight really "flew" by.
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ebooks - books

as a confirmed contrarian, i'd like to add a few reasons why i think that the old fashioned 'paper' books are still better than those new fangled 'e' things.


WHY PAPER BOOKS ARE BETTER THAN E-BOOKS

You can use the pages to make paper airplanes

You can fold a page to save your place

You can throw a book at the dog or the t.v.

You can rip a book in two and share with a friend

You can eat the pages to survive

You can use it for a survival fire

You can use the pages for TP [if absolutely necessary]

You can use it for a beer coaster

You can use books for wheel blocks [Tom Clancy Hardback Novels are best]

You can write in them

You can press a flower in them

You can hide money in them

You can cut out words for ransom notes

You can level a coffee table with a book

You can dry a damp book in the microwave

You can draw a ‘flip-page’ movie on the pages

There are no moving or electronic parts

Books can be repaired with tape, glue, staples or rubber bands

Books do not have a planned obsolescence

Books are OK when exposed to sand, surf and beer foam

You can use a folded page corner to clean lettuce from your teeth


Books don't die - their content cannot be erased. There is something
special about 'cracking' open a new book or picking up a treasured old classic.



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For the Kindle users, do any of you have the newspaper subscriptions? Do you like them?
I gave up on newspapers a long time ago, but if I understand it correctly, you have a 30 day trial for magazines and newspaper with Amazon. Check it out I just may be right!


AZ-STREAMER, that is exactly why I read both. Although I don't think I would use any of my historical out of print books for any of your noted other than uses for a book other than reading.
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I bought the iPad primarily for reading books. It is a great eBook reader but I use it for so much more now, the desk top 'confuser' has not been turned on for many days. In addition to that mentioned by others, I use mine to communicate with a fellow ham in Tuscon over the internet using Ham radio link and a repeater. As far as news papers go, I find the WSJ to have the best format for the iPad. Much like reading a newspaper but with out the transfer of ink to the hands. Think I may glue a piece of leather to the back to enhance the tactile experience of holding a book.
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The iPad may be the best thing I ever bought for Airstream ARGOSY travel but signing up for ATT service in the USA was not seamless and painless like the Apple Store claimed it would be.

It was exactly the opposite.

Believe this or not, ATT will NOT accept a VISA credit card issued by a Canadian bank.

After frustrating hours spent in a three way call with Apple and ATT both on the line the only solution was to line up at a WALMART counter and purchase a PRE-PAID Walmart VISA Card, as if I were someone recently released from a Michigan State Prison with no credit standing.

Then there was another, last, frustrating step were you need access to both a phone and the internet to activate the card.

And the fees are horrendous: $3.00 a month regardless, $3.00 every time you add more funds at a Walmart .... on and on.

A not so nice welcome the America ingenuity.

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