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The iPad is For Readers

Laura Miller @ Salon.com -- "The iPad Is For Readers"
One weekend into owning the thing and I've only managed to watch half an episode of "Black Adder." I have yet to play a single game. What I've mostly been doing on the iPad is reading, because this much-ballyhooed harbinger of the future turns out to be the ideal device for that most old-fashioned of leisure activities...


-The Gneech

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radbaron
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)

I think I will wait for the Kobo Book reader to come out in May, then compare that to the Kindle and iPad for ease of use, weight, capacity and price ($150). If all you want to do is read, then I believe the iPad is not for you, but to each his own.

www.kobobooks.com for anyone interested.
the_gneech
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
I agree that if a reader is all you want, an iPad is like using a jackhammer to hang a picture. The Nook is much cheaper and will do the job just as well with the same open platform, unlike the Kindle.

On the other hand, if a reader is one of the many things you want, that's another story. :)

-The Gneech
hossblacksilver
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Is blending one of those features you want? n_n
the_gneech
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I prefer my iPad unblended, thanks.

-TG
graemelion
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Reader , board game device, and Character Sheet holder.

As well as web browser, mail checker, picture frame, movie/TV show viewer, music player.. hehe :)

I'm enjoying the hell out of mine :)

electronin
Apr. 6th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Regular books don't shatter or need recharging.
raishi_fox
Apr. 6th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Regular books wear, rip, burn, and get many other ways.

Regular books take up large amounts of space; one e-reader can fit a library worth of text.

Regular books are a pain to travel with if you're bringing more than one or two.

Regular books require trees being cut down for paper.

Regular books aren't easily searchable.

Regular books don't have fonts that can be resized for those with visual disabilities.

Regular books need to be bought at physical locations; you need to find a bookstore that has it in stock, travel there when they are open, and buy it. If you want a new book on your ipad or kindle, you download it in moments.

Just sayin'...

electronin
Apr. 6th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yes I knew that already. I have an iTouch with a reader program.
Can paid ebooks be transferred to a friend's device?
alaskawolf
Apr. 7th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
as much as i use my Itouch i think i would have a blast with the ipad =3
electronin
Apr. 7th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you would, as would I, but I'm still not going to get one. I'd have to upgrade to an intel mac to sync up all my previous purchases, but currently I can't even spare cash for a mini.

I do notice that nobody's answering my question about transfers, so I can only guess the answer's presently no, but certainly providing no obstacle for the public domain.
hossblacksilver
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
And yet, both blend. n_n
radbaron
Apr. 6th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)

The one I'm looking at already has 100 books pre-installed. Imagine carrying 100 paperbacks around with you!

I just wonder if I can get the books from my bookclub on e-reader soon?
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