I need an E Reader

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  1. Apxgrndr

    Apxgrndr In the snow

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    So I've done a bit of searching on here and the interwebz looking at E readers.
    The de-cluttering thread convinced me, I need less fucking stuff!

    Been thinking of the kindle fire. Anyone have experience they would like to share?
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  2. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    You may want to consider a tablet that will do more than just fill the e-reader requirement. Pretty much any android tablet will run all of the "reader" apps that you need, plus act as an email and web device (among others). If you find yourself needing to read out in full sun, you may really need one of the e-ink reader devices.

    What else would you like to accomplish?





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  3. FrankS

    FrankS ...please wait...

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    easy. here is your e, now read it:


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    i'm using an iPad for all my tablet and e-reader needs. I'm using it at night a lot more than in bright sun so the backlit LCD works great for me. I also like the fact that it runs a ton of other more or less useful apps.
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  4. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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    I had a Kindle Fire (the original model, given to me), but I just couldn't find a good use for it. I sold it.

    For reading, I prefer my e-paper Kindle (the older keyboard model). The displayed text is crisper, easier to read, almost zero screen glare or reflection, and really, black and white is all I need in an e-reader. The Kindle Fire had issues with leaving out words and phrases at page breaks (and that was with "Kindle Edition" e-books purchased through Amazon), the screen was very reflective and distracting, and the text, displayed in pixels, wasn't even close to the crispness of the e-paper display.

    Beyond its e-reader capabilities (or lack thereof), as an Android tablet, the Kindle Fire was rather thick and heavy. It just came across as bulky, for the screen size. I didn't care for it.

    So, my opinion, I prefer the black-and-white e-paper display for an e-reader. I'm thinking of upgrading my three-year-old Kindle Keyboard to a new Kindle Paperwhite, after I take a good look at it.

    W.A.
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  5. Apok

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    The big advantage to an e-reader is the non-backlit screen. Working all day with a computer screen means staring at an iPad at night leaves me with pretty strained eyes.

    Battery life is also much better than any tablet I've ever used. I have a Sony reader and it's been excellent. More versatile than some others as it seems to read just about any format.
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  6. Apxgrndr

    Apxgrndr In the snow

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    Yeah the eye strain is a factor so thats why I'm thinking E reader.
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  7. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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    Battery life is another great point. My Kindle Keyboard, with the wifi turned off, will go nearly a month without needing a charge. I generally only turn on the wireless when I need to grab content off the cloud.

    W.A.
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  8. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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    Truly, if you're mainly interested in an e-reader, you'll be disappointed in the Fire.

    Also, I don't think you have to buy a Kindle sight unseen these days. I think they're stocked at many stores - Best Buy, Staples...

    Go in and check 'em out.

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  9. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    Depends on what you are using it for.

    I have and love a Kindle Paperwhite. Great that it is backlit, but still the "electric paper" technology. Reading in bed I can dim it down and enjoy. Less eye fatigue especially if you spend real time reading a novel or non-fiction book. Great battery life too.

    Previously I had the standard Kindle for about 6 months when the PaperWhite came out. I liked the concept, but didn't like having to use an outside light source. YMMV

    I also own a tablet computer. Samsung Galaxy Stylus or some such. I have the Kindle app loaded on that. I do use it fairly often for reading- but don't like it as much for reading in bed- too bright and too heavy. But say going to work it is nice to only bring one device. Wifi syncs both so I only lose my place a little bit.
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  10. mrmurph

    mrmurph Been here awhile

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    I have to agree with some earlier posts....if it's going to primarily be a reader and if eye strain is or has been an issue with you, I would go with the Kindle--either the basic one or the Paperwhite. My wife and I both use them and love them. Battery life, ease of use, the quality of the e-ink screens, the convenience of not having to lug an armload of books with you when you travel etc., all are benefits to using a "reader" for reading and a tablet etc. for "other stuff" .
    I also have an iPad, and I love it too, but I don't use it for reading books. Maybe it's cause I'm 55, but the Kindle is just easier on the eyes IMO.
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  11. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Like some others have said go e-ink all the way :deal

    The fire and other tablets are decent for reading but if you're trying to replace books the e-ink ones are much lighter, easier to read, and have a battery that lasts a month, not hours.
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  12. Buccleuch

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    Quick clarification - the Kindle Paperwhite is actually front-lit, using an illumination diffuser layer in front of the e-paper display. E-paper can't be back-lit, because all the cells are full of ink all the time; it's a matter of whether the ink is squeezed to the front or the back of the cell.

    Jurgen, how's the battery life on your Paperwhite? Still on the order of three-four weeks, even with the front illumination?

    W.A.
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  13. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto All out of care

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    If you really want color, go with B&N Nook HD+

    It will do most android apps. Works with Kindle Reader, Sony Reader and supports almost every other ebook format. Plays HD videos, uses wifi and has expandable memory. Using it just as a book I'm getting 4-5 days between charges.

    Cons: It's weighty compared to a plain e-reader and uses a proprietary 30pin connector for data / charging.
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  14. josjor

    josjor Long timer

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    Another Kindle e-ink vote here. I've had a Kindle Keyboard for a couple of years now and it gets used quite a bit. Almost a year ago I got an iPad and kind of assumed that the Kindle would get used less and I'd do my reading on the iPad. I was wrong. For web surfing, watching a movie, some of my business related apps, and checking in on the FF's in this joint, the iPad rules.

    But read a book for any more than a dozen pages on a backlit display, even a Retina one? Nope. Nothing like e-ink for comfortable, long term reading, particularly if I'm outside on a sunny day.

    I didn't even know about the Kindle Paperwhite. Thanks a lot! Another gadget to add to my wish list, you bastard.:deal
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  15. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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    Just go into a Nook with both eyes open. Barnes & Noble isn't long for this world. Just like Borders before them.

    Yes, it's just a B&N-branded Android tablet, but...

    W.A.
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  16. dnewhall

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    Another vote for the Kindle. A point no one else made is that the kindle is by far the easiest device for borrowing ebooks from your public library.
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  17. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    I have been reading on a Nook Color for a couple of years now, outstanding product.
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  18. PoundSand

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    Nexus 7. :D

    I have a B&N nook e-ink reader, and previously had a Sony e-ink reader, and they are great for sitting down and reading a novel. But a tablet is just much more versatile, including for reading, and is much better than e-ink for some reading, such as pdfs, cookbooks, and anything else with lots of images. And if you're going to go with a tablet (including nook hd and kindle fire), you might as well get a nexus 7 which will get regular updates and new features.

    The nexus works as well and as easily as the Kindle for borrowing library books, btw.
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  19. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    We have an Ipad, Kindle Fire and a desktop system. My wife uses the Ipad and it replaced her desktop system, she shops, watches movies, gets news, email etc and she loves it. I use the desktop for design and writing programs. The Kindle is smaller than the Ipad and I use it for web surfing and reading. The Kindle is not as good for reading as the paperwhite devices, but it works well enough that I have not bothered to buy a dedicated reader. I use it almost every night for reading. However, I could see why someone would want a dedicated reader, take a good hard look at the different options. If you can, find someone to let you borrow the device for a night or two before you buy.


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  20. mngl1500

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    Heck with full access to Google play you can even load the Kindle app on the Nook HD+. I got it for the wife during one of the sales they had on it. I got it because my mom has a Nook and you are allowed to have so many devices on one account and that way they can share books and mom has a lot of books on her since she takes that when they go on a 6 week trip every winter.

    My wife also checks out e-books from the local library.
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