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Your opinion on the Best Ebook Readers

Raghavan Muthu
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Hi Rancheres,

Are you using any Ebook Readers? If so which one do you use and what is the best factor your feel out of your ebook reader? I am thinking to buy one and I thought I can get your opinion on the same.

If I google out, there are so many and I am slightly confused on which one to choose.

What are the parameters one should look at before buying a device?

Which one do you think stands at its best these days? I know this is very subjective and depends on various factors.

Kindly share your views.

Thanks in advance.


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Ed Ward
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I think it depends on how you intend to use it.
If you only want a reading device, then I think the Kindle stands far above the rest. Part of the reason is the "no-glare" screen. Keep in mind though, it is a reading only device at the moment and black/white.

However, if you want a more general purpose device, one that you can do more than just read books, magazines, newspapers, etc. on, then you'll want to look at one of the other devices.

So first decide exactly how you intend to use it and then how much you are willing to spend.

Not too helpful I know, but as you stated, this is subjective.
Raghavan Muthu
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Hi Edward,

Thank you for the reply and insight on Kindle. I am looking only for an Ebook Reader at the moment!

Let me try out the cost factor and get back for further clarifications if any!
Bear Bibeault
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I love my iPad. For me, the back-lit screen is far better than e-ink. Also I can read content from the iBooks store, Amazon Kindle books, B&N Nook books, or any old PDF. And in full color.

And, of course, the iPad can also be used for a hundred bazillion other purposes.


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Raghavan Muthu
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Thanks Bear. But then those two are for different purposes right. One good factor I consider buying an ebook reader is its weight/size so that I can carry easily, which may not be the case with IPad.

And as you said, it is another computer altogether -- Fact NOT to be denied! For which, I already have one desktop and a notebook (Apple MacBook!)
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Raghavan Muthu wrote:so that I can carry easily, which may not be the case with IPad.

I have no problems carrying my iPad. Yes, it's heavier/bigger than a Kindle, but not to the point where it becomes an issue. At least not for me. YMMV.
Raghavan Muthu
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Yes, thats right I agree. It depends on the perspective.

I would say the same with my Macbook But still it is not quite handy when travelling especially when I have a need to study!
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I use my Android phone to read eBooks. The text is crisp and easy to read, even at very small font sizes. It's as light as a paperback book and fits easily in my pocket to facilitate reading on the go.

The only downside I have encountered is while in a plane I cannot read during takeoff or landing, but that would be true for any electronic book reader.


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You clearly do not have 53-year old eyes!
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No I don't - they turned 57 just last month.

Others have commented over the past many years that they could not understand how I can view such small text on my PC monitors. Though in the last 10 years or so I have been having problems reading the fine print on some things, especially if there is little contrast between the letters and the background (reading the lettering on a wall wart is futile!). I do wear glasses, but only to correct near-sightedness. Usually wear them to drive (though a year ago I still passed the eye test at the DMV without my glasses), when sitting in a conference trying to see the projected slides, or when standing at the counter of a fast-food place trying to decide what I want. I don't wear them for computing - in fact I can't focus on the screen with them on.
David O'Meara
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My preference would be an ebook reader with colored e-ink (like the kindle etc) but probably an iPad as a second choice.
I tried the Android phone for a bit but didn't like it.
Not all eBook readers are touch screen, and in my opinion this is required.
Raghavan Muthu
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Thanks Peter and David!
Bear Bibeault
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Peter Johnson wrote:No I don't - they turned 57 just last month.

I'm impressed. My eyes (and ears) have gone rapidly downhill over the past few years. There is no way I could read a book on a screen the size of my iPod Touch.
Raghavan Muthu
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Bear Bibeault wrote:
Peter Johnson wrote:No I don't - they turned 57 just last month.

I'm impressed. My eyes (and ears) have gone rapidly downhill over the past few years. There is no way I could read a book on a screen the size of my iPod Touch.


Ha! I also agree with the last 7 words of yours Bear!

I am a crazy fan of Apple products , as that of Head First series!
 
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