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Offline ChrisMB

E-Readers
« on: April 18, 2011, 02:48:31 PM »
Greetings all.

After watching many reports, reading quite a few articles, and hearing my friends, coworkers, and girlfriend singing the praises of these devices like newly converted followers during the American Revival Period. I'm talking of course, about the e-reader. Like many things, I have held firm against another piece of technology in my life, but I too for reasons I shall not divulge have finally decided to give into the trend. That being said, I recall that there was a bit of a debate previously about e-readers and tablets. Does anyone here have a preference or recommendation? Are there any that come equipped with Word or another type of writing program in the event something hits me when I'm in the middle of reading and unable to write down on paper or type on my computer?

Naturally, I'm doing my own research too, but I was just wondering. Thank you all for the help.

Offline Shamrock

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 02:57:56 PM »
I'm a kindle person, had mine for about a year now and we're still in love. Haha. It's a great e-reader but I'm not quite sure about the note taking ability. I use the highlighting tool quite often and sometimes add my own notes to what I have read. :)
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Offline Dornish First Sword

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 03:34:51 PM »
Another kindle fanboy here first ereader I've owned, had it for about 3 months or so. I am definitely a convert to ebooks they work a lot better for me for various reasons. The main reason being the price and accessibility.
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Offline ChrisMB

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 06:03:07 PM »
Thanks for the info, guys. After looking on a few sites and getting testimony from a few more friends, I think I'll be investing in a kindle.

... Unless someone cares to shout an objection?

Offline Shamrock

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2011, 06:04:31 PM »
Great! I hope you're as happy with it as I am with mine :)
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Offline Dornish First Sword

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2011, 12:26:16 AM »
One thing I would suggest if you go with a kindle is the leather lighted covers that amazon have. They make a great investment I was a little hesitant due to the price but am very glad I got one it makes it feel like a real book, the blue colour of mine makes it easy to find if i misplace it too, and the light is definitely bright enough to read by in a dark room without any other lighting needed at all. The best bit being that it runs on the kindles own battery so you don't need to worry about extra batteries or the like. I used the money I saved by going with the wi-fi only model kindle on the cover.
"Still, it may have been a blessing. He would have grown up to be a Frey" - Wyman Manderly

Offline Fellshot

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2011, 01:14:58 AM »
I'm not against e-books, but I am against dedicated e-readers. I do not see the point in having a kindle if my bitsy iPod will do the job just fine... and four other jobs to go with it. I suppose it depends on what you want to carry around.

Offline ChrisMB

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2011, 04:09:25 AM »
From what I've seen, Kindles also seem capable of holding music, podcasts, and internet in addition to being an e-reader. Which for me is a huge plus, as I like to listen to music when I do just about anything and everything. That's also a plus for me if I go on vacations or work since then I can just plug into my all-in-one kindle as opposed to lugging around my iPod and whatever book(s) I'm reading. And with being able to send emails, I can just email myself any notes or ideas that come to mind.

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Re: E-Readers
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2011, 04:14:57 AM »
I'm a nook user, and I love it. I've devoured three books on it from Friday night to now, and I strongly recommend it. Partly because the Nook is awesome, but also partly because I like helping a minor but growing player instead of just buying into the big dog :)
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Offline Shamrock

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2011, 06:03:49 AM »
I'm a nook user, and I love it. I've devoured three books on it from Friday night to now, and I strongly recommend it. Partly because the Nook is awesome, but also partly because I like helping a minor but growing player instead of just buying into the big dog :)

The nook looks great but it only work in the US as far as I know. I know that it definitely doesn't work in South Africa, in addition to which my kindle arrived five days after ordering it. That being said I think the nook is really cute and if I lived in the US it would have been a tough decision on which e-reader to get.
One thing I would suggest if you go with a kindle is the leather lighted covers that amazon have. They make a great investment I was a little hesitant due to the price but am very glad I got one it makes it feel like a real book, the blue colour of mine makes it easy to find if i misplace it too, and the light is definitely bright enough to read by in a dark room without any other lighting needed at all. The best bit being that it runs on the kindles own battery so you don't need to worry about extra batteries or the like. I used the money I saved by going with the wi-fi only model kindle on the cover.
I have the red cover, but not a lighted one which I really wish they'd had when the second generation came out.
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Offline Fellshot

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2011, 06:51:29 AM »
From what I've seen, Kindles also seem capable of holding music, podcasts, and internet in addition to being an e-reader. Which for me is a huge plus, as I like to listen to music when I do just about anything and everything. That's also a plus for me if I go on vacations or work since then I can just plug into my all-in-one kindle as opposed to lugging around my iPod and whatever book(s) I'm reading. And with being able to send emails, I can just email myself any notes or ideas that come to mind.

Ah, I've a iPod touch that will run the software just fine and do everything you listed above. Also it will fit in a clutch purse, which I know isn't as big a deal for you guys, but the ability to remove some extra mass from the gravitational anomalies that live in all my handbags actually is rather nice for me. :P

Offline pornokitsch

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2011, 09:13:37 AM »
I've got one of the 1st gen kindles and really like it. Makes travel a lot easier, and, although I still buy as many book-books, I find the Kindle really useful for more ephemeral stuff (crap series, journals for work, etc).

Also, a program like Calibre is amazingly useful. It lets you rename files, catalog them nicely and even convert file types (really handy if you have free books or extracts from various publishers, all of whom seem to use random formats). Also, free.


Offline Bahl

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2011, 03:11:30 PM »
From what I've seen, Kindles also seem capable of holding music, podcasts, and internet in addition to being an e-reader. Which for me is a huge plus, as I like to listen to music when I do just about anything and everything. That's also a plus for me if I go on vacations or work since then I can just plug into my all-in-one kindle as opposed to lugging around my iPod and whatever book(s) I'm reading. And with being able to send emails, I can just email myself any notes or ideas that come to mind.

Ah, I've a iPod touch that will run the software just fine and do everything you listed above. Also it will fit in a clutch purse, which I know isn't as big a deal for you guys, but the ability to remove some extra mass from the gravitational anomalies that live in all my handbags actually is rather nice for me. :P

iPods /iPads cannot come close to an ereader. The screens are worlds apart. Yes, the Kindle is black and white, but you can read all day, every day on the thing. It's the cosest electronic screen out there to paper.

Your eyes will start to bleed if you read 24hrs a day on your ipod
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Offline nilling

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2011, 03:28:40 PM »
I too started reading Kindle on my iPhone but never enjoyed it at all; screen too small you seem to be turning the page every 5 seconds. Plus e-ink is so much easier on the eyes thean the iPod/iPhone screens. I have to state I'm firmly in the Kindle Wi-Fi camp.

I have not put music onto my Kindle, as I prefer FLAC to mp3 and have an iPod 80GB for music and podcasts.
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Offline Fellshot

Re: E-Readers
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2011, 03:30:31 PM »
That's the thing though, I can't read 24 hours a day period. Things like a job and classes get in the way. Reading on the ipod is more like I'm waiting in line for something. I don't really need or want to switch over to e-books entirely either. It kind of hard to get authors to sign kindles and I'm against buying things twice on principle, hence I've loaded a bunch of classics up. My bitsy ipod works well for my reading habits.  I'm going to venture how it would work for yours. *shrug*