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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 8:58:38 AM PDT
I am curious about reading experience on Kindle Fire. I am a Kindle fan because of E ink display which is as good as reading a real book eliminating glare and shine. Will Kindle Fire give the same reading experience - particularly because it is a color display?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 8:59:57 AM PDT
Zimdle says:
Kindle Fire will be similar to reading on any other tablet or computer. It doesn't have e-ink.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 9:00:31 AM PDT
sabst79 says:
Since it was just announced today, none of us have experience reading on that device. I would imagine it's similar to reading on an iPad or any other LCD display.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:08:51 AM PDT
EP says:
The reading experience on the LED Kindle Fire will ABSOLUTELY be worse than e-ink in direct sunlight. But the advantage of LED is being able to read in the dark without carrying around an external light. Also, the Fire will give you tablet-like capabilities which just isn't possible on e-ink devices due to their extremely slow screen refresh rates.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:09:20 AM PDT
Could they make it any harder to decide. I like the pearl e-ink, it is so much easier on the eyes. But I like my apps and web in color.

If I want a dedicated reader (which I do) then it's e-ink kindle all the way.

The touch looks very nice, but the battery life!!! what, I don't want to charge my kindle every day, Looks like I migth as well stay with my kindle2 for now.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 11:37:41 AM PDT
Paul Newcomb says:
I would be much more interested in the kindle fire if it still had the e-ink. Not a fan of the LCD glare screens either...

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 1:15:47 PM PDT
I feel the same way as the other e-ink lovers on this discussion. I have read or heard that the backlit displays of tablets, computer displays, smart phones, LEDs, etc., are not good for our eyes for long periods of reading.

The e-ink is very similar the the ink on paper experience which I am very comfortable with.

I like the price and other features of the Fire, but the lack of e-ink is probably going to be a deal breaker for me. Amazon support should clarify and explain further what the reading experience for Fire will be and how it compares to e-ink.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 1:18:19 PM PDT
YepIt'sBecky says:
Personally I didn't purchase the Kindle Fire for reading, I have a Kindle 3 for that. But there are some who don't have a problem reading from a backlit device.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 1:19:15 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
I bought the Fire because I wanted a small tablet, not for it's reading capability. I'm sure I will use that at times, but one of our other 3 Kindles will be what I use most, depending on where I am. The DXG for at night, reading in bed. The new basic model for when I need to put one in my purse. The K2i perhaps when out as well and might need 3G.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 1:28:09 PM PDT
Paul Newcomb says:
I don't exactly have a problem reading from backlit devices, it's just much less optimal overall for eye stress.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 1:46:35 PM PDT
Umm if it has E-ink ... what would be the point? You already have E-ink readers. The E-ink tech cannot function like an LCD screen. It is great for reading and crap for everything else.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 5:32:06 PM PDT
YepIt'sBecky, Amelio Rate and Padraic Devine all make a good point about keeping the reader as a reader, but using the Fire for everything else. Assuming one would go that route, then the decision might be whether to buy Fire or iPad. Read on the old Kindle and use Fire or iPad for web browsing and other apps. Hmmm...

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 5:38:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2011 5:40:12 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
I just thought of one type of books I will want on my Fire...my Cookbooks. I have a bunch, but pay them little mind on my Kindle. I will also be more prone to look into magazines. There are some I really like, such as "Real Simple" and "Reminisce" but of course have no idea if they will be offered.

I'm also very curious if navigating around in a Bible will be faster on a tablet device. I've watched people at church using their iPads and other tablets, and it seems to be much easier to jump around.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 6:37:05 PM PDT
Mary McManus says:
Amelio, I agree about cookbooks potentially being good on the Fire. I have some on my iPad and they are great on there as is any book with colored pictures. Even if no pictures, I like them better on there than on a Kindle itself.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 7:29:17 PM PDT
nicholaas says:
can you put the same downloaded book on both your kindle and fire at the same time

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 7:30:43 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 29, 2011 7:56:22 PM PDT
I agree: for straight reading, I'll stick with my DX. But for magazines, cookbooks, and other media, having color will be great. Besides, a dedicated glitch-free pad with snappy performance for under $200--great deal.

A side note: does anyone else use the "experimental" browser much? I find it very useful and easy to find text-based content such as articles in the New York Times or other text-based content. It's not a speed demon by any stretch, but I can use Google search, Wikipedia, and other text-intensive sites with a little patience.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 8:49:47 AM PDT
Maryanne says:
I use my Kindle 3 for book reading and my ipad 2 for cookbooks, newspapers, magazines etc. However I also ordered the Fire because of the small size and then I got carried away and preordered the touch too. I got it without the special offers because I think it would be distracting for me on the screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 9:19:14 AM PDT
Maryanne - the special offers never show while you are reading the book. They only show as a screensaver, and at the very bottom of the screen that shows the list of books you have. When you are reading, you never see any ads. (And I got carried away and pre-ordered both too!)

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 9:39:31 AM PDT
My dad just called me to ask if I wanted the Fire for Christmas (yes!) I have a Kindle 3 that I love. I will stick to my reading on that, but would love to use the Fire for my magazines or cookbooks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 9:46:50 AM PDT
Both the Amazon site and reviews stated the display is the same as an IPAD. Do not expect E Ink in color anytime soon- Too expensive. Expect better deals after Christmas for Tablets.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 9:58:08 AM PDT
alanhouston says:
I have a Pandigital Novel that provides a reading experience similar to what can be expected from the Fire. The screen brightness can be adjusted, so you can use a brighter screen in a brighter room. A lot of glare outdoors. A night, when reading in bed, I need to set the brightness very low, or my eyes get tired.

I also have an e-ink reader. It works surprisely well outdoors (at least in the shade) due to low glare. Because it works with reflected light, I need to keep a bedroom light on to read in bed. The high contrast of the e-ink and the ability to use large fonts makes it possible to read comfortably with a 40 watt light, whereas a conventional hardcover book is not comfortable for me to read with less than a 150 watt light.

Overall, e-ink is a better reading experience if you are spending two or three hours reading a book. Of course, nothing compares to a color e-reader for looking at magazines with a high color illustration content.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 11:50:15 AM PDT
Maryanne says:
Thank you for that info on special offers. Now I will save myself a few bucks.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 2:59:26 PM PDT
Brian Tarbox says:
I love my kindle but have to laugh at the "you can't read an non-eInk screen for hours at a time" comments ..everyone working on a computer does that everyday.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2011 3:03:33 PM PDT
Kindle Keyboard/Mini/Touch = eInk ereader
Kindle Fire = LCD tablet
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