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I've got an iPad, do I need a Kindle as well?

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Initial post: Nov 3, 2013 3:59:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2013 4:04:00 PM PST
Greg Barron says:
Hi, after being a huge reader all my life, I'm relatively new to reading on devices. In fact, I resisted the whole e-reader thing for a long time. As a newly published writer, however, I need to read a lot of books, and the low price of ebooks is a big attraction. I also live a good distance from the nearest book shop.
I'm finding, however, that reading on the iPad (1) hurts my eyes after a while, and that all the other apps can be distracting. People tell me that Kindles are great, easy on the eyes, and that they offer a reading experience close to that, or better than a printed book. I've had a look at friend's kindles and they look OK. Owning an iPad and a Kindle seems a bit overindulgent, but then again I do read a lot. Should I splash out and get a Kindle as well?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:02:21 PM PST
 nospin  says:
Edit your post and Delete your book links. Promotion is not allowed here.

The Paperwhite is a superb reading device. Many people have both kindles and tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:04:41 PM PST
Greg Barron says:
OK done. First post ever, and used to doing signature lines on everything :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:06:39 PM PST
Greg Barron says:
Thanks also for your advice. I guess the truth is that I have not enjoyed reading on the iPad at all, and I don't know if a Kindle is going to be any better.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:07:19 PM PST
Reading on a Paperwhite is a marvelous experience. Nothing like reading on an iPad. I have both, and love my iPad, but not for reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:10:19 PM PST
Loz says:
A kindle will be infinitely better than reading on an ipad. The e-ink technology mimics paper books extremely well. Much easier to read on over the ipad.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:11:59 PM PST
Cyndie says:
Reading on a Kindle versus an LCD screen is apples and oranges. I resisted any electronic reading device for the longest time but finally realized, it was the story that mattered and not the medium so much. But the e-ink Kindles were life-changing for me. No longer do I have to limit my reading because my hands fell asleep holding a heavy book open. No longer would I have to travel with an extra suitcase, just for my books I would read during that trip. No longer would I have to wonder where I was going to put the next books I was buying.

You can get one (and I truly recommend the Paperwhite) and you have 30 days to return it if you don't like it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:13:21 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 3, 2013 4:14:04 PM PST
I have both the IPad and the Paperwhite and use both everyday. When I'm away from from home I carry the IPad as it can be used as a reader and other things. When at home I read on the Paperwhite as it is much easier on the eyes especially if you read in bed.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 4:26:30 PM PST
GnomeEd says:
Buy one, tryit out for a few weeks.if you do not like it you can return itwithin 30 days.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:38:23 PM PST
Sarida says:
Yes! I have an iPad and carry my Kindle Touch everywhere.

You absolutely need to go to Best Buy or Staples and look at the Kindle eink readers. I would suggest going with the Paperwhite since you are already used to the touch experience.

I also recommend that you purchase the device from Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:44:35 PM PST
Beth says:
Just in case it is not clear from all the other posts- reading on an e-ink device is a joy. Just like or better (paperwhite has a built in light) than a book. But a Fire is no better than your Ipad.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 4:52:27 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I read on my Paperwhite every day. It's better than a paper book. I also have an Ipad and I can't imagine reading on it. It's way too heavy and like you and a lot of other people, reading constantly on an LCD screen gives me pretty severe eyestrain.

The Ipad is a general purpose tablet, good at a lot of things and even excellent at some of them. Unfortunately reading is one of the things it's only fairly good at.

The Paperwhite is a specialized reading device that is about as good as reading gets.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 5:02:05 PM PST
Greg Barron says:
Yep, read in bed every night.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 5:03:32 PM PST
Greg Barron says:
Curious why you suggest I buy from Amazon rather than a local retailer. (I live most of the time in Australia)

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 5:05:18 PM PST
Greg Barron says:
There are no dissenters here. Thank you for your amazingly consistent viewpoints. Looks like it's time to buy a Kindle Paperwhite.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 5:05:48 PM PST
Cyndie says:
Amazon has a much more lenient return program than most retailers. Plus their customer service is beyond compare.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 5:08:28 PM PST
Beth says:
As Cyndie says, amazon is easier to deal with that local retailers. But in Australia that may not be as true as in the US.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 5:23:06 PM PST
AKAmber says:
I have both an iPad and a kindle keyboard. I read mostly on the kindle but the iPad is a good back-up for when I run my battery down on the kindle. Also, if I don't feel like lugging both around, I will sometimes bring the iPad so I have more options... But then again, I get tired of carrying the big iPad around so I take the kindle (it fits in my purse nicely.)
I think overall, it's beneficial to have both. The kindle is much easier on the eyes and its lightweight and much more compact... Plus it has the option for categorizing all your books that the app hasn't quite mastered yet. The iPad app is great and is fine for reading but it's not ideal for long reading sessions. I don't think you will be disappointed in the least if you do opt to get a kindle but with you having an iPad, it's not a necessity either.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 5:46:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2013 5:47:08 PM PST
I actually enjoy reading on my iPad (black screen with white fonts I find to be easiest on the eyes). However, I do understand that for some, an lcd screen is not the best for reading long periods. Definitely, a Kindle e-ink device is for you. The e-ink screen is the closest that you can get to the real deal of a paper book. I've gone completely digital with my reading, as have many others on here, due to the Kindle. The experience is just that good. ;)

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 6:13:27 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
For long form reading, e-ink is the best. I love my Paperwhite! However, I do have cookbooks, knitting books and things like that on the iPad because it is great for illustrations. The only time I actually read on the iPad is if my library only has a digital book as e-pub. Then I use the Overdrive app on the iPad to read it. Very nice app, by the way. But fortunately most of the library's digital books are available for Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 6:20:18 PM PST
Greg Barron says:
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 6:20:46 PM PST
Greg Barron says:
It may not be, I'll try to find out.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 6:22:38 PM PST
Greg Barron says:
My wife uses the black screen and white fonts, but I do find it a little disconcerting. I'll give it another go at reading time tonight.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 7:24:15 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I tried the black screen for while on an LCD screen and it did help with eyestrain but I don't like it. I usually use a beige background on LCD when I read on my little Samsung. It's always with me so if I'm standing in line at the grocery or something I'll often use it to read for a few minutes while I wait.

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