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Initial post: Dec 16, 2012, 7:58:17 PM PST
K. Chapin says:
Currently using my iPad 2 to read books. Is there any advantage to having a Kindle over using my iPad?

thanks for any advice / opinions!

Posted on Dec 16, 2012, 8:01:15 PM PST
The e-ink Kindle models are a little easier on the eyes, and can be read in direct sunlight.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012, 8:12:52 PM PST
Mr. Orange says:
If you're a prime member, you get access to the lending library, where you can read books for free. Sadly, it's not the best library, but it does offer Hunger Games, Harry Potter 1-7, Water for Elephants, etc. So if that's an interest to you, then that's something to consider.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012, 8:17:58 PM PST
LTR says:
If you have Prime you can borrow a book a month for free. Also, when you purchase a book you can read it immediately in your Kindle. You have to remember to actually download the book in your iPad to read it -- an issue if your Kindle needs to be charged and you take your iPad to your daughters basketball practice, as I found out the hard way just last week! I was looking forward to an hour to devour my latest book but although I could see the cover, the actual book wasn't there! Darn!

I find myself using our iPad to read books all the time. My Kindle is three years old and failing. I was debating between getting an iPad mini or a Kindle Paperwhite 3G for Christmas but finally asked for a Paperwhite because of the price of the iPad but saw the Paperwhite and Kindle Fire side by side on Tuesday and totally changed my mind. I thought I had to have the 3G capability but realized I'd still probably read my books on the iPad just because of the color and ability to easily find/sort books and that I wouldn't be that happy with the Paperwhite. I'm really looking forward to Christmas and getting the Fire -- so I won't have to wrestle my kids for the iPad!

Anyway, I'm not sure I helped but I do like having both around. Searches are much easier on the iPad but I appreciate the ability to borrow books (and I'll be able to stream tv shows on the Fire for free too). Not sure if I can do that on the iPad. Looks like searches will be easy on the Fire too -- too bad Amazon didn't do a 4G version in the 7" size -- that would be perfect.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 8:18:57 PM PST
Sarida says:
I have the iPad 3 and also the Kindle Keyboard. I LOVE my KK.

The Kindle is lighter to carry, fits in your purse, can be read in sunlight and has a longer battery life. I encourage you to go to Staples or Best Buy and try out an e-ink reader to see what you think. Then come back here, and buy from Amazon :) Because you will love the eink Kindles!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 8:24:23 PM PST
MikeJW says:
I have an iPad2, but read almost exclusively on my Paperwhite. Wherever I go, I bring both with me.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 8:36:28 PM PST
K. Chapin says:
I have the same issue when my youngest son wants to play on my iPad & I would like to read! I am leaning towards the Kindle Touch 3G but it's not in stock- I hate waiting!! Being a Prime member I'm used to getting everything in 2days! If the Fire HD had paper white when reading e books I'd be sold on it; I really want the paper white feature & since I have the iPad I'll probably go w the Touch. Thanks for your post!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 8:38:02 PM PST
K. Chapin says:
How much do you use the keyboard ? I don't care for the onscreen keyboard on my iPad!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 9:02:58 PM PST
BooDittie says:
You know the Touch was discontinued, right?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 9:10:27 PM PST
K. Chapin says:
No- I didn't know! When & why?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 9:15:17 PM PST
You can still get a refurbished version of the Touch. If you want it, don't wait!

Certified Refurbished Kindle Touch 3G (ATT), Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012, 9:29:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2012, 9:29:58 PM PST
BooDittie says:
It was replaced by Paperwhite but it was getting scarce even before the announcement in early September.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 3:53:44 AM PST
K. Chapin says:
Got it, thanks!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 4:26:06 AM PST
Sarida says:
The Kindle Keyboard is like a super large qwerty keyboard on a phone.

I honestly don't use the Keyboard that much because I do my ordering of books on my PC and send things to my Kindle. That works except for KOLL. Since you have Prime you will want to access that feature when you get your Kindle.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012, 1:05:37 PM PST
John D says:
As others have mentioned, the screen is dramatically different. Many find the Kindle e-Ink screen is easier to read for long periods of time than is the iPad. I also find, especially reading in bed, that the much lighter Kindle is easier to hold while reading for long periods of time.

I really like my iPad but for reading, it's Kindle. Always. :)

Posted on Dec 17, 2012, 1:24:11 PM PST
R. Kocyla says:
All you can do on a kindle is read books, right? Or can you have access to GOOGLE something?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 1:29:51 PM PST
T. Cannon says:
There are many different Kindles. The Fires are Android tablets and can certainly GOOGLE things as well as run Android Apps. Some e-ink Kindles have rudimentary web browsers as well although most say that they are not easy to do a lot of browsing on.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 2:02:03 PM PST
I prefer the Kindle to both the Kindle Fire and Ipad for reading books because it is lighter, and easier to carry. I can acutally put it in my pocket and carry it around, if I am careful.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 3:27:24 PM PST
C. Avery says:
R. Kocyla - I have the Kindle 3 with the eink screen & keyboard. I can access sites with the 3G but for functional purposes its like using dialup. I can access hotmail, google, etc BUT it only opens one window so things like links dont work well. You have to be more specific about which Kindle you are talking about to get the best answer- I am led to believe that the touch screen models are very close to true tablets.
I love my Kindle 3 with 3G and WIFI, I love eink because computer screens hurt my eyes after a while and make me nauseated, and I love physical buttons for those few times I use my kindle to look for a book or write a review. Mostly I use a computer to buy new books and access amazon.com It is a dedicated reader for me. Lots of models to choose from...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 3:34:11 PM PST
flipoid says:
LovesToRead--that's not true. If you select, when you buy a Kindle book, the device that you want to send the book to (no matter if it's an iPad/iPod, Kindle, Android device, whatever), that book will be there waiting for you when you open the Kindle app on that device, as long as your wireless is turned on.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 4:05:21 PM PST
SharonB says:
If you have a non-color kindle...... it doesn't show the "maps" or pics as well. But I just read that page on my ipad if I really want to see the picture. There are a few games for kindle that I really like that you can't get for Ipad. If I had gotten my Ipad first I probably wouldn't have gotten a kindle, but now I want BOTH. I like reading in the car on trips during the daylight. Impossible to do with any backlit screen. Kindle is also lighter and smaller.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 4:06:54 PM PST
SharonB says:
Not a lot really, mostly in games.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012, 4:07:41 PM PST
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