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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:54:44 AM
Now that I am back into reading I am trying to decide which one I would rather read books on. I know you can do much more on an ipad but I am asking strictly for reading purposes.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:06:00 AM
I got the Kindle fire Hd for Christmas and I love it. I never thought I needed one since I love "real" books so much, but this thing is great. I don't have an ipad to compare it with though. The lighting on mine is fine. I can read at night with a black background and white text, and it's really easy to read and doesn't hurt my eyes. At first it was the blinding white background and black text, but my son fixed that for me. Love my Kindle!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:16:38 AM
I read everyday on my ipad. I love it!!! I use the ibooks app and the Kindle app. It is bigger than an ipad so you can make the text on your pages the size and brightness that you want.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:25:20 PM
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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:30:49 PM
I have an original Nook, an iPad and a Nook Tablet. As far as reading goes I love reading on the Nook or Nook tablet. The iPad is big, heavy and I don't feel as portable as the Nooks or Kindles. I do read on the iPad on an occasion as I have the Kindle app on it. I bought the Nook tablet because my original Nook is no longer holding its charge. I can slip the Nook into my small purse and take it anywhere, the iPad doesn't fit. I have not used my Nook Tablet to do any of the "fun" stuff - I just use it to read.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:38:40 PM
I love my plain old kindle keyboard. I just got the kindle fire for Christmas and do not like reading on it. I use a computer all day. The text is much sharper and I find it easier to read and less strain on my eyes.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 12:49:33 PM
I am vision-impaired, and the reading conditions determine which I choose. During the day, in good light, I prefer my good ol' Kindle keyboard--it's light, easy to manipulate, and serves me well (I do almost all reading on an electronic device where I can enlarge the text). I'm currently researching what to buy for maximized nighttime reading, and I think I'm going to go with an iPad mini. The backlight screen makes a world of difference for me.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:39:50 PM
I got a Kindle HD in the Fall as I could not squeeze the extra money for an iPad and I have regretted it, yes the Kindle is lighter and so easier to hold for reading but in every other way its inferior, my DDs both have iPads a mini and a regular size. The main things I am disappointed in is the short battery life of the Kindle HD, it constantly needs charging, and, the apps aren't actually installed so if you travel a lot and want to play solitaire in the airport or hotel you have to have wifi to access them. I recently got back from an overseas trip and wished I hadn't wasted my time taking it. I am definately going to scrimp and save for an iPad mini for reading and travelling.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:54:45 PM
I just got an iPad-mini for my birthday / Christmas and I love reading books in it! I have iBook , Nook and Kindle apps on it.
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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:44:57 PM
I prefer my kindle it is lighter and easier on my wrists than my iPad I also like the eink I think it is easier on my eyes.

That said I loved my iPad when we went on our road trip as I could check my email and message boards. Now that I have a real phone not so sure that would matter but if so the iPad is great. I brought both on vacation.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:51:56 PM
kindle---hands down.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:58:54 PM
Kindle Keyboard hands down. It's so easy to read on that I could read one handed with a sleeping baby in my arms. I just got an ipad mini but I don't see myself reading with it much as I much prefer the e-ink.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:06:43 PM
I have a Kindle Fire and love, love, love it!! I was adamant that I did not want one as I prefer the smell and feel of a "real" book but I still read both. I have a ton of apps on my Kindle such as journaling (free!!), I can read in bed without straining my eyes, I can surf, download/ edit documents, etc. My DH has an IPAD that I play with here and there but not since figuring out how to use the Kindle more. Enjoy!



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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:16:13 PM
I'm looking into buying the Kindle for reading. Currently I read on my iPad, which I've enjoyed for night reading, but it is awkward to read with for me, and I get frustrated with the short battery life, especially on those rainy days were all i want to do is snuggle in with a good book. I have to stop reading and plug it in...

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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:30:56 PM
Just for reading purposes: Go with a Kindle. But not a Fire, the paperweight or regular ones. They have extraordinary battery life, and the e-ink is great. Also, as they are intended for reading, they are great at that.

My MIL had a Nook, and within 16 months the battery life was down to 45 minutes, so I wouldn't recommend it based on that.

That said, I love my Kindle Fire, and I'm glad I splurged on it. I love being able to borrow library books on it, and I prefer to read using the sepia tone. And I'm willing to sacrifice battery life (it's only about 8 hours) to be able to play with apps.

ETA: And I love the free books I've discovered in the Amazon store

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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:17:40 PM
I have had a Kindle since they first came out and I loved it until I got my iPad, now I almost never use the Kindle. I really like the backlit screen more than I thought I would. I just upgraded to an iPad mini and it's great but you cannot easily adjust the type size like on a regular one for the Kindle app.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:02:08 PM
Kindle. Hands down. Easy of the eyes.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:13:26 PM
Kindle. One of the b&w models. I had the 3rd Gen first and absolutely loved reading on it. My husband upgraded me to the Fire the next year and I don't read as much now. It's okay but, harder on the eyes and too many distractions with it bring a tablet.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:15:13 PM
I a first generation Kindle and a color Nook. I read most of my books on my iPad and on my iPhone.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:23:10 PM
I have both the first kindle that came out plus an Ipad and i love my kindle far more for reading, It has an awesome battery life on it, i think the most i have read is 8 books before i had to recharge it. I have lasted a 3 week holiday with it no problem including 14 hour flights both way where i read a LOT.

Also the screen is set up so that you can read it perfectly in direct sunlight where as the ipad glares

The only thing i wish it had was a backlight for bed time, but i can live without it

Oh and you can change text size etc.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 10:59:24 PM
You can get the kindle app on the iPad. I'd go with that. It's much more versatile

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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:36:27 PM
I used to be a huge reader (I was an English major in college because I loved reading so much!). I realized that I'm not a reader anymore. I think it's because I was reading on my iPad so much. It was too distracting, too many other things to do. I was doing everything but reading! I recently switched back to actual, physical books. I've read three books in three weeks. I have a Kindle, but I've found that I'm a book girl!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:16:03 AM
I have an (early) Kindle - not a Fire, and an iPad. I love both, but I read books on the kindle exclusively. It's just easier on the eyes and the arms. If you want to do additional things other than read, perhaps an iPad mini. But for just reading books, the kindle, hands down.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:11:09 AM
I don't have an IPad or a Kindle; I have a Nook. I love reading all my books on the Nook especially when I'm on the elliptical machine. I'm not into all the other jazz of doing stuff on it, it's strictly for reading. I like the capability of expanding the storage capacity by using a memory card on the Nook so I can save my purchases books on just in case I want to share them with a friend. Kindle, IPad, Nook; it's really a personal choice of what you truly want the device for and also it comes down to the amount of money you want to spend. I've had my Nook Color for over two years and love it.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:36:01 AM
I have a full size iPad, had a kindle fire (sold it), and an ipad mini.
Hands down, I'd go with ipad mini.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:42:04 AM
I love my nook color. Truly I do. But my eyes are not what they used to be, and I am finding myself dragging out my first gen e-ink nook out again. It's over two years old, and the little port where you plug the charge cord in doesn't quite connect easily anymore. Oldest DD has a nook simple touch, and I will be purchasing one of these soon just for reading purposes. I agree that with a tablet reader, it's the easiest thing in the world to get distracted with other things on there besides a book.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:42:17 AM
I have the 1st edition Nook and I love reading on it. I bought it ONLY to read. No battery problems whatsoever, still very long lasting. My daughter and sister both have the Nook Glow, think they are great (no advertisements). I also have a Mac and if there is a book only on Kindle, I use their Widget and use that. I much prefer the Nook, then a book then a computer screen.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:51:28 AM
I use my iPad for reading and I love it. I can use the Kindle app, and other magazine apps. Never used anything else, I think they're redundant. But that's just my opinion.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:51:53 AM
If you are truly a reader...you want a Kindle keyboard (or paperwhite)...Ipads, Fires etc...are not made for reading...they are entertainment devices.

I own a Kindle Keyboard and a Fire...and I only read on my Kindle keyboard...the Fire is for everything else. My mom has an Ipad...I tried reading on it over break...yeah...I might as well have been reading on my computer.

(My mom doesn't get the point of her Ipad BTW(she was given it for work) ...she has a computer that does so much more...)


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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:17:03 AM
I've had the original Nook for a couple of years and still love it. I prefer reading the e-ink display over a backlit screen since I'm on the computer all day for work. I'm going to be extremely sad when my battery finally gives out since you can't replace them any more.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:23:29 AM

If you are truly a reader...you want a Kindle keyboard (or paperwhite)...Ipads, Fires etc...are not made for reading...they are entertainment devices.

I like my ipad mini. It reads just like any kindle or nook with the apps plus it has so many other fun things. I really just prefer a real book. I read a book a week probably but i guess if it is not on a kindle i am not a true reader


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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:07:28 PM
I love my Kindle Touch. I resisted because thought I would miss holding a book but no way. This is great. I commute to work and this baby fits in my purse and if the book is boring, lots of other options right at my fingertips!

No problem reading anywhere. I just use an old book light if I want to read in bed (because I'm too cheap to buy another cover just to get one with a light ).



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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:11:25 PM
I just got a kindle fire for Christmas and all really enjoying it for reading. I don't really use it for anything else though it's nice to have other entertainment options on there.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 1:59:24 PM
Ibought the ipad a year ago and also used it for reading. It was nice but I decided to get the cheap Kindle for reading. I don't regret buying the kindle. I can use it in the sun and it is so very light. Just for reading, I think it is the best choice.



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Posted: 1/4/2013 2:20:18 PM

I like my ipad mini. It reads just like any kindle or nook with the apps plus it has so many other fun things. I really just prefer a real book. I read a book a week probably but i guess if it is not on a kindle i am not a true reader

I meant if you read a lot and are concerned/bothered by eyestrain from back lit devices or if you like to read in the sun. I find the Ipad reading apps sorely lacking from the e-ink display of Kindles and nooks etc.

I read just fine for years on my laptop...but when I switched to a kindle it was a million times better...closest I can get to reading an actual paper book on a device.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 4:08:27 PM
I have both a Kindle and an iPad. I love reading on my Kindle. I hate reading on my iPad.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 4:51:40 PM
I have a Kindle (Paperwhite edition) and an iPad mini. I prefer to read on the Kindle. I do have the Kindle app on my iPad. My Kindle just seems to work better for me when it comes to reading. I mostly read in bed at night. Love my Kindle.....can't imagine going without it!!!


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Posted: 1/4/2013 5:01:34 PM
Just got a Kindle Paperwhite for xmas, and i LOVE it! No strain on my eyes, like reading on my iPad is. Plus, it's super lightweight and easy to hold and carry in my purse. If i want to read a mag, or other app, i use my ipad though.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 5:01:43 PM
I read on my ipad. I couldn't justify having two devices when I could get away with one... but if you want one just for reading then maybe a kindle would be better for you.



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Posted: 1/4/2013 5:03:03 PM
I am another one who has an original nook, an iPad and a nook tablet. I prefer to read on my nook even though I have a nook app on my iPad. The tablet is a happy medium between the original nook and the iPad in my opinion.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 12:08:23 AM
I have both a new iPad and an older Kindle. If all you want to do is read, go with the Kindle Paperwhite eReader. It's easier on your eyes as the technology mirrors actual printed pages. It also now features a lighted background so that you can read in dimly lit places when needed. I love my Kindle if I plan to read for a long length of time. Enjoy!

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Posted: 1/5/2013 12:09:19 AM
I prefer the Kindle for reading.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 2:36:36 AM
I have a Kindle keyboard and a Kindle Fire. My husband loves to read on the Kindle keyboard so much, I usually have to use the Fire. I thought I would miss reading actual books but with so many free e-books, I'm gradually making the switch (I'm currently reading Anna Karenina which is free).

If I'm reading for long stretches of time, I get tired reading on the Fire because it's heavier than the Kindle keyboard and honestly, it's more of a tablet. I enjoy reading in bed or on the sofa so it's typically not propped up on a table or anything. I've never tried the iPad or the iPad mini but I imagine you would have the same issue.

Depends what you want out of your device. If you want it for the sole purpose of reading, I would go with a Kindle keyboard - it's lighter, intended for reading and as another poster stated, no apps or web to distract you.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:19:24 AM
I have both a Kindle and an iPad. While I love my iPad, I read solely on my Kindle.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:19:39 AM
both, no seriously i have both. But for reading the kindle paperlight. I have a kindle keyboard which I need to sell because I love that the new Kindle is lit but not back lit so I can read at night without an extra light. No computer eye strain because it's meant to be a book, and still great to read. Plus for travel it is amazing. 2 months without plugging it in and you can bring all yur books on 1 device!


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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:24:39 AM
I just got a kindle paperwhite for Christmas. I love it. I had a kindle touch but the paperwhite has a built in backlight which helps allot. I prefer the eink to the kindle fire or the ipad, it is easier on the eyes and looks more like a real book.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:35:04 AM
Kindle. If you just need a reader why pay for more?

I like Kindle Fire. I read many magazines on mine. I suggest a good cover that has a built in easel/stand option for max comfort.

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Posted: 1/5/2013 8:49:46 AM
I prefer reading on my Kindle. I do wish I had the one w/built in light--I use a clip on light but it can create some glare on the screen.

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