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Which ebook reader is the best?

Discussion in 'Computer Talk' started by Dida, Jul 18, 2010.

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Which reader would you get?

  1. Kindle

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. Kindle DX

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Nook

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. iPad

    2 vote(s)
    16.7%
  5. Other (please specify)

    2 vote(s)
    16.7%
  6. None

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. Dida

    Dida YHWH

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    If you can only get one ebook reader, which reader would you get:

    - Kindle
    - Kindle DX
    - Nook
    - iPad
    - others
    - none

    Considering the value, capability, comfort and everything else.
     
  2. azzaman333

    azzaman333 meh

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    Not an iPad.
     
  3. mdwh

    mdwh Deity

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    If you're going to include the IPad, then why not all the other LCD-based makes of tablets and netbooks?

    Of course previously people didn't think of these as "ebook readers" because they didn't have E-ink displays. Neither does the IPad. But Apple seem to be doing a job of spinning it as an ebook reader, when it isn't. If you're happy with an LCD display and shorter battery life, then a netbook is more functional at a lower price in my opinion (and there are other tablets around too). I fail to see what advantage the IPad has over other LCD devices - but by not including them in this poll, it's going to be a biased survey I'm afraid :)
     
  4. Genocidicbunny

    Genocidicbunny Bug squasher

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    The iPad isnt even close to an ebook reader. You need ideal conditions to use it as one, otherwise you end up with glare, eye strain and the like. Its also pretty heavy for an ebook reader -- 1.5lb may seem light, but watch how fast your arms get tired.
     
  5. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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  6. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    Zelig Beep Boop

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    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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  9. Dida

    Dida YHWH

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  10. Genocidicbunny

    Genocidicbunny Bug squasher

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    So uh, how many of these people tried to use the iPad on the go? Sitting in a room with a table is all fun and games, but I can read on my laptop like that. What about on the subway (lots of glare!) or on the bus (even more glare!) or outside in the park?

    Like I said, as a pure e-reader, the iPad sucks. In fact, it sucks in general.
     
  11. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles queen of the watermelons

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    I would get the kind made out of paper and ink.
     
  12. taper

    taper Meet Tux

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    There are several conditions that must be met before I'll buy an ebook reader.
    1. Standardized(preferably open) formats
    2. Ability to easily transfer books to and from various devices, no matter who made it.
    3. I can loan or sell any ebook at any time(First sale doctrine of copyright law). The LendMe feature on the BN Nook does not meet this, read the fine print if you think it does.
    4. The ebook can not be deleted, changed, or any limitations added by the device manufacturer or copyright holder after purchase(looking at you, Kindle)
    I'm not holding my breath for these conditions to come true, so I'll stick to paper books for now.
     

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