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Subject: Air Travel with an eReader?
Date Posted: 3/19/2011 2:34 PM ET
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Hi all!

I have just been offered a consulting job that will require me to fly pretty frequently. (YAY!) I have been using my phone as an eReader and when I have flown in the past, I had trouble with some flight attendants because I had my phone out.

You are required to turn off your phone or put it in Airplane mode whereas it does not interfere with signals (I suppose, don't really know).  Some time after take off they allow you to use approved electronic devices. Some flight attendants won't let me pull out my phone to read.

So basically my question is: Do you run into any problems with your eReader on flights? (Kindle, Nook etc)

I MIGHT have to break down and purchase one, I have to read.

ETA: Consultant gig not going through :(



Last Edited on: 3/29/11 10:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/19/2011 4:33 PM ET
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I have flown several times with my Kindle.  You do have to turn them off, just like a phone, for the take off and landing.  You also need to turn the WIFI off.  But I've read on the plane, and seen many others reading an ereader with no problem. 

I've read on my IPhone too with no problem.  I see people playing games on their Iphone all the time.  No problem as long as it's in the airplane mode, and after they make the ok announcement.

I'd talk to them if they say anything about reading on your phone.  I think the technology has been around long enough now they should know about it.

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 7:00 PM ET
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Like mentioned, I always turn my off for take off and landing, just as I do with every electronic device (Nintendo DS, MP-3 player, etc.).  I do read it during the trip, with the wi-fi turned off. 

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 7:23 PM ET
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I have to admit, I have never pushed the issue and it was last year (early 2010). I was thinking that if it looked more like a kindle type thing I wouldn't have the hassle.  Maybe it is an undue concern (as pointed out) most flight attendants will be used to the techology by now.

THANKS!

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 7:57 PM ET
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I have had no problems traveling with my Sony ereader.  It doesn't have Wifi or 3G or anything anyway.  Never been questioned by a flight attendant about it either.

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 8:45 PM ET
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+1- see, you need one! When I went to Peru for a week, I took 6 books and ran out. Cost me $22 in the Lima airport for 1 English language book. Last month I went to Spain. I read parts of 13 different books including my guidebooks. Actual weight on the paper copies was 13 lbs. Now when you only get 22 lbs on a carry-on, that becomes a no-brainer. You want an ereader. yay!
Date Posted: 3/19/2011 9:28 PM ET
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Nancy~ I REALLY do. Right now I use my smartphone which can do kindle, the library, and nook. I am wondering if there is a reader out there that can handle all three? I think nook works with the library but I know kindle doesnt.

I saw a Kindle up close the other day and now am DROOLING LOL I love the e-ink!

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 11:18 PM ET
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Basically, only the Kindle or anything you can put a Kindle app on will read Kindle books.  Unless you break the DRM in them, you can't get Kindle books onto another dedicated ereader.

A Nook or a Sony would let you do library books and Nook books.

A Kindle will not let you do library books.

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 11:40 PM ET
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Thanks, Sarah!

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 8:19 AM ET
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Just don't ever slip it into the seat pocket in front of you. People forget them all the time.

I finally had a chance to get my hands on Nooks yesterday at B&N.  Loved the Nook Color, beautiful. The regular Nook, not so much. The text area looked really nice but didn't like the touch screen at the bottom, after playing with the Nook Color (which is all touch screen) I kept trying to touch the text part on the other one, and getting all in a twist. Too confusing for me. Course I am biased because I have the Kindle.  The Color was sweet though, I can see why people break the coding so they can use it to surf the web (not just the B&N site).

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 11:52 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/21/2011 10:06 AM ET
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I travel with my Kindle and a magazine, because they do make you turn off the Kindle for take-off and landing. I read the in flight magazine and then the one I brought during times when I can't use the Kindle.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 3:59 PM ET
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Can you please explain about "jailbreaking" the Nook Color in order to surf the internet? I have never done anything to my Nook Color, and I use it all the time to visit other sites.

Date Posted: 3/24/2011 6:11 PM ET
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Ok, I thought it would only go to the B&N web site but glad to see that is not correct. However you can't put various aps on it, like the kindle ap, unless you root or jailbreak it, which is just a software change.

Date Posted: 4/6/2011 1:53 PM ET
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"Right now I use my smartphone which can do kindle, the library, and nook. I am wondering if there is a reader out there that can handle all three?"

Yes, there is - it's called an Ipad!  I have one and am so glad I got that rather than just an ereader.

Date Posted: 4/6/2011 2:02 PM ET
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Thanks :) Can't quite afford one right now. It on my wish list