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Subject: getting a new iPad - tips, tricks, etc., please...
Date Posted: 8/25/2011 12:09 AM ET
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Getting this for business related purposes, yet I see no reason why it cannot double as an e-reader... wink

I am getting it tomorrow.  I have spent some time tonight loading up the free classics on my Google Books account (along with some public domain genealogy research - WOO).

Anyway I can see that it looks pretty easy to connect to Google Books from my iPad to download my free books.

Does anyone have any iPad e-reader tips in general they could share with a complete iPad AND e-reader novice?  A quick search in this forum appears to be geared more toward dedicated e-reader devices, so any tips on the iPad tablet would be super.  Thank you!!!

Date Posted: 8/25/2011 1:53 AM ET
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I have one.  But I prefer my Nook for reading.  The iPad does not work well in the sun.  And it is a little heavier.  I could see it as a great reader if I read in low light. 

It has a back light.  You can adjust the light level.  This will help the battery last longer.

I love using it to listen to NPR.  

I do use it to read some PDFs that do not adjust well to the smaller eReaders.   And kindle freebies.

It is rather a pain to side load it from Calibre.  But it is possible.

Check out the Piggy Pad on Facebook.  It is run by The Cheap, with free or low cost listing of eBooks.

 



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Date Posted: 8/25/2011 9:14 AM ET
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I prefer the Kindle over the iPad, I agree with Emily's observations.  I use my iPad mostly for business, but I have used it as a backup e-reader.  If I am at a doc appt or similar situation I will use iPad vs also bringing the Kindle.  However, it does become heavy after awhile and uncomfortable.  I know some people who have given up their Kindle/Nook and use the iPad. 

There are Kindle and Nook apps you can download so you can open a Nook or Kindle book.   booksontheknob.org list free ebooks in all formats.

 

 

Date Posted: 8/25/2011 11:07 AM ET
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Thanks for the tips, gals! I am too cheap to shell out for an e-reader on top of my iPad, so this will be it for now. I appreciate the sites for free downloads!!



Last Edited on: 8/25/11 11:09 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/25/2011 1:35 PM ET
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I really love having it when traveling. 

Date Posted: 8/25/2011 8:24 PM ET
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IF you use it for Personal ereader/gaming/web-surfing. etc You CANT take a Tax Write off for Business!! 

Date Posted: 8/25/2011 11:08 PM ET
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I'm not buying it, it is being provided for me, Barbara/Katie

Date Posted: 8/25/2011 11:43 PM ET
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Monica, it is a great work tool.   I use it to remote into the office Terminal Server and use all my PC apps - love it!   It is good for reading, it just as comfortable when you are reading for a long time as a e-reader.  

Several people I work with gave up their e-readers and use the iPad, so it is personal preference.  Enjoy - it is a great device.  I will admit...the only game that I have on there, is Angry Birds.  The stupid game is addicting. 

Date Posted: 8/26/2011 1:08 PM ET
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When you take a picture, if you touch the screen, the camera will focus on the area that you touched. 

Date Posted: 8/26/2011 2:19 PM ET
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Then you need to check with your boss IF they want you to use it for personal stuff.  They might want the tax write off.   A friend got Fired just checking her personal email on laptop her boss gave to her for work reasons.

Date Posted: 8/26/2011 8:54 PM ET
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Monica - I use my iPad as an ereader.

I have several reading apps but my favorites are Kindle and Bluefire. Kindle because Amazon has generally better prices than B&N and Bluefire because you can use it to get books from the library (although you need to sideload them), get books from the public domain or get books to review from NetGalley.

Emily is right in that it doesn't work well in the sun but a friend of mine told me to get one of those screen protectors to minimize the glare. I have done it though so don't know how well it works.

If you need more details about anything, please PM me and we can chat more in depth.

Date Posted: 8/27/2011 10:45 AM ET
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Barbara, I'm all set. I checked and it is fine to have apps and such on this. But thanks for sharing your concern. Thanks for the tips, folks! I love how intuitive this is to use!! Started to read my first ebook ever today at DD's soccer practice. It was in the bright sun but I could still see it okay enough I guess. I'm not having a ton of luck finding lots of good free ebooks though. Is there one good place on the web that lists free Kindle books easily? Searching free ebooks on Amazon hasn't been very productive. I think I've gone through most of the Google free ebooks already to download what I want...
Date Posted: 8/27/2011 2:49 PM ET
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So I just downloaded a whole bunch more free ebooks - mostly classics. Downloaded Anna Karenina and The Count of Monte Cristo which had been on Mount TBR and were WL books so that's nice :)
Date Posted: 8/27/2011 5:13 PM ET
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There is a blog about kindle freebies, books on the knob.



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Date Posted: 8/27/2011 7:33 PM ET
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Thanks, now I see that in a post above too, I will have to check that site out!