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Subject: Reading on the IPAD
Date Posted: 3/18/2011 3:20 PM ET
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I actually like it, almost better than the Kindle for various reasons (although Im NOT giving up my Kindle-I can be a two gadget gal just like Marilyn). However, I really want to find a good reader for NON-Kindle books so I can download them. I have something called ereader that downloads from Fictionwise and manybooks, but I want something that I can use for Adobe Digital Editions and Sony Reader books..(I guess EPUB format)...

I looked at Kobo reader but it had a lot of bad reviews (crashing, etc.).

I'm not doing B&N because they require a credit card even for free books.

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 3:30 PM ET
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Stanza. For me, by far the best ebook reader out there. They're not really supporting it anymore, but they did come out with an Ipad version. Very nice. Free, and you can load over the server from Calibre. (Also Free). Connects to various web sites, and you can load your own content on it.

There's also Bluefire, which I think may be free. (Or was to start with.)

You can do a search on 'Epub" and "Reader" and it should pull up all the ones I know about.

 

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 9:57 PM ET
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I am not sure if you are looking for a ereader that is back lit. If so, then I do not have any recommendation.  If it isn't a concern, then try the Sony Touch Pocket editions is great.  Light, easy to use and it has the touch screen.  The only con is that it does not have wireless or 3g.  It is smaller than the Kindle so it really fits into your purse.  I purchased it so I could download EPUB books. 

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 11:18 PM ET
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Sorry Robin, I meant an ereader application..

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 9:06 AM ET
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Ahh,  got it.

Try Blue Fire -  (here is a review )

This is a recent review for ibis

TXTR - but that may only be in europe (friends in the UK recommend it)

Sony is suppose to have app for the iPad - I am not sure if it was released.  Come June, you may not have the choice of having any eReader other than iBooks on the iPad.  Depends if the others will play and pay.

 

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 11:08 AM ET
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Sony is suppose to have app for the iPad - I am not sure if it was released.

No it wasn't. That was the app Apple rejected for not having an in-apt way to purchase books. We only found out about the whole thing because Sony complained about the rejection in December.

Depends if the others will play and pay.

A part of me is hoping they won't, since I think taking 100% of the profit for each book sold through their app is highway robbery.

But another part will really miss them. I just hope the current ones don't disapear along with the Kindle and the Nook app. We'll see.

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 4:29 PM ET
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Do you find the IPad heavy for reading?  I've been told by someone (can't remember who) they didn't like it for ereading books because of the weight, compared to the Kindle.

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 6:13 PM ET
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It is a little heavier, but not a brick or anything. Depending on where I'm going, I can take the IPAD or the Kindle. That's really the deciding factor.

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 12:11 PM ET
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It is heavier.  I don't mind if I am sitting (flying in a plane, doctors office, waiting somewhere).  The iPad is with me almost constantly, because I need remote access to work, so it is handy when I want to read while waiting.    However, when I am in my favorite chair (where I do not sit up straight) or in bed, it becomes too heavy after a period of time.  IMO it starts to weigh like a large thick hard cover.  It is larger than a kindle, which makes it awkward at times and the battery life is not as good.  The backlight sometimes will bother my eyes, especially after a day at work.

Many people I work with have opted for the iPad over the Kindle, while some prefer the Kindle to read.   The experience is different for everyone.

The iPad did help me decide that I would find reading electronically comfortable.  I was hesitant to buy a Kindle, Nook or whatever, until the iPad.  Now I have a Kindle and Sony - go figure. 

 



Last Edited on: 3/21/11 6:37 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/20/2011 2:54 PM ET
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However, when I am in my favorite chair (where I do not sit up straight) or in bed, it becomes too heavy after a period of time.  IMO it starts to weigh like a large thick hard cover.

Yeah, I have to agree with this. I just handled a new iPad2 at the store, and while it's lighter, it's still of a weight I'd find uncomfortable after a time. Even when watching Netflix in bed when my back went out, I had to have it in stand on the nightstand, because it just became too heavy after a while.

Also, there I do have a problem with the screen that I don't have with e-ink. I can do about 2 hours reading on the iPad, but it gets to be a strain on the eyes. There's no true black on computer screens unless they're off, so even if you dim the light and go to a dark background, you're still looking into a light when using them. I can tell when I hit that wall, and have to stop.

So for long-term reading I always go to the Sony e-ink screen. Use a book light for night reading, and I don't have the problem with eye strain. Plus, the smaller weight and longer battery life is a huge plus.

I like the Ipad, and it's fun, but I don't think of it as an eReader. At least, not for long term use.

 



Last Edited on: 3/20/11 2:54 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 3/21/2011 10:02 AM ET
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Also, Kindle is easier to use with one hand than the iPad is. If you're thinking of reading on trains or buses where you might not be sitting down, or where you want to keep one hand on your belongings, Kindle is definitely easier.

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 8:40 PM ET
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I just found this site:   http://www.freebyte.com/free_ebooks/  

it lists FBReader and ePubreader for Macs.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:32 AM ET
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cool. thanks robin, i will check it out.