Do these e-books take getting used to? Or is it a smooth transition from print to pixel?
It depends on the reader, and IMHO is greatly driven by what you want the reader to do.
My wife has a Kindle Fire and I've used an e-Ink Kindle for a number of years recently upgrading what I had to the Paper White because of the lit screen (which is nice if you read in bed at night).
Kindle Fire: Nice machine, really good if you are looking for a multi-media platform for web browsing, some games, video playback, as well as reading. However because it uses an active display you do get wash-out in bright sunshine and I find it, even though it's bright and clear, more strenuous on the eyes for long term reading. Because it is an active display, the battery life is about 8-hours on full charge. She doesn't like using a laptop.
Kindle Paper White: This is the current e-ink generation and the nice thing is that this one is black-lit so you can read it in a darkened room and the e-ink display is a little sharper then previous generations. There is a basic web browser but it isn't really an enjoyable thing to use. Very comfortable to read because of the passive display, even for long sessions. I charge the thing about once a month. I have a laptop that fills my multimedia needs just fine.
If you want a multimedia platform for different entertainment possibilities - go with the Fire. If you are looking for a book reader - go with the Paper White.
The great thing I like is that using a Kindle and Kindle App on my smartphone is that the book I'm currently reading is always with me. My wife will grab her Kindle if she has an appointment, I have my smartphone with me all the time. It's been great as a survival device because I don't view shopping as a competitive event. We can now go shopping and when in the search and compare mode - I can hang back and pull up my book on my smartphone, right were I left it when reading the Kindle the night before because it sync's through the house WiFi. When I pull it up on the phone the Kindle App checks the current location against the Paper White and I can go to the same place with the tap of a confirmation button
I like reading paper books as much as the next guy, but after using a Kindle for awhile you will wonder where the amazing piece of technology has been all your life.
My major gripe is that early marketing had lower e-book prices then paper books. Now that there is a wealth of e-book readers out there, I've found the previous book cost savings have decreased and their prices have gone up. There were even cases where the e-book price was higher then the selling price of a paper book.
I actually prefer e-ink readers to books, because it looks the same...only with adjustable text.
The conventional (color) tablets are as rough on the eyes as a computer screen, however. If you do lots of book reading, the e-ink is very worth it. But if you don't read books much, and spend more time watching video and reading periodicals, you're better off just getting a color tablet (Kindle Fire, Nook Color, Nexus 7, iPad Mini, etc).
Post by WorldWatcher on Feb 14, 2013 8:25:05 GMT -5
My wife has been toying (<<-- Pun Intended) with the idea of upgrading to the Kindle Fire HD and passing her old Fire to our daughter.
Buy the 16Gb Kindle HD and then couple that with the new WiFi Hard Drives. A 1TB mobile hard drive with WiFi capability. You can either link it to your home network or it will create it's own network so you can stream to another WiFi device. She can keep all her media on that and switch it out with the Kindles internal memory as needed when she travels. When you look at all the movies, music, and TV series she has it currently exceeds 300GB of data. So the desktop is primary storage, the mobile is a backup and the mobile can go with her on trips.
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