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RickT Avatar
6y, 3d agoPosted 6 years, 3 days ago
Any Kindle owners on here ?

Other half is wanting a Kindle for xmas, (she has around 600 books and we are running out of book shelf space in the study, ) so a Kindle looks like a good option.

Having read a few reviews online, the Kindle with Wifi, (non 3g) looks like a good option, however I have not seen one in the flesh.

I have been to Currys etc, and looked at all the other ebook readers, which seem fit for purpose but the kindle seems best value for money.

The only down side I see is that the E Ink displays are not back lit. (Have seen cases with lights though)

Question - Are all ebook's in the same format? or can you only buy ebooks for the kindle from Amazon only ?

Any advice from Kindle or other ebook reader's would be much appreciated.

Cheers

Rick
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6y, 3d agoPosted 6 years, 3 days ago
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#1
The kindle is great but I hated the non backlit screen, even with the leather case with the light I wasnt keen. I dont agree that eink "saves your eyes" as I spend hours on a PC screen and on my phone so an extra hour a day wont hurt. I gave it to my girlfriend who loves it. I have the ipad now, different beast totally.

In terms of books the kindle doesnt out of the box support epub's - the industry standard, it uses amazons own format which isnt really a limitation due to the shear volume they offer. However if you use Calibre (an ebook equivelant of itunes) then the software will convert any file into a book for the device.

I found kindle books good value and they transfer between PC, Kindle, iPad, iPhone etc.

Amazon have free books and loads of low price offers. I'd say the amazon service really got me into reading again, the ability to read on my iphone or kindle which would sync to the cloud or wifi network, then when I opened the kindle software on my laptop at home it was synced to the page I got upto on the bus.

If all you want is to read novels then the kindle is the perfect device. For technical documents then its not very good due to the small screen. The built in dictionary is a good addition too, as well as a limited web browser, which is slow but displays pages well.





Edited By: super_leeds_86 on Nov 30, 2010 17:08
#2
super_leeds_86
The kindle is great but I hated the non backlit screen. Have the ipad now, different beast totally.

In terms of books the kindle doesnt out of the box support epub's, it uses amazons own format. However if you use Calibre (an ebook equivelant of itunes) then the software will convert books for the device.

I found kindle books good value and they transfer between PC, Kindle, iPad, iPhone etc.

If all you want is to read novels then the kindle is ideal.


Thanks for the above, I will go take a look at Calibre software.

Thanks

Rick
#3
i have a sony and they are excellent. it runs pdf lit and epub formats with no bother. It must have a battery life of about a month using it for an hour or two each day. it has text sizing and it looks like you are reading a paper book (almost) f
I currently have about 50 books on it. There are sites where books are free to download too.
Having said that the kindle lookslike a great piece of kit, but I like sony stuf
#4
The kindle is great simply because it is not back-lit, thus reducing the strain on the eyes. Non e-ink style book readers will be like looking at a monitor, which really isn't that great for reading, especially in the summer when out doors. I find it hard to understand why not being back-lit is actually a problem particularly when her current system of paper\hard back book don't come back-lit.

I also use the kindle to look at pdf files and they show up perfectly (graphs, pictures, etc all show up very clear).
#5
Thanks for the advice.... Going to order one now..

Rick
#6
Only just found out the Kindle has no back light by reading this post. Not much good if you want to read for a bit when the wife has turned the lights out.

I currently use my Htc Desire for kindle and that's back lit.
#7
I have a kindle and I love it, no problems at all!!
banned#8
gavjbrown
Only just found out the Kindle has no back light by reading this post. Not much good if you want to read for a bit when the wife has turned the lights out.

I currently use my Htc Desire for kindle and that's back lit.


a mobile phone screen isn't the same as e-ink.

it's like comparing the engine of a mini to a F1 car. the mini is suited to more activities but it is not as good as a F1 in speed and acceleration.
#9
I've got one and think it's excellent, not a major pain without the back light there are a few clip on lights that you can purchase. E-Ink is great tech can't wait for colour e-ink devices next year.
#10
dungavel
The kindle is great simply because it is not back-lit, thus reducing the strain on the eyes. Non e-ink style book readers will be like looking at a monitor, which really isn't that great for reading, especially in the summer when out doors. I find it hard to understand why not being back-lit is actually a problem particularly when her current system of paper\hard back book don't come back-lit.

I also use the kindle to look at pdf files and they show up perfectly (graphs, pictures, etc all show up very clear).


The eye strain debate is a poor one, people spend all day everyday staring at LCD screens for their jobs, often reading for hours on end, whether it be design or call centre orders, then they go home and watch TV, or sit on their phones, all backlit. Whats wrong with reading novels on backlit screens?! Also the argument of reading outside, its a digital device and so isnt practical for sitting around a poolside and is also more breakable than throwing a paperback into a backpack or handbag, not a dig at the kindle its the same for all devices.

The killer feature is battery life, 4 weeks, thats purely amazing and also clarity of the screen, as well as footprint in relation to the bookshelves you'd need for that many books. It's like the ipod was for music, everything in one simple easy to use device.

Also e-ink is great tech, can't wait for colour, I'd definately get something like a kindle dx for viewing pdf's.


Edited By: super_leeds_86 on Nov 30, 2010 21:34
#11
Thanks guys.. Ordered one on Amazon.(_;)

Rick
#12
super_leeds_86

The eye strain debate is a poor one, people spend all day everyday staring at LCD screens for their jobs, often reading for hours on end, whether it be design or call centre orders, then they go home and watch TV, or sit on their phones, all backlit. Whats wrong with reading novels on backlit screens?!


Watching a tv is different from reading from a screen. You also have to take into account the distance the backlit screen from the eyes in reading devices compared to computers. You also have to take into account what people do all day when the are at their jobs. Sitting reading a book usual involves intense focus on the book without much distraction. People working at computers flick between different applications as well as have their mind and eyes wander.

Furthermore, i know plenty of people, including myself, who at the end of marathon sessions at computers have sore and blood shot eyes. Add to that the argument that your argument suggests: why would someone who spends all day reading from a computer screen want to do so at night.

super_leeds_86

Also the argument of reading outside, its a digital device and so isnt practical for sitting around a poolside and is also more breakable than throwing a paperback into a backpack or handbag, not a dig at the kindle its the same for all devices.


Most people read when there are on holiday so it is a valid argument. Reading outside does nopt solely consist of sitting around a pool. It could be in the park, in the back garden anywhere. Do you only listen to your mp3 player in the house? Using it any place else runs a serious risk of getting it damaged.
[admin]#13
I've started using a Kindle and totally recommend it. Definitely download Calibre, it's a great piece of software and makes organising and converting books a piece of cake.

I looked at getting the new sony 650 ereader as it supports more formats natively and has a touchscreen. However, I couldn't justify the extra cost (around £180 compared to £109 for the basic Kindle). Also the Kindle is slightly thinner (although longer) and feels better in my hands. I preferred the matt tactile plastic finish to the more metallic Sony.

As for the screen argument - you've got to use the e-ink for a while to really appreciate it. I read all day on my lcd laptop screen so it's not like I'm not used to that, but I have no hesitation saying e-ink is by FAR superior and a better reading experience. It's a great experience to read outdoors or anywhere with bright light. There is a standard Kindle case from amazon with an integrated light if you find yourself reading in the dark a lot.

Edited By: Admin on Nov 30, 2010 22:30
#14
dungavel
super_leeds_86

The eye strain debate is a poor one, people spend all day everyday staring at LCD screens for their jobs, often reading for hours on end, whether it be design or call centre orders, then they go home and watch TV, or sit on their phones, all backlit. Whats wrong with reading novels on backlit screens?!


Watching a tv is different from reading from a screen. You also have to take into account the distance the backlit screen from the eyes in reading devices compared to computers. You also have to take into account what people do all day when the are at their jobs. Sitting reading a book usual involves intense focus on the book without much distraction. People working at computers flick between different applications as well as have their mind and eyes wander.

Furthermore, i know plenty of people, including myself, who at the end of marathon sessions at computers have sore and blood shot eyes. Add to that the argument that your argument suggests: why would someone who spends all day reading from a computer screen want to do so at night.

super_leeds_86

Also the argument of reading outside, its a digital device and so isnt practical for sitting around a poolside and is also more breakable than throwing a paperback into a backpack or handbag, not a dig at the kindle its the same for all devices.


Most people read when there are on holiday so it is a valid argument. Reading outside does nopt solely consist of sitting around a pool. It could be in the park, in the back garden anywhere. Do you only listen to your mp3 player in the house? Using it any place else runs a serious risk of getting it damaged.


I agree e-ink is a better experience as I've said previously, there's no need to sell the virtues as I have one at hand but I think people who didnt know about e-readers would be more initially impressed with battery life, the amount of storage and then the e-ink screens capabilities, as opposed to being told they can read on the device, when they read on every device they own anyway. I'd also argue that there's more intense concentration done at work but that depends on the job at hand.

As for lighting the official case is really good for lighting the screen and can be easily used while not distracting someone else who might be sleeping next to you as the light is directed at the screen, although it is a bit pricey.
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bykergrove
gavjbrown
Only just found out the Kindle has no back light by reading this post. Not much good if you want to read for a bit when the wife has turned the lights out.

I currently use my Htc Desire for kindle and that's back lit.


a mobile phone screen isn't the same as e-ink.

it's like comparing the engine of a mini to a F1 car. the mini is suited to more activities but it is not as good as a F1 in speed and acceleration.


All I mean is that for reading in the dark my phone (kindle App) is more suitable to my needs than a kindle with no back light.

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