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Old 11-05-2011, 10:03 PM   #15
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I was just given, for my birthday, an e-reader.

Mine is a Kobo Touch. Uses "e ink" type of screen. B/W only. Wireless, lots of storage.

These things are great!!!!
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:18 PM   #16
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I just ordered the Samsung Galaxy 7.0 plus tablet for travel. It is Android but more flexible than the Kindle or Fire. My wife has a Kindle but I prefer color and flexibility in one device (I admit to being whatever the opposite of Luddite would be - GEEK). This a newly released device so we will see how it works in varius conditions.

I also noticed that our library has online magazines as well as online books. I will be looking into that further although I am not much of a recreational reader - more technical and how to.

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Good luck with your tablet, Samsung makes a good one.

Certainly the color devices have more flexibility than the black and white readers. They combine the capabilities of a computer, e-reader and movie viewer. The next leap in LCD technology will be a reflective color screen where environmental brightness enhances the screen instead of washing it out.

Everything is a compromise. I like my little Netbook because it's small and the battery lasts for nine hours. It's definitely not as fast as my wife's bigger laptop.

The only thing that keeps me from a color tablet is the lack of a traditional keyboard since I do a lot of typing.

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A tablet seems great, more versatile than an e-reader and a bigger color screen.... but for me, a backlit screen seems to lead to dry eyes much, much faster than a book page. So the e-ink screen would, I think, work better for me. At the cost of color and versatility, of course.

I played with a couple of Kindles at the store today. The screen seemed easy on the eyes, and of course the font size is so easily adjusted. The keyboard one seems nice. Now if only I could use the 3G to check email online while camping... but I'm not sure it can... I've read somewhere that the 3G usage is limited to accessing the Amazon store (or is that just on the new Kindle Touch? Need to find out). Wifi is better than nothing, but 3G is much more widespread than wifi hotspots.
{edit}: I read up on it. It's just the new Touch 3G that limits web browsing to wifi. The keyboard version with 3G supports browsing via 3G. But it's on the Sprint network, so it won't work out in the boonies anyhow!
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:00 PM   #19
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Our Nook uses wireless. It works for us because we have a Verizon wireless hotspot. The nice thing about the Verizon 3G hotspot is that it's availbe just about anywhere we've been. (We're planning to upgrade to 4G as soon as the 4G phones settle out. 4G is really fast.)

Any Nook books or e books are typically downloaded to my computer and then any book can be shared to the all our Nook readers, one on the Nook, one on the smart phone and lastly on our computers. It simply happens automatically because we have a shared account.

I buy a book and Ginny sees it and similarly for me when she buys one.

Since we like to be outside most of the time, until reflective color screens are a reality, we'll be sticking with book like black and white readers.
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A tablet seems great, more versatile than an e-reader and a bigger color screen.... but for me, a backlit screen seems to lead to dry eyes much, much faster than a book page. So the e-ink screen would, I think, work better for me. At the cost of color and versatility, of course.

I played with a couple of Kindles at the store today. The screen seemed easy on the eyes, and of course the font size is so easily adjusted. The keyboard one seems nice. Now if only I could use the 3G to check email online while camping... but I'm not sure it can... I've read somewhere that the 3G usage is limited to accessing the Amazon store (or is that just on the new Kindle Touch? Need to find out). Wifi is better than nothing, but 3G is much more widespread than wifi hotspots.
{edit}: I read up on it. It's just the new Touch 3G that limits web browsing to wifi. The keyboard version with 3G supports browsing via 3G. But it's on the Sprint network, so it won't work out in the boonies anyhow!
The kindle browser is very slow and very limited but works okay...slowly..for email. I have the Kindle 2 and the truth is I mainly read n my iPad. I am using the kindle now as I have a free library book that doesn't work the iPad...prime users now get one free loan a month. I also have a waterproof case so can use the kindle to read in the bath. But if I could only have one it would be the iPad.
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Does it cost anything to utilize 3G connection with the iPad? What cellular network(s) does it connect to?
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I am on the original AT&T wireless plan, unlimited data for $30 a month. But that is not available any more. You do have to have a paid plan for 3G but can also use wireless.

My original intent was to drop the plan when I was won Internet in California, but now that it isn't available I can't get it back if I drop it, plus I had so much hassle connecting to dsl for only five months that now I am just sticking to full connection at work and iPad at home.

The kindle connection is free with 3G but really isn't good for much besides email and as I said, that is very slow. And unlike the iPad you can't have it pushing email in the background whenever a connection is good, the kindle has to be connected when you want to check email. The iPad can be 99% unconnected but during the 1% where a connection blinks on it will grab the email.
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So I got the Galaxy Tab and am really liking it. Thee still is a lot to learn. It has Kindle, eBook, and another "Book" app installed. I am starting the Steve Jobs book that my wife bought for her Kindle (using her account). Kind of ironic that I am reading Job's biography on an Android device.

Have downloaded the Fiberglass RV app but have not figured out how to add a reply from it. it is better for reading on the tab than the iPhone because you can see more of the page.

I will be also looking for free reading materials. Our library has some for both eBook and Kindle.

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Old 11-10-2011, 05:31 PM   #24
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Free books

Click on Washington in the following site for Washington library e-books.

MobileRead Wiki - EBook Lending Libraries



Also google "free kindle books" or "free nook books"
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We chose Kindle for an eReader. The biggest reason is we head for the sunny south in the winter and do most our reading sitting outside in the sun. Kindle's screen improves with bright light. Nook on the other hand washes out in bright light. If you do most of your reading in bed and/or really want color Nook might be the one for you. I don't mind the black and white, like book are printed, and read in the bright light the Kindle might be good choice for you. I can over come the lack of back light with small book light for evening and night time reading. I think there's work around for Nook's washing out in bright light.

It's really nice to be able to carry around a couple hundred books in less space and weight than a single paper book.

First, let me say that it took a long time to win me over to the idea of not actually holding a book. I own both the Nook and the Kindle. I've never noticed ANY difference in ANY light. Since both of them have exactly the same E-Ink screens I am not surprised. What you are referring to is the Nook Color. It is not equipped with an E-Ink screen and is really only a LCD screen which, like any computer, is difficult to see in sunlight. I also have both the apps on our i-Phones and i-Pads and find that I hardly ever use either of the readers any more. Also the alleged syncing that they are all are supposed to do so seamlessly doesn't work very reliably in either of them. There are subtle differences in the Kindle and the Nook and neither is perfect. I wish I could take the best of both and merge them into one.
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First, let me say that it took a long time to win me over to the idea of not actually holding a book. I own both the Nook and the Kindle. I've never noticed ANY difference in ANY light. Since both of them have exactly the same E-Ink screens I am not surprised. What you are referring to is the Nook Color. It is not equipped with an E-Ink screen and is really only a LCD screen which, like any computer, is difficult to see in sunlight. I also have both the apps on our i-Phones and i-Pads and find that I hardly ever use either of the readers any more. Also the alleged syncing that they are all are supposed to do so seamlessly doesn't work very reliably in either of them. There are subtle differences in the Kindle and the Nook and neither is perfect. I wish I could take the best of both and merge them into one.
Yes, I was referring to a Nook Color. E-ink is a trademark name for an enhanced monochrome LCD. Monochrome LCDs have been around for many years, it's only been recently that color was added, and with color back lighting was required. Someday they get that fixed too, so that back lighting wouldn't be necessary for color either.
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It's all Magic

E Books, or their derivatives, will and are causing dramatic changes. Last night Ginny downloaded 5 free books for the start of our trip. My neice stopped by recently and downloaded a book ($3) to read while spending the afternoon and then searched for a book on her new favorite topic, snakes.

Young people feel so natural at the computer. Can anyone imagine a student with traditional text books in a few years at any level?

I am continuously overwhelmed by youth and electronics. My 11 year old niece's school has a student forum for each classroom. Her home work assignments are there, she can do it on line, post it and get teacher and student feedback. Interesting to me they all right short essays on this or that, sharing them with each other. My older niece, 11, Skypes me a few times a week and will often read me her favorite essays from her classmates. My 3 year old niece goes to the computer shortly after she walks in. Gets on line by herself and goes to her sites. It's a wonder.

We often have 3 nieces and one nephew here during the summer. Before the adults are up you can often find them all sitting quietly on the couch working on individual computers. This does not preclude active lives outside, these kids are serious ocean kids overturning rocks to hunt crabs or busy body surfing in the chilly NH waters for hours.

For older people like Ginny and I it's an electronic revolution, for the younger kids it's just part of their environment like air or earth, as natural as eating.
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I have an early Christmas present, a Kindle Keyboard 3G. It was quite a purchase experience.

My wife asked me if I would like an e-reader device for Christmas a couple of weeks ago, and after some thought and research (plus reading the comments on this forum) I decided yes, I would like one and the keyboard with 3G seemed like the way to go. They're $139. So I told her that, and was set to wait till Christmas.

But on Thanksgiving eve she said to me, "Have you ordered one yet?" HUH? She decided (but hadn't told me) that it would be better if I just picked one up myself, I guess that way she can't get the wrong one by mistake. Oookay, so I start looking at newspaper ads and found that Best Buy had a 4-day pre-Thanksgiving deal on this model for $89. BUT, it was now 9:50 pm on Wed. and the store closes at 10:00 pm... no time to get there, even if any are left to buy (limited stock item). Nuts.

Next morning, the newspaper is full of Black Friday ads and I scoured them all, looking for a deal on the Kindle Keyboard 3G. Every story had them at the usual price... until I hit the Target ad. They open at midnight Thanksgiving night and they listed it for $85! Checked stock online, "limited stock" at all the nearest Targets. Ok, so I decided to play the Black Friday Game and go wait in line. The closest Target was a small one, not a SuperTarget, so how many people could be waiting in line? 30 or 40, I figured. At least I don't have to get up early to do this.

I showed up at 11:50 pm. Uh-oh, the parking lot is more full than I'd ever seen it. Got out, headed toward the door. Uh-oh! The line is pretty long! It stretched the length of the shopping center (past 2 clothing stores and a Petsmart), and turned the corner. As I came around the corner I saw that it curled around the side of the building and ended about 30 people deep in the back lot, behind the building!

Well, I'm already here, so how long can it take for these people to walk inside? <shiver, shiver>

Eventual answer: close to a half hour.

Once inside I hurry to Electronics in the back of the store, on the way passing a considerable line at the front waiting to get into Jewelry. Wonder what that's about? Oh well, let's back to Electronics, I'll just grab one off the shelf and zip back to checkout before everyone else... hey, I can't find the Kindles. I asked a worker. "Those are in Jewelry, up front." HUH!?! Back to the front. Asked people in line what they were waiting for... IPods, IPads and KINDLES. Followed the line around, halfway to the back of the store, curling around the shoe department, to the line's end. Ok, I'm already here, and I'm inside where it's warm, how long could this line take anyway?

Answer: I got my Kindle at 2:15 a.m. Didn't know if I would make it... my left foot got cramps before I reached the sales counter! People waiting in line were joined by spouses with cartloads of merchandise, and they would then check out the whole load in Jewelry (because you were required to pay for your IPad, IPod or Kindle in Jewelry.... anti-theft measures I guess). They ran out of register tape at least once. Add in worse than usual declined-card problems and scanner-not-reading-the-bar-code problems, and it was quite the ordeal.
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