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Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by nosuchagency, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. nosuchagency

    nosuchagency Loaded Pockets

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    imo, a better venue in general for such a post... :cool:

    have amassed a decent catalogue of downloads from kindle over time and am considering transition from tablet to paperwhite, maybe during next round of holiday discounts. tablet is in reading mode by default and seem to have gotten by fine up to this point, aside from weight... current ereader owners feel they've benefited and was worth separate investment?
     
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    I have one of several years back, and it was genious when I first got it. However I wouln’t have bought it again today.
    There are several reasons for this, some of it is technology. Cellphones now have bigger screens and more pleasant backlight, which make them a workable if not ideal reading solution for travel. I like to travel as light as possible and I always have my phone and usually a computer or tablet as well. The Kindle is better for reading, but not enough to warrant another device.
    There is also the application and life in general part of it. I have less time to read these days, and I often read more factual litterature, that I actually often read on my computer, where I can easily compare diffrent sources and take notes.
    YMMV.
     
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  3. Moshe ben David

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    I don't have a smartphone -- I'm an antique flip phone hold out.

    That being said, I've an early generation Kindle Paperwhite that I bought when I did a lot of business travel. I read books as well as some magazines on it. Worked out great for me on travel -- much better than carrying multiple paper based materials! As I said, mine is an early version. I still use it almost daily after 7 years...

    The only issue I've ever had with it was not being able to save 'clippings'. This is a feature built into the software, which in theory should have allowed saving an article in a magazine to a 'My Clippings' file for transfer to my computer for example. But I do not use this feature. Every time I tried, all formatting (paragraphs, punctuation, etc) disappeared. In the beginning I tried calling tech support at Amazon. Total wasted effort. I would hope newer versions work better. But I have gone through a couple of software updates to the extent that my older device can be updated; this deficiency never got corrected.

    And yes, I do still subscribe to a select few paper based magazines -- sometimes they're still cheaper, its easier to share articles given what I wrote about above, and there are days and locations wherein I prefer paper based.

    So my take is, by all means give the Paperwhite a try; but confirm that you can return it if you're not satisfied...

    Yes, I also have an iPad mini; there are some things not available for the Kindle -- mostly some religious things -- but for the most part I prefer the Kindle as a dedicated e-reader. Just more handy. Often both the Kindle and the iPad mini are in my edc bag as I'm out and about! As of course one or two paper based mags or books...

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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    I have a smart phone, a tablet, a laptop, and a Kobo ereader which is basically a Kindle Paperwhite. I read on all of them. I will be buying a Kindle for myself at Christmas time. I simply can't stand reading for more than a half hour on a phone or tablet. When I want to read, I prefer to have a dedicated device. I find the ereaders to be much easier on the eyes for extended reading and they're distraction free as well.
     
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    I could pretty much have written this post myself. I got one when they first came out, they’re amazing pieces of kit, but I have less time for reading now, and use either my iPhone or iPad for most things.

    OP, if you want something that’s a little more robust and “lifeproof” than an expensive phone or tablet, it will suit you I’m sure.
     
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    Paperwhite and E-ink in general is the way to go if you are using your device primarily for reading. Not only is it better on your eyes it's better on energy as well. I have two Kindles one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom, they get used daily maybe a total of and hour and half. I charge them maybe once a month. Good luck doing that with a tablet or a phone.

    While having a one tool to "rule them all" may be nice, a dedicated tool is just as important to me. I wholly encourage you to get one.
     
  7. Hook

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    I have a kindle fire that I won at our company picnic. Works great for reading. Imho, my phone works just as well.
     
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    The Fire is not Paperwhite. They are two different displays/devices. The Fire is a tablet with LED while the Paperwhite is E-ink. The display technology is distinctly different.
     
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    I've had a kindle keyboard (with an aftermarket cover and a cheap AAA powered clip-on light) forever and just upgraded to the paperwhite about a week ago. A deployment to the middle east cemented e-readers (the aforementioned kindle keyboard) in my life; in some more austere locations there wasn't reliable power so using my smartphone as a reader wasn't a good option. I definitely enjoy the feel and experience of paper books more, but form factor of a small device that holds thousands of books won out when space was often at a premium. For reference, I used it to read a bit to wind down in bed each night and while waiting for, or on, fixed wing flights around the region - which is really the same as what I still use it for, now that I think about it.
     
  10. Elathan

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    vote for kindle from me, i was always one for a real paper book also. but after forcing myself to read a book on my dads abandonded kindle 7 i was converted. wouldnt be without my kindle now, still using my dads old kindle 7, but it is always in my bag should i want it, and now have over a 100 books on there, its the battery life that puts it over using my iphone for me. it lasts for weeks and weeks between charges, where as my phone is on charge twice a day without using it as an e reader. also i like the fact i can put my phone on silent and just read without distraction. only the other day i was at the garage with tyre touble, and before i relised it i had been sat for 90 mins reading.
     
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    I have a new Kindle Paperwhite as well, and have really enjoyed it --- while I have the Kindle app on the cell phone I finally had to buy (Samsung Galaxy Note 10+), I don't like to read on it --- e-ink is much better for reading, and the Paperwhite 300dpi implementation of it is quite nice. Fortunately, when I do read on the phone synching seems to work very well.

    Mostly I just read the ebooks which are available as $1.99 or so limited time specials from major publishers (which I buy using Amazon gift cards from the Microsoft (formerly Bing) Rewards program).
     
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    HATE reading on my tablet. The Paperwhite was a life saver for my eyes.
     
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    I have three Kindles and a Samsung Tab. I prefer the Oasis and Voyage to the Paperwhite because of the size and the turn buttons. They were quite a bit more expensive than the Paperwhite is currently.

    If you want an ereader, you can't go wrong with the Paperwhite.

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    One significant advantage of using a kindle is the free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon-purchased content.
     
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    I agree; but I'll raise the stakes.

    Kindle software is available for free from Amazon for just about any device you can think of. One neat feature is that you can be reading a book for example on one device; the software will synch so that if you for some reason want to continue reading on another device you can do so -- everything will synch to maintain your place.

    Every once in a while this has proven useful so that I did not have to have both devices with me at the time...

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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    A little of the technical:

    Ebooks are about 400 to the gigabyte. Storage is not really an issue in my experience.

    I also use Moon+Reader and it also offers cross-device syncing via Dropbox. Dropbox now offers 2gb of free storage.

    Amazon has an ongoing problem where the covers of books disappear, the digital rights for books purchased is revoked, and limits to the number of devices that can be added to an account changes arbitrarily.

    Phew! But for the vast majority of the reading world out there, that only reads about 30 books a year, buys from Amazon and has two devices, it is really not a tough choice to go with the biggest player.

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    Do you have a link to the Kindle DRM rights issue? I searched without finding the problem you described except for issues from 2012 related to a book Amazon lacked digital rights and mistakenly sold. Improperly sized book covers and pages will not display on some Kindles but this is not related to DRM but the source scan.

    Most books are limited to 6 device downloads with the exception of text books which have a lower device limit.
     
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    No links but plenty of personal experience. If digging is done, the issues show up on the web. That's how I learned that it wasn't me alone.

    Book covers were there and then gone -- Amazon was the provider of the book covers. Books that had been paid for disappeared -- but not off of every Kindle, and not the same books, either. Even though it never seemed to be an issue until an update was pushed to the device, answers from Amazon tech support were essentially "reset the Kindle." With three kindles and a tablet running Kindle software, Amazon's response was often "you have too many devices enrolled." While resetting and unenrolling did not typically solve the problems.

    As I said, the Kindle and Amazon's service are top notch but there are still horror stories to be had. An externally curated library system is probably best for the vast majority of users -- I am just not one of them. But for the folks that fall within the six sigma population, you will be very hard pressed to find anything better.

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