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I fell in love with my kindle again

Using the kindle app on the Ipad,
I downloaded a German (Dan Brown translation) book from Amazon.
Also downloaded Collins German-English dictionary..
And now I can look up words simply by highlighting them!!
Love it...
0.5 seconds for the dictionary lookup is great.

I can read German @ 1 page/5mins..
A world record for me :-))
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

Would you recommend the app instead of the real kindle? I am thinking of buying one.
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

The Kindle app is free!!
(On the ipad)..
It's kinda hard to beat the cost..
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If you have an Ipad get kindle.
No brainer IMHO.
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Would you recommend the app instead of the real kindle? I am thinking of buying one.
Kindle apps on PC, Android and Ipad are all great, but will never replace the real thing in its ability to work for several weeks (depending on model and usage) without a charge. And the actual reading experience, especially the later paperwhite screens, is also significantly better - even the best tablet screens will leave you with tired eyes after staring at them for hours - not so with the kindle.

But the functionality and usability is perfectly good on all three of the above mentioned platforms.
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

The e-ink screen is the main draw of a dedicated e-reader. It looks pretty much like actual paper, and doesn't have glare when in strong light.

It is also due to the special screen that the battery life of such e-readers are really long - the screen does not use power except when it changes (so all the time you are reading a page, it is basically not using up power - only when you turn the page).

Tablets do perfectly well for reading, though, but they are not as close to "real paper" like the dedicated e-readers, which tend to be lighter as well. If you read a lot, I think it is worth getting at least one of the cheaper e-readers with an e-ink screen. The cheapest Kindle is under 100 USD, I think around 60 or so.
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

Yes.. I did consider getting a real kindle,
But then you end up with 2 items to carry..
Is it worth it??
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And you are right about the glare, but 90% of the time it doesn't affect me.
Only 10%..
Is it worth getting a cheap kindle for 10% of the time?
Ummmm..
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

I started just over a year ago thinking my kindle would never take the place of a real book.

But I am a convert. It is just too easy, I have 78 books on mine.

No more trips to the Brocki with bags full of paperbacks.

The one tip I would give users is to buy their books on the Amazon site and not through the device because you do not get the monthly and daily deals on the device.
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Using the kindle app on the Ipad,
I downloaded a German (Dan Brown translation) book from Amazon.
Also downloaded Collins German-English dictionary..
And now I can look up words simply by highlighting them!!
Love it...
0.5 seconds for the dictionary lookup is great.

I can read German @ 1 page/5mins..
A world record for me :-))
Does it allow you to eat while reading?
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

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Would you recommend the app instead of the real kindle? I am thinking of buying one.
No, because you are staring at an LCD screen, which is bad for your eyes. A kindle is like a real book, and can be adjusted to suit your tastes, and that is very good for the eyes.

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The Kindle app is free!!
(On the ipad)..
It's kinda hard to beat the cost..
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If you have an Ipad get kindle.
No brainer IMHO.
It's only a no-brainer if you don't read much. If you read a lot, it is 1000x better to get a real E-reader with e-ink screen. Your eyes will thank you. The battery also lasts for weeks, and it weighs almost nothing, so for medium to heavy readers it's much more practical.

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The one tip I would give users is to buy their books on the Amazon site and not through the device because you do not get the monthly and daily deals on the device.
Actually buying E-books? What a novel idea, I may try that sometime.

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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

As Richdog stated above, you are not comparing like for like. We are talking about two different technologies here. Kindle e-ink technology enables paperlike display, which is not the case with IPad.
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

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Yes.. I did consider getting a real kindle,
But then you end up with 2 items to carry..
Is it worth it??
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And you are right about the glare, but 90% of the time it doesn't affect me.
Only 10%..
Is it worth getting a cheap kindle for 10% of the time?
Ummmm..
It depends from user to user! We can't answer that for you. Maybe if you can borrow one from someone you know for a week and see how well you get on with it?
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

Very timely post. I plan to purchase a Kindle in December. I have an ipad and I have no issue with the Kindle app functionality. However, I recently found out that if you are an Amazon Prime member and have a Kindle you may access/borrow ebooks for free. I realize I may be late to the free ebooks party but this has me very excited!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.htm...cId=1000739811
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Very timely post. I plan to purchase a Kindle in December. I have an ipad and I have no issue with the Kindle app functionality. However, I recently found out that if you are an Amazon Prime member and have a Kindle you may access/borrow ebooks for free.
But don't you have to pay a subscription to the 'Prime' service? Not really free then, is it?

edit: just checked, and it's us$79 per year.
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

Just to add my 3 cents...I am a Kindle Evangelist! I bought my Kindle 3 years ago and it has been through some bumbs (crack on the side, cover lost on plane..) but it is a more constant companion than my mobile!
I charge it once a week (just because I'm paranoid).
What I enjoy the most is the text to speech functionality when folding laundry and driving/traveling...
I wanted to treat myself to the newer version, but could not really convince me that it would be that much better...so I'm hanging on to my old keyboarded Kindle!
Remember to checkout goodreads for suggestions and to track your reading history...and of course calibre if you surf for books like me and richdog (apparently...)
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

Nice quote in this month's "Writing" magazine:

Philospher and novelist Alain de Botton has told the Sunday Times that he has stopped reading ebooks. "I'm a recent apostate from ebooks. I found that whatever I read on my Kindle I couldn't really remember in the long term. It was as if I had never read it."

Not sure whether that's down to the Kindle or the quality of the books he's been downloading.
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Nice quote in this month's "Writing" magazine:

Philospher and novelist Alain de Botton has told the Sunday Times that he has stopped reading ebooks. "I'm a recent apostate from ebooks. I found that whatever I read on my Kindle I couldn't really remember in the long term. It was as if I had never read it."

Not sure whether that's down to the Kindle or the quality of the books he's been downloading.
Biggest load of bollocks I've ever heard, it doesn't even make any logical sense. Probably the most pseudo-philosophical thing he could think of at the time though.
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I wanted to treat myself to the newer version, but could not really convince me that it would be that much better...so I'm hanging on to my old keyboarded Kindle!
I really like the Kindle Keyboard 3G, personally. I consider it better than the new versions.
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

I really like the Kindle, especially for German books, looking up the words in the dictionary without having a paper dictionary makes reading in German much easier.
However I do think there is something in the comment about retaining the information you read on a Kindle. I think not seeing the cover constanly means you are not so aware of the book's title or author. I often find myself wondering if I have read something or not. And while you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover - for me it turns out it doeas make a big difference.
That aside, I still use the Kindle a lot.
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Re: I fell in love with my kindle again

I love my Kindle paperwhite! I think its one of my favorite possessions. Nothing like instantly getting books downloaded instead of waiting for Amazon to deliver them. I have an older model kindle touch, but I like the screen on the paperwhite much more.
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But don't you have to pay a subscription to the 'Prime' service? Not really free then, is it?

edit: just checked, and it's us$79 per year.
I have been an Amazon Prime member since its inception and hold a student account, I pay less than $40 USD every two years.
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