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kindle versus tolino

For a while now I have been thinking about finally getting an e-reader. I looked into the Tolino vision 3HD and the kindle fire HD, read a lot of reviews and it seems the tolino is slightly better, however Weltbild does not offer more than about 1.8 million ebook titles (amazon 3 million) and I don't know whether they offer books in English at all; but you can download from other sources, whereas the kindle forces you to buy at Amazon.

What are your experiences, what would you recommend?

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Old 14.03.2016, 11:52
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Re: kindle versus tolino

I have a Tolino and am very happy with it. What I prefer with the Tolino (or Sony or Kobo) is the independence from Amazon.


For english books I always use Kobo, pretty decent amount of books.
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Old 14.03.2016, 11:54
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Re: kindle versus tolino

I have kindle paperwhite, because I prefer the inclination towards paper version, except the fact that's a e-reader. Never want to change to other version of Kindle, as well as to other e-readers. I think Amazon still offers the largest selection of genres that I'm into.
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Re: kindle versus tolino

If you go for the Tolino, download Calibre. Nice small piece of software to store and manage your books from your PC. It can also convert from different types of formats (f.e. kindle to epub)
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Re: kindle versus tolino

You can use Calibre with Kindle also. you can convert books from other sources to use on the Kindle as well as convert Amazon books to other formats. And its good to organize the book library. One thing I like about the kindle that older tolinos didn't have (don't know about the newest one) is that it estimates your reading speed so it can tell you that you have 5 minutes left in the chapter or 1 hour left in the book.
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Re: kindle versus tolino

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If you go for the Tolino, download Calibre. Nice small piece of software to store and manage your books from your PC. It can also convert from different types of formats (f.e. kindle to epub)
I'm a bit torn - also have the Tolino since around 2 years - which I love.
But I do notice that the offer of English books is more immediately available and much cheaper by Amazon. Also, sometimes I run out of a book late at night, order a new one over the Tolino (over Weltbild) - and it's not there until a day or two later. Sometimes, it doesn't even work.

Also, I really miss not having the possibility to trial read the first 50 pages with Tolino (over Weltbild), before deciding on an e-book purchase, as is standard by Amazon.

The Calibre converter was great at first, until an upgrade came around a year ago that didn't allow me to download e-books from amazon and then easily convert them (maybe I'm doing something wrong - it's on my to-do list to figure out how to get around the protection).

At the end of the day, although I love my Tolino, I am now considering moving to Kindle as I need many top-actual books, within a short period of time at affordable costs with the possibility to trial read before-hand for free. Not having to convert would be an added bonus.

Unfortunately my beloved Tolino doesn't seem to offer me this :-(

Currently, I find myself paying almost hardback costs for some of the latest books .

So, it's actually on my list (with heavy heart) to convert to Kindle...
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Re: kindle versus tolino

Kindle all the way. I've had my first Kindle (basic one, no back light!) about 6 years ago and I got my Fire 4 years ago. They're fabulous.


Yes, you're kind of tied to Amazon but you can download other formats to your PC and link them back to your Kindle. Kindles all come with their own email addresses too, which is how I link non kindle books. Example: a series I'd been reading for ages (real books!) wasn't finished. The publishers pulled the publication of the final book and it was a nightmare. The author made her final book available to anyone who emailed her for it. I then emailed that PDF to my Kindle email address and job done.


The Fires are also good because you can use them like a mini-tablet - Radio, TV, Netflix etc so are really good for travelling. My older version has a fized 32 GB memory, but the new ones have an SD slot so you can significantly increase the memory. For that reason alone I'm going to have to upgrade soon -ish. I've easily got 500 books on mine - probably a lot higher - I just haven't counted them.


Books are purchased and downloaded almost instantaneously and you can sample before you buy. Returning an accidental purchase is also simple.
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Re: kindle versus tolino

Don't know about Tolino, but I've had a Kobo and a Kindle and I gave away the Kobo. The Kindle was just more convenient, both in terms of buying and downloading books and ease of use (NOTE: both are old models). I also like being able to reads the books on my iPad using the Kindle or the Kindle, depending on what's most convenient.

I still use the Kindle a lot, I usually buy books in electronic version whenever possible, trying to save space. I'm not 100% comfortable about being dependant on Amazon, but I make do with it just as I'm resigned to being an Apple customer; the products are the ones that work best for me and they last long (my Kindle is 5 years old).
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Re: kindle versus tolino

The Kindle is in no way dependant on Amazon, unless you're a technical numpty and want only to buy books at published price, in which case the dependency is no bad thing anyway.

Bar in mind that the Fire is not a dedicated E reader, so will not give you the full reading experience provided by the Paperwhite, so if you're leaning that way you may be better to buy an independent Android phablet instead.

For best use of a kindle, Calibre is essential, together with a choice of browser add-ons and/or apps that make getting books onto the device a real doddle.
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Re: kindle versus tolino

Is Calibre an App? Explain please!


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Is Calibre an App? Explain please!


https://calibre-ebook.com/
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...Bar in mind that the Fire is not a dedicated E reader, so will not give you the full reading experience provided by the Paperwhite, so if you're leaning that way you may be better to buy an independent Android phablet instead...
Exactly why I stick to the Paperwhite.
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Re: kindle versus tolino

If you want to use public libraries then anything supporting epub and drm (more-or-less anything not kindle) is needed. I've got a Kobo H2O that I am very happy with.

For serious reading a dedicated e-reader with backlight knocks spots off any tablet.
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If you want to use public libraries then anything supporting epub and drm (more-or-less anything not kindle) is needed. I've got a Kobo H2O that I am very happy with.

For serious reading a dedicated e-reader with backlight knocks spots off any tablet.
Agree, I don´t like to read on my tablet, the e-reader is much "softer" to the eyes (hope you get what I mean)
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Agree, I don´t like to read on my tablet, the e-reader is much "softer" to the eyes (hope you get what I mean)
OK, Decided - Kindle for me
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Agree, I don´t like to read on my tablet, the e-reader is much "softer" to the eyes (hope you get what I mean)
Same here. The only reason I sometimes read on the Kindle app is that it's practical when stuck in a hotel room with a 7-year old who's falling asleep. But it isn't comfortable on the eyes at all after a while, while my very old Kindle isn't tougher than a real book.
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Re: kindle versus tolino

so now I also lean towards a kindle. Especially good you can look at the first 50 pages for free. The question is now which one is best.
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so now I also lean towards a kindle. Especially good you can look at the first 50 pages for free. The question is now which one is best.

Depends on whether you want "just" an eReader or a tablet as well. I like the Fire for travelling because it does most things you'd want a mini-tablet to do, but I do agree that purely for reading, it's not as gentle on the eyes as a Paperwhite for example. Mind you, my Fire's only Second Gen so they've no doubt improved the look of it by now! I got my Dad a new Fire last Father's day and he loves it.


They don't replace real books, I know, but the convenience is great.
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Re: kindle versus tolino

I really like the paperwhite. It's very easy to read, so much so that I have permenently borrowed the one I bought my husband for his birthday last year.

( and subsequently had problems charging my really really old one when I wanted to update it yesterday morning)

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Re: kindle versus tolino

Windows hybrid tablet/PC with Calibre. Job done for the last x years.
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