iBooks Got Me Back Into Reading

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by donster28, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    When I was young books were part of my daily life. Read a whole ton.

    Nowadays, it's hard for me to finish a book, even start one. With the easy access of movies and other videos, I have become less and less a book reader.

    Thanks to iBooks, I now look forward to reading again.

    There, I finally let it out...now it feels good. :D
     
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    iBooks reminded me why I dislike reading on LCD screens. Jaggy, aliased text = no fun.

    Thank goodness the Kindle is still e-ink!
     
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    Nothing like that "I'm having a seizure" feeling when you change pages.
     
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    i prefer audible
    just like have mommy read to you when you where little :D
     
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    To me this point is moot. Granted when compared side by side, the kindle e-ink display does display text much smoother.

    But what I don't understand about this argument is that nearly every single one of us deal with reading on LCD screens all day long. Heck, you're even reading this post right now on an LCD most likely, and we ALL get by just fine.

    I assume most of you have jobs (like myself) that requires you to sit in front of a computer screen for the better part of a day. And those without jobs, probably spend even more time in front of a computer display.

    Granted the iPad resolution isn't as high as some of our LCD monitors, but to me it feels just right.

    Because of iBooks (on iPad and iPhone 4), my reading has skyrocketed. I averaged maybe 1 or 2 books a year prior. I am currently reading my 10th book since the iPad was released. And I have no problem whatsoever reading the text on the iPad's LCD screen.

    Ultimately my main problem with the kindle is that its ANOTHER device that has a sole purpose. We're in 2010, we shouldn't need a dedicated device for something like reading. The whole reason I'm reading so much more is because I don't need to remember to bring a book with me, or a Kindle for that matter, because I always am carrying a book on my iPhone (which almost never leaves my side) and on the iPad when I'm at home/work.

    The last thing I need is another device to tote around...IMO, iBooks on the iPad blows away the Kindle experience in every way. Especially the feature "Search" which searches the entire book your in as well as giving you the option to look up whatever you have selected in google or wikipedia. I find myself doing this constantly.

    But to each their own I guess.
     
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    I couldn't agree more. If I had to toot around with a Kindle or a Nook, I wouldn't read half as much. I mostly read on my iPhone, because it is always with me, but I also do a ton of reading on the iPad. There's just so much more you can do with it.

    My mother, who at best can be described as a technophobe, received a Nook for Christmas last year. After a couple times of playing around with my iPad, she purchased one as well. She can listen to music while she is reading, check her e-mail, facebook, and do a ton of other things that she wouldn't be able to do with her Nook. She hasn't touched the Nook since she purchased the iPad.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Agreed, reading on the iPad is so convenient. I've read a lot of books on it, in fact, I actually take the iPad to school to read whatever book we're reading in class. It's so easy to take notes and highlight stuff, makes my world easier. And also that I can read at night while laying comfortably in bed makes it that much sweeter. No need for a lamp!
     
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    ugahairydawgs

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    Agreed 100%. With so many great options out there these days (not just iPad in this instance....lots of tablets out there that can run Kindle and Nook apps) I don't know why anyone would want to use a uni-tasker like the Kindle.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    I sold my Kindle after having for 10 months and using it ONCE to a farmer who doesn't use a computer. I bought my iPad for various reasons, one of which to read books. I don't miss my kindle, but would be devastated if my iPad ran away from home. I actually prefer reading on the iPad to the kindle. Surprisingly, I wasn't a big fan of e-ink - it often looked faded, I hated the ghosting that forced me to redraw the page, and it did nothing more except display books. Kindle is great for people like my mum who dislike the computer, but not for serious geeks. :p
     
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    Not even iBooks coupled with an iPad could change me... :D
     
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    So true - never intended to use my iPad (when I had it) for reading. Eye fatigue/strain was just as bad as looking at any other monitor. Get an e-ink device.
     
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    Whether one prefers e-ink or LCD appears to vary greatly from person to person. Some people absolutely swear by e-ink, others just hate it. You really need to try it yourself to see if it works for you.
     
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    Why anyone would want to hold a 1.5lb book with the so many distractions and the crutch of battery life is beyond me.

    I can curl up with my Kindle and be happy, in much the same way I did with a real book. That's not possible with an iPad. Too much... electronics.
     
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    That's just nutty.
     
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    I think I suffer from self-diagnosed "AHD---oooh, shiny!". With an iPad, I'll be 2 minutes into a book, get a fleeting thought about "hmm, wonder if any of my apps need updating", and before I know it, I'm in the App Store looking at the top 25. Or checking my email. Or googling some tangential thought.

    A uni-tasking device, like the Kindle, makes it more likely *I* will uni-task. And for me, reading a book, that's a good thing.

    I prefer the solution with the least amount of glare. Glare doesn't bother me when the screen content changes frequently, but when it's not (like w/ iBooks), it really gets on me.
     
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    I have an ipad and a kindle. I don't like the kindle because the screen glare is too annoying. Oddly, the same isn't true with the ipad, even with the glossy screen.

    Ironically though, I'm reading more paper books now. The e-book prices are nuts. When I find a book I want in e-book format, I can usually find it for less on Amazon by a used book dealer.
     
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    I haven't experienced any eye strain problems when i turn the brightness down and the backlit screen is versatile at night. I find I enjoy reading more and use the highlight function frequently. I just wish I had this in high school when I had to answer reading comprehension questions and such
     
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    You "look forward" to reading, or you actually ARE reading? Call us back when you finish a book or two.
     
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    Couldn't agree more. I though I would maybe start reading books because of the iPad but it is so far from the truth for me. I cant subject myself to reading a book on the iPad when there is so much else at your fingertips. I think having a kindle is best for someone who is mostly interested in books.
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean by too much electronics. I curl up with my iPad all the time. It's actually much more comfortable than holding a full length novel with a hard cover, and probably lighter as well.
     
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    I relate to you, OP. When I first got the iPad, I viewed iBooks as more of a "eh, maybe I'll get a book or two" type situation. Now, I absolutely love them! All that's on my xmas list is iBooks/iTunes gift cards so I can just get more of them.

    The main thing that turned me to liking iBooks more was the fact that the Fallout 3 GOTY edition (hence, the avatar ;)) guide is 700+ pages. It's much easier having the pdf file in Goodreader on my iPad and having that next to me on the couch compared to having the huge hardcover guide. It's just all the much handier to have GBs worth of books on it compared to having the actual books in your backpack/bag/whatever have you.
     
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    I meant "I look forward to reading (regularly) again."

    I thought it was clear enough...I guess not. I apologize.
     
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    I read a lot more now than i did when i was younger. Ebooks have really helped with this. But my choice of reading equipment is a kindle which i much prefer even though i own an iPad too. But as long as your reading and dont suffer from eye strain dont worry about which device you own ;)
     
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    I've always been a reader but my reading was less consistent pre-Kindle/iPad. I've had a regular train commute for 15 years (about 40 minutes each way) and always had a book with me. However there were days (or weeks) when the book didn't grab me or I wasn't in the mood. Since getting the first Kindle I often have 2, 3 or 4 books going at the same time so there's usually something keeping my interest at any given time and I tend to read more consistently - nearly every day. I went through the first two Kindles before getting the iPad which is now such a pleasure to use that I can't see going back to the Kindles (which have been passed down to the kids). I do a lot of non-fiction reading and the ability to view photographs/diagrams/maps within books is far superior on the iPad. I can also pop out to Wikipedia or the Internet when I want to expand on something I'm reading. Depending on how/what you enjoy reading, the experience on the iPad can take it to levels that can't be matched with physical books or eReaders.
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    Of course it's the screen quality is why we don't read books :D
    It's not the anti aliasing that is missing, it's the picture and sound!

    I do like reading on iPad and yes I'm looking towards the day when iPad will have retina display. But that smell of books is also nice!
     

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