eReader with e-ink alternative to iPad?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by robgendreau, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I don't see much about ereaders here. I've got an iPad but it is truly hopeless in bright sunlight, and I read a bunch outside in bright light while camping, and want to avoid having to carry so many books.

    I assume there just aren't any LCD-screened tablets that can do this well; from what I've seen the iPad is still one of the best, yet it's unreadable in many conditions I find myself in. I realize I sacrifice color in maps, illustrations, and details in books I may be reading, but hey, I guess I'll just have to do that at night with the iPad.

    Any recommendations? I would have thought there'd be more, esp. maybe something just running Android that I could maybe use with some apps that would work with that type of screen, but so far it looks kinda limited.
  2. Stooby Mcdoobie, Jun 15, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2014

    Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    I have a kindle for all my reading needs and use my tablet primarily for browsing.

    The new Galaxy S tablets boast an AMOLED screen that would fair better in direct sunlight than your iPad. May be worth checking out if you don't want to have two devices.
  3. Alfuh macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2009
    If you want an eReader with e-ink then you can't go wrong with a Kindle paper white. You can find them around 99 on sale at various times.

    You are going to find most tablets, regardless of their operating system are LCD. As the previous poster me tinned some new higher end tablets are coming out with AMOLED screen which would be marginally better, but nothing will compare to e-ink in sunlight.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you want an e-ink, then the best is the Kindle - the paperwhite flavor which gives you both bright light and low light reading ease.
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. If you are in sunlight, no tablet is going to beat an eink Kindle. I strongly recommend one. I have had one for 4 years and love it.
  6. viskon macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2012
    Anybody know of an eReader that had access to the Google Play Store? I would get a Kindle if it wasn't for the fact that I have more than a few books bought on Google Play.
  7. mostlynameless macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2008
    If most of your books are epub, you might be better off with either the Nook or the Kobo. They both do epub format. But, I don't know of any ereader that would let you directly buy books from Google Play on the device.

    Or, you could use Calibre to convert your books to mobi and then send them to a Kindle. (Assuming there is no DRM to deal with.)
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I have a Kindle Paperwhite 2 and it's great. Kobo readers tend to have firmware issues, but Nooks are pretty good (So I've read).

    Someone made an Android ROM for some of the Kobo models.

    MobileRead is a pretty good place to research them before buying, and get opinions from users.
  9. viskon macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2012
    I do have a few epubs, but most of my important books are in what I believe is a proprietary format called flyte. So the Kindle won't work for me in all probability since the app for that format is available only in the Play Store.

    I used to have a first gen Nook Touch which I rooted and installed a stock Android rom. Worked great, but the Nook Touch died just over an year after I got it, which makes me hesitant to get another.

    I keep hoping that some one will make an eink reader with stock Android on it.


    Thanks for the MobileRead suggestion. I will take a look.

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