Kindle App (450,000 titles) + iBooks (60,000 titles) = Killer App

Fakejohnsculley

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Just bought a couple of books using the Kindle app. much much better than the actual Kindle.

This is definitely going to be one of the iPad Killer apps.
 

EthanNixon

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The application can't be an iPad killer if it is on the iPad.

iBooks isn't installed on the iPad by default, which means it's an optional application. If Apple truly cared about the competition from Amazon, they would not have approved the Kindle application.
 

Dorkington

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Killer app in this case means "This app is really awesome and makes the iPad worth buying."
 

RebelRed

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Apple approved Kindle, because:

1. The iBooks library is 50% public domain stuff (last I knew).

2. Extremely small.

3. They want people to use and enjoy iPad and for it to have awesome viral marketing potential.

4. More people to buy iPad and "plug into" the system.

I'm glad it has both. I like both apps and it makes the $500 I almost paid for the Kindle DX look like highway robbery. :)
 

gwynne

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Anyone figured out how to get your existing eBooks (in ANY open format!?) into the Kindle app?

I'd love to evaluate it but I can't figure out how to do so without giving Amazon money. Can't even figure out how to get a Gutenberg-type book into it.
 

chriskzoo

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I think this will actually work out to be a boon for Amazon - they can get out of the hardware business and still reap the rewards of selling e-books (as long as Apple doesn't "unapprove" them).
 

Retops

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Kindle App works great

I think reading kindle books on the ipad is far superior to reading them on the original kindle. I installed the application and then quickly logged into my Amazon account. I downloaded only the books that I had not yet read, leaving all the others on the amazon server.

Love the ease of reading on the ipad. The screen is so clear and the default image is plenty big for my old eyes. Of course a quick finger movement increased the size much more than I needed.

Only downside is that the ipad weighs more and is thus a bit harder to hold. My wife says she is sticking with the kindle whereas I am switching to the ipad.
 

francisq

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i love that the iPad both has the Kindle app and iBooks.


I bought a few books both from the Kindle app and the iBooks and so far the experience has been terrific.
 

wombat888

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I'll be very interested in hearing from anyone, especially someone who owns and likes a Kindle, about the experience of reading a complete book on the iPad - hours at a time.

I'm sure it looks nicer for a minute at a time, but I'm worried about eye strain.

I like the possibility of using the Kindle app for Amazon's great booklist while using more colorful (literally) methods for magazines and newspapers.

And I also think this could work out to be a gain for both Amazon and Apple - I think Amazon got into the hardware business out of necessity, not because they dream of being hardware vendors.
 

r0k

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Anyone figured out how to get your existing eBooks (in ANY open format!?) into the Kindle app?

I'd love to evaluate it but I can't figure out how to do so without giving Amazon money. Can't even figure out how to get a Gutenberg-type book into it.
On your iPod Touch or iPad, go to manybooks.net and pick epub format and download a book. It opens in the Kindle software and shows up as one of your local books. I don't know if it shows up on your other devices but you can simply repeat on those devices as well since it's free to begin with.

iBooks has a more elegant approach to getting free stuff. It shows up in a list from within the app whereas Kindle kicks you out to Safari to log in to your Amazon account and buy stuff to be sent to your Kindle.

BTW, there is PLENTY of free stuff in the Amazon store. You pick a $0.00 book and click "buy" and it is wirelessly pushed to your Kindle app the next time you run it. So there are 2 easy ways to get free stuff to show up on your Kindle app on your iPad.
 

WilliamG

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Just bought a couple of books using the Kindle app. much much better than the actual Kindle.

This is definitely going to be one of the iPad Killer apps.
You mean much, much more glare, and much, much harder on the eyes than the Kindle? Agreed. ;)

Proud owner of iPad + Kindle 2. :D
 

GermanSuplex

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I enjoy the iBook app more, but I did convert my Kindle books to iPad and if I see something on the Kindle I want, at least I know I can get them to move over.
 

2002cbr600f4i

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Don't forget that B&N already has an iPhone Nook reader program and has stated their intention to release an iPad one...

So, you buy an iPad, you can get your books from Apple, Amazon OR B&N... If you go with one of the others you're limited to that manufacturer's device only...
 

mpuck972

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The nice thing about buying books on the kindle app, or on the kindle itself is that you can read them on either device. With iBooks you can't do that. They also stay synced to each other.
 

danny_w

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I'll be very interested in hearing from anyone, especially someone who owns and likes a Kindle, about the experience of reading a complete book on the iPad - hours at a time.

I'm sure it looks nicer for a minute at a time, but I'm worried about eye strain.

I like the possibility of using the Kindle app for Amazon's great booklist while using more colorful (literally) methods for magazines and newspapers.

And I also think this could work out to be a gain for both Amazon and Apple - I think Amazon got into the hardware business out of necessity, not because they dream of being hardware vendors.
I have had a Kindle 2 for quite a while now and just got my iPad on Saturday. The iBook app looks great, as well as the Kindle app, and either one is fine for short (<1hr) reading spurts. However if I am going to be reading a book for hours I will definitely choose the Kindle 2; the eyestrain and glare bother me after a while and make reading a chore rather than a pleasure. I downloaded a book of short stories via iBook and tried reading it last night, but my eyes got to hurting in less than an hour of reading (and that was with the brightness set down quite low). Both the iPad and the Kindle have their own strong points, and I will be keeping both.
 

francisq

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I'll be very interested in hearing from anyone, especially someone who owns and likes a Kindle, about the experience of reading a complete book on the iPad - hours at a time.

I'm sure it looks nicer for a minute at a time, but I'm worried about eye strain.

I like the possibility of using the Kindle app for Amazon's great booklist while using more colorful (literally) methods for magazines and newspapers.

And I also think this could work out to be a gain for both Amazon and Apple - I think Amazon got into the hardware business out of necessity, not because they dream of being hardware vendors.

I read a book on my iPad for 4 hours straight with no eye strain 2 nights ago. last night I read a book on my iPad for 3 hours with no eye strain.

Just dim the brightness and you'd be ok.
 

HiRez

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I hate having my e-book library split between multiple apps so I will wait for Apple's selection to catch up. Sure would be nice if they could agree on a common DRM (or better no DRM obviously), or at least allow each reader to support each other's DRM.
 

lilo777

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I think reading kindle books on the ipad is far superior to reading them on the original kindle. I installed the application and then quickly logged into my Amazon account. I downloaded only the books that I had not yet read, leaving all the others on the amazon server.

Love the ease of reading on the ipad. The screen is so clear and the default image is plenty big for my old eyes. Of course a quick finger movement increased the size much more than I needed.

Only downside is that the ipad weighs more and is thus a bit harder to hold. My wife says she is sticking with the kindle whereas I am switching to the ipad.
Are you saying it's easier to read on iPad than on Kindle? Why? So far most people said otherwise. Kindle is much lighter, resolution is better, reading outside - no comparison at all (because of e-Ink).
 

mkruck

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I have had a Kindle 2 for quite a while now and just got my iPad on Saturday. The iBook app looks great, as well as the Kindle app, and either one is fine for short (<1hr) reading spurts. However if I am going to be reading a book for hours I will definitely choose the Kindle 2; the eyestrain and glare bother me after a while and make reading a chore rather than a pleasure. I downloaded a book of short stories via iBook and tried reading it last night, but my eyes got to hurting in less than an hour of reading (and that was with the brightness set down quite low). Both the iPad and the Kindle have their own strong points, and I will be keeping both.
This is turning out to be very subjective. From the various forums and reviews I've read, it's running about 50/50 on the eye strain. I read for 4 hours Saturday night and Sunday night, just kicked down the brightness of the screen.
 

gwynne

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On your iPod Touch or iPad, go to manybooks.net and pick epub format and download a book. It opens in the Kindle software and shows up as one of your local books. I don't know if it shows up on your other devices but you can simply repeat on those devices as well since it's free to begin with.

iBooks has a more elegant approach to getting free stuff. It shows up in a list from within the app whereas Kindle kicks you out to Safari to log in to your Amazon account and buy stuff to be sent to your Kindle.

BTW, there is PLENTY of free stuff in the Amazon store. You pick a $0.00 book and click "buy" and it is wirelessly pushed to your Kindle app the next time you run it. So there are 2 easy ways to get free stuff to show up on your Kindle app on your iPad.
Thanks. The manybooks trick didn't work (epub link said invalid address on every book I tried) but the clue about looking for $0.00 helped me find some kindle content to check out.