New iPad for Books

Discussion in 'iPad' started by PhoneMe1, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. PhoneMe1 Suspended


    Mar 23, 2018
    How is the screen on the new iPad 9.7 for reading books? I have a 2017 12.9 but thinking of getting smaller iPad too.
  2. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    It’s no different than the 12.9, except just a smaller screen, for all intents and purposes.
  3. PhoneMe1 thread starter Suspended


    Mar 23, 2018
    Ok, the screen is different though right, coating and no truetone etc, do you have one or compared?
  4. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    Depends on how sensitive you are about all that. True Tone and lamination doesn’t really improve readability much.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've used the 10.5 for reading, and I will say my Kindle Paperwhite does a better job. The display of the Kindle is a lot easier on the eyes and allows me to read for longer periods w/o eye fatqiue. I will also say the smaller form factor the Kindle, also means the holdiability is better.
  6. Ahiqar macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Fox Cities, WI
    I agree. I've tried several tablets as readers (3 iPads, a Galaxy Tab S) and none of them come close to the Kindle Paperwhite for reading. The only negative on the paperwhite is if you are reading a book with detailed maps or pictures, it doesn't display those well. But I generally try to find the maps online and look at them on my phone in those cases.
  7. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    I'm exactly the opposite. I have hundreds of books in my Kindle library and spend a lot of time time reading exclusively on my 10.5 (Kindle is my most used app) - I cannot remember the last time I used my PaperWhite. I occasionally read with my 8" Galaxy Tab S2 but not very often.
  8. YaBe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2017
    If you only use it to read, buy a kindle, they are worth the price! Do it for your eyes!
  9. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    Completely agree. I never use an iPad for reading. Kindle paperwhite it is for me as well.
  10. ctg7w6 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2014
    Kindle for reading books casually. If you need to read PDFs use an iPad 9.7 or 10.5. The iPad is too big for casual reading... now, I have a 12.9 for PDFs and wish I had a 10.5. Long ago tried a 9.7 for casual reading. Bought a kindle and never looked back for that use case.

    However, if you highlight your books a lot, might as well use an iPad, kindle is slow and too small for highlighting.

    Only thing that sucks about the way I do it is I wish I had iOS notifications on my kindle lol. If you do iPad for casual reading, you could use an iPad mini... I’ve thought about getting one for that. But I have to say... the weeks-long battery life of kindle really takes away the constant stress of worrying about charging!
  11. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Same here. I have a Kindle Voyage picking up dust. Text on e-readers isn’t as contrast-y and the navigation inside the book is slow and ancient. The Kindle app on iPads has made significant strides over the years and has some really great features.

    Only thing you might want to be wary of on the new iPad is glare, since it doesn’t have an anti reflective coating. But other than that it should be fine so long as you don’t expect to read outside in broad daylight.
  12. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    I can read fine on my 12.9 and expect a cheaper iPad to be pretty good in this regard still.

    That being said, my Kindle Voyage is a way better reading experience for my liking.

    Of course a Kindle is a single purpose device that only does one thing well. If you deal more with science books or materials like PDF an iPad is the best tool for the job.
  13. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    where the kindle shines.
  14. PhoneMe1 thread starter Suspended


    Mar 23, 2018
    Thanks for the reply's, might just get the new Kindle Oasis. Probably a stupid idea having 2 iPads anyway. Love my 12.9 so not ditching it.
    Kindle is waterproof and can use in the sun too, didn't think of that.
  15. thunng8, Apr 11, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2018

    thunng8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2006
    If you are Not tied to the amazon ecosystem, consider the kobo aura one. It is also Waterproof - bigger screen and can read many more file formats than the oasis.
  16. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    Speaking of ecosystems, what's best for techncal books?

    I'm about ready to tear my hair out over how Amazon Kindle managed to lay out
    JavaFX Rich Client Programming on the NetBeans Platform

    I used to like buying pdfs from oReilly, but those days are gone now
  17. bambooshots macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2013
    It it's purely for book reading, get a Kindle Paperwhite.

    I was going to get an iPad mini 4 for reading but glad I chose the kindle instead.
  18. Brammy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2008
    I also find the Paperwhite stops me from checking Twitter, etc. while reading. I got a Paperwhite around Thanksgiving and have switched most of my in-home reading to that.
  19. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010

    I don’t own a Kindle, so I do all my reading on my iPad 10.5” or my iPhone X if I’m in a pinch. It can be distracting trying to read on a device that does so many other things.

    That being said, I do love reading on my 10.5 iPad in landscape mode (1 page on each side of the iPad). It sort of emulates holding a real book that way and I find the 10.5 too large for reading in portrait orientation.
  20. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    they are fine for reading if you aren't doing it outside in bright light or for long periods. I used one for college
  21. PhoneMe1 thread starter Suspended


    Mar 23, 2018
    Ended up with a paper white and the genuine black leather case.

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