Lion of the Blogosphere

iPad as ebook reader

With my older iPad 4th gen, it was a tossup for indoor reading whether I preferred the iPad or a dedicated Kobo ebook reader that uses an e-paper display with a backlight.

I appreciated the larger size of the iPad, what with me getting older and having presbyopia, but it was heavy enough to be fatiguing and there was the glossy screen.

With the lighter weight of the iPad Pro and the less reflective screen, for indoor reading the iPad Pro is a clear win over the Kobo reader (unless you’re really opposed to a lit screen, which doesn’t bother me because I’m used to spending hours a day looking at a computer screen, and I suspect all of you are also used to it).

I took the iPad Pro outside around noon on a February day in New York City with hazy sun, and I found that the new display on the iPad Pro was perfectly acceptable in the shade, and still readable in direct (hazy February) sunlight although the Kobo reader with the e-paper display is much preferable for the February midday hazy direct sunlight.

Although in the previous iPad Pro post I pointed out the iPad Pro runs about 10 times faster than the older iPad, the older iPad is more than fast enough to read books and in fact is much zippier than the Kobo reader.

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A few years ago, a co-worker had his iPad stolen by black youth in a grab and run (he didn’t say the perp’s race but I’m reading between the lines given the demographics of the location where the crime happened) while waiting for public transportation. So there’s a benefit to using a cheaper e-paper reader on public transportation, one that doesn’t have all your passwords and other secret stuff embedded in it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Books, Technology

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  1. Lion,

    I’m in the market for a new iPad, because mine is getting pretty old. Would you please let us know where you found such a great deal on yours?

    Joe Schmoe

    February 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    • Target, but the sale ended. The regular price is still less than the Apple store.

      Amazon, normally a good place to buy everything, is NOT a good place to buy Apple products.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    • Would you please let us know where you found such a great deal on yours?

      You’d better start looking online. The inventory of older generation iPads is drying up quickly now that the product line is set to be refreshed in March.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

  2. The best thing about e-readers is their battery life. I like how they don’t reflect light, but I dislike the feeling of swiping the screen on an e-reader. Of course, a lot of e-readers have buttons, but it’s easier and zippier to turn the pages with a tablet.

    Sid

    February 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm

  3. You can get the android fire tablets for, like, $30 bucks. They’re practically disposable. I got a free one and use it when traveling in lieu of bringing a laptop. What’s the point of these super expensive ipads? Never used one.

    bobbybobbob

    February 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    • Fire tablets are for consuming media, but the Amazon app store is just terrible, and their slow speed makes surfing the web a clunk experience.

      I say this as someone who bought one in 2013 and have been using it since for movies, books, and music when I don’t have better options on hand… Which is often. I like mine for what it is, but I can definitely see the point in getting something more expensive. It’s a whole other experience to have a solid app store.

      Sid

      February 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      • This free 2017 HD8 is the only tablet experience I have and I have had zero problems with it on any website, including media heavy stuff. It works fine.

        I have no need for apps, but your complaint about app availability has apparently been obviated. You can install the google play store and then get most stuff that people like.

        I really fail to see the point of a tablet for anything other than web browsing, map navigation, or time wasting. Any productive activity I can think of needs a keyboard.

        bobbybobbob

        February 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm

  4. “So there’s a benefit to using a cheaper e-paper reader on public transportation, one that doesn’t have all your passwords and other secret stuff embedded in it.”

    Thugs also don’t read books, so they have less incentive to steal an e-reader than a tablet. It’s also pleasurable to know your stolen property won’t do them much good anyway.

    Sid

    February 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    • Stolen Apple products have a high value on the black market, that’s why thieves go after them.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 21, 2017 at 2:36 pm

  5. “A few years ago, a co-worker had his iPad stolen by black youth in a grab and run. So there’s a benefit to using a cheaper e-paper reader on public transportation, one that doesn’t have all your passwords and other secret stuff embedded in it.”

    When I was in school, kids were beaten and robbed for expensive tennis shoes. It didn’t take a genius to realize that having expensive tennis shoes increased one’s chances of being beaten and robbed. Today I make a point of not wearing expensive jewelry, watches, smartphones, cash, etc. If everyone did that then muggings would end as criminals realized it wasn’t worth it. People who carry cash and other things muggers want put the public at risk.

    destructure

    February 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    • it!s only pretense, they want the violence + you can always ke kidnapped and forced to withdraw the money from ATM

      emdriveisnonsense

      February 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      • Kidnapping is in a completely different ballgame from mugging and purse snatching.

        destructure

        February 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm

  6. In my house, we have a few w Kindles, a couple of iPads and a Nook. The reading experience and the page display on the iPad is far superior to the Nook and Kindle, but the small Kindles are much more convenient for carrying around.

    Bob Sykes

    February 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm


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