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    Which tablets / devices do you use to read books?

    We are living today in an e-age and quite a huge number of us do use electronic readings and own miscellaneous devices. I am using ipad and now thinking about buying Kindle and since it is smaller, handier, and easier to carry than weighty books. I can carry a vast library in my pocket and it costs comparatively lower. There are moments of nostalgia of course when I turn pages of some great epic like the Mahabharata but the day is different today since I have to travel a lot and carrying such books is cumbersome.

    I am not sure which electronic device proves better when it comes down to e-reading. My ipad is bulky. I want some mini and compact gadget that will be simple yet more condensed

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    Consumersearch collects and analyzes reviews from all over the place to build recommendations. They also give their sources so you can backtrack if you like. See if this helps:

    http://www.consumersearch.com/ebook-reader-reviews
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    I use an iPad. I both the GoodReader and Kindle app for it. The iPad is bulkier than the Kindle, but it's still no heavier than your average hardback, and I prefer the bigger, brighter, higher contrast screen. So easy on the eyes, and plenty of room for poetry formatting. Personally, I wouldn't recommend buying a Kindle just to have something smaller, lighter, and more portable. Do some arm work-outs and make it easier to carry the iPad.
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    I like the e-ink on a kindle. I haven't used an ipad but too much reading from computer monitors gives me eye strain and I imagine any backlit device would be the same. The kindle feels very comfortable to read from - sometimes I think even better than paper. I just wish I could get an e-ink reader that handles pdfs as well as my laptop.

    Don't think I will ever give up on paper entirely though. I will always want a hard copy of my favourite books.

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    I lurve my kindle. BUT it is not like a book, you can't flick forwards or back easily, and I miss that.
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    I'm about to enter the technological age and start using a Galaxy tab 2.7 where I can use the Kobo app to upload books. My mobile phone is so old I know I will go into meltdown mode learning to operate this thing so if anyone can help me when the time comes I will really appreciate it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by prendrelemick View Post
    I lurve my kindle. BUT it is not like a book, you can't flick forwards or back easily, and I miss that.
    I have only just found out that E-books don't have page numbers but is there a facility for making notes of certain passages?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emil Miller View Post
    I have only just found out that E-books don't have page numbers but is there a facility for making notes of certain passages?
    I think kindle has a bookmark feature, the pc version on my laptop does at least. Although if you get an e-book in PDF they do have page numbers. I'm not very familiar with commercial e-books, I only use them for public domain texts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emil Miller View Post
    I have only just found out that E-books don't have page numbers but is there a facility for making notes of certain passages?
    Yes the kindle has a highlight facility but it is fairly basic, the one I have anyway. It's probably improved in some of the other devices.

    About a year on and I would say that I am using my kindle only about 25% of the time in comparison to books. This is because some of the books are not available or if they are actually cost quite a bit more than a used or even new paper copy. I'm also reading some text book style chess books which do not work well on the kindle anyway, as I suspect most text books don't. On the other hand I have been waiting for over two weeks for one book which I now suspect has been lost in the post. Not happy, it would of course been a case of instant download had it been available on kindle. There are pros and cons with both clearly.

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    I am reading fiction or history and perhaps 75% is on the kindle. I would regularly buy books, and so I do save, though i also have free books. I'm reading Solaris by Stanislav Lem at the moment and it cost me £2.75 on the Kindle - or thereabouts - which is a lot cheaper than paper. New books are the same as paper copies, and so I wouldn't buy them until they came down in price in either format unless I really really wanted it.

    Most of the books I read are a once only read, and so I don't need a library. In fact it's the reason my wife got me it last year. Fewer piles about the place.

    I have the kindle with me virtually all the time. It's small and fits into whatever bag I've got, and I get it out on buses, in cafes and at home. Fantastic.

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    Some of the newer books on Kindle have page numbers (that correspond to physical book page numbers). It is up to the publisher to add in this feature: many don't.
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    well I just started using the Nook from Barnes n Noble it's the basic no frils model but it does have book marker and it displays page numbers adjusted the font to the right size I think it's great it's small and holds alot of books ! carry them anywhere,,,,,,,,,,

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    I wanted a gun for Christmas, at first, just to be sure I'd be safe at school from my elementary school children. Then I realized the Google Nexus tablet might be fun, because I can load games onto it. Why be mean when you can be popular? I already have a Kindle, so I think, for now, I'm going to use that device for reading and the tablet for other things like grocery list, address book, calendar, and web access.

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    That's yet another advantage of books over e-readers that I'd never considered: subduing hostiles. If I need to klonk someone, I would definitely rather have my Bevington Complete Shakespeare on hand than an e-reader.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emil Miller View Post
    I have only just found out that E-books don't have page numbers but is there a facility for making notes of certain passages?
    I have a B&N NOOK going on 3 years old.

    Emil, my NOOK has page numbers, ability to bookmark and you can highlight text.
    I haven't explored all the bells and whistles available, but I'm fairly certain it does not offer a notes feature, even if it did, it would be tedious using the small keypad.
    The current models may offer a notes feature.
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