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Old March 10th, 2012, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you use to read primarily: a dedicated ebook reader like Kindle/Nook or your android phone? And why?

As for me, I dropped the idea of buying a Kindle after getting my Galaxy Note. Reasons:
1. The screen size is large enough to read.
2. I read in public transport a lot. Taking the phone out from the pocket is always easier than having to take a reader from the bag.
3. No need of book lights. With the phone it's simple to adjust the day/night modes and the brightness level to your will.

Would like to know your thoughts as well.

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I've had a 4.3" screen phone since June 2010 and have been using one to do my reading. Same reasons you list, plus I adjust fonts to match the typeface and size common to my favorite paperbacks. I prefer a light goldenrod background to ease the eyes.

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I use a kindle. I don't really read on the go too much, but I do really like the kindle display. Very much similar to paperback, and I kinda get a bit of eye strain when reading on my phone for too long. That being said, I do read on my phone as well, just not as much.
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I read for over an hour a day on my commute to work. For me, the screen on the Kindle is far nicer for reading from. The phone works fine for light reading, but I sometimes find that with more complex text I'll miss some important detail because I'm constantly flipping pages. My handset (HTC Wildfire) has a terrible screen, so YMMV.

I used to use my Kindle for serious reading, and my phone whenever I want to travel light. The Kindle app makes this work very well, as you can pick up from exactly where you left off reading on the other device (though I think this will only work on books purchased from the Kindle store). The latest keyboardless Kindle is so small that I don't even bother doing this, since I can easily fit it in a jacket pocket or whatever.
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I love physical books, that's just me. I've been going back and forth between my ipad (Which I mainly use for school and reading) and my phone while I'm not home.

My Dad has a kindle and recently upgraded to a kindle fire. Each are very nice and easy to read on. I've never been quite a fan for the nook, but they all seem to be good choices.
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I read on my Nook Color, My EVO (landscape mode) or a regular book. I'm not much of a book reader but I do read when I can and have time, which is not much.
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I've had a 4.3" screen phone since June 2010 and have been using one to do my reading. Same reasons you list, plus I adjust fonts to match the typeface and size common to my favorite paperbacks. I prefer a light goldenrod background to ease the eyes.

I highly recommend the Mantano Reader app.


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Ever since you posted this I been using mantano reader, absolutely love it! Wish I could find a way to widen margins though. I have a couple epub files that the margins are screwed. Aldiko let's me change margin width. Now I'm switching between the two
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I use a kindle. I don't really read on the go too much, but I do really like the kindle display. Very much similar to paperback, and I kinda get a bit of eye strain when reading on my phone for too long. That being said, I do read on my phone as well, just not as much.

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I tried using my phone and a tablet and found I couldn't "read" them because it felt like I was staring at a computer screen. Borrowed a Kindle and bought myself one the next day!
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I tried using my phone and a tablet and found I couldn't "read" them because it felt like I was staring at a computer screen. Borrowed a Kindle and bought myself one the next day!
Yea, its high time i steal my girls...

only disadvantage is needing a light source
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Yea, its high time i steal my girls...

only disadvantage is needing a light source

I bought a case that uses the power from the kindle to light an LED that illuminates the screen. Expensive case but fits my needs/wants completely.
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I bought a case that uses the power from the kindle to light an LED that illuminates the screen. Expensive case but fits my needs/wants completely.
How much? Link?
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SD1ZPY?ie=UTF8&ref=aw_bottom_links&force-full-site=1

Price depends on version of kindle (obviously)... And it's worth checking the ads (I mean special offers)... Picked one up for the kindle keyboard for 15 bucks.

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Honestly, as I said before I do have an iPad (please don't kill me), but one of the better reasons for reading on it is specifically for the backlight. The kindle fire is a great size too and has a backlight. One reason I prefer the kindle app is because if I'm on the go, I always have my phone with me and it will sync up where I'm at with my books to all of my other devices.
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Honestly, as I said before I do have an iPad (please don't kill me),
Wait .. You said WHAT!!?

J/K There is nothing wrong with that. You've got a device that you like and are happy with. That's all that matters!
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Amazon.com: Amazon Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Black: Kindle Store

Price depends on version of kindle (obviously)... And it's worth checking the ads (I mean special offers)... Picked one up for the kindle keyboard for 15 bucks.

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I actually would love some pics... text you how? gtalk?
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Honestly, as I said before I do have an iPad (please don't kill me), but one of the better reasons for reading on it is specifically for the backlight. The kindle fire is a great size too and has a backlight. One reason I prefer the kindle app is because if I'm on the go, I always have my phone with me and it will sync up where I'm at with my books to all of my other devices.
I like the backlight (i do most/all of my reading on phone) but the kindle screen is completely unparalleled
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You should really patent 'swypo'
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Honestly, as I said before I do have an iPad (please don't kill me), but one of the better reasons for reading on it is specifically for the backlight.
The backlight is exactly why I DON'T read books on my phone or Nook Tablet, I way prefer my original eInk Nook for reading, so much easier on the eyes.
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I actually would love some pics... text you how? gtalk?
(no data signal at work to use phone but will try to remember to remind you )

You should really patent 'swypo'
Whichever... Or email... Or...?

I know, right!?!
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I have to go with the Kindle Touch - looks like paper...no glare. Phone if I have to, but miss my Kindle if I do...
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I got the Kobo Vox before the Nexus S, so I do have both. I have been finding though that I'm not taking my Vox around with me as much as usual since the phone is easier to lug around than the Vox. Thinking about it.. I haven't touched it in days. Though the Vox itself is more like an android tablet with a lower processor speed. So it's not strictly a reader, just advertised as one.
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For the backlight issues, you can adjust brightness and background colors so.....I mean you can put it to lowest then in night mode.
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For the backlight issues, you can adjust brightness and background colors so.....I mean you can put it to lowest then in night mode.
Yeah, that's what I do. Screen Filter lets you adjust the brightness to any level at your whim.
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The new Nook is backlit e-ink. The Verge and Engadget seem to love it. A touch on the pricey side, but I think worth it if you read a lot in the dark.
Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight review -- Engadget
I have young eyes so reading something that's a backlit LCD doesn't bother me so much.
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I so want a ebook, but i only have phones so i read on the phone.
The ipad was too heavy to hold up in one hand so i gave up on that idea.
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I usually read on my tablet. Because that goes where ever I go, it's easy enough to just read. And I don't usually read for more then an hour at a time, it doesn't give me much strain.
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I picked up a Kindle for my Wife as part of her wedding anniversary present and she loved it.

The Kindle was something that i never considered for myself although i do like reading books, however i was absolutely gobsmacked by the quality of the screen, unbelievable battery life and this is with the case with the built in LED light.

I have to admit, that although i enjoy reading books on my Tab 2 10.1, when it is in the official Samsung shock case, the weight can be a bit tiring.

SO, my wife has decided to pick me up a Kindle for my Christmas.
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I have been using the cruz T301 tablet with the Kindle app going on two years now and it serves me very well. I also have the kindle app on my phone,I keep on saying I will buy the real Kindle but this $30.00 yard sale find runs perfect and shows no sign of dieing.I open up my music folder put on some classics and drift into my book
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I had a 7" Android tablet I used to read on, but when I got my Galaxy Note, I just use that. I find it a very comfortable size to hold and it goes everywhere with me so I don't see the need of a second device for reading.
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I just use a 7" Archos tablet with FB Reader, does the job nicely although I do use my phone sometimes too.. I think a Note would be the perfect size for those who have one, my One X does the job but with a lot of page turns.
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What do you use to read primarily: a dedicated ebook reader like Kindle/Nook or your android phone? And why?

As for me, I dropped the idea of buying a Kindle after getting my Galaxy Note. Reasons:
1. The screen size is large enough to read.
2. I read in public transport a lot. Taking the phone out from the pocket is always easier than having to take a reader from the bag.
3. No need of book lights. With the phone it's simple to adjust the day/night modes and the brightness level to your will.

Would like to know your thoughts as well.
Like you, I have the Galaxy Note and find that I really don't need a dedicated ereader since I have the Note. I used to read on a 7" android device, but since I got the Note, I only use the 7" for watching videos while I do the dishes.

My Note is my one device to rule them all...
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What do you use to read primarily: a dedicated ebook reader like Kindle/Nook or your android phone? And why?

As for me, I dropped the idea of buying a Kindle after getting my Galaxy Note. Reasons:
1. The screen size is large enough to read.
2. I read in public transport a lot. Taking the phone out from the pocket is always easier than having to take a reader from the bag.
3. No need of book lights. With the phone it's simple to adjust the day/night modes and the brightness level to your will.

Would like to know your thoughts as well.
I originally used a dedicated eBook reader (Kindle), until I upgraded my phone a couple of months ago from a Blackberry Tour to a Galaxy Nexus, now I only use my phone for the same reasons you listed. However...I am considering a 7 or 10 inch tablet for at home reading and light web surfing.
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I have a Sony ebook reader that I use - works great in bright sunshine and the screen is a joy to ready from. Plus the size of the display is much better for me to be reading from - I think I'd find the screen on my phone just a bit too small
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Kindle or Nook are US only AFAIK, and not available to me. However I don't read much myself. I use real paper books a lot of the time for lessons etc, because that's what we have here. Although I have a fairly good textbook library in PDF format that I view on my laptop or phone, often I will print out what I require.
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i to like reading physical books. but i have read books both on my evo lte and on my asus transformer infinity. i do not mind reading books on both devices. i use google's play book app to read my books.
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I sometimes read ebooks from my phone or the computer. I don't a tablet so...

But I buy physical books. They're the best.
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Quick Office gets me going when reading ebooks but yeah..it's so much better if I really had the paperback copy instead of just reading it on my phone.
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i to like reading physical books. but i have read books both on my evo lte and on my asus transformer infinity. i do not mind reading books on both devices. i use google's play book app to read my books.
Been so long since I read a physical book I've forgotten how it feels, lol

I want to have physical books on my shelf, but I'd rather read e-books
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Old November 10th, 2012, 11:38 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I like to read comic books on my iPad 2 with Comic Zeal app
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What do you use to read primarily: a dedicated ebook reader like Kindle/Nook or your android phone? And why?

As for me, I dropped the idea of buying a Kindle after getting my Galaxy Note. Reasons:
1. The screen size is large enough to read.
2. I read in public transport a lot. Taking the phone out from the pocket is always easier than having to take a reader from the bag.
3. No need of book lights. With the phone it's simple to adjust the day/night modes and the brightness level to your will.

Would like to know your thoughts as well.
I read on my Nook. It fits perfectly in to a pocket on the front of my purse, and even the breast pocket of some of my shirts. The screen is the perfect size for reading; about like a paperback, and the backlight and text is adjustable. I got it before I got a smartphone, and it's my go to for reading.

I've got a phone with a really big screen, but even so, the text of a book on that screen is just so damned tiny. My eyes aren't getting any younger, and I have to squint at things I wouldn't have done ten years ago. I do have one book I'm currently reading on my phone, just because I saw it for sale in the Google Play store, and my Nook won't accept purchases from there. Besides, there are times - precious few - when I won't have my Nook with me.
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I have a massive dead-tree collection, but having e-versions is much more convenient.

I mean, seriously, I love reading from a physical book, but being able to tote one around is not always feasible (or comfortable, depending on the size/format).

I used to read on my Palm T|X using eReader, then upgraded my dumb phone to a Galaxy S II 'Epic 4G Touch' which is my primary ereader using a combination of Cool Reader (it has a nice night mode as well as easily adjustable brightness by swiping the left border of the screen, as well as reading the .pdb files I generated for using on my PDA) and Kindle for Android (when absolutely necessary).

The problem with reading on my phone is that I blow my battery reading and have to recharge it in the middle of the day or risk killing the phone.

I also have a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with the same two readers on it, which is a nicer, easier to read screen, but heavier than the phone, and of course not quite as portable.

I have wanted a dedicated reader for some time, but had decided to wait for a decent color e-ink display to hit the market. I ended up getting the Tab 2 instead, for various reasons.
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Check out "Moon+ Reader"

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyersoft.moonreader

Slide on the left for brightness, the right for font pitch (size).

I've switched to this on my phone (4.7" ), works great.
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I use my phone as my ebook reader. I read on the bus and at home with it. Having the kindle and nook apps along with fb reader means I'm not limited to free non-DRM books. I had a Nook I got back as a Christmas gift back in 2011 but I took it back when I found out there was no backlight. I used the money to get an S2.
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I used to be certain that I preferred actual books and would in no way shape or form read ebooks,

Then I ended up spending alot of time waiting around in hospitals recently and discovered the Kindle app on my One X,

I was great and is so much easier than lugging the Game of thrones book im reading everywhere with me

I've had a go on a few dedicated e-readers and whilst they are maybe easier to read I still prefer my phone for the same reason others have listed, its just so much more convenient been able to take my phone out my pocket and read off there.
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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyersoft.moonreader

Slide on the left for brightness, the right for font pitch (size).

I've switched to this on my phone (4.7" ), works great.
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I'm hooked on my Kindle paperwhite. Though it sucks when I'm out and about and want to read
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For me, when I buy the book, I use Google Books. But when I can rent them I use the Amazon app. I use my Nexus 7.
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I'm TOTALLY addicted to my paperwhite Kindle. Though I do hate it when I'm out and about and don't have it on me (don't have books in both places)
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i use my kindle more than anything but just recently I have been getting hardback books of my favourite books I have read....
I use my kindle has I have a vinyl on it and its soo me.... it doesnt dim or anything which is good
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using my ipad to read the book
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I used to be certain that I preferred actual books and would in no way shape or form read ebooks, [...]
I was great and is so much easier than lugging the Game of thrones book im reading everywhere with me
That's me in a nutshell.

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I'm TOTALLY addicted to my paperwhite Kindle. Though I do hate it when I'm out and about and don't have it on me (don't have books in both places)
I still keep a book by the bed, a book by my favorite chair, and a book in the car. PLUS I take my Nook HD with me everywhere.
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