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Old October 19th, 2017, 03:27 AM   #41
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But what if you need to open a link?
Not sure, I think u still have some ability. Where the e-ink would really shine would be like a week camping in the boonies with no electricity.
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Not sure, I think u still have some ability. Where the e-ink would really shine would be like a week camping in the boonies with no electricity.
So would a book.
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Old October 19th, 2017, 06:16 AM   #43
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I've picked up so many books on ancient history recently for just 99p on Kindle. I much prefer books, but hard to pass up on them. Pen and Sword books mostly.

Anyone else been kindle cheap buying?
I used to prefer physical books as well, but frankly, when you can “carry” dozens of books in your iPad and effortlessly switch between titles, you might just change your mind.
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I guess I'm not very clear on this. Why settle on a eInk Kindle over a tablet?
A. Because it's not back lit. Backing lighting is hard on the eyes. It uses up more battery, it dims if there's too much time in between turning pages.

B. It's smaller and lighter weight. My hand starts to hurt not long after using even an iPad Mini.

C. You don't get distracted by other apps/the internet. It's like picking up a book - you pick it up to read and that's all.

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I understand that eInk only uses power when it's being used but I can have multiple tablets that can access the same content at the same time.
I guess if you're willing to pay for all those tablets, sure. Don't get me wrong, our household has tablets too. But I just find the reading experience is far superior on an eInk device. I use tablets and e-readers for different purposes. I felt the same way as you do before I tried an eInk device. I even thought when the iPad first came out (ever), that it would be the death of eInk devices. Then I tried an eInk device and I will never go back to reading on tablets or phones. Until you've tried it, it seems difficult for people to understand the appeal. It just looks exactly like paper and ink, not a computer screen, but without the bulk of a printed book.

I've noticed they don't even call the Fire tablets "Kindle Fire" anymore - they dropped the "Kindle" from it. That's because people associate the brand "Kindle" with ereading, and tablets aren't ideal for that, if you ask me. They have definitely stopped marketing the Fires as "ereaders" like they originally were.
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But what if you need to open a link?
eInk models are touchscreens and can include links. In the past, they even had a web browser but it wasn't ideal and has since been dropped. However, how often do you really need to open a link to a website from within a book? Most links within a book are a reference to citations, or the table of contents taking you to a certain chapter. All possible and seamless in a Kindle eInk device.

I suppose if a book has a link to the authors website at the end or something, then yeah, you'd have to open the book in a tablet, computer, or smartphone instead to open up the link. I have never found this to be a problem, never found a need to go to the author's website from within the book - if I want to look up the author's website, I just look it up next time I'm on my computer.
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A color Kindle e-reader has been in development since last year, so maybe next year we will see one. I must admit that the waterproof Oasis is a gimmick, but the non waterproof one is very good, far better than all previous models of Kindle, except the price....

General question, I hope we are all going to get some payment for this thread
I didn't even go for the Voyage either, I'm still happy with my Paperwhite. What does the Voyage have that Paperwhite doesn't? Page turn buttons on the side? I don't need those and may even find them annoying. Auto adjust for the front lighting? No thanks, those annoy me. Better quality front lighting? That'd be nice, but not worth the price hike from the Paperwhite. And as for the Oasis - I can NOT deal with the asymmetry.

Color. I'm waiting for color. Good to know it's in the works already! Can't wait.
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So would a book.
Sure, but printed books are bigger and heavier, take up more room in your bag, harder to read in the dark, etc. Some people don't mind all that, and if you're happier with your printed books, then use whatever suits you best. But if you enjoy the convenience of ereading, eInk is just a better experience than a tablet, if you ask me.
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I got the new 10" fire in yesterday with 1080P wide screen, 32GB, expandable SD card storage, Stereo Dolby atomos speakers, etc. 149$. I love it. It's the cats meow for watching video, movies, YouTube, etc. The only real downer is the cameras suck. It has front & rear cameras but they are low resolution & grainy. So if great cameras are important to you I'd advise avoiding it. I never use a camera on a tablet so it's no big deal too me. I'd also say it's not for someone that isn't into Amazon. But all in all, 149$, you can't beat it.

PS, Ohh I forgot, Hands free Alexa, kinda like Apples Siri, but it actually works.

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Old October 21st, 2017, 05:39 PM   #49
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I have thousands of books even after getting rid of hundreds. My father was an avid reader and collected books as well. Now that I’m in my 70s, I’ve totally lost patience with carrying heavy books around. Now all my new buys are Kindle or iBooks. There’s nothing like having a wide variety of titles snuggly inside of my iPad Air.

I’m not going back.
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I find the exact opposite to be the case. If I want to quote or reference non-fiction, with an ebook I can just do a search of the book for a key word and usually find what I'm looking for very quickly. Sometimes, I've even already highlighted the passage I'm looking for and just have to bring up a list of my highlights/notes/bookmarks.
So much easier to remove than from a hardcopy!
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