I know, I know, boo-the-frick-hoo, Becka. Most folk don’t even have ONE of those much less BOTH. Well, in my own defense, both of my gadgets were gifts. I probably would never have shelled out THAT much money for either device for myself. However, since there are some articles out there and questions swirling about the Kindle vs. the iPad as an eReader, I thought I would throw my thoughts into the ring.
Plain and simple, the iPad can do more. And with the ability to do more, it is therefore more convenient.
Being the online eBook author that I am, I am married to my email/twitter/facebook/blog. I’m on umpteen lists and groups, I scour events for promo ops, I send my thoughts out in 140 characters. I’m an Internet addict, I freely admit. When the Internet goes down, I feel like Helen Keller. I begin to devolve.
Now that you understand I’m always “in the know” as much as I can be, then you can understand why I’ve forsaken my Kindle. I do most of my reading in bed. And just before I open that eBook, I’m doing my final email checks, Twitter checks, maybe posting an update on Facebook, perhaps surfing the web. Once I’m done, I open my Kindle App and away I go. Who wants to put down the iPad, fumble for the Kindle, and try to find your Mighty Bright (or just turn on your light)? It’s just more…convenient. I’ve already got it on my lap.
Is Kindle’s eInk more readable? Yes. Is Kindle more comfortable to hold? Yes. Is Kindle lighter? Yes. Is Kindle less expensive? Yes. If all you want to do is read eBooks, Kindle is for you. Or the Nook. Or the Sony eReader. Whatever. But the iPad is for Internet junkies like me. Those of us who must have their brain jacked into the Matrix 24/7. It’s too…inconvenient to reach for another device to read an eBook when the iPad can do it too.
Is it a Kindle killer? For me… yes. But only because I appreciate all the other things I can do on it. And I LUVED my Kindle before I had my iPad. So there are some of you out there who will LUV your Kindle as well. And maybe there are some hardcore readers out there, who, like me, have both, but still prefer to read eBooks on their Kindle. I can respect that. Backlit books can be an eyestrain.
However, I rarely go read on the deck during the day or on the couch (unless I’m sick and forsaking the housework). Most of my reading is in bed. And I like to read with the light off. Which means, I either need the eBook to be backlit, or I’ve got to whip out the Mighty Bright that clips onto my Kindle. And let me tell you – the name of that thing ain’t lyin’. It has two lightbulbs. Even on the lower setting of one bulb, it’s mighty bright, and it might just disturb your bedmate (if you’ve got one).
IPad’s backlit screen, however, isn’t that bright. You can set the brightness, actually. It’s not like you’re reading a book in bed with a Maglite. LOL
I’m not sure what to do with my Kindle at this point. Thinking of giving it to my daughter, since she loves to read. It makes me sad, that I have forsaken it. While it lasted, we had a short, passionate love affair. But now that I’m in bed with my iPad, I’m in it for the long haul.