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Battle for the eBook Readers: iPad vs. Kindle

Friday, May 21st, 2010

When Amazon released the world’s first dedicated eBook reader, everybody was wide-eyed in anticipation. The Amazon Kindle allowed you to buy, collect and read as many as 1,500 books in a device that was lighter than a regular paperback. Since then, many manufacturers have come up with their own eBook readers, including Apple, who decided to give fans an all-in-one device with the Apple iPad.

With iBook, the iPad’s dedicated eBook reader, it looks like the competition for ebook supremacy is getting fiercer. Let’s see how the Kindle and Apple’s new kid on the block matches up when it comes to ebook functionality.

The Pros of the iPad as an eBook Reader

Priced at $499 (for the base model), the iPad is an all-in-one entertainment and multimedia gadget with its functionality as an eBook reader just the icing on the cake. By installing iBook, you turn your iPad into a virtual library that can hold 32 to 64 gigs of your favorite fiction. With its multi-touch functionality, the iPad allows you to “flip” through pages, much like a real book. It also has all the functions of the Kindle–from letting you bookmark and search pages to having a handy dictionary you can use on the fly. iBook also shows you how many pages are left before the chapter is over, so you can determine good stopping points if you have something else to do.

The Cons of the iPad as an eBook Reader

The pros being said, there are some features that Kindle fans will miss in the iPad. For one, some users have reported that there is considerable eyestrain while reading ebooks for long periods of time on an iPad–something they did not experience with Kindle. The iPad is also heavier than the Kindle at 1.5 pounds and books purchased from iBook are encrypted in a format that can only be read on your Apple iPad.

The Pros of the Amazon Kindle

With its E-Ink display, reflective screen and dense pixilation of its text, the Kindle is easier on the eyes than the Apple iPad. You can spend hours reading eBooks on the Kindle without straining your eyes. In addition, its battery can last for 2 weeks and it is also as light as a thick comic book, making it easier to carry around than the iPad. Has your Kindle run out of batteries right at an exciting part in your favorite book? No sweat. Simply continue reading from your computer–since you can read Kindle books on different platforms, including the iPad. The Kindle is also cheaper than the iPhone, at $259 and it has more titles (450,000 books and counting).

The Cons of the Amazon Kindle

The Kindle is just what it is–an eBook reader. It doesn’t have a speedy browser, it doesn’t have thousands of cool applications and it doesn’t have Bluetooth or WiFi. You can’t play graphically enhanced games in it, nor can you watch movies or videos on the Kindle.

Comparing the Amazon Kindle with the iPad might be a case of, well, apples and oranges. Both devices cater to totally different sets of needs. Do you want an eBook reader that does its job exceptionally well or do you want a handy tablet that can do almost everything that your laptop can do, including download eBooks? We hope that our detailed list of the pros and cons of both devices help you make your decision.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

What’s the Difference between Kindle For Ipad and IBooks?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

iBooks differ from Kindle for iPad in that the former allows you to deviate from the store and the reader, and Kindle does not have an integral store like iBooks. The nice thing about Kindle is that its store gives a more detailed classification of subjects compared to iBooks. While iBooks, for instance, only has one subject in “History”, Kindle holds 14 distinct categories under that subject alone.

Kindle for iPad holds its own and gives the reader innovative tools that facilitate reading, like the LED backlight screen, which can be reversed to having a black background with white text to relieve eye stress in reading for lengthy periods of time. This application can also mimic the amazing animation of pages, and can simultaneously alternate the screen from black to white and alter the font types and sizes to suit the reader.

The capacity to hide the status bar, which indicates signal and battery power, is another attribute uniquely inherent to the Kindle for iPad. This affords the reader the chance to concentrate and not be distracted in his readings. With the mere touch of the finger, the status bar reopens to serve you with the different settings available, including bookmarking and font setting options.

Kindle for iPad has a clear advantage from iBooks in terms of the quality and amount of ebook selections. This larger book option feature is joined by the previously mentioned features like the hidden status bar and the reversible text and background view, to make the Kindle for iPad application a most sought after deal.

The Kindle store has around 20% more books than Amazon’s 450,000 in stock. Kindle for iPad offers a much more public approach compared to iBooks as it does not show ornamental animations and graphics. The pages in the Kindle for iPad are shown singularly at every slide instead of the landscaped two page display of old. While it limits the font style of a book, it still offers options for screen brightness and font size manipulation. Readers are compelled to get downloads from the Kindle store over the Internet, and it is only through browsing that you can get your book selections.

While iBooks appear to have the better application, Kindle manifests to have the better program, but over the long haul, it entirely depends upon the requirements of the reader. This defines the functional aspects between the two applications. Should the reader require only reading, then the iBook is adequate enough. However, if the reader wishes to underscore topics and wants to scribble down notes, then the Kindle for iPad is the singular choice to make.

Reading and synchronizing books with a lot more tools is what gives the Kindle application more advantage over its counterparts. The Kindle for iPad affords the reader a chance to continue his readings, beginning say, at home or in the office, and then continue perhaps while commuting in the train or in the bus. Soon, this Kindle feature will be available to the iPhone application, but until then, using the Kindle for iPad is a most beneficial option to enjoy electronic reading to the max.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

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