Post # 1
I have been debating about getting a tablet or an e-reader to read e-books. I thought I wouldn’t because I still like having the physical book to hold and read.. But since my Dear Fiance received a Kobo for Christmas, I am starting to realize how handy they are.. Like how you can load tons of books on there without taking up a lot of space. (Also easy to read books you might not want people to know you are reading like 50 Shades shh..) lol 🙂
I have been stealing his Kobo often he told me to get my own.. 😉 Anyways I seem a bit torn between an E-Reader (dedicated to mostly reading ebooks) or a Tablet. In particular, I am looking at the Nook or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2..
My biggest thing is that it has to be able to read PDFs.. It would be great just to download from the computer directly on there and read the book. I’m not sure what it will be like reading a book on a tablet? Does anyone do that?
Or are Tablets more for entertaining like watching shows and surfing on the internet? (When you get a Wi-Fi version) I would use that too and check e-mails.. I guess my biggest concern is how the book will look on a tablet.
Any opinions would be appreciated 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 3
If you’re going to be reading on it the majority of the time (vs. trying to watch shows, etc), I’d get an e-reader that’s not backlit. I have a Kindle that I adore and I can read it for hours at a time with no eyestrain due to the e-ink technology. I’m 98% sure I’ve downloaded pdfs onto it, but they were scholarly journal papers and the formatting wasn’t that great.
Post # 4
I went through this same decision a little while ago! I ended up getting a Kindle, because between my laptop and iPhone I didn’t really need a lot more internet access on the go. I mostly just wanted a way to read books.
Darling Husband on the other hand just got the Galaxy 2 and really likes it. He carries it around the house to watch movies and surf the net. His laptop is pretty big and bulky so it makes it easier for him.
I guess I can’t really answer your question about the books on the Galaxy, but I know when I bought my Kindle the salesperson said that the backlighting on the tablets made it a little harder on your eyes. Upside though is that you can read in the dark. Readers though are better in sunlight. Obviously there are probably exceptions depending on brand etc. though.
Post # 5
I have a Nook Color that’s easy to read on and has a great battery life. I’ve also got an iPad2 for work and Internet stuff – couldn’t imagine reading books on a tablet. I’ll do it here and there but it isn’t convenient
Post # 6
I have Kindle on PC from Amazon. I read books for a bookclub, the only reason I have it. (It’s instantaneous rather than waiting for the book to arrive in the mail, or me going to a bookstore to buy it)
I still prefer physical books instead, especially cookbooks!
Post # 7
I agree with pp’s. We have a nook color and a kindle (2nd gen) and I hands down like reading on my kindle becuse it’s better on the eyes. the nook is a little fancier and gets the job done as well. I wouldn’t get a tablet.
Post # 8
If it’s primarily going to be used for reading, I’d go for an e-reader. I just got the new Nook with the side lights so you can read in the dark! It’s not backlit and it has been AWESOME – my husband can watch tv in bed at night and I don’t have to bother him to turn on a light when I read. He has a Samsung Galaxy Tab and he loves it – but the backlight and glare would drive me NUTS if I tried to read on it for long periods of time.
Post # 9
I have to say that if you are going to buy a tablet you should really get the ipad because nothing else compares…if you are getting it strictly for reading would go get an ereader. I prefer ereaders that have the matte screen as opposed to the backlit. I had an original sony ereader and it was amazing! i loved that thing and then my husband lost it 🙁 Just personal preference….We sold our kindle fire (my husband got it from work and we hated it) and bought an ipad and its the best thing we ever did because its great for reading but you can use it for so much more too.
Post # 10
I have the Nook Color and my Fiance has the Kindle. The Fiance also has a tablet. The ereaders gets more use than the tablet does. I like my Nook because it has cheaper magazine subscriptions on it; the magazines are in color and interactive which is always cool. (I have the attention span of a 5 yr old; I like to read multiple books and magazines and to be able to switch it up.) I need to charge the Nook once a week, though, which for me is fine since I am always by an outlet. The Fiance loves that he does not need to charge his Kindle for weeks. I know some people are bothered by the backlight on a Nook but I like that I can read in dimlight without a problem.
The tablet is nice but we don’t actually watch shows or movies on it much since you’ll have to get a subscription for Hulu or Netflix to do that.
Post # 11
If you’re looking for something primarily for reading, get the e-reader. Since it won’t be backlit, it will be much easier to read on than a tablet.
Post # 12
I love my kindle – I use it for PDFs for work all the time as well as books. I have a Iphone and MacBook for work so a tablet was overkill and the screen on the kindle is perfect for the beach/travel.
Post # 13
Books on a tablet screen look like a book does on a computer screen for the most part. If you don’t like reading on that type of screen you should probably get an eink ereader. (The cheapest eink Kindle is only $79.) Which makes it cheap enough to have an eink Kindle and the Kindle Fire. I have the Kindle Fire and love it. My only problem with it is the same problem with all Android devices, the battery only lasts about a day.