Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:14 UTC
Apple Petty Apple is petty. Amazon, Kobo, and others have changed their applications to conform to Apple's App Store rules, and if there's one word that describes the situation these booksellers are in, it's petty. Still, it's leading to good things: Kobo has announced it's going to bypass the App Store by writing an HTML5 e-reader for iOS (and thus, for other HTML5-capable mobile devices).
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RE[5]: Not surprising, really!
by Laurence on Sun 31st Jul 2011 10:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not surprising, really!"
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Studies have shown no evidence to support that claim.

On ageing eyes (~40+) that's true, but on younger eyes I am lead to understand that there is still a potential issue.

However trying to use an LCD on the move with bright light reflected and so on would me several magnitudes worse than simply just reading from an LCD in a darkened room

And the Kindle's display is unreadable in a dark bedroom, which is where I often read at night before going to sleep.

So turn a light on like you'd have to do with an old fashioned book.

I managed that when I was a kid. In fact I thought all bedrooms these days came equipped with a piece of technology called a "bed-side lamp" which is ideal for your sort of problem.

My house has electricity. I have a charger that works in my car and on my boat. Not an issue for me.

Regardless, it is still a portability issue that the Kindle wins against the iPad when comparing like for like.
Plus many people like to read on holiday when at the beach, or on the train / plane or even in the bath.
You don't see many electrical hook-ups in those locations.

Much of what I read is either technical books with color photos and illustrations, or full color magazines about the hobbies that interest me. The Kindle is worthless for either of those activities, which is why I had no e-reader prior to the iPad. Not everyone's reading it Tom Clancy fiction or romance novels.

No, but most people are. You're usage is pretty specific and pretty rare compared to most peoples eBook requirements. Thus eInk makes much more sense for the majority of people.

Edited 2011-07-31 10:15 UTC

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