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[2]: Not surprising, really!
by fmaxwell on Fri 29th Jul 2011 16:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Not surprising, really!"
fmaxwell
Member since:
2005-11-13

The Kindle came out three years before the iPad and you think that Amazon should sue Apple? For what? Making a more appealing product -- something that can do more than just display books in greyscale?

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The Kindle came out three years before the iPad and you think that Amazon should sue Apple? For what? Making a more appealing product -- something that can do more than just display books in greyscale?

I couldn't think of anything worse than buying an iPad as an eBook reader:
* a backlit LCD would is a horrible strain on the eyes compared to the Kindles eInk.
* a glass screen is a nightmare to read from in bright light where as the Kindles matted display is perfect.
* the battery life on the Kindle runs circles around the iPad.

Sure the iPad is a better multi-functional device than the Kindle, but then the Kindle was never meant to be a tablet PC. However if you're comparing like for like then the iPad is a much worse eBook reader than the Kindle.

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fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

I couldn't think of anything worse than buying an iPad as an eBook reader:
* a backlit LCD would is a horrible strain on the eyes compared to the Kindles eInk.

Studies have shown no evidence to support that claim.

* a glass screen is a nightmare to read from in bright light where as the Kindles matted display is perfect.

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

* the battery life on the Kindle runs circles around the iPad.

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

However if you're comparing like for like then the iPad is a much worse eBook reader than the Kindle.

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.

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