Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ipad or Kindle? That is the Question - One of Many

Well, the great unveiling happened. The latest gizmo has emerged on the scene. With the revelation of the Ipad, questions buzzed in my head. Is it worth the extra money? How much bigger is it than a Kindle? It seems like it could be wider that the average Kindle, and I don't need the International one. I do know it's more expensive than a Kindle. I also know I'm not into playing games, so I wouldn't use it for that. Would I use if for music? Well, my Iphone does a great job on that already. Why carry around something larger if that's the purpose.

Would I use it for reading books? Now that is a good question. How would it compare comfortwise to a Kindle? I tried out a Kindle from our local library and my eyes were very happy - no strain.

Now, with the Ipad and it's color screen, I suppose I can see a nice cover on the screen. I like that idea. But what about glare? Will that be a factor? What about fonts? I guess they can be manipulated. Another big question - What about the price of Ibooks? Will they be more because of the fancier trappings? Amazon does have some great prices for kindle books right now. Will Apple want to compete or will it go for the higher market?

And what about publishing on the Ipad? Are self-publishers allowed?

I'm such an impatient person, but I guess I'll need to wait a little longer for the answers to all these questions. I'm kind of thinking I can't afford buying and maintaining this fun gizmo, especially since for me it would just be a glorified ereader, and not serve too many more purposes - still it is cute.

What about you? Are you tempted?


  1. I would think if books are avilable through Fictionwise or other big ebook retailers, it'd be available for the IPad. (Or if the book is available through Smashwords.)

    My husband's been following this development, as he loves his ITouch. The e-reader feature is supposed to be one of the best. However, the IPad itself lacks many features. It doesn't accept flash. (That eliminates visiting a lot of websites.) There's no app. for NetFlix or Hulu. And there's no camera. Needless to say, he's waiting for the second generation.

  2. Hi, Morgan.

    I need to ask you a (dumb) question, since I'm probably one of the last people on earth that don't have a cell phone yet, and as a result, I don't understand anything that even relates to that market.

    When it says that the Kindle is "wireless", does it mean wireless as in DSL/laptop kind of wireless or does it mean the cell phone kind of wireless?

    It means the latter, correct?

    Thanks for your help!

    Cynde's Got The Write Stuff

  3. I am sure Apple will treat iBookstore just like the iTunes store. I am very excited about the iPad and my wife and I are both getting one as soon as they available! This will re-revolutionize the book industry just as iTunes re-revolutionized the music industry. Can't wait! =)

  4. Cynde, I'm not exactly sure how the iPad will work, but it seems like you'd have to be near a wireless connection like a coffee shop or somewhere that has wireless, and also have some kind of plan to have the wireless work. Now, maybe you can download it on a regular computer and transfer it. I don't know. I guess later we'll learn more than we ever wanted to know. For now, I'm not buying anything. It's too confusing.

    Morgan Mandel

  5. What a timely post! I am one of the ones who is waiting a bit before buying. I wanna see what everyone has to say about it before plunking down that smooth five bill. A lot of $$ for something that could be totally buggy. Shrug. I am waiting.

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