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  1. mont974x4

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    What eReader would you suggest?

    I am thinking about selling most of my books and getting an eReader. I am needing something I can use in conjunction with my laptop for study and sermon prep and not just pleasure reading.
     
  2. annsni

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    I personally prefer the Kindle over the Nook because I feel that Amazon has the ability to be around for a long time - Barnes and Noble? Not so much.

    So, now you are looking at Kindles. Here's the info I know about them:

    First ad or no ad - ad is fine. It only shows ads on the screen savers and in a small banner at the bottom of the "home" page but not inside any book. The ads are actually useful and I have heard that people have used them and saved more than the value of the Kindle! Mine is no-ad because they didn't have it last year but my daughter just got it and it's absolutely fine.

    Second choice is 3G or not. We haven't bothered because usually we're uploading books at home where we have wireless and we wouldn't upload books enough away from home to worry about it.

    Then there are the different models. The base Kindle holds about 1400 books and has no keypad. That is not a problem for me because I don't tend to write too many notes in my books. To turn pages, you press buttons on the edge of the Kindle which I find very comfortable.

    The Kindle Touch is really nice and holds about 3000 books. This is the one my daughter got. It brings up a touchscreen keyboard that is quite comfortable to type on. You also turn the page by touching the screen which I found a little more awkward after using my own Kindle (Kindle Keyboard) but my daughter said she likes it better.

    The Kindle Keyboard is the top of the e-ink technology ones. It holds 3500 books and has a small keyboard on the Kindle itself.

    If you want to get out of the e-ink onto the tablet, then there is the Kindle Fire which can do a lot more things but the battery life suffers greatly by going to this. The battery life on the others is about a month with normal use but the Fire is about 8 hours. However, the Fire is color and you can do a lot more on it.

    So, if I were getting a Kindle now, I'd get the Kindle Touch along with the cover with the built-in light. Having the reading light is really nice and the case holds the Kindle perfectly. :)

    That there is my 2 cents! Here is Tim Challies' 2 cents:

    http://www.challies.com/resources/what-kindle-should-i-buy
     
  3. mont974x4

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    Thanks for a thorough review. Can you copy/paste and print using any of the Kindle's?
     
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    Yes you can. Basically it's highlighting a section of text and then leaving the Kindle to go onto your PC. Amazon keeps track of the sections that you've highlighted and you can grab them from the Amazon site. You cannot print directly from any of the e-ink Kindles - I'm not sure about the Fire.
     
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    For reading I would second the kindle, but if you are going to be using differnent books and changing back and forth much I think you will find the Kindle a little slow and cumbersome.

    I would go somewhere and try one before you buy or at least if you order one try it right away so you can send it back if you don't like it.

    I would think an android tablet would be better, you could use it for other things as well. Android has a very nice Bible program that you can use books in as well though the books will be older out of copyright stuff. www.mysword.info if you want a look.

    www.biblesupport.com is turning out a lot of modules for it and already has an impressive grouping of commentaries, books, dictionaries etc. The same site has a ton of resources for E-sword as well.

    Recently anything done for e-sword gets turned into Mysword as well.

    Kindle is light, very handy and the battery lasts a long time. Iriver Story HD is another nice reader very similar to Kindle though I'm not sure where you can find them right now. Target closed all of thers out - kindle also last week.

    Ipad if you have the money would be nice, however right now I'm told the Bible programs are limited though they do have one or two but not so many resources.

    I tumbled onto the LePan 10 inch tablet and love it. Fairly good battery life, fantastic screen and it just works. Some have wifi problems though many tablets do that. In the 7 inch size (Closer to kindle) there are a ton of imports that are cheap and some name brand units that aren't so cheap.

    I'm fairly sure there will be some nice offerings last of the year with windows 8 on them that would be fantastic but the price will be right up there with fantastic also.
     
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    I like the iPad.

    It has free apps that allow one to read Kindle, Nook, and other eBooks.
     
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    I have the Kindle Fire and truly love it. HOWEVER, I would NEVER get rid of my books. There are times when an electronic device is not convenient to use. Also the cost of repurchasing all these books on the Kindle would be cost prohibitive.

    The Kindle Fire is more like an I-pad than the Kindle or Kindle Touch, at a much lower cost. The Kindle Fire is $199.00. When we shopped for them the I-pad was right at $600.00. The Kindle Fire is wifi, so it's useable anywhere.

    You can copy/paste on the Kindle Fire and there is a notepad program available, although unless you plan on using it directly, you can not print from the Kindle Fire. You could email to yourself and then print from your laptop. However, the keyboard is on the screen and unless you're a fabulous texter (which I am not) I stick to my desktop and laptop for any sort of word processing type work.

    The Kindle Fire has tons of apps, free ones are available every day and not all are games. If you have a smart phone you can download an app which allows you to read your Kindle books directly on your phone. Many libraries have books available which you can "borrow" on your Kindle Fire. Although I have yet to use it you can also upload books and other materials onto your Fire.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    I have a Kindle Fire and love it however when it comes to Bible study and preparing a lesson I find E-Sword on my laptop a better choice. Easier to navigate between bibles and commentaries. I have the Logos app on Kindle but haven't learner how to navigate wiith it yet so this may be ok.
     
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    If all you want is a reader it is hard to beat the basic Kindle.

    It is only $79 if you get the ad version
    It will hold 1,400 books
    It weighs next to nothing (a huge issue if you read in bed like I do)
    The battery lasts about 3 weeks even with heavy usage
    You can read it easily even in bright daylight

    The only flaw, if you can call it that, is that like a real book you need lighting to read it, but I don't like backlit reading anyway.
     
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    Nook is coming out with a built in light soon if that is a need. There are also kindle, nook etc. readers for most of the tablets - forgot that plus.
     
  11. mont974x4

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    I have been using eSword for several years now. I think I will go that route for my study stuff. That way I can leave my reference books at home and still study elsewhere.

    The Kindle looks like the right choice to replace my regular reading library.



    All this thinking came about as we prepare to sell our house. I have been applying for pastorates all over the country and moving 300+ books is not all that exciting.
     
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    Only 300? I had 800 twenty years ago. I don't even know how many now. Should probably downsize.
     
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    I have recently acquired an I-phone and added a kindle reader app to it. Also got "Bible Gateway" app which I like.
     
  14. mont974x4

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    LOL I did say 300+, because I have no idea I actually have at this point. I sold about 400 a couple of years ago.

    I have a Bible app for my Blackberry, but a smartphone is not the most efficient reader.
     

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