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Topic # 112189 29-Nov-2012 15:26 Send private message


I currently read in bed with one of those crappy book lights but my partner complains it keeps her awake, would an e-book overcome this? Or will I still get issues.

Also, which ones it best? Looked at a Kindle so far,

Thank you

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  Reply # 724716 29-Nov-2012 15:28 Send private message

Kindle Paperwhite would be the go. It has an inbuilt light that reflects light down onto the reading surface (as opposed to a back light behind the screen) so it's nice and easy on your eyes.

Kindles are fantastic. Nothing better out there for reading books IMO.

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  Reply # 724717 29-Nov-2012 15:29 Send private message

New Kindle Paperwhite is one of new generation ebook readers with a front-lit screen. Supposed to be much easier on the eyes than a back lit display, like a tablet.
I would tell you what mine is like but I'm not allowed to open it until Christmas :(


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  Reply # 724721 29-Nov-2012 15:36 Send private message

+1 for Paperwhite. Simply the best reader out there at the moment. Amazon has sold every single one they could make so far

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  Reply # 724733 29-Nov-2012 16:07 Send private message

They won't ship to NZ, that mean we can't buy books?

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  Reply # 724748 29-Nov-2012 16:24 Send private message

leo0787sx: They won't ship to NZ, that mean we can't buy books?

If you can get one here (which you can) then you can put books on it

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  Reply # 724977 30-Nov-2012 06:16 Send private message

+1 for the paperwhite. I gave my wife one for her birthday and both myself and my son whom have earlier models without the light are very jealous. It works very very well. If you use a service like youshop you just send it to the US address and they will forward it on. There are no issues at all with buying books.

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  Reply # 724997 30-Nov-2012 08:07 Send private message

Just a quick note for eBook owners - you really can't go past Calibre as an application on your laptop/desktop for managing ebooks.

I use it to manage ebooks I have purchased and downloaded from other sources (e.g. Smashwords), and of course I can still make regular purchases through my Amazon account.

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  Reply # 725071 30-Nov-2012 11:07 Send private message

The paperwhite sounds great, but I have a Kindle (with the keyboard) with a Kindle cover with built-in light which is fabulous.  I also read in bed and was finding the big paperback books very hard to hold for too long.  The kindle is my most favoured possession and I wouldn't be without it.  Also highly recommend use of Calibre for handling ebooks - wish it would handle audiobooks in the same way but alas.   

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  Reply # 725105 30-Nov-2012 12:35 Send private message

There is also the Kobo Glo, their new ereader that has built-in led front lights, similar to that of the Paperwhite. The Kobo Glo is sold in store and online at Whitcoulls. Have seen it on the Noel Leeming website but haven't seen it in their stores though.

I am considering one of these as a Christmas present over the Paperwhite, seeing as I'd actually be able to get it here before Christmas, and reviews of it make it seem worth it.

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  Reply # 725339 30-Nov-2012 22:47 Send private message

JB Hifi has the Glo for $188

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  Reply # 725350 1-Dec-2012 00:50 Send private message

Paperwhite or go home!

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  Reply # 725482 1-Dec-2012 12:59 Send private message

Had a look at a few reviews and they all seem pretty solid, likely to go with the Kobo Glo, watched a video of a comparison with a night light (what I currently use) and big difference plus its avail in NZ and I have a cost +% from work at Bond and Bond so it comes to about $182, which isn't bad.

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