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  Reply # 747897 20-Jan-2013 19:20
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I would order a kindle for a family member, but it isn't compatible with the libraries ebooks. So have to go for a sony or kobo, neither which are as good a screens.

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  Reply # 747899 20-Jan-2013 19:23
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I didnt wait for paperwhite and bought the Kobo Glo.  Havent looked back.  I have Kindle on PC and Calibre and get books anywhere now and transfer to the Kobo Glo.  The Kobo Glo is a very nice unit indeed




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  Reply # 747901 20-Jan-2013 19:27
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I couldn't see any difference in the screens of the paper White and the Kobo Glo and reviews for the Glo were generally favorable so went with that on the basis it was immediately available, epub compatible and had a sd slot for storage.
So far I am loving it but cant figure how to connect via wifi to Calibre on the laptop if thats even possible.

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Reply # 747914 20-Jan-2013 19:47
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I havent tried that. I just connect Kobo with USB cable and then on Kbo select connect to PC.  Easy Peasy from there




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  Reply # 747965 20-Jan-2013 21:46
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mattwnz: I would order a kindle for a family member, but it isn't compatible with the libraries ebooks. So have to go for a sony or kobo, neither which are as good a screens.


The Kobo Glo screens are a better resolution than the older kobo touch model. The screen looks pretty good to me, although I haven't had a chance to do a side by side with a paperwhite.

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  Reply # 747966 20-Jan-2013 21:47
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peejayw: I couldn't see any difference in the screens of the paper White and the Kobo Glo and reviews for the Glo were generally favorable so went with that on the basis it was immediately available, epub compatible and had a sd slot for storage.
So far I am loving it but cant figure how to connect via wifi to Calibre on the laptop if thats even possible.


Yeah I saw that it was possible to synch via wifi too. I haven't yet had a go at it, it didn't seem immediately straight foward.

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  Reply # 750657 25-Jan-2013 12:38
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gehenna: It's definitely on my wishlist too. We can't get it in NZ yet though, right? It'll need to be a YouShop jobby?


FYI, the Kindle Paperwhite is now available to ship to NZ directly from Amazon.
http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/24/3912882/amazon-kindle-paperwhite-now-shipping-to-over-175-countries 

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  Reply # 752144 28-Jan-2013 18:01
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How does the Kobo Glo or Kindle paperwhite compare to the iPad - or any other backlite tablet for that matter? 




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  Reply # 752147 28-Jan-2013 18:04
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lissie: How does the Kobo Glo or Kindle paperwhite compare to the iPad - or any other backlite tablet for that matter? 


Backlight for reading == fail. 
Ipad for reading == fail. 

Too Heavy for a good starting point. I'd take almost any e-reader over a tablet every day of the week. 





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  Reply # 752148 28-Jan-2013 18:05
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Chalk and cheese. The reason I went to a Kobo Glo instead of the tablet was for readability in bright light. Tablets fade in the sunlight, e-ink readers just get better. Plus they are a lot lighter.

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  Reply # 752151 28-Jan-2013 18:08
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lissie: How does the Kobo Glo or Kindle paperwhite compare to the iPad - or any other backlite tablet for that matter? 


Backlight for reading == fail. 
Ipad for reading == fail. 

Too Heavy for a good starting point. I'd take almost any e-reader over a tablet every day of the week. 




The ipad mini is a better ebook reader than the regular one as a lot lighter, but it doesn't have a retina display. Apparently a new ipad mini is due out in the 1st half of this year with a retina display.
I find OLED screens better than LCD screens for ebook reading, and I guess apples future ipads will move to that technology as the price drops. But eink is the best for b/w text.

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  Reply # 754325 1-Feb-2013 11:36
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lissie: How does the Kobo Glo or Kindle paperwhite compare to the iPad - or any other backlite tablet for that matter? 


As above there are a few reasons e-readers are preferred over a LCD or LED for reading.

  • The screen behaves in a similar way to paper ie it does not become difficult to read in bright light.
  • Arguably it is not as tiring on your eyes this is both because it does not have to constantly refresh, it is not backlit and is sharper although some LCD's are getting close now.
  • ebook readers are much lighter then a tablet as they use very little power to can have much smaller batteries.
  • and tied in with that is that your "reading" time is much much longer. Consider that a good tablet generally lasts 10 hours on a charge. In comparison a paperwhite lasts 28 hours with the backlight on, Amazon list it as 8 weeks but that is 1/2 hour reading per day.
  • With the new generation of front lit models you can read in the dark or low light with far less light spill then an LCD.

The negatives are 
  • Currently they are B/W
  • They are no good for video  or anything that moves because of the way they refresh the screen

If you can borrow one and give it a try.







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  Reply # 754360 1-Feb-2013 12:29
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I now have the mini and I've had the Kindle Keyboard for over a year. The mini with a keyboard attached is just a little heavy to read comfortably with. The resolution is fine, and the reflection is better now I've added an anti-glare film (why aren't they standard?) 

It's OK for reading in an emergency - but for a weekend trip I'll probably still take the kindle because: 
a) its lighter and easier to hold
b) the ipadmini battery only lasts 10 hours - I will use it all day on a course it will be flat for evening reading 
c) you can't read outside with it 




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  Reply # 760119 12-Feb-2013 14:47
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I have a paperwhite, my partner has a keyboard kindle, I also have a 10" tablet.

For reading the tablet is just awful. Outside the shiny screen is impossible to read. Inside during the day it's ok. Inside at night the screen's too bright.

The keyboard kindle isn't bad. The screen seems a bit low contrast, it's bigger and heavier than the paperwhite but lighter than most books, and it has hardware buttons which are nice. The battery lasts ages.

The paperwhite is awesome. Outside in sun, perfect, turn the light off. Inside in regular light have the light midway. At night light on minimum it's great for reading in bed without disturbing my partner. It's light, which is one reason I got it, some big hardcover books are just too heavy to read lying down in bed. Battery life isn't as good as the older kindle, but still if you read an hour a day it should last a few weeks, maybe a little more. I have the WiFi model, I keep WiFi turned off unless I'm waiting for books to come in.

You can get the "send to kindle" program for your PC, that way you can send a mobi, pdf, and a few other file types directly to your kindle. You can't send epub or copy protected books though.

Overall I love my Paperwhite and no way would I want an earlier one :)




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  Reply # 760152 12-Feb-2013 15:06
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peejayw: So far I am loving it but cant figure how to connect via wifi to Calibre on the laptop if thats even possible.


Is this link any help? http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=192545

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