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E-reader—Kindle or ???

Bromfield2Bromfield2 3554 replies35 postsRegistered User Senior Member
edited August 12 in Parent Cafe
Preparing for a month long trip to Eastern Europe. I am a dinosaur and don’t have a e-reader; I read hardbacks and paperbacks. Since I want to travel light, I am planning on getting an e-reader. Any suggestions for a reader that is easy to use???
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  • bajammbajamm 1599 replies19 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I have used both the Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook. Both are easy enough to use. I generally use the Kindle more now just because I have Amazon Prime and get to choose a free book every month from a mix of 5-7 choices.

    I would suggest getting the back lit one so that you can read in bed or in the car without having a light on.
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  • SybyllaSybylla 3569 replies40 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    When you choose, join your library and get libby downloaded because there are just so many books available to loan. Frankly I am not fussy, I have an ancient kindle and a modern cheap as chips fire and they are both great, my phone is OK too, with the libby or kindle app. I would make sure what you choose supports libby and is able to have good sound for audio books.
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  • abasketabasket 19034 replies853 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    +1 to a Paperwhite Kindle
    +1 to the Libby app

    The battery life is really good on the Kindle. IMO.
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1107 replies25 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Kindle paperwhite.

    Make sure you have a converter for the charger (which you will need to get separately, they aren't included.)
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  • preironicpreironic 451 replies37 postsRegistered User Member
    Kindle Paperwhite here also. Long battery life, lightweight, easy on the eyes. Get it a few weeks before you leave so that you are used to its features and how to get books onto it (easy within Amazon). You don't need a converter, just a plug adapter like this https://www.amazon.com/Inovat-American-USA-European-Adapter/dp/B01AZ9BIKG/ref=sr_1_15?keywords=european+plug&qid=1565644127&s=gateway&sr=8-15.
    The Kindle is like most electronics and works on both 110V and 220V. We went to Eastern Europe last year so I have direct experience.
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  • CaMom13CaMom13 1819 replies12 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    +another on Kindle Paperwhite - and the new ones are waterproof! So great for reading in the bath... in the rain.. at the beach.. while doing dishes. :) Seriously, a waterproof e-reader is the best thing in reading since pre-cut book pages.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22433 replies14 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I wish I had bought a Paperwhite on Primeday. Couldn't decide as I have a nook and read kindle books on my tablet, but now I want one. Guess I'll have to wait until black friday.
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  • thumper1thumper1 73800 replies3218 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Bromfield2

    Are you taking an iPad? If so, you can just download the kindle ap onto your iPad.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 37841 replies2065 postsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    Kindle Paperwhite. It's much harder reading on an iPad -too much glare.
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  • OnwardOnward 2900 replies79 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Another Kindle Paperwhite user here. I love that I can take it in to the bath.
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  • college_querycollege_query 4265 replies310 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I travel frequently for work and purchased a Fire. I almost exclusively use it for reading e-books, but it can also do email, internet, Facebook, etc. I got it on a flash sale and I got the kind with ads since it was cheaper.
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  • preironicpreironic 451 replies37 postsRegistered User Member
    Just to be clear for the OP, the Kindle is an e-reader (uses e-ink) and the Fire is the Amazon version of a tablet (backlit tablet screen), like the Ipad Mini. I travel with both an e-reader and an Ipad Mini. I just can't read on the Ipad but many people can and do. If you can, the Ipad Mini, or for much less money the Fire, would be the solution using the Kindle app.
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  • maya54maya54 2080 replies87 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I read both on an iPad and a kindle paoerwhite. I don’t see much difference indoors but the kindle is much better outside. .
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  • mathmommathmom 32125 replies158 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    While I still prefer reading books on paper the Kindle is great. It was easy to download books when we were in Hong Kong.
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  • MADadMADad 1979 replies81 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I had a Kindle Fire and liked it as an e-reader, but Amazon's restrictions on Google's products made it a lousy tablet. I now have a Samsung tablet with the Kindle app and LOVE it--does everything the Kindle did plus lots more. Used to travel with a small laptop, but now just need the tablet.
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  • collage1collage1 1699 replies70 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yes, I do think the question is whether the OP wants to use the device to access the internet in addition to read ebooks. Great suggestions for either option but that's the first decision that needs to be made. I personally travel with an ipad which allows me to access the internet (email, CC, etc.) as well as read books, play games, text (with internet), etc. But I find it very difficult to read outside and, not that it's heavy but it is heavier than a kindle and it's definitely much more expensive than a kindle. So, if just reading, I'm with those that say to go for a kindle paperwhite.
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1107 replies25 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    "You don't need a converter, just a plug adapter like this " - that was what I meant by a converter. sorry if terminology not correct?
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  • abasketabasket 19034 replies853 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    The Kindle paperwhite is so easy to take places - literally drop it in your purse or large pocket of your coat. It's much smaller and lighter than an iPad. I drop mine in my purse each morning and grab it anytime I have a few extra minutes at work or at an app, or whatever. Super easy and convenient. Don't forget you can change font style or size. I recently changed the font on mine and now it's SO much easier of a read for me.
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  • mathmommathmom 32125 replies158 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I have a friend who is a fan of the dyslexia font. When I got my new Bagallini I found one that fits the Kindle. The Kindle has an experimental browser, so you can connect directly to the internet. It seemed to work pretty well for downloading, but would be awful for actually using for your internet connection.
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  • anomanderanomander 1661 replies4 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I travel frequently and always carry both iPad and kindle paperwhite. And my macbook pro for work. I really prefer to do all my reading on the kindle. The macbook is strictly for work so I do my web surfing on the iPad.

    I usually go out to eat solo when on the road and sit at the bar, and the kindle is really much more convenient for that scenario. If I’m walking to the restaurant it’s lighter and less conspicuous, and sitting at a crowded bar with an uncertain amount of space it’s smaller and lower-profile, and I’m only risking $90 if it gets damaged or lost vs $300 for the iPad. It’s also a lot easier to turn pages on the kindle with the back of a knuckle when getting seriously greasy with a burger and fries. Also for reading on planes the smaller and lighter kindle is a lot more convenient especially when the person in front of your decides to recline in your face.

    If I could only choose one device, then I’d bring the iPad. But I’d probably still leave it in the hotel room for dinner and read on my phone instead at the bar.
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