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    e-readers advice please

    hi --need some help choosing one-- my sight is deteriorating[macular degeneration] and love to read ive been advised to get the 10 inch one but what type to choose i know this community will hve the answer it knows every thing jean

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    I love my iPad. I know they are more expensive but you don't need to get the newest one. I have the iPad2 and it meets all my needs just fine. It has applications for downloading books from libraries as well as purchased books like Kindle. The screen is quite large and you can resize things for reading like here on the forum with just a pinch of your fingers. Also you can adjust the lighting to what works best for you. You can watch YouTube sewing videos as well. I signed up for Kay England's Civil War Craftsy class with my iPad and am watching the classes on it. I recommend the iPad2 because it is considerably lighter in weight than the first one. If cost is not an issue then I'm sure the newest one is even better. I use mine to read books all the time. I also am a big reader. Also if your eyes get tired you can download audio books from the library and listen to them.
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    I have the Nook Simple Touch and like it. However I wish I had waited till they came out with the new 'Glow" one.
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    It is absolutely a personal preference, but for reading I love the Kindle. It is just like reading a book, if that is all you want it to do. I have an IPad, and love it, but the back light is tiring on my eyes and impossible to read outside in the sunlight. You kind of need to figure out your needs (or your son's) and then look into your options of Kindle, Nook or IPad. If you have a Barnes and Noble close to you, you can try them out. And I think the Kindles are at Staples now. Good luck ~ Pat

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    We have an iPad and in addition to reading books, you can look at maps, use Google Earth, play games, check the weather, send mail, surf the internet, etc.
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    I have the 1st ipad and I love it. Plus I have the nook color. The nook has a small screen. Since you are having trouble with your eyes I would go with the ipad.

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    The Kindle Fire is back lit and easy on the eyes. I think you can adjust the font size also but havnt checked on that.
    I only download free books since Amazon over charges for new books. There are several free book sites and so far Ive read a dozen books and only one I did not like.

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    I don't know what you have in your are but try going into a store where you can see them. I have the Nook and I love both of them and you can make the fonts pretty large. Barnes and Nobles carries them in the stored and online but I know you can get them other places as well. I think you should check them out before buying because they aren't all alike and won't all display alike. Good luck and I'm sorry about your sight.

    I just wanted to add that you could also consider getting a netbook; a small laptop. Most of the ereaders have free ereaders for the laptops that you can download and it's not to big to carry with you and it's cheaper than an Ipad. You can use more than one ereader like from Sony, Nook, Kindle, etc.
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    I have the Kindle DX, it has a big screen, I love it but with vision problems I would recomend a screen that is backlit. Perhaps an iPad would be better for you.
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    I got the Kindle Keyboard. no light but you can change the Font size larger, which i did.

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    Can't comment on a real kindle, but i have the app. on my smartphone. Even with the smaller screen i can't believe how much easier it is to read.

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    I have the Kindle and Ipad2. I recommend the Ipad2.

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    I have ipad2. The feature I like best is that you can have the screen black and the words lit up. It is very easy on the eyes.

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    My husband is visually impared and he loves his Kindle fire (he only uses the book part).

    My daughters have Nook, and that looked good too.

    I download lots of free stuff and check out library digital books to read for myself on the free Amazon Kindle program for PC.

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    I'd suggest an Android tablet. Go to a computer store, try out the different ones and choose the one that seems best for your purposes and budget. All of them will support a multitude of free reader software, making the words as large as you want, backlighting, etc. There are different models that have different size screens, different features, and different prices. Most of them are a lot cheaper than iPad and do all the same things and more than an iPad.

    You can download free reader software to get free content or to purchase content.

    On my Toshiba Thrive android tablet I use Nook, Kindle, and Aldiko readers, all of which were free downloads. I have read a lot of books and magazines on these and have never paid a dime for content, although there is plenty of paid content available. It's also good to have multiple readers if you are purchasing content -- often the same content will be a lot cheaper on one reader's store than on the other ones.

    Many libraries have books available for download for free, but often they do not support Kindle or Nook data formats. This is another reason why it is good to have other reader software available.

    Good luck!
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    I pad, definitely! You can do so much more than read books but it's great for that also

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    My husband and I both have a Kindle Touch which works great since we read many of the same books and share the account. I also have some patterns on it. I recently purchased an ASUS TF300 Tablet with an attachable keyboard. It works just like an IPAD but has storable cards and the detachable keyboard. The battery life for the tablet is 8 hrs and approx additional 9 hrs if the keyboard is attached. I can use it like a laptop, a tablet, or a kindle. The tablet was less than the IPAD. I'm very satisfied with both units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    I got the Kindle Keyboard. no light but you can change the Font size larger, which i did.
    I have that also and love it - - - another idea (though not as portable) - you can download (free) the PC application from
    Amazon onto your computer and then download and read books on it and adjust the size as well as the background color. I did that before I got my Kindle, and I still use it for recipe books or some quilt books so I can print out pages if I want to use them for a reference elsewhere.

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    I have both an iPad and a Kindle, and to me the Kindle is much better for reading. The feature that a lot of people like on the iPad and Nook, that is a back-lit screen, is what I DON'T like about reading on the iPad. It makes my eyes very tired a lot faster.

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    I have a Kobo and I love it....looked at/tested several...the size options that they give you for print is fantastic...Love mine
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    I have a kindle and the font size is adjustable.Low price,but I wish I would have gotten the one with the light.

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    Never used one, but my son has the kindle.
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    I have and ipad and a Kindle. I greatly prefer the Kindle for reading. The e-ink is much easier on the eyes than the ipad and easier to hold. It can be read in the sun and I have the case which has a reading light which I use all the time. The font size can be enlarged and you have the text to voice feature if you enjoy that. My friend bought the Kindle Fire recently after having the regular Kindle. She also says that the shiny screen makes it harder on the eyes for reading. If reading is what you are after, be sure to check this all out.

    Recently I went out of town and left my Kindle at home accidentally on my nightstand. I had my ipad so I loaded a couple of my books on it. I got by, but was pretty unhappy the whole two weeks because it is inconvenient for reading in bed and the backlit screen is harder on the eyes. Good luck in checking these out. I hope you find what you need.
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    I also have a Kindle. I like it for the versatility. They have them on Amazon starting at $79.00 for the black and white; the Kindle Fire starts at $199 at Walmart and Amazon. Amazon has free shipping.
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    I got my DH a Kindle for Christmas and he doesn't use it much, but I really like it. Font enlargement feature is great.
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