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Would it be pointless buying a Kindle?

I do a lot of reading through the Kindle app, so much so that I was thinking of buying a Kindle. But then again would it be pointless buying a Kindle if I've already got a tablet? Would there be any benefit in owning a Kindle?

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 22, 2014 at 12:45

Benefit? Less eye strain. If the glare on your tablet's screen doesn't bother you, then no, there's no advantage (the obvious battery advantage aside). In fact: the relatively slow performance of a kindle might do your head in.... I read on my BH's iPad and, turning it to white on black I have no problems with eye strain (except for outdoors).

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 22, 2014 at 18:17

Yes, there is a huge difference between e-ink and LCD. As pointed out there is no eye strain and headache reading in complete darkness and no problem falling asleep after reading late at night. You are also able to read in sunlight and never have to worry about battery.

I have nook with glow light in addition to phone, tablet and laptop. Nook is much cheaper option, but if you are heavily invested in Amazon you should stick with Kindle. Make sure to get paperwhite with backlighting.
As Google Play books are cheaper than Amazon alternatives I don't see a reason to pay extra for Amazon hardware.

Keep in mind that neither one supports PDFs and I still use tablet to read them. Claim of PDF support is fake as neither able to support text reflow.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 22, 2014 at 18:35

Use Calibre to convert PDFs to epub or mobi. You can get working links to chapters, toc etc... Best free software on the planet if you like ebooks.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 22, 2014 at 18:38

Use Calibre to convert PDFs to epub or mobi. You can get working links to chapters, toc etc... Best free software on the planet if you like ebooks.


What do you think I use to strip DRM? Doesn't do a good enough job for PDFs.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 22, 2014 at 20:25

Use Calibre to convert PDFs to epub or mobi. You can get working links to chapters, toc etc... Best free software on the planet if you like ebooks.


What do you think I use to strip DRM? Doesn't do a good enough job for PDFs.

PDFs require a bit more fiddling, that is true. Often not worth the effort... I use some dedicated PDF-to-epub converters for Mac OS. Depending on the PDF qualities you can achieve good end results.
Also: where did you get the DRM plugin? I thought they 'killed' it?!

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 24, 2014 at 11:29

DRM plugin is here. It's unofficial and needs to be loaded manually.
You need to have official program installed on PC that will open your DRM book (has keys). Calibre will automatically use keys when import book with DRM and remove it.

When using Adobe ACSM file you need to first import book into Adobe Digital Editions to download it and then import EPUB into Calibre. I couldn't get Calibre to download EPUB using ACSM.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 24, 2014 at 14:10

Thanks... I haz a program to neuter Apple's iBook epubs, but this might be useful, too (of course, only for legal backup purposes ;)

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