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Kindle fire/nook tablet textbook reader?

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I'm looking at either one (open to any others) as mainly an e-reader specifically for reading textbooks (programming and engineering ones) annotating things are not important (as I don't do it) what's really important is the reading experience. Since either device was developed with the idea of being a "media consumption device" I don't really intend to be playing games etc on it

what are peoples experiences with trying to read textbooks on those e-readers? is a7" screen too small?
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7" is indeed small. If your planning on just doing reading, I would look into a Kindle. That ink display and battery life is amazing. thumb.gif
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I work at a retail store, and I get a lot of customer's asking "Why would I get a black and white e-reader when I could get a color e-reader like the Kindle Fire or the Nook Color/Tablet". I then go on explaining that the those are just cheap tablets.

If you're looking for a device to mainly read on, I recommend the e-ink Kindle or Nook.

Some advantages:
  • More than a month of battery life
  • Won't get eye strain easily compared to a traditional tablet
  • No glare from external light
  • Amazon offers free 3G service on select models

Some disadvantages:
  • No color (available to the mainstream yet)
  • No multimedia capabilities
  • Not backlit (external light is needed, just like a real book)
    
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I heard that there is lag when turning pages?

kindle DX costs like 100 bucks more than a kindle fire, and a standard nook/kindle is quite small.

has anyone tried using a kindle as a text book reader? thing is I read:
http://www.dailytech.com/First+LongTerm+EReader+Study+Compares+Textbooks+with+Kindle+DX/article21529.htm

so thats why I am soliciting real reviews from people with experiences with this stuff,..... google only tells you so much!
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Do you experience lag when you turn the pages of a book? Of course you do, unless you're saying the page turns instantly without the page moving. I see no problem with less than a second lag when I turn the pages on my Nook Touch. The screen is small but it's roughly the same size as the average novel.

Originally I didn't want to get the Nook Touch due to its price but since buying it I've read over a thousand pages on it and I absolutely love the thing. In fact it's made reading so much nice that I can't stand reading long pieces of text on my screen anymore, I copy and paste to Libre Office, convert the document to PDF then read it on my Nook.

If you intend to use an ebook reader as text book replacement you are making a huge mistake. There is no way in which one of these can replace traditional books, whether for class or for your own use. It is simply not possible to look up information very quickly dozens of pages from where you are in an ebook, it's not possible to underline or annotate, etc. thus text books are irreplaceable.

Ebook readers are great for reading novels, nothing more, as large or long pages get stretched onto more than one screen, making them unsuitable for academic uses.
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Princeton did a pilot study with the Kindle a couple of years ago and found it "not conducive to academic purposes".

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If your ebooks are in pdf form. I have my textbook in PDF. 7" is way to small because i had to zoom in and out just to read a page. I've tried reading magazines on my 7" too. Had to constantly zoom in to read articles. I returned my Kindle Fire.
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