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Videos look amazing, Netflix is fantastic on it. For reading Stanza is actually a pretty cool reading app. I wish it picked up series metadata like Coolreader does but I have to admit it is much more stable.

Stanza for reading (IBooks is moderately horrible)

Seriously, start looking for alternatives to Stanza. Amazon bought Lexcycle and long story short, final update to the app was version 3.2 released in November 2011. It's not going to be updated again, ever, and even now, Stanza crashes when you try to open certain settings.

As an aside, Stanza is actually my favorite reading app on a mobile device. I've got 2x 4th gen iPod Touch running iOS 4.3.5 with Stanza 3.1 and kept an iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S running iOS 5.1.1 with Stanza 3.2. I've tried a bunch of Android phones with several e-reader apps installed but iPod Touch/iPhone + Stanza is still the best combination for me.
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Food for thought. I'm too invested in the Android ecosystem to even think about switching, but I've been trying to decide between an iPad mini or a Nexus 7 for the in-laws this xmas. I played around with one briefly and I wasn't all that impressed, but I think most of my problem with the device was really just the fact that I just don't like iOS in general. The build quality and overall visual appeal is definitely there though. I still think the Nexus 7 is the best tablet available at any price if you're just looking for a pure consumption device, but I may have to re-think that position for users that would benefit from the lower pixel density and slightly larger screen (older folks and people who "don't like looking at screens"). Thanks!
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Seriously, start looking for alternatives to Stanza. Amazon bought Lexcycle and long story short, final update to the app was version 3.2 released in November 2011. It's not going to be updated again, ever, and even now, Stanza crashes when you try to open certain settings.
As an aside, Stanza is actually my favorite reading app on a mobile device. I've got 2x 4th gen iPod Touch running iOS 4.3.5 with Stanza 3.1 and kept an iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S running iOS 5.1.1 with Stanza 3.2. I've tried a bunch of Android phones with several e-reader apps installed but iPod Touch/iPhone + Stanza is still the best combination for me.

Thanks for the info. Are there are other reading apps for the IPad that actually capture series data?

Personally I haven't had Stanza crash, ever either on the Mini or my IPad 2 and I've logged many, many hours of reading. Mind you I don't muck around with it's settings much.

If only Coolreader would come to the MAC...
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Food for thought. I'm too invested in the Android ecosystem to even think about switching, but I've been trying to decide between an iPad mini or a Nexus 7 for the in-laws this xmas. I played around with one briefly and I wasn't all that impressed, but I think most of my problem with the device was really just the fact that I just don't like iOS in general. The build quality and overall visual appeal is definitely there though. I still think the Nexus 7 is the best tablet available at any price if you're just looking for a pure consumption device, but I may have to re-think that position for users that would benefit from the lower pixel density and slightly larger screen (older folks and people who "don't like looking at screens"). Thanks!

I personally don't like IOS either... In fact I'm something of a Mac ecosystem hater redface.gif I use a Blackberry and only use PC's. However, the IPad Mini really fits for my requirements. I wasn't (and still am not) overly thrilled with my IPad 2. It's simply too big/heavy for travel and e-reading. It's fine for propping on a desk for video playback but that's about all I do with it. I can fit the IPad Mini in a pocket and with almost 13 hours of battery life...

I enjoy the tinkering aspect of the Android OS. I've owned about a dozen different Android tablets over the last two years. I just find there is always some little issue with every device I have owned or some instability in a given app that happens just often enough to drive me crazy.
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Thanks for the info. Are there are other reading apps for the IPad that actually capture series data?

Personally I haven't had Stanza crash, ever either on the Mini or my IPad 2 and I've logged many, many hours of reading. Mind you I don't muck around with it's settings much.

Basic reading and ebook navigation, Stanza doesn't crash (so far). It's when you try to go to certain settings pages that it does. It's a good thing my iPhone 5 was just restored from my iPhone 4 back-up so I already had Stanza set-up the way I want.

As for apps that capture series data, I don't think there's an actual epub spec for that (at least, last I checked). Calibre, a multi-platform library management program, stores series information as a Calibre-specific custom metadata and that's what most epub readers on Android use. I don't see Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, etc adding support for series info until it actually becomes a part of the epub spec.

While Stanza itself seems to ignore most epub metadata except for title, author and tags, you can get metadata description into the program by downloading ebooks via OPDS feeds (you can add feeds by going to Get Books >> Shared >> Edit >> Add Book Source). Personally, I leave Calibre server enabled on my desktop (always-on) and I just navigate my library using the Calibre OPDS feed.
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Finally got my new case in the mail. Casecrown, black leather. Fit's the Mini perfectly. Excellent quality material (smells like leather! smile.gif). Best design for video viewing in landscape mode. I have a similar case for my IPad 2 and Samsung Tab 7". Also has a handstrap which is great when you are holding it one handed. It also heavily pads all corners in case of dropping and provides full protection when closed against impacts.

Got it through Amazon for $20.






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That case looks really nice man, looks just like the one I got for mine except mine doesn't have that strap. 20 dollars on amazon aswell:thumb:
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