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On 1/6/2019 at 3:02 PM, Mt_Rider said:

Welllllll, iPads are extremely HEAVY for my hands.  A case would give a little something to grasp... and they have a way of folding to set upright?  I know I'll have to get another laptop when this one actually dies.  I MUST always have a keyboard; so much of my computer usage is word processing.  Writing stories, etc.  I'm just trying to take the pressure off the laptop by taking Kindle elsewhere. 

 

I really do not like CLOUD.  I know that if it works...WHILE it works....it helps not to overload systems.  But when I go to chose another book....I spin thru right there on my own device.  Perhaps it's because we don't have access  to this CLOUD unless we're at home.  Or at a library.  And we apparently will NEVER purchase ENOUGH access to keep messing around with any CLOUD. 

 

Question:  you all talk of accessing the CLOUD.  Thru what part of what device do you do that?  Internet access thru cell phone  or ....??  This is where I don't have much experience with accessing anything thru cell phone.  We do not have a data plan for the cell phone.  Therefore....we don't have a data plan for any of these devices either, right?  I would need to access the books thru our computer modem and satellite dish....even if I'm using a book reader or iPad, right?   ANY function that is cell phone-based, is not available to me at home....and thus, NOT available to me at all.

 

I know...it drove our kids crazy when they rented an Airbnb out here once.  Just calculating that they had WiFi functions but zero CELL functions.  They assumed WiFi = Cell phone.  :grinning-smiley-044:

 

I actually have an older iPod with a reader function.  But it's all jammed up with the years-of-backlog of email.  Never figured how to clear it.  Can I load a Kindle-for-iPod app on that?  The current reader app is not Kindle-friendly.  All my books are Kindle.  Would it be worth it...it's almost a decade old.  Worked as of 6 yrs ago when I was at Darlene's to get Koa.  I could check email on it.   I'm not sure I'd find it comfortable to read on ...full time.  It's 4"x2.5" or something like that. 

 

Can you tell I don't have enough data to understand?  About the time I figure something out, they've developed NEW STUFF....  I agree, Annarchy.  Tech is moving way too fast for me in boonies to keep up.  :sassing:  

 

MtRider   :scratchhead: 

 

Glancing through this thread, I don’t see an answer.

 

iPads come in different sizes and weights.

 

I have a case for mine that is book-like, opening somewhat like the cover of a book. The nice thing about the case is that the front cover is a tri-fold stand for the iPad, and in landscape mode makes it like a small touchscreen laptop.

 

Mine has plenty of internal storage so that I do not have to rely on the cloud.

 

I like that it is not locked into one source for books. While I can read Kindle materials on it, I can also go to places like the Gutenberg Project for books, or the Apple store, or other places and get reading material. Years ago I had a Kindle Fire and it was much less versatile.

 

I also like that I can use it as a small computer, much more so than the Kindle Fire I had. The Fire did not last very long before it died. Maybe 2 years if I recall correctly. This iPad is well made and going strong after several years.

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Cowgirl....that's some new information.  Esp. about the folding cover that can prop it up.  That's currently how I read on laptop. 

 

Different sizes....but I can adjust the print size to see comfortably...right?

 

I've handled other people's iPads and they are quite heavy.  But...so is a laptop. 

 

I've got enough ebooks to fill more than 32 GB {?}   (I THINK....very rough guess.....AND  I keep forgetting which is GB or MB or ?????)  Does an iPad have that kind of capacity?  But then, if I got an iPad....that takes pictures too, right?  That would be tempting to fill up space with pics.  I USED to take lots of pics.  But they all go away after you change devices so I gave up.  {yeah, store in the CLOUD}  :rolleyes: 

 

All of our emergency family issues have come in front of this issue in priority right now.  But....I will have to do something.  Old laptop limping along but is acting like an unpredictable old person!  :wacko: 

 

MtRider  :pc_coffee: 

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I read on my phone with an app called pocket book.  I read on my computer with a program called calibre library.  I just transfer a couple (dozen) books to my phone from my computer and delete them off the phone when I'm done.  I have ….more than anyone would admit too, probably more than my library has physical books.... books on an external hard drive.  It takes up roughly a Terabyte and I've room to grow.   

 

You would be better off buying a tablet than a 'book reader.'  They cost the same, there are numerous free apps to read books and the tablet has many more uses than a book reader.    Storage is a non issue.  Anything you buy is going to use an SD card or a micro SD card and they are very cheap to upgrade for more storage.  I think I pay about $89 for 5 Terabyte external (for use with a computer, not compatible with devices,) $40 for a 400GB micro SD, and roughly $10 for 32GB micro SD.  

 

The easiest way to access the cloud is to sign up for a free google email.  Go to google, click on the app button.  Third icon from the right that is squares.  Choose the green & yellow triangle that says google drive.  You can now drag and drop any information to your 'cloud.'    Download google drive app on your phone or tablet to access your info on that device.  it will use your data plan if you are not on wifi.    I use it to move data around, not for permanent storage.  

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15 minutes ago, euphrasyne said:

I read on my phone with an app called pocket book.  I read on my computer with a program called calibre library.  I just transfer a couple (dozen) books to my phone from my computer and delete them off the phone when I'm done.  I have ….more than anyone would admit too, probably more than my library has physical books.... books on an external hard drive.  It takes up roughly a Terabyte and I've room to grow.   

  

You would be better off buying a tablet than a 'book reader.'  They cost the same, there are numerous free apps to read books and the tablet has many more uses than a book reader.    Storage is a non issue.  Anything you buy is going to use an SD card or a micro SD card and they are very cheap to upgrade for more storage.  I think I pay about $89 for 5 Terabyte external (for use with a computer, not compatible with devices,) $40 for a 400GB micro SD, and roughly $10 for 32GB micro SD.  

  

The easiest way to access the cloud is to sign up for a free google email.  Go to google, click on the app button.  Third icon from the right that is squares.  Choose the green & yellow triangle that says google drive.  You can now drag and drop any information to your 'cloud.'    Download google drive app on your phone or tablet to access your info on that device.  it will use your data plan if you are not on wifi.    I use it to move data around, not for permanent storage.  

 

I have an iPad, a Kindle Paperwhite, a Surface Pro, and multiple phones.  I've had Kindles, Kindle Fires, Samsung tablets, and other random toys.  

 

What do I end up reading on?  The Paperwhite.  I don't like reading from the color screens.  The way that the screen for the Kindles is designed makes it where I can read for a LOT longer without my head hurting, plus it's a lot lighter than anything but my phone. 

 

The Kindle Fires just ticked me off because they're so locked in to the Amazon app store that they didn't function as a useable tablet for me and I couldn't access some of the apps I normally use all the time.  They were basically just used for watching things.  I didn't even like the resolution for cookbooks.  It is a matter of personal preference, but I flat out don't like to read on a color screen unless it's something that I need color pictures for.

 

Note that iPads do not have the ability to use an SD card, if you choose to go that route.  

 

I don't have a case that folds and stands by itself, but I normally have a music stand, cell phone stand, or something else available to put it on.

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14 hours ago, Mt_Rider said:

Cowgirl....that's some new information.  Esp. about the folding cover that can prop it up.  That's currently how I read on laptop. 

 

Different sizes....but I can adjust the print size to see comfortably...right?

  

I've handled other people's iPads and they are quite heavy.  But...so is a laptop. 

 

I've got enough ebooks to fill more than 32 GB {?}   (I THINK....very rough guess.....AND  I keep forgetting which is GB or MB or ?????)  Does an iPad have that kind of capacity?  But then, if I got an iPad....that takes pictures too, right?  That would be tempting to fill up space with pics.  I USED to take lots of pics.  But they all go away after you change devices so I gave up.  {yeah, store in the CLOUD}  :rolleyes: 

  

All of our emergency family issues have come in front of this issue in priority right now.  But....I will have to do something.  Old laptop limping along but is acting like an unpredictable old person!  :wacko: 

  

MtRider  :pc_coffee: 

 

Storage-wise, my iPad has 128GB.  It's not expandable.  I think 32GB is the bare minimum that they make them with anymore.  I do have a case that folds around, but I hardly ever use that feature.

 

You can plug an iPad into a computer and back up the pictures onto it.

 

You can adjust the size of print in all the devices - computer, iPad, Kindle, etc.  It's a function of the reading software.

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My MIL has a kindle.  It is the same color as pocketbook on my phone.  The way the screen colors for books is adjustable for most of the book apps. I usually use a 'tanish' low lighting background with an antiglare font.  I also hate bright screens and this is comfortable for me to read.     You should check it out if you are looking for something with different lighting.  

 

My older daughter has an ipad, it uses a special flash drive for extra storage.  It is about $15 for 32Gb.  

 

I usually get them cheaper locally, but this is what they look like:

https://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Suntrsi-External-Storage-Compatible/dp/B075H8KX2T/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1548251012&sr=8-9&keywords=storage+device+for+ipad

 

Almost all devices can be memory expanded if you know what to look for.  ^^

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