Using the iPad As an EReader

Over the past few years, the iPad has experienced tremendous growth, at around 2000 sales per hour. The types of people that buy a iPad tend to have an array of interests. Some purchase it simply so they can have one, while others may purchase one for gaming, and then you have those who are still on the fence on whether or not they need one. In this article I intend to examine the iPad as an eReading device listing both the advantages and disadvantages of using this device for that specific purpose.

The advantages – The iPad is capable of supporting a fairly substantial number of file formats: ppt, doc, docx, pdf, cbr. If you have a book that needs reading within a short time period, then that’s no problem. Maybe you want to read the latest comic book or manga, that’s also no problem. The only drawback is that this devices ability to support a variety of file formats is not native. You will need to purchase an external App in order to do this.

Don’t like the idea of having to purchase an app to do something on the iPad, which should be available by default? The iPad also comes with iBooks app. This is a store, which has support from Macmillian Publishers, Penguin Books, Simon & Schuster and Hachette Book Group USA. The main advantage of using this app is that it has support for interactive books. Users are able to watch videos, rotate images and talk to others while reading a book. For those of you who are visually impaired, this app supports text to sound.

The disadvantages – The iPad comes with an LCD display that is backlit. Unlike with the e-ink technology on other eReaders, the iPad can cause irritation to your eyes after long usage. The most effective way of preventing eye irritation is to ensure that you blink regularly and to also adopt the 20/20/20 rule, which is to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes, both of these methods can be rather annoying however. The iPad doesn’t come with native support for ppt/cbr/doc/pdf viewing, which means you will have to spend money on something that should come as standard with the device.

Should you go with the iPad or invest your money in a traditional e-ink based eReader like Kindle and Sony Reader. If you are only interested in reading eBooks, with very little interest in doing anything else, then I would have to recommend that you invest in the traditional eReader. However, for those of you who would like to read books and also experience mobile computing at its finest, then I’d recommend you go with the iPad.

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