I acquired an iPad a short while ago.  Someone on SleuthMail, the Florida Mystery Writers group, asked how I compared it to my Kindle.

The Kindle is lightweight, handles easily in one hand, and has a wonderful dictionary feature that is just a click away.  It has several days of battery life.  The reading experience is book-like.  Since it isn’t backlit, it requires a reading lamp, okay for some settings but not so good for others.  Oh yes, and it is now inexpensive.

The iPad is multifunctional and the range of available applications seems staggering.  I’ve linked to several newspapers and online services and have access to some of my textbooks as well.  Another feature that is very nice is the ability to edit text in a couple of different ways.

The iPad is heavier, and I handle it most comfortably on my lap—set up like an easel in its case— or two-handed.  As of a week ago, it has a linked-in dictionary function.  The backlighting makes it versatile for reading in bed without disturbing Steve or for reading in the car, which I often do.  It has several hours of battery life, but requires daily recharging.   As with the Kindle, you can plug in and continue reading if desired.

The Kindle is a book reader.  The iPad is an expensive TOY that appealed to my techy side and gave me a case of the i-WANTS!  I love it.


To read on the iPad, I have and use (1) Kindle, which is my favorite for cost and function.  I keep, though haven’t been using, (2) eReader, the Fictionwise version.  This is the reader I used pre-Kindle, pre-Amazon for years.  (3) iBooks, the iTunes reader, does a good job with pdf files of moderate size as well. I installed(4) eReader , the B&N version, but haven’t used yet.  There are a couple more apps out there, Borders e-books for example, but I’ve not explored them.  BookShelf is a paid app for ‘education’ and seems to have some author-friendly functions.  I haven’t explored it in any detail either.


I started reading electronically on my Palm Pilot several years ago.  I moved to the iPhone in 2008 and switched from eReader to the Kindle application, a free download.

The ultimate convenience is that I can have the same book open in the iPad, the Kindle, and the iPhone at the same time.  The wireless sync feature usually takes the device to the correct page, though on occasion, I must resort to looking for my spot.  I’m getting the notion of that in order for the sync to work properly, I need to exit the application before turning off the device.

I consider the iPhone the perfect portable reader.  It fits nicely in any purse and is always available.  The adjustable font takes some of the bite out of the small, yet adequate, screen.

Happy Reading.