My husband got a great deal on an Apple iPad 2 for my birthday. He used American Express points AND got a discount. So it’s really not such a giant indulgence, even though I do have a Kindle. And an iPhone. And a MacBook. Or at least that’s what I tell myself!
But I will tell you, Amazon is fighting a losing battle. I loved me some Kindle. Super-great for storing dozens, even hundreds of books. (Just like I can do on my iPad.) I can shop online! (Just like on my iPad.) I can adjust the font size. (Ditto.)
But the glare! The glare! That’s the big differentiator. The Kindle’s more like the printed page, and it doesn’t have that pesky, eye-straining backlighting. Except that I found the little thing that lets you adjust the brightness. I have a Kindle app on my iPad, and I can use iBooks, too, as well as a nifty app called Newsstand.
So, while I’m not saying good-bye to the Kindle, it’s kind of like those leftovers in the fridge that you feel like you should get to, before they go bad. And I had somebody ask me recently if I’d considered the Nook, and how did it stack up to the Kindle and to the iPad?
My answer: who cares? Why would I want to hitch my reading habit to a reader that’s hitched to Barnes and Noble? Are Kobo users thrilled with their choice, now that Borders is defunct, I wonder. I’ve seen the future, it’s the iPad, and it’s in my hand.