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Re: [OM] IMG: My Daily Companion

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: My Daily Companion
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 12:24:33 -0700
On 3/19/2020 9:50 AM, Jim Nichols wrote:
My son has an iPad, and I have checked it out when he comes to visit.  I may venture in that direction, but the iMac and a comfortable chair work fine for now.

On 3/19/20 11:42 AM, Chris Barker wrote:
I use a Kobo, Jim, for my reading (I hate the idea of making Bezos any richer), but my iPad Air (2019) is a delight to read from as well and I use it for the Guardian newspaper.

How interesting. I have a 24" Dell monitor, iPhone Xs, iPad Mini and a Nook 
Simple Touch.

Although I do read some magazine and newspaper articles on the monitor, I find I tend not to finish long ones. I also don't much like reading lengthy text on the iPad.

To quote a review of a Kobo:

"In a world full of full-color tablet displays, it may seem surprising that dedicated e-readers are still around. But these devices actually have an advantage over tablets that avid readers appreciate -- the e-ink displays are much easier on the eyes than backlit displays. They allow for comfortable long-term reading."

The B&W Kobos, Kindle and Nook e-readers all use e-ink displays, which are, for me, FAR, FAR nicer to read than the shiny surface color screens on tablets and "real" computers.

The addition of built-in lights on recent ones seems to me a step back in readability. When Nook switched, I took my lightless Simple Touch into a B&N store and held it next to the new one. The old one was obviously clearer.

We have two failed ones (for parts), two working ones and one in reserve. We're very much a split preference household. I heartily dislike reading physical books, and Carol loves them; she only uses her Nook when traveling or when a book isn't available in one of the three library systems she uses.

I prefer the Nook to Kobo and Kindle because it works with the generic epub format, so isn't tied to any source. When I get a Kindle book, Calibre converts and downloads it to the Nook. Lots of books are available as epubs free or at low cost on the web.

With a 2GB micro SD card, I can have a ridiculous number of books on it. Far more than it's simple index system is much use for. But it does have a search function - if I can remember author or title.

I've always loved sitting in my little pool of light with a book while the world around me is asleep. The differences from the past now are a full spectrum light and an e-reader. I love it.

Some years ago, I was being troubled by pain in my left wrist. Eventually, I realized it was from the way I held thick paperbacks when reading. I changed how I read, and got better. No such problems with the Nook. :-)

Reflective Reading Moose

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