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Reading a Paper Book vs Reading on the iPad

Reading a Paper Book vs Reading on the iPad

When I bought my iPad, I didn’t realize how many tasks I was going use my iPad for instead of my Mac. And it makes sense – for example reading the news online is so much easier and convenient on the iPad rather than on a big fat screen, using a keyboard and a mouse. But one thing I wouldn’t think the iPad was going to replace was the book. It just didn’t make much sense to me.

But oh, I was wrong. I have started reading books on my iPad, mainly because I don’t need to carry any extra weight with me – my iPad is always in my backpack anyway. And having a 850 pages thick “Game of Thrones” in my bag all the time is not something that I’d prefer.

Steve Gillmor at TechCrunch is having another great point in this matter in one of his posts:

So I bought or was given the John Lennon autobiography by Philip Norman a few years ago. I read it in fits and starts, right up until someone (maybe me, maybe not) spilled coffee on it and saturated the first third of a very long book. I spent an hour separating the pages and drying them individually so as not to lose too much of the narrative.

Then the iPad arrived, I downloaded the book from the Kindle app, and never touched the paper version again. Moral: you own the print version as in You Break It You Buy It. I own the coffee-stained stuck-together pages where John met Paul and decided to bring him in even though he would ultimately take over and spend weeks on Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.

I read about this on the iPad.

Do you read a lot of books on your iPad, and if so, which one are you currently enjoying on your iPad?


  1. real talk says:

     spilling coffee on an ipad seems to be a little more expensive to me

    1. Sunburner says:

      Spilling coffee on the iPad means u can wipe it off, the surface is big and sealed in most areas from what I can tell… :p

  2. Superlyrical_19 says:

    I read books on my iPad. I had a 1st generation Kindle and didn’t think I would like reading on a backlit screen but it’s been zero problem.

    Current read: The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales, Peter Rollins

  3. Gorazdvahen says:

    When I bought my iPhone 4 I never suspected I would read books on it. Yet I’ve read all of the 5 Temeraire novels in a fortnight. And then Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord series. Retina display rocks. 

    1. Kate says:

      Agreed! I read on my iPhone at work on breaks (I get 20 minutes about every 60-80 minutes) and I’ve finished a lot of books that way: The Hunger Games trilogy, One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde, and a couple Bill Bryson books. I just started the first Dresden Files novel as well as Game of Thrones.

      As far as the iPad goes, it’s strictly reserved for before-bed reading. At first I was worried about the bright screen keeping me from getting sleepy, but reading still makes me crash at night, even on the iPad.

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