Ipad apps

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  1. kellio
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    I'm looking for an e-reader and something for movies.

    Note: I bought the ipad last week and have yet to get my hands on it. It hasn't left my daughters grubby little fingers yet. I plan on claiming parental rights today or she will be grounded.
     
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    I use both the Kindle and Kobo on the iPad for reading. If you subscribe to Netflix, it works get on the iPad also.
     
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    Do you have a preference for one over the other? Pros/cons?
     
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    I use Kindle because I purchased one a few years ago and have many Kindle eBooks in my library. I downloaded the Kobo App and have used it to read a number of free books I downloaded. The App downloads for both are free. I would suggest you download both programs and try them out using a free eBook. You can then decide which you prefer if you intend to purchase any books in the future.

    Both have their pros and cons. I have not decided which I prefer.
     
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    Once you get your hands on it I suspect your daughter will never get HER grubby little hands in it again.

    I use my Kindle a lot and have found that sometimes, when I read on the iPad, that it doesn't sync correctly.
     
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    The Kobo app has a night reading setting which has a dark background with illuminated letters. Great for reading in the dark without feeling like a spotlight is shining in your face.
     
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    Ha! I got my hand on it for 20 minutes and was able to download Kindle. She then got it back for some emergency need. I'm such a pushover.

    As soon as she goes to bed I'm taking it back and downloading Kobo. I want to try the reading setting while I'm relaxing in bed.
     
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    Let me know how you like it. I like the sound of the night time feature of white on dark.
     
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    Will do. As long as I don't fall asleep before she does[​IMG]
     
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    For movies, the app that comes with the iPad is good for the MP4 files. For AVI files I use Cinexplayer.
     
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    VLC is also good.
     
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    Has been removed from the APP store. but, yes, it is a good app.
     
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    Aha, did not realise that.....pity.
     
  14. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Good to know there's an alternative to VLC (which I do have and love).

    As for eBook readers, I use BlueFire Reader: http://www.bluefirereader.com/

    I can't compare it to the Kindle or Kobo or ... apps because I have never used any of them. The reason I use BlueFire is that it supports my family's vast collection of Sony Reader eBooks in ePub format. Another reason to look at BlueFire might be that they support library books. Many public libraries now offer eBooks in ePub format. I haven't tried it yet, but the instructions are here: http://www.bluefirereader.com/help/libraryBooks.html
     
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    Finally was able to use the Kindle app last night. I thought the white background with dark letters was kind of harsh on my eyes in a dimly lit room. Tonight I'll try the Kobo out.
     

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