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June 12, 2009



I have both a Kindle and an iPhone. I'm surprised that she said that she liked reading on and iPhone more than the kindle. The iPhone is OK if you're reading for short period of time, but the Kindle is more comfortable. It's easier on the eyes.

Richard Prouty

I had heard the same thing: that the iPhone wasn't very comfortable for reading for long periods of time. Maybe she's a gap reader, like me, meaning that she doesn't get many chances to sit down for an extended period of time with a book. My issue with the Kindle is that most of the books that I want to read aren't offered in Kindle editions.

Matt Maldre

Three years later, and I have to say that reading on an iPhone is easier with the high resolution screen. In fact, I prefer reading books on my iPhone over my iPad. The iPad gets too heavy over time. However, I haven't tried reading books on the actual kindle device, just the kindle app.

Matt Maldre

(btw, spudart is also "mattmaldre" who previously commented on a couple of your posts. spudart is my handle on the typepad login).

Richard Prouty

Hi mattmaldre:

I only recently upgraded to a 4S, so I'll have to try reading on it as soon as I can get iBooks to sync.

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