I’m often asked as the Kindle Expert ‘Which Kindle should I buy?’
Feb.1, 2013 Update – I wanted to post an update on the what I wrote back in December-2012:
I mentioned that text-to-speech is really one of my favorite features of the Kindle. iBooks doesn’t have it. And several different Kindle models don’t either, so here’s what you need to know if that feature is as important to you as it is to me:
Text-to-Speech is available on:
Text-to-Speech is not available on:
Note: You can download the Amazon Accessibility Plugin to enable text-to-speech on the PC Kindle App.
The original post follows below
It’s that time of year again (this also happened last Christmas) – when the #1 question I get is: “Which eBook reader should I buy?”
These days, it’s really down to the Kindle Fire or iPad. I do realize BN nook has a new device out as well, but honestly I don’t see them competing long term in the eBook space. Perhaps Microsoft will change that, but for now, it’s a two horse race.
I feel the key advantage of Kindle over the iPad is that there is a much larger catalog of books available – and Kindle books tend to cost the least $. Additionally, through Amazon Prime, members get access to thousands of titles they can borrow for free (1/month).
However – Apple iBooks (iPad & iPad mini) is superior for reading eBooks. It’s a more elegant reader, more natural (as if you are actually reading a book in print), and the ability to add notes and highlight text is far easier to use. The big disadvantage of the iBooks reader is no text-to-speech – but sadly Amazon removed that feature on the Kindle Fire as well.
Currently, I feel the iPad/iPad mini is a superior device when it comes to reading eBooks – as I feel they are ahead of Amazon in the software aspect.
But the higher cost of the iPad is a barrier to entry for many, and the vast array of content for the Kindle makes it a more valuable investment from an eReader perspective.
So if I had to choose between a Kindle Fire or an iPad Mini ($329) – I would choose the Kindle Fire for the reasons above. **The big game changer in my mind is that Amazon has a 4G data package that you can add for only $49/year **(only available on the the top end $499 Kindle Fire).
Amazon will continue to improve the Kindle Reader software, so I think that while Apple does have an advantage with the iBooks software, they won’t have the advantage forever.
Hope that helps in your decision to purchase your next eReader!