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Added 04-05-20 09:31:01am EST - “Apple Books vs Kindle - What's the best way to read ebooks? While Kindle has dedicated hardware, Apple Books offers a first-class iOS experience.” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Apple Books vs Kindle: What's the best ebook reader? - 9to5Mac”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

I have been using a Kindle for many years now. Most recently, I was using a Kindle Oasis as my primary book reader. As I was looking at some upcoming books a few weeks back, I realized that I was not too fond of the purchasing process on iOS for Kindle. I started thinking about if the Kindle (and the Kindle apps) were still the best place for me to purchase books. Apple Books vs Kindle: what’s the best way to read books and listen to audiobooks?

Amazon is undoubtedly the top e-book seller in the world, and there are plenty of reasons why. They offer low-cost hardware and run frequent specials on popular books. Over the past few years, I’ve picked up countless books as I built up my library. As I sat and looked at the mobile interface for purchasing Kindle Books, I started thinking about how slow and dated the overall Kindle interface has become. While I love the idea of the Kindle hardware, the software hasn’t advanced very much. The overall experience is quite clunky. It feels like the current Kindle hardware is still running the original software. I argued last summer that Apple should build a competitor to the Kindle as well. There is something to the e-ink display, but it needs a fresh approach.

Getting back to my original point, I closed out the mobile version of the Kindle website, and I reinstalled Apple Books. As I opened it, it felt like a breath of fresh air. The overall design is just stunning. I hadn’t spent a lot of time with the new interface that Apple released with iOS 12, but I was quickly blown away. I had a few purchases from years ago, so my library certainly isn’t as big as what it is on Kindle (I still think there should be a ‘Books Anywhere’ service). I am using a lot of Apple’s services in my daily life (iCloud, Apple Music, etc.), so does it make sense to move my book reading into Apple Books?

After pondering Apple Books vs Kindle for the rest of the day, I realized both of them have their benefits. Amazon has dedicated e-book hardware and a massive bookstore. Apple has excellent support on iOS with a built-in store. I feel like Apple’s overall app design is much stronger as well (comparing to the Kindle iOS app). Before I could change my mind, I sent a tweet asking if anyone wanted to buy my Kindle. I told myself that if I sold it that night, I would take the plunge into Apple Books.

Once I sold my Kindle Oasis, I decided that the iPad mini would be the best device for reading books from Apple Books. While it’s more expensive than the 7th generation iPad, in the long run, it’ll be a more comfortable device to hold for reading.

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