Apple iPad - Best E Book Reader

by Jeanne
(Arizona)

After wondering and wondering which electronic book reader to get - I finally decided on the Apple iPad and I am so glad I did.


I've downloaded several ebook apps - like the Nook, iBooks and the Amazon Kindle. So I have books in each of these "libraries."

What I like best is the touch screen - the icons are so easy to see by zooming them so they are larger- and I like the color screen.

It is so easy to enlarge the font by zooming.

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Ebook Reader Review - Apple iPad

by Pat

We corresponded earlier regarding the Kindle which my 89 yr-old mother had tried and found quite disappointing (she now has wet macular
degeneration in both eyes.

We bought her an iPad for her Dec 1 birthday.
She LOVES it.

The ability to be able to change the contrast of the letters on the white background really trumps the issue of 'looks like book paper.'

The greater contrast makes it much easier for her to read. (Remember many with Wet AMD use flashlights to make things brighter to read).

She also loves that she can read the Mobile versions of newspapers from the UK on it.

She is able to recognise the app icons (we have set them big enough for her to see) probably more by color& shape as by any word caption on them.

We have set the font sizes fairly large but they could be larger still.

She was not computer literate before this purchase& still has trouble navigating it.

On my PC if I show her an online article (I set it up for 200% or 300% Zoom depending on original font size)

She has gradually got comfortable choosing the various apps on the iPad herself and now rarely asks for any help with it.

Although initially she had stray fingers choosing things she did not mean to choose she has learned to double tap etc.

The iPad is so intuitive she has read 5 whole books since her birthday.

There many types of ibooks available. We have set her up to get Library iBooks, Kindle books, iTunes and several other types.

We generally download for her and she accesses them when she wants to read them.

She even has email now (set up on gmail.com)
We did not get the WiFi version.

As I said, she loves it and keeps commenting "I can actually read now!" & is so happy we gave it to her.

Pat

P.S. My mother used black letters on white with high contrast. Didn't like the white on black.

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Apple iPad - The Best

by Neil
(Canada)

I find that an illuminated screen such as the Apple iPad is much superior to the Kindle reader for enhancing low vision and acuity.

To each his own on this but I note that the section where there are assorted recommended devices lacks both the iPad and the Kobo amongst others such as all the competitors for the iPad.

Personally, I will await the so called retina display iPad that is to come to market in a matter of a few months as it is supposedly super sharp so that depending on one's eye accommodation, one could go very close with it and not have jaggies from pixelation.

REPLY

Thanks Neil for sharing your comments. To learn about the features that the Apple iPad offers for those with macular degeneration click here:

Apple iPad

Leslie

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It has to be an Apple iPAD

by Sophie
(Worcestershire, UK)

My mother hadn't been able to read books for some months due to macular degeneration.

It really impacted her quality of life and she was very low in mood.

She is now using an Apple iPad which has a much larger screen than the Kindle reader (even the larger version) and she can now read with the larger font size.

The Apple iPad has a control for brightness too, which is really helpful.

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Ebook Reader Reviews - Apple iPad

by Claire
(New Zealand)

Yes I do have macular degeneration, very unfortunately.

I can tell you that the Apple iPad is miraculous.

One does not need light, it is entirely transportable like a book and the newspaper can be read easily by pulling the print up as well as being able to enlarge the photographs to see faces properly.

It has far exceeded my expectations and I take it everywhere. I down load apps for the grandchildren and they love them ,especially the interactive ones.

One can draw personalized birthday cards and then send them instantly, it's great fun and the best tool I have for my eye deterioration.

The screen is large and so very clear and crisp, a real pleasure to use.

REPLY

Thanks Claire for taking the time to share how the Apple iPad has been helpful to you.

This wireless reading device has one of the larger screens, utilizes a touch screen for navigation and offers full color screens as well.

If you are interested in reading more about this ebook reader go to:

Apple iPad

Kind Regards,

Leslie Degner

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E Book Reader Reviews - Apple iPad

by Elaine
(United States)

I've had dry macular for over fifteen years and it recently changed to wet.

I was never aware of it in my daily life except for my optical examinations when I noticed that the smallest letters seemed to be "jumping " or distorted.

Later saw that there was more distortion in my left eye when reading. My ophthalmologist sent me to a specialist in macular degeneration and he found that my situation had changed to "wet"....so he immediately started me on
Lucentis in my left eye and Avastin in my right eye which was still seeing well
and compensating for my left eye so that I could read and drive the car.

I am by nature a very optimistic person and believe in problem solving if the "worst case
scenario.might present itself one day.

I am also a young "81" who has used a computer for many years...so I started by
making a list of things I had to do immediately.

I was hoping that even if things stayed the same(status quo) while I got the eye injections ...I had to be prepared for handling the changes that were slowly taking place.

I bought a few good reading lamps and some light magnifiers. Bought a number of purse size flashlights. Bought some smaller size flashlites to attach to sets of keys.

Then..the most important thing to think about .... I cannot lose communication with my world .... so I decided to investigate the Apple iPad because I am an avid reader and have heard so much about IPAD as a great book source as well as a mini computer that is easy to travel with or just take anywhere.

Long story short...I absolutely love using the Apple iPad
.


First of all..reading a book is so easy...all in large print, dark black on white..very easy to follow.

Now the thing I am investigating is a newer feature in which...one can use a voice over set-up to read your e.mail and more importantly, there is a dictation program that allows you to dictate your e.mail as it is voice sensitive and
recognizes the user's voice.

All this I will be looking into because I think it is so valuable and want to get used to the program and familiarize myself with these new features that can help to keep me in life.

Let's face it...this can be a daunting test but there are some helpful solutions.

Also important to educate ourselves about what is happening with stem cell research and macular degeneration. Leslie is doing a mammoth job in education and I for one am indebted to her.

Thanks,Elaine

Sent from my iPad



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