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Lately the thought of buying a Kindle for my technical books has crossed my mind... I've bought a bunch of real books for my thesis and another bunch of pdf ones, simply because the latter don't cost as much as the physical ones.

I have to admit that I very much prefer the real books to e-books of any sort. The thought though of having a single device with all your books is quite appealing. Has anyone used a Kindle for technical books? Does it feel better than pdfs?
 
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While I dearly love my Kindle for reading novels, I do not like it all that much for technical books. The formatting of figures and code listings always seems to go wonky one way or another.

For technical books, I prefer PDFs that I read on one of my iPads.

Vasilis Souvatzis wrote:I have to admit that I very much prefer the real books to e-books of any sort.


This used to be me. But then I ran out of room for more books, always feel bad about throwing them out, and got tired of schlepping them around (they get heavy fast). Now, I only buy paper books if I have no other choice.
 
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I have to admit that I really hate to read technical books on my kindle. It somehow puts me off even opening it as I can bolster what Bear has summarized in his post above. The formatting is awful!

I do most of my purchases over Amazon and I stopped buying kindle books anymore. I'd say better get a PDF or a hard copy of the book.
 
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An afterthought: my comments were for the e-ink Kindle (which I will re-iterate, I love for reading novels). The Kindle Fire may be better at technical PDFs as it has a more traditional full-color screen. Because I already have iPads, I haven't had any incentive to try the Fire.

And just as another data point, I don't like using my Nexus 7 for reading anything; the screen is just too weird for reading.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:I don't like using my Nexus 7 for reading anything; the screen is just too weird for reading.


Ah, so you upgraded to Lollipop as well!

Kindle reader is great for novels, but no good for tech books (poor formatting, no graphics, screen much too small, hard to flip through).
Nexus 7 Kindle app is OK for novels, although the glare can be tiring after a while, but not much good for tech books (ebooks or PDFs). However, I keep a load of tech books on there, so I can look stuff up e.g. if I know there's a particular code recipe in one of the books.
I also keep a load of ebooks online in Google Drive, so I can access them from work if necessary e.g. using a free ebook reader like Calibre.
But my preferred format for tech books is good old dead trees - not only is it easier to read and flip back and forth to find a particular topic, but I also find I absorb and retain material better if I read it in a real book.
 
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Actually, I haven't upgraded yet. Thanks for the warnings. While I find the aspect ratio of the Nexus 7 perfect for movies, I think it's horrid for just about anything else. In portrait mode, the screen is too narrow, and in landscape mode too squat. Oh well, I use it mostly for testing mobile sites anyways. My iPads are my work-horses.
 
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I see... Quite a few good points you've raised.

Apart from the formatting and code (which didn't occurred to me actually), the navigation is a huge topic for me. Real books I rarely read from start to finish, I usually put sticky bookmarks in pages and go through them when I need certain topics.

Well, since all three of you said you don't like it for technical books, I'll stick with that. I may be getting a traditional tablet in the coming months, pdfs are much better there.
 
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So looks like folks prefer it for all things that are not technical. I bought one today and would be happy if it even makes it reading my novels easier.
 
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I like paper books best but am willing to compromise if I can carry the equivalent of the library at Alexandria in my pocket : ) I don't have a Kindle, it's too single purpose for me, but be aware there are Kindle readers you can install on your laptop.

 
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Guillermo Ishi wrote:I like paper books best but am willing to compromise if I can carry the equivalent of the library at Alexandria in my pocket : ) I don't have a Kindle, it's too single purpose for me, but be aware there are Kindle readers you can install on your laptop.


You can install Kindle on your tablet or phone as well. Very handy for dull meetings!
 
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it's too single purpose for me, but be aware there are Kindle readers you can install on your laptop.



I for one wouldn't like to install it on my laptop as decluttering my laptop screen was the very reason I purchased it in the first place.
 
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I have the Kindle reader installed pretty much on every device. It's great to be able to read a book on any device that I have with me at the time, and then the location synchs up on all other devices. It's not uncommon for me to have used 4 or more devices to read a single book.
 
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Never had Kindle in my hands, but my Nexus 7 works perfect for books. It has 1080x1920 resolution so all tables and charts looks great. With a right PDF viewer you can get very nice experience.
 
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Adam Scheller wrote: With a right PDF viewer you can get very nice experience.


If I could just get the page number displayed in the PDF viewer to be the same as the page number on the PDF I would be happy.
 
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Guillermo Ishi wrote:If I could just get the page number displayed in the PDF viewer to be the same as the page number on the PDF I would be happy.


Oh that would be indeed nice. Many ebooks have table of contents linked to specific pages, but problem arises when there are no links.

I have mentioned about nice graphs and tables on Nexus 7. I have grabbed a photo so you can check it out yourselves:

 
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And this is my favorite books reader



 
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