E-Reding and wireless reading devices are spreading everywhere nowadays as companies find new ways to attract avid readers and gadget lovers. The two popular e-book reading devices are the Kindle from amazon.com and iPad from Apple, both have great reviews and many advantages that you should consider before making the decision.

The iPad has an LCD screen (like new laptops) while the Kindle uses the e-Ink technology and they both allow you to download and read e-books, PDF files, bookmark the pages you want, browse the web, listen to music, etc.

There are many reviews and comparisons between the two devidces, so I'll try to focus on the important advantages and disadvantages of both. The important question is: what are you going to use it for?

The Kindle seems to beat the iPad in terms of book download as the Amazon bookstore allows you to downloadhundreds of thousands of books, get your magazines and mewspapers delivered to you before everyone as well as the ability to buy new books and novels once they are published. Also, with Kindle, you don't have to search for a hot spot/WiFi as it uses the 3G wireless connection that can be used globally in more than 100 countries, which means you can also take it on your travels and you won't have to buy for a monthly internet connection.






The iPad has other features than just reading. While the web browser in the kindle is just a basic primitive browser, the iPad can give you an amazing experience of browsing the web, checking your e-mail, watching movies and photos are so much fun on the iPad more than a laptop or a mini laptop. You can also play games on it! But what about reading?

The LCD of the iPad is great for leading in dim light and doesn't need you to add a light to it. The problem with the iPad is reading in bright light or in sunlight. The iPad doesn't seem to be a good choice for reading outdoors because of the sun glare (just like the iPhone). Kindle and Kindle DX (the larger version) are amazing with their paper-like screen thanks to the e-ink technology which gives you the feeling of reading a real book. There is no sun glare and less eye strain than in the iPad.

So, Kindle makes reading easier and more comfortable and encourages you to read more. The iPad can't do the same as regards to reading but you can still do so many fun things with, things that you can do on a laptop but with a new touchy experience!

Other differences:
  • Kindle is much cheaper (starting at $259), much more lighter than the iPad.

  • Kindle has longer battery life.
  • Kindle allows you to add notes.

  • The iPad screen is larger.

  • The iPad needs a WiFi connection so you can't download books everywhere. But with Kindle you can download books using the 3G wireless netword anywhere there is a cellular phone connection and you don't have to pay for it.

About the eye strain issue, you should try for yourself and see if Kindle is really better than the iPad for you. Most people find the Kindle more easy on the eyes but a few has mentioned that the 2 devices felt equal for themas regards eye strain.

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If you are planning to format your hard disk drives or just wanna have a back up of your bookmarks or favourite websites, you should consider save them, specially for those with a large list with sub-folders.

This applies to all browsers: INternet Explorer, Flock, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
In IE: Click on File > Import and Export. Then Choose Export from your browser and in the next window check "favourites". The same steps in Mozilla can be applied but in the bookmarks menu instead of the "file" menu.

Then you choose the location of the file and it will be saved as an html file. You can save the file and "import" it later to the browser in the same way you exported it.

Another wa to avoid this is by using an online bookmaring website, this way, you favourites are always stored online and you never lose them, you can name them and give them tags and file them under categories.

When using online bookmarking sites, you can choose wether to make your bookmarks private (only you can see them) or you can choose them to be public, this means you share them with other members of the website, you can see if any other people boomarked this page before, you can browse other users' bookmarks by interests and each member can vote for any bookmark, you can make new friends based on common interests, etc.

You don't have to log in into the website each time you wanna bookmark.favourite a page. All bookmarking networks allows you to download a toolbar that is integrated into your browser so that you ca directly bookmark any web page while surfing by clicking on an icon or by te usual way "Ctrl + D".

Some of these websites are:
del.icio.us
Digg
clipmarks
stumbleuopn
propeller