QUESTION: What can you tell me about the Kindle? Is it just for reading books? We already have iPods, iPhones, and iPads in this house (multiples of each.) Is there any point to a Kindle? I’m assuming we can just download books to the iPads so why spend more money? – Mary V. from Grants Pass, Oregon

ANSWER: It really depends on which Kindle you are referring to. The Kindle Paperwhite is nothing more than a book reader. But unlike your smartphone or tablet, the Paperwhite has a special display that prevents glare, even in bright sunlight.

Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX on the other hand, are full-blown tablets—more like the iPad except they run a modified version of Android. If you already have iPads there is probably no need for a Kindle of any kind in your house. Like you said, you can download books to the iPad using the Kindle app.

However, if you have an Amazon Prime account, there is a small advantage to owning a Kindle in that you can borrow one Kindle book for free each month from the Kindle Lending Library. But again, given that you already have iPads, this most likely isn’t enough reason to fork out even more money for a Kindle.

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Patric Welch founded Noobie, Inc. in 2006 to help others effectively choose and use technologies to enhance their work and lives. The catchy company name earned Welch the name of Mr. Noobie®, but, in reality, Welch is an experienced and professional techie. Unlike most techies, Welch evaluates emerging technologies from a noobie’s perspective and provides technology education for all skill levels in a friendly, non-threatening way.
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