The things that have converted me:
- high-res, larger-than 3.5" screen.
- fast page turn, with configurable tap areas
- realizing that reading vertical columns of text is better
- Night-time reading - At night, I can dim the display and enable light, amber colored text on a black background. This combination seems easiest on my eyes and on my sleeping wife. Better contrast and lower brightness levels are better.
- On-the-go, I always have my phone with me, but any other device or a paper book is another thing to carry around.
- Content availability - between ebooks, Pocket, PDF readers (yes, they're cumbersome on the phone), and web access, I have huge amounts of content available.
- Battery life. All that content doesn't do any good if the battery is dead. Reading with a cord trailing out is less comfortable.
- I'd like the display to go dimmer. The kindle paperwhite goes really dim, but cannot invert video, so readability drops with the last few dimness settings.
Besides the points you mentioned, I much prefer the smaller size of phones -- they require much less "eye scan", making it easier to read/process multiple lines simultaneously.
The smaller size is also much more comfortable lying down.
But the biggest difference is AMOLED. If you're going to read at night, AMOLED means that black pixels are completely black without any backlight glow. Don't use LCD screens for night-time reading.
On android, there are many apps available to dim your screen below the lowest setting. I use Twilight.
And yes, my vision is properly corrected and prescription current. I didn't expect to end up with long-range glasses, computer glasses (a weaker version of the long-range prescription) AND prescription sunglasses at age 29, but so it goes.
Frequent reading on a smartphone must be really horrible for the long-term eye health. Especially on smartphone, not a tablet. And as far as I know that is actually the reason for the existance of e-books: the e-ink technology makes reading on them similar to reading a book regarding the eyestrain. So if you read in a well lit environment, you should be okay. And I am not sure you can say that about a smartphone screen.
I have had a Kindle Paperwhite for several years and have been really pleased by my reading experience so far. The only negative for me is that it is sometimes kinda slow in drawing pages (especially during interface navigation), I don't know whether it is caused by slow firmware, hardware or it is just because of the e-ink technology that causes the interface rendering to be slow; this makes me feel that the device is unresponsive sometimes.
It's been getting better with each generation of Kindle.
The problem are the damn static scans of older books. Having to scroll sideways doesn't make for a fun experience.
I really wish something would replace PDFs that was much more ereader/phone friendly so I could read technical books on my phone as well. I have tried many PDF reader and the format is just too cumbersome for mobile. (Yeah, I get that is my opinion.)
I do. I've been reading exclusively on my phone for around two years and couldn't be happier.
I hate reading on a screen, especially a small one.
A sincere question because I don't enjoy reading on a tablet but a kindle to me in terms of eye strain is identical if not better than a book.
I agree entirely that the convenience of having 6M books at hand and ready to go at a moments notice is phenomenal, and sometimes I succumb to that argument. For me, the medium then just kills reading for pleasure stone dead, and it becomes "read only if you must."
Books aren't going anywhere in the foreseeable future. You can't pick up the latest bestseller on sale in the supermarket, you can't give your e-books to friends an family when you're done with it. And some simply find them easier or more pleasant to read.
Phone reading is only for when you're stuck not being at home.
Well my phone (Galaxy Note 4, 5.7") is also my ebook reader. I can easily read my favourite books and comics while on the bus.
Kindle is fine, but I don't like to bring lots of gadgets while travelling.
Sure, some folks still prefer the good, old physical books, and so do I, when at home.
Text entry (and thus coding) is still very sub-optimal, but otherwise...
Jokes aside, I am fine with reading articles on my phone, but will definitely break out my kindle if I am trying to read a book or anything that will take longer than a period of fifteen minutes or so.
When I rooted my Nook, the refresh rate was horrid, the eink display would have to constantly flash the screen due to how it worked, and apps mostly had black UIs which didn't look as good. The battery life also went down considerably so there are cons to consider.
I just want the HTML, laid out like instapaper, at 15pts or above.
From my experience reading magazines is best on iPad and reading books (with little photos) best on Kindle.