Though tablets and smartphones aren't as comfortable to use for long periods of time as an ebook reader (they're heavier and have glaring LED screens), they should still be fine for shorter stints. Both Amazon and Kobo smartphone apps so you can access your library from any device. Google Play and Apple iBooks also offer their own book stores, adding yet more choice for reading on your phone.
Yes, both the Paperwhite and Oasis support audiobooks from Audible. If you switch from reading to listening, your progress will be synchronised so you can seamlessly carry on from where you left off. However, both devices only support Bluetooth headphones; there's no headphone jack on either device. Both devices also support text-to-speech if no audiobook is available.
E-ink requires very little battery power to display text, which means that the average battery life of an ebook reader is much longer than a tablet. Some ebook readers can run for weeks at a time without a charge, although using the built-in light available on the Oasis and Paperwhite models will reduce this somewhat.
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Kindles can only open ebooks in Amazon's exclusive AZW format. This means only books bought from Amazon can be read on a Kindle. Other ebook readers, such as those made by Kobo, can open Epub files, which is an open standard and can be used for buying books from third-party stores as well as 'borrowing' titles from your local library using Overdrive.
All of Amazon's Kindle ebook readers and tablets can be used to read ebooks, and most can be used to browse the web. But beyond that, there's a world of difference between the devices, from screen sizes and internal storage to price point. The Kindle range starts at £60 for the basic model, going up to £230 for the Kindle Oasis.
Here’s what you can expect comics to look like on your device. We selected Scott Pilgrim because the extremely simple and high-contrast line art used in the series is a good indicator of what Manga-style artwork, in general, will look like:
Just drag your new comic files (which will likely be in MOBI or AZW3 format, unless you’re using another ereader) to your device—on my Kindle, I’ve put them on the “documents” folder. Eject your Kindle, and you should see that they appear in your reading list!
From there, choose your ereader from the dropdown on the left (I’m using a Kindle Paperwhite 3), and it should pre-select your options for you. You can adjust certain things if you need to (like “Manga Mode”, if the comic in question is read right-to-left). Just mouse over any of the other options to see what they do.
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Step One: Convert Your CBR and CBZ Files for the Kindle
The iPad has been toted as the ultimate comic book reader, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a run for its money with your Kindle. Here’s how to optimize and transfer your comic books and manga to your Kindle.
The conversion may take a while depending on how many files you have selected. Once it’s finished, you should find your converted files in the same folder as the source files.
Step Two: Copy Your Comics to Your Kindle
NOTE: You can also use a tool like Calibre to copy your comics to your Kindle, just like you would any other books. It’s a great tool if you have a lot of local books to organize!
Sure, tablets may have big colorful screens, which are undoubtedly better for most comic books. But the Kindle’s e-ink screen has its place. You can read it at night without straining your eyes, you can read it outdoors in direct sunlight, and its battery is absolutely killer. Its screen may be small, but for manga and other black and white comics, it’s a perfect little device.