Libby is a mobile app that enables you to check out a library book for free, and transfer it to your Kindle app to read it. It takes a few minutes to sign up for a library card, and it's built with Overdrive, the standard in online book lending. You can also listen to audio books. iOS and Android.
Dean gets eBooks from the county library and his city library is changing formats to cloud reader, which isn't compatible with the Barnes and Noble Nook. Leo says that the Nook was a failure and the library is moving towards a platform that is supported through Kindle. iPads are also available because he can use the Kindle app.
What iPad should he get? Leo says that Apple has a new low cost 9.7" iPad that starts at $329. 32 GB. For $100 more he can get 128GB. That's the one to buy.
Shelia has a Kindle Fire tablet, but it doesn't hold a charge. Given the age of her tablet, Leo says that the battery is just worn out. Lithium ion batteries have a limited charging life, about 500 cycles. Once she's gone past that, she'll begin to see battery failure. She could try to contact Amazon and see if they can replace the battery. But she shouldn't spend a lot, as a new Kindle Fire is only $60.
Karen is thinking about getting an eBook reader like a Kindle. Leo says he has a Kindle and it's a great idea. She can annotate books, read what others have annotated, and have an eBook read to her. The eInk display is a lot more like paper than a typical tablet display, which has a brighter, reflective image that can make your eyes tired. The top of the line Kindle is the Paperwhite, which costs $119, but Leo recommends just getting the regular Kindle for $80.
Robert is vision impaired and he's missed the mobile revolution. He knows that there are a lot of books available on Amazon in eBooks. How can he have them read back to him? Leo says that the Kindle will read back to him, and it's a decent robotic voice. But some publishers disable the feature, which is a shame.
Jose needs to get his daughter a tablet. Leo recommends Kindles for Kids, which offers a free replacement program of their Kindle Fire in the first year. It runs Amazon's Fire OS, which is an augmented Android software. There's plenty of kids games, books, kids content. They're also inexpensive.
Dave wants to know if Leo likes the Amazon Kindle HDX tablet. Leo does, and it pays to look at reviews before buying them. On Amazon, he can get good reviews from people who actually use the item. Toss out the high and low reviews, and he'll have an accurate depiction of how the item works.
Dora is looking to buy a tablet and she's looking at the Kindle Fire HDX. Leo says it's a good option, but it depends on what she wants to use it for. For the price, it's a good choice. How can she connect it to the TV? Leo says that some tablets have a miniHDMI port, so she would want to use that. Or she can use a technique called MiraCast, which will connect to the TV via DLNA, where it would broadcast it to the TV wirelessly. She would need a Chromecast, which for $35 is a good choice.
The Amazon Fire Kid Tablet comes with a two year warranty with replacement if it breaks, no questions asked. And it has a cool bumper design. $149.
Amazon also has Kindle readers starting at $79. And the Kindle Voyage, for $289, offers 300 dpi eink display. That's like paper. It'll be out for Christmas.
Rusty got a new iPad, but his favorite reader, Stanza, has been pulled. Leo says that's too bad because Stanza was a great reader. Rusty is also annoyed because he bought it. Leo says that there's a Wikipedia article that compares all the eBook reader software. Leo does like the Kindle reader. KYBook Reader is good. It supports just about everything.