Originally Posted by closr2fine
I've got a Kindle too and I was looking forward to getting it on my BB. I don't always have my kindle with me and I thought it would be nice to be able to sneak in a few minutes here and there on my BB. Unfortunately, my BB is 9630 running OS 4.71 and the Kindle app doesn't appear to be working.
Guess I'll just have to wait longer for OS 5.0.
Everyone has their own likes and dislikes!
Other carriers have released OS 5 for the 9630, if you're willing to do the upgrade yourself. Instructions on this site for doing so are very clear and easy to follow. But I realize that not everybody is comfortable with that sort of thing.
I realize that reading books on the BB is not for everybody. I firmly believed I would never do such a thing, months before I got a Kindle. But, just for the fun of it, I downloaded the free ShortCovers app (now Kobo), opened an account, and bought a book. I'm 56, and my eyes are just what you'd expect from decades of reading. But I jacked up the type to the larges size and was surprised to find that it was quite easy and enjoyable to read a book on my 8900. No eyestrain at all. I did a little research and learned that one of the main causes of eye fatigue is horizontal scanning. This is why newspapers are printed in narrow columns, and also why a rule of typesetting is that a line of text shouldn't be longer than six inches; preferably shorter. It's why the default margins of the original Microsoft Word were 1.25 inches.
Less horizontal scanning makes it easier for the eyes to take in "chunks" of text. And that's why speed-reading courses use text specially formatted in very narrow columns, and only gradually move back to normal line widths.
Using the largest type size on the BB Kindle app, the letters are actually larger than they are in the average printed book. Pressing the space bar to keep advancing the page is very easy. It would be nice to be able to turn off right justification. Maybe we'll see that in a future release.
I used the B&N ereader quite a bit, and if the Nook had come out before I got a Kindle, I'd no doubt have bought that instead. I also used Mobipocket, which also allows the user to set the space between lines, which is a nice feature.
For anyone who hasn't already tried reading ebooks on the BB, I suggest getting one of these, not necessarily the Kindle, and trying it, with large type. You may be surprised, as I was.