Bye-bye, Kindle. Hello, Apple Books on iPad mini!

Apple Books vs. Kindle: What’s the best way to read e-books and listen to audiobooks?

Bradley Chambers has been using a Kindle for many years; most recently, a Kindle Oasis was his primary book reader. Now, however, Chambers says he’s realized that he “was not too fond of the purchasing process” on iOS for Kindle which got him thinking about if the Kindle was still the best place for him to purchase books.

Apple Books vs. Kindle
Apple Books

Bradley Chambers for 9to5Mac:

While I love the idea of the Kindle hardware, the software hasn’t advanced very much. The overall experience is quite clunky. It feels like the current Kindle hardware is still running the original software. I argued last summer that Apple should build a competitor to the Kindle as well. There is something to the e-ink display, but it needs a fresh approach.

Getting back to my original point, I closed out the mobile version of the Kindle website, and I reinstalled Apple Books. As I opened it, it felt like a breath of fresh air. The overall design is just stunning. I hadn’t spent a lot of time with the new interface that Apple released with iOS 12, but I was quickly blown away.

Overall, the interface for everything in Apple Books is first class. Reading books is delightful, and the audiobook player is also well done. You can sync audiobooks with Apple Watch as well.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple Books vs. Kindle: We still prefer the Kindle for the e-ink display – it’s much easier on the eyes than an iPad mini – but, Chambers points about the Apple Books vs. Kindle app quality are very true. It’s no contest for Apple in that regard. We’d love to see what Apple could do with an dedicated reading device with an e-ink display for Apple Books!


  1. I don’t think you’ll find a biggest Apple enthusiast with a household full of Apple stuff than me.

    However, I cannot read books on any of our current three iPads going all the way to iPad Pro. Headaches.

    So back to one of our Kindle Keyboard eInk readers it is.

    1. Have you tried the BeeLine Reader app (Kindle feature is an IAP, but I’m happy to send you a promo code for it—I’m the founder)? This reading technology helps make reading on screen much easier for many different types of people, including those who get headaches from screen reading. Feel free to contact me through the website Sorry for the self-promo; I’m a daily reader of this blog and never mention my startup in my comments, but it seemed relevant here!

    2. Have you tried reading white text on black background? Once you get used to it it makes all the difference, to me anyway. Still loving my like 3 year old iPad Pro. Gets constant use. Still plenty fast and the display great.

  2. 1st world problem, I know…iPad’s weight in comparison to Kindle deters me.

    Kindle is klunky, tho. I bought mine for a discount yrs ago, that allows ads to populate the screen when not in use. It’s not a discount at all…being aware of being a “subject” costs me. Regret.

  3. One other advantage that might be significant: When installing software on my Ipad, which is almost full, I always need to offload the Kindle app. Ibooks shows as being quite small, even though I have was more Ibooks than kindle books. I cannot be sure, but my impression is that Kindle stores all items, ON the device. Ibooks seems to store on their server until I “open” a book. This makes a big difference for me.

  4. I’ve become a fan of audiobooks recently. It’s certainly easier on my eyes 😉 and I can listen while doing other things, like when I go running. The there’s a “performance” aspect that’s fun, like listening to an old radio play. Especially with a talented narrator. Audible has an excellent selection.

    1. This shows how powerful the Amazon media divisions are. Kindle for books, Audible for audiobooks, IMDB and Prime for video and everything else. Perhaps in the long run flopping with the Fire phone gave them the incentive to get all their services up to par.

      I started to lose faith in Apple on the software/services front when Apple kludged up iTunes into an unworkable mess and rolled out half baked Maps and dumbed down iOSified iWorks.

      Apple has clearly gotten fat dumb & happy skimming a 30% cut of every 3rd party app sale. You’d think that would give Apple the resources to offer the best apps by far. It doesn’t work out that way. Apple default core apps like Maps and Siri lag to this day. There is no Jobs anymore making sure user focus and quality are tops. It shows on all fronts. Want a 4” phone, a Mac server or small tower, affordable RAM, iWork that actually works with other apps, a workable ATV remote, ability to use Homepod with anything else? Sorry, Apple isn’t listening. I swear on the hardware front after years of badly advised keyboards, the only other significant investment was to take away ports so they could sell new white plastic adapters.

      Now Apple says the future is services but the obvious truth is that Apple is late, greedy, and too timid. Apple can’t even run its own cloud, that too is outsourced .. to AWS! So much for Apple being a good one-stop shop for services. I can’t think of a single Apple service that I would recommend to anyone for top functionality or value. Apple, over and over, insists that the Apple service is high priced, works only on new Apple devices (sold for 2-3x the hardware price of any other tabletop gadget), datamines users (yes Apple does that too!), and is limited to what content Apple distributes in its “curated”/censored store. Fine but you can do better shopping around.

      What percentage of iPhone owners don’t use Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Spotify, Dropbox, Disney, and other better priced or better quality services?

      Could be a poll here … on a site that makes its money using Google ads.

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