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Reading Utilities

 


Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

What’s to say about the Amazon Kindle? The premiere app for reading on the Kindle, your tablet, your phone, your laptop, etc.

Jan and I are both voracious readers, and the Kindle saves us a lot money buying used-tree books that we’ve paid for our Kindles many times over. And we’ve got many Kindles, two PaperWhites, two Fires, and my Galaxy Tab 4 tablet. And our two original Kindles that we gave away when we got our PaperWhites.

In addition, think of all the pounds of books we don’t have to lug around in the rig.

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Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat

You need Adobe Acrobat any time you need to read a PDF file.

A must-have.

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AIReader

AIReader

After going through about a dozen different text readers, I finally found AIReader. It reads pretty much any text format, i.e., fb2, fbz, txt, epub (no DRM), html, doc, docx, odt, rtf, mobi (no DRM), prc (PalmDoc), with a neat 3D page turning effect.

And like the Kindle, when you leave a text file and come back to it later, it remembers your place, even months later.

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Play Newsstand

Play Newstand

Google Play Newstand is the perfect program to read your favorite magazines on your tablet. And it is usually cheaper than subscribing, and certainly much cheaper than buying them on the newstand.

I subscribe to Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Maximun PC, and Model Railroader.

Jan subscribes to Good Housekeeping and Real Simple.

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Science News

Science News

A great little app to keep up on the latest news in Science. You can chose from a large number of sources, including Scientific American and Discover Magazine.

I check in several times a week and spend 10 minutes or so scrolling through the latest articles.

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