Kindle users?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by JonahTheAmazing, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. JonahTheAmazing


    Dec 19, 2010
    I am thinking about getting a Kindle for the purposes of reading and studying music. I haven't heard any feedback on the compatibility of music notation on the Kindle screen, but I did see the Real Book on the store, so I'm assuming it works. If not, are there other tablet devices so I can scrap the giant books?

    Specifically, I'm looking at the paperwhite Kindle model, opposed to the regular Kindle/Kindle Fire.
  2. read the reviews on the realbook for kindle, it'll tell you if anyone is experiencing any problems.
  3. I can't speak for the lower end ones. But the Kindle Fires SUCK, in my opinion. They are so proprietary they make Apple seem open source! My brother got my mom one for Christmas. Despite running an Android OS, you are grossly limited as to what you can do. It infuriates me when I use it. I consider it pretty worthless considering I can get a *real* Android tablet and simply install the Kindle app to do all the reading my silly heart desires!

    Oh and on top of that, she had to send it back once for a crapped out screen. They sent her a replacement free of charge, however.
  4. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Kindle is regarded in the tech press as a dead man walking, in favor of reader apps in small general-purpose tablets, Android or otherwise.

    Kindle isn't a tool, it's a marketing device.

    Does it give a better display? I don't know, don't care. What I see on my 7" generic tablet is good enough.

    What needs the real work is the plethora of competing, incompatible and largely obsolete library delivery/reader systems which are getting worse, not better.

    The atrocious and unclear-on-the-concept 3M Cloud Library is a new example, as is the outdated Adobe Digital Editions that only works for Windows and Apple and has not yet been ported to the 21st Century world of mobile devices.
  5. JonahTheAmazing


    Dec 19, 2010
    I can't find anything relating to the Kindle in the user reviews. I can't find anything on Hal Leonard's website, either.
  6. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    I like my kindle. it's great for reading and watching movies, playing app games as well as some other useful stuff. the browser is not bad. But I don't think it would work well for what you are looking for. You need a bigger screen.
  7. If those super cheap HP tablets are still available, I would look into those. They are easily "hackable" so you can put a different OS on it, and it is really malleable to do whatever you want. It would probably be good for the purposes of sheet music.

    My only Kindle experiences are with the Kindle Touch and the regular Kindle, and solely for reading books / newspapers. They are great for that stuff, but I can't comment elsewhere.
  8. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    I recommend against it. The interface on the Fire is terrible, and as mentioned, they work very hard to prevent people from using apps that are actually useful. Microsoft just dropped the prices on their tablets.

    As a reader, the original Kindle is completely great. It's made me hate books, and gotten me reading again. As anything else, avoid all Amazon products like the plague.
  9. geeza


    Mar 15, 2009
    Earth, but just barely.
    I'm not wearing pants
    I like my Nook.
  10. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Bite the bullet and get an iPad. Sooo many great music apps, and you can get the Kindle app and it works better than the Kindle. Once you have an iPad, you can get metronomes, ForScore, iRealbook, just for starters and the whole music thing is on one device.
  11. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    I installed vanilla Android 4.1 on my friends Kindle Fire, and he loves it. Works and looks the same as Android 4.1 on my smartphone, very smooth an nice.
  12. found several for real book 6, many of them saying that it'll be a page for the music followed by a page of copyright notice. every single page is like that.

    another said the search doesn't work correctly but you can link from the table of contents

    they make an 8.9 inch
  13. fisticuffs

    fisticuffs Commercial User

    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    The e-ink Kindles are great for reading. The Fire is weak. There are some amazing things for iPad when it comes to sheet music.
  14. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    The "standard" Kindle with the e-ink screen is fantastic for reading for long periods of time, but for anything music-related or involving charts, I use my iPad. Bigger screen and far more choices app-wise.
  15. JonahTheAmazing


    Dec 19, 2010
    Seems like the iPad is the way to go. Thank you, friends!
  16. Kindle's make for great e-readers (the e-ink ones that is). Not familiar with the tablet like Fires.