iPad vs Kindle for Reading Books

  • Published on Jul 10, 2019
  • Hey friends, in this video I attempt to answer the age-old question of whether you should read books on an iPad or on a Kindle. The short answer - Kindle. The long answer - watch the video :) Enjoy!
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Comments • 346

  • William Sukonik
    William Sukonik 7 hours ago

    Absolutely insane to even consider the kindle. It feels and looks nothing like a real book, feels extremely cheap, and that ink fading transition is horrible

  • King Eris
    King Eris 20 hours ago

    Look at you spinning that Apple Pencil ✏️ like a boss.

  • Vaughn Dibiasi
    Vaughn Dibiasi 7 days ago +1

    This is factual data

  • Ishan Jain
    Ishan Jain 7 days ago +1

    You missed a point. Reading PDFs on Kindle devices is not a great experience. I only bought an ipad mini because of this. :/

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  7 days ago +1

      Ishan Jain 00:46

    • Ishan Jain
      Ishan Jain 7 days ago

      @Ali Abdaal Um okay. I didnt hear you mention this specific point anywhere.

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  7 days ago +1

      That’s literally the point I made in the video lol

  • Carlos Benjamin
    Carlos Benjamin 9 days ago +1

    I used to read voraciously. A brain injury makes that difficult, so audible is how I read now. Otherwise, I’d love to use a Kindle....

  • Sara Anne Martin
    Sara Anne Martin 10 days ago +1

    How do I get books on my iPad for annotating?

  • Sunamar Deol
    Sunamar Deol 11 days ago +1

    How would you compare ipad pro to onyx boox note or sony digital paper for reading textbooks?

  • help no name
    help no name 11 days ago +1

    why does kindle have so much bad reviews

  • Marc Wilson
    Marc Wilson 12 days ago +2

    I read books that are only text on Kobo and magazines, comics or books that contain more than text on IPad.

  • CPA marketingacademy
    CPA marketingacademy 13 days ago

    Ipad will kill your eyes

  • krishna kant
    krishna kant 16 days ago +2

    My mobile is cheaper than kindle so I stick with only device I can have

  • Azayn
    Azayn 20 days ago +1

    Summed up very nicely. I use my iPad Mini for textbooks, and PDFs. Everything else gets loaded on the Kindle.

    • Azayn
      Azayn 19 days ago +1

      @Mr Green Sure, like any other book you can put textbooks on a Kindle . It's just not the most efficient medium though for doing a lot of annotating, flipping around the book, or viewing color images.

    • Mr Green
      Mr Green 19 days ago

      perhaps a dumb question, but there's no way to download textbooks on a kindle right?

  • Ravi Singh
    Ravi Singh 20 days ago +2

    Sir try Sony dpt rp1, I have the same

  • quoit99 training
    quoit99 training 20 days ago +2

    How do you take notes when reading from kindle?

  • M locascio
    M locascio 24 days ago

    But there are so many kindles. Which one is best?

  • by 22fifa
    by 22fifa 28 days ago +3

    People: Why do you carry both iPad and Kindle?
    Me: Because I can.

  • Stathaki
    Stathaki Month ago +2

    Can purchased iBooks from the iPad be transferred on the kindle?

  • Phuong Tran
    Phuong Tran Month ago +1

    How about PDF reading experience?

  • Maggie Norris
    Maggie Norris Month ago +1

    I am considering whether I need a Kindle as well as an iPad. This video has answered most of my questions. Thank you so much. My only complaint is about the video: Ali's speaks so quickly that I had to go back and replay a number of times just to understand what he was saying.

  • Mar
    Mar Month ago +1

    Hi Ali!
    I just stumbled across your channel as I considering buying an e-reader. Keep the great content going! I found a lot of your material enjoyable and informative!
    All the best!

  • Richard Hildreth
    Richard Hildreth Month ago +1

    Obviously the Kindle!

  • Tanya Jain
    Tanya Jain Month ago +1

    As i am designer ipad is better option for me. Yes its sometimes distracting to read in ipad. But i feel its better to carry ipad which can multitask than to carry a kindle. Coz i design in ipad. So for me ipad works best. 😊

  • Its Ynrs28
    Its Ynrs28 Month ago +1

    Hi! Is it possible to trasfer medical ebooks to kindle? Thanks!

  • melissa canteno
    melissa canteno Month ago

    Love this guy!!!!!

  • zerosonico
    zerosonico Month ago +1

    I was going to buy a kindle, but between a kindle at 150usd and an ipad at 250usd.... i mean...

  • Theo Smith
    Theo Smith Month ago

    My take (which is similar to yours): for reading general books and for fun: kindle. It's light, has a lot of storage, great battery, has e-ink, and won't kill your eyes, which is a huge problem with normal screens. Specialized books, which you may need to annotate or browse, or write on, and also pdfs: a tablet or a touchscreen computer. I do a lot of work in historical linguistics and sinology, and that would be impossible to do on a kindle. So, for both sets of things, I have my trusty kindle paperwhite (which I love to the moon and back) and my husband just got me a touchscreen chromebook.

  • MrAmazing110
    MrAmazing110 Month ago +5

    Kind of random.... but what lamp is that in the background??

  • Jyldyz Douglas
    Jyldyz Douglas Month ago

    Straight to the point, I like it. Thanks.

  • Farzad Jahanfard
    Farzad Jahanfard Month ago +1

    Kindle alllllll the waayyyy

  • Jaz B
    Jaz B 2 months ago

    Really, why make this video?

  • J H
    J H 2 months ago +1


  • Michele Canevarolo
    Michele Canevarolo 2 months ago

    When a comparison between Kindle Parperwhite and Kindle Oasis?

  • AF E
    AF E 2 months ago +1

    What brand of your piano? +_+

    SHONTO 2 months ago

    AGREE 💯%‼️

  • Alice Jennings
    Alice Jennings 2 months ago +1

    Did you get the 8GB Kindle or the 32GB? The 32GB one is way more expensive but I'm scared that the 8GB one isn't enough. Heeelppp

  • misjade
    misjade 2 months ago +2

    I love my kindle! I've been a fan since day one.

  • Xiuxuan Wang
    Xiuxuan Wang 2 months ago +1

    Have you ever tried MarginNote 3? It’s the app where I read most of my books. The note taking and text processing almost kills everything that a kindle can offer. I have a kindle oasis and MarginNote on an iPad Pro and MacBook Air, and I barely uses my kindle oasis.😂😂😂

  • luna palm
    luna palm 2 months ago

    what is your routine of browsing books? i find it much easier to browse and find books at a book store than for the kindle

  • Sathya Kaushik
    Sathya Kaushik 2 months ago

    Has your ipad pro bent? I am getting the 11 Inch one and really don't want to be disappointed

  • samantha
    samantha 2 months ago +19

    The ipad is pretty good for reading comic books and graphic novels.

  • Patricia Oliveira
    Patricia Oliveira 2 months ago

    THANK YOUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Connor K
    Connor K 2 months ago

    I kinda go back and forth on it. You’re correct the kindle is a much more natural reading experience but for low light conditions I really like reading on the iPad, that and something about the page turn animations and silly as that might sound make it feel like touching a real book more so at times. But the e-ink display of the kindle is absolutely wonderful for reading, no eye strain whatsoever and it’s more portable.

  • RohanS800
    RohanS800 2 months ago

    I don’t read.. lol

  • StefWangPARIS
    StefWangPARIS 2 months ago

    « It genuinely makes my eyes want to bleed »
    Loved that, you made my dawn (5:30 am here) 😜😂

  • babblebabble
    babblebabble 2 months ago +1

    Can you put pirated PDFs and other e-book files with different extensions on e-readers?

    • whizzard blizzard
      whizzard blizzard 2 months ago

      babblebabble Use free software called Calibre to convert the different formats

  • suchandra chakraborty
    suchandra chakraborty 2 months ago

    U r so handsome ☺

  • doğa b
    doğa b 2 months ago

    Should I buy both are second handed Kindle all new 2019 (140$) or kindle pw 2(100$)?

  • Iarl Chrystille Ilusorio
    Iarl Chrystille Ilusorio 2 months ago +1

    Been torn between ipad and kindle for so long!! Thank you for this ❤️

  • saketh manda
    saketh manda 2 months ago +5

    Not just medical textbooks. Engineering textbooks, science textbooks, math textbooks as well. The iPad is FAR better for all of these.

  • jolie
    jolie 2 months ago +1

    Hey Ali! I've noticed in your favourites videos, you often still have physical books. So I'm wondering if there's a reason behind when you decide to buy something on kindle or buy the real book - especially since there's no option i know of so far where if you buy the book, you get the kindle version too (the best of both worlds to have a big kindle library to take with me everywhere and also add to my personal real book collection haha). Love your content and the fact you're a year older than me but seemingly much wiser! 😂

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  2 months ago +1

      Ahh I buy physical books purely to show in those videos lol

  • aaron Kumar
    aaron Kumar 2 months ago +2

    Hi Ali can u pls upload a video of u handwriting on your iPad Pro in slow motion and how u hold a pencil. Also can u show how u hold ur pencil

  • Hoor Ali
    Hoor Ali 2 months ago +1

    Miss you

  • clarisse sanota
    clarisse sanota 2 months ago

    I discovered you just a week ago and I really enjoyed watching your videos. I even followed you in podcast, instagram and goodreads too. In fact, when I read something in english I can literally hear your voice in my head and I'm totally fine with it. Btw, thank you for sharing great contents and inspiring people. Keep going. God Bless.

  • Sourav Suman
    Sourav Suman 2 months ago

    Can you make a video on how you created your website and how you maintain it?

  • O G
    O G 3 months ago

    let me make it simple for you:
    Kindle for epub and iPad for pdf.

    • Maccus Wong
      Maccus Wong 2 months ago

      O G that’s what I’m struggling at. I’m a scientist and always need to read papers but I wan to get ePub for casual reading.

  • Geek Geek
    Geek Geek 3 months ago +2

    The funny thing about him is that he talk faster than average so you learn more in 5minutes than anyone else lol

  • Eduardo Velásquez
    Eduardo Velásquez 3 months ago

    Are you becoming an iPad channel? Because I subscribed for your studying content! :' )

  • Tasos
    Tasos 3 months ago

    IPad pro 12.9 or 10.5?

  • 张颜齐
    张颜齐 3 months ago +1


  • Kingsley Owusu-Otoo
    Kingsley Owusu-Otoo 3 months ago +1

    please please make a room tour if you do thank you so much