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I've never owned or used one. I'm been looking into a low-end model, either a Kindle or Nook.I used it on Amazon Kindle and was not happy with the experience, the navigation through the pages (especially the ones with images and screenshots) is slow and it is hard to jump between the pages. Even the search feature was not as I expected. Since I got my Samsung Galaxy tab, I started using the PDF format which is incomparable with the Mobi/ePub format and I find it so easy reading the manuals and going through the pages.
I'd like to get some input on how well they work, especially how easy/difficult is it to navigate through large Oracle documents.
Did some experimenting today with my Kindle (4th gen - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Kindle#Kindle).
I copied a few Oracle PDF documents to it. The default setting when viewing the PDF docs is "fit to screen", which makes the print too small to be readable. Zooming in is an option, but then you have to scroll left-to-right to see the right edge of the page, then scroll back (right-to-left) to start reading the next line. Too kludgy to be usable, unfortunately. Page navigation is snappy and responsive with very little hesitation. You can test this yourself easily.
I also copied a few mobi format documents - these are definitely more readable than PDF, but the formatting leaves much to be desired. Response when navigating thru the document is very good.
The Kindle does not natively support epub - there are workarounds out there, but I did not try them
So you liked the PDF format better than mobi/ePub?Yes I do but I must say it is not just only about the PDF format as it is about the reader itself. I believe Amazon Kindle (and other mobi/ePub) readers are good for novels and documents with no screenshots or hyperlinks. I used the Amazon Kindle for reading non-Oracle books and I was happy with it and never had any complaints.
I have a Kindle DX, which is larger than the standard Kindle, and it's very good for reading. It's not good for browsing/navigating pages quickly.
However, I would give battery life some consideration. Oracle .pdf docs on an iPad is good when you're flying, for example, and have access to electricity.
A Kindle can be used for weeks without recharging. Different uses..
BTW, a lot of the Oracle docs are now available as Mobi from the library page:http://www.oracle.com/pls/db112/homepage
which is very nice! Don't know when that happened, but many thanks to Oracle for that. Some of them are very readable, and will be great on my DX, but lookup documents like the SQL Languange Quick Reference is not well suited. It won't be very quick ...
Mobile Formats Available Several documents are available in Mobipocket and ePub formats for convenient mobile viewing. Links to these formats are available from the upper-right corner of associated HTML pages.
I use Pdf's on my laptop and .mobi on the Kindle. I don't have an iPad or similiar yet, because of the relatively poor battery life.
Tip: follow the $10 offers, and other sales, on apress.com. You get all three formats when you buy a book there; you can download in .pdf , .mobi and epub.