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Rick Ratzlaff | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Apr 26 2012 9:06 PM

I'm going to Africa for a month and wondering if I bought an iPad how it would function without hooking up to the web. Especially to read books. My iPhone I can only read so far and then it runs out of material and I have to connect to the internet.

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Brad | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 26 2012 9:23 PM

Hello WD40,

Are you referring specifically to Logos books, Vyrso books, Amazon Kindle books and/or...?

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Tes | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 26 2012 9:24 PM

WD40:

I'm going to Africa for a month and wondering if I bought an iPad how it would function without hooking up to the web. Especially to read books. My iPhone I can only read so far and then it runs out of material and I have to connect to the internet.

Hi, WD40

Africa is a continent, it depends ,in which country you are going to travel.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 26 2012 10:04 PM

WD40:
I'm going to Africa for a month and wondering if I bought an iPad how it would function without hooking up to the web. Especially to read books. My iPhone I can only read so far and then it runs out of material and I have to connect to the internet.

If I am understanding your question right… You are reading a book, you go offline, the book will allow you to turn several pages before it "runs out of material." Am I understanding you right? If so, the answer is to download the books you want to read. When you do that, your internet connection is irrelevant. 

There are two ways to download. The first is from within the resource info pane (screen shot 1). The other way is through the library. If you scroll up slightly, a "download all" button will appear. CAUTION: You may not want to download ALL of your resources due to space limitations and large download times. You can, however, use the "download all" to download only a portion of your library by filtering it first. Whatever is showing in your library at the time is what will be downloaded. For example, if you were to filter your library by using edition:e, you will download all of your Vyrso books. You could as well download books by a particular author this way.

 

 

 

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Rod | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 7:47 AM

I have an iPad and a kindle.  I hate reading on the iPad as after a while my eyes start to burn.

This does not happen on a kindle (it does happen on the Kindle Fire which has a display similar to an iPad).

It is possible to send those Logos books that you want to read to your kindle.  That is my preferred method of reading.  It takes about 10-15 minutes per book to do the conversion.  There is an article somewhere on the forums or the wiki on how to do this but it is not that difficult.

Also, a Kindle is much less than an iPad.

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Carey G. Pearson | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 8:20 AM

wondering if you have the new iPad (3rd generation)?

if we meet and you forget me,

you have lost nothing.

But if you meet Jesus and forget Him,

you have lost everything.

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Rick Ratzlaff | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 10:43 AM

I don't have anything yet. My concern is how much storage it holds as far as a whole book or part, so I don't have to connect to the internet to update when I read ahead, like I don on my iPhone. Sad

 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 10:54 AM

WD40:
My concern is how much storage it holds as far as a whole book or part, so I don't have to connect to the internet to update when I read ahead, like I don on my iPhone.

WD40 - You don't have to connect to the internet if you download the books as I showed you. Have you tried this on your iPhone?

As for the storage required… The smallest iPad would be more than sufficient to download a large portion of your library (maybe even all) as long as you are not also filling it up with music, videos, and other large apps.

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Rick Ratzlaff | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 11:05 AM

Awsom Thanks trying to rationalize the purchase :-)

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 11:33 AM

Not a problem. Anytime my friend. Smile

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Donovan R. Palmer | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 12:24 PM

I have the iPad 3 with the new retina display and love it for reading. I personally prefer it over the Kindle, but this is a matter of what works for each person.

I have my entire Logos library on my iPad downloaded for offline use and I work in Africa. The functionality of the Logos iPad app is limited without an internet connection, but it makes an 'ok' e-book reader. I am currently reading several commentaries and a book on it. 

My main gripes against the Logos iPad app is that sometimes it is a bit slow when switching from resource to resource. I don't get this when the memory is solid state. Also sometimes highlighting is a bit sluggish.  As far as the User Interface goes, I think the library window is unwieldy for libraries that have many resources.  At least it does not perform as well as the library window for the OSX Mac version.

It's not bad though and I am glad for the ability to read my books on the move now. I doubt you will regret getting an iPad for this purpose if the display suits you.

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Bill Fitch | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 10:11 PM

I just returned from Africa, and while there I switched my I-Pad's mini-simcard for one issued by Safaricom, the dominant telecom in Kenya. Spent 1000 Kenya shillings (c. $12) on prepaid minutes which converted easily into data allowances, and I was able to use it online (modest use, but including Logos) for more than 3 weeks before needing to purchase more time. Note that this usage is not wi-fi and thus limited to hotspots - it operated wherever a mobile phone worked, which is almost everywhere in Africa (even up in desert-like Turkana). So while the other posters' comments re using it offline make a very valid point, consider too the possibility of continuing to use it online. You may find it less expensive than you fear.

NB - do not try to use it in roaming mode - you'll rue the bills when you return. But Apple has made it convenient to tie in to a local telecom network. (Safaricom was useful in East Africa, but I imagine there are equivalents elsewhere.) Hope this helps.

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Rick Ratzlaff | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 28 2012 5:56 AM

WOW -That's amazing. Thanks alot! We are going to Zambia and I know there to talk time is cheaper than here in Canada. Appreciate the info.

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Roger Feenstra | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 30 2012 9:27 AM

Donavan, you mention that some of the functionality is not available while in airplane mode. What are some things that you have experienced that do not work?

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