July 21, 2012, 7:35 AM — Editors Note: If youre planning to replace your old iPad with a shiny, new third-generation iPad, you dont necessarily have to sell your old tablet or give it away. This is the latest in a series of articles in which we look at ways to give your old iPad a new purpose. In this installment, we focus on converting your old iPad into a dedicated e-reader.
Turning an iPad into a one-trick e-reading pony may seem counter-intuitive. After all, your iPad can take on lots of tasks from surfing the Web to marshaling an army of angry birds. Why limit yourself to just one task, even if that task is as pleasurable as sitting down with a good book?
Because, try as you might, you simply cant ignore the other tantalizing distractions your iPad has to offer, and stripping those out will help you lose yourself in a good read. Because youve upgraded to a newer model, and youre not ready to recycle that old iPad just yet. And if you happen to use an original iPad because your devices future is about to get a lot more limited. iOS 6 will introduce a lot of new features when it arrives this falland your original iPad wont be able to handle any of them, as the forthcoming iOS update wont run on your first-generation tablet.
Heres the good news: You dont have to do anything fancy to convert an old iPad into a dedicated e-reader. But if you take some time to better customize your older iPad, you can take it from a merely capable e-reading device to a top-notch one.
Is it worth it?
You can buy a dedicated e-reader like Amazons Kindle for as little as $79. Does it make sense to use your original iPad, for which you paid at least $500 as an e-reader? Obviously, one argument in the old iPads favor is the fact that you own it already.