Is Superuser the appropriate site to ask about whether the Kindle or iBooks platform has more textbooks available and which platform offers a better experience (i.e., I've seen the Apple ads with the textbooks having all sorts of interactive capabilities, but not Kindle)?

Or, if I were a student, which is more suitable?


  • I don't think its on-topic as it isn't even a comparison between two apps (that run on 'banned' products) but more a comparison between licensing deals. Its like asking to compare Hulu and Netflix, which really isn't the purpose of this site
    – Ivo Flipse
    Oct 5, 2011 at 13:23
  • But asking "Which platform has more textbooks available: iBooks or Kindle" would be on topic, correct?
    – kalaracey
    Oct 5, 2011 at 13:26
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    I don't think so. The answer could change from day to day, and even if it doesn't, I don't see the value in simply reporting total numbers without the context of what kind of textbooks they are.
    – Pops
    Oct 5, 2011 at 13:59
  • As @LordTorgamus said. Do you want to update the answer every second day to reflect the actual number?
    – slhck
    Oct 5, 2011 at 15:51
  • I see how the answers to the question would quickly become obsolete. I'll refrain from asking. Thanks.
    – kalaracey
    Oct 5, 2011 at 23:59
  • But why would this question be voted down in the Meta?
    – kalaracey
    Oct 5, 2011 at 23:59
  • Try literature.stackexchange.com for Kindle and iBooks questions. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:43
  • If your question is voted down on meta this means that people don't agree with you. This doesn't mean you posted a "wrong" question.
    – slhck
    Oct 6, 2011 at 8:28
  • Ok thanks. This is my first or second meta question as you can probably tell.
    – kalaracey
    Oct 7, 2011 at 13:26

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No - the FAQs specifically state that only questions that are about

  • Computer hardware
  • Computer software

are allowed.

Furthermore, it also states that questions that are about "electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer"

The question you're asking has absolutely nothing to do with a computer (hardware or software)

  • interface with the computer. Got it. I should probably read the FAQs again.
    – kalaracey
    Oct 5, 2011 at 23:58
  • I hate to ask, but can you please up-vote my answer?
    – wizlog
    Oct 6, 2011 at 1:00
  • there you go! Thank you.
    – kalaracey
    Oct 6, 2011 at 4:17


It is strongly bordering on a list, and won't have a conclusive answer ever. It's the same as asking if the App Store is better then Amazon, just with more flair and trying to hide behind a comparison of books.

Also, where is the computer hardware/software problem your trying to solve?

  • Hardware/software. Ok thank you, I didn't remember that.
    – kalaracey
    Oct 5, 2011 at 23:57

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