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Kindles and iPads Banned From Restaurants and Coffee Shops

Geek Out: Are Ereaders Acceptable at Restaurants?

With the increasing presence and diversity of gadgets — from netbooks to tablets to smartphones and ereaders — it's hard to peg them into any one category. I don't think an iPad counts as a computer, but I'm sure that others feel differently (Yankee Stadium officials, for example). But when one New York Times writer was told he couldn't use his Kindle at a coffee shop, he was first confused, then angry — and I don't blame him!

See what I have to say about this and share your own opinion after the break.

The coffee shop in question has a no-computers policy in effect between the lunchtime rush hours of noon and 3 p.m., presumably to clear space for the large customer turnover during those hours. And anyone who's scoured for a seat at a coffee shop or restaurant filled with the laptop-toting masses will probably agree. But should an ereader or iPad really count as a computer? If I'm eating dinner or enjoying a glass of wine alone, I often tote my Kindle — or an actual book — along to keep me company, and I've never had a problem. But recently, a friend was asked to put away her iPad as she read a book at the bar. The bartender's reason? A no-computer policy.

So, where do you stand on this issue? My feeling: if it lies flat like a book but happens to be an iPad or Kindle, what's the harm? Unless the bar or restaurant in question is too crowded to sit and read a book alone at the bar, doing the digital version of the same thing should be no problem. What do you think?

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Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I kind of agree with you in terms of not using those devices if the restaurant is crowded but I do consider the ipad as more of a computer. I mean it's a tablet right? Isn't tablet another word for computer o_O and it does everything a computer does. As for the ereader's, no that is definitely not a computer. I have the Kindle and I have browsed the web with it but it's a book.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
Of course they should be allowed! Goooossssh!
Akasha Akasha 7 years
On the one hand I have to agree that during certain times I wish they would ban the use of computers. Especially those people that bring spread out and take up an entire table and use it as an office. Hey guys for the price of a cup of coffee per day you can get internet at home. On the other hand if I am allowed to bring a book into the coffee shop and read it them why can't I bring in my Kindle. I get that some people stay for hours on end with their books, or computers but if I've just ordered a meal that you haven't brought me yet what's the difference if I sit there quietly and read or if i sit there and stare at the wall.
RedVixxen RedVixxen 7 years
I completely agree! In fact, that's what I go to coffee shops for, to sit and read or browse the web on my laptop. I don't even understand the reasoning for banning computers for high-turnover. I paid the same for my food or coffee as the person sitting there chit-chatting with their friends, and I only take up one chair, why shouldn't I be able to read my book, in whichever form I choose? Many times I've even seen coffee shops provide customers with newspapers to browse; if I want to read it on my iPad or Kindle instead, I'm not costing them anymore money than the guy with the physical paper in his hand, so what's the difference?
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