So, my mom is in her 70's, and wants to find ways to make acquiring and reading books easier. She's thinking about a tablet or ipad. She's from Okinawa and speaks decent English, for, an old Okinawan.
She's got a couple of questions. If she ordered a device from Japan and had it shipped here, would it work? Specifically, is the power compatible? Will the writing be in Japanese by default? Is it pointless, and getting a unit here and setting the language to Japanese achieving the exact same thing?
She wants to get non Japanese books, written in Japanese. They could be famous American books, French, whatever. I am assuming her best bet is, with her Ipad (if she goes the Apple route), go to the itunes bookstore and search for books written in Japanese, because translators won't work properly (again, I assume).
Also, for an old foreigner who's just farted around with a laptop, is there an easier learning curve for one product over another?
I also told her that, as far as surfing goes, she'll just have to frequent Japanese sites. Yahoo America isn't going to have their writers write Japanese versions of their news stories, and using a language translator may suck.... so the best bet is supplement her American site browsing with visiting sites of true Japanese origin. Is this a correct statement?
No matter what anyone says, there's a learning curve associated with even an iPad. That said, an iPad is generally easier and more consistent than an Android device, and I'd be surprised if there wasn't a Japanese language option.
Most tablets charge via USB, which is a universal charging standard, so she would be able to import something from Japan.
I don't know much about translations, unfortunately.