Kindle vs. Nook

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Kindle vs. Nook

Ok eReader owners - I'm debating about getting either the Kindle or the Barnes and Noble Nook. I know a few of you have the Kindle - anyone have a Nook? I'm leaning towards the Nook now for a few reasons: touch screen, color screen, wi-fi detection (faster than just the 3G which it also has), and I also really like the e-share feature so if anyone else has a Nook, you can lend books out where it's just not possible on the Kindle. I have a really good friend, and also huge reader, that is also debating this so we are kinda thinking we should get the Nook since we have the same interest in books and it could save us each some money in the end.

If you could get either one of those - what would you get? I convinced DH to get me one of them for my birthday next month ( he wants a new iPod so I get a toy too, LOL!)

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I have a kindle and absolutely love it so I'm obviously a bit biased. Smile I have also tried playing with the Nook while at Barnes & Noble. Here's a couple of things to consider about the Nook. The page refresh is much slower than on kindle (takes longer to go to the next page). Also, the lending program isn't as convenient as it sounds. First, the publishers have the right to turn off the lending ability so not all books can be shared (similar to the complaints of text to speech ability on kindle - publishers can say no). Also, you can only lend a book 1 time total. It can only be lent for a 2 week period and during that time, you can not access the book yourself. Now, if there's only the 1 friend that you would be sharing books with, this could still be a good feature (if the books you want to share haven't had the lending turned off by the publisher).

Actually, if you really trust your friend, you can still share books on kindle. You can have up to 5 or 6 people on your amazon acct (I forgot exactly how many). Anyone on your acct can access your books - they can also buy stuff on your credit card so you have to be really sure you trust this friend before doing this.

I'd recommend you check out both the discussion boards at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/tag/kindle/forum/ref=sv_kinc_6) and at www.bn.com to see what people are saying.

I was a very loyal Barnes & Noble customer before getting my kindle. If the Nook was out at the same time, I probably would have had a tough time deciding. From what I've heard from others and seeing both devices, I'm very happy with my kindle and would get another one vs. a Nook when that time comes.

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Thanks for the reply Laura. Sorry I didn't respond right away but I was busy doing more research. I read both sites and was still unsure of what to do. It seems people either love or hate both. It's out of my way, but I finally made it into a B&N and played around with one and talked to a couple people that absolutely LOVE it - but I wasn't sold. So - based on what I know of the Kindle I'm going to go ahead and go for that even though I can't try one first hand before purchase.

Now - after reading more on the iPad - I *wish* I could get one of those - but cost wise, it just doesn't make any sense. Someone I work with has been trying to convince me I'd love it and I'm sure I would but I like the Kindle and the Nook for the free 3G - to get the iPad 3G version is a min of $650 plus you have to buy a monthly data plan. I'll let the crazy Apple diehards get that and stick with the Kindle. Wink

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I think you'll be happy with the kindle. At first, I thought the iPad was interesting. But besides the cost, I personally think its too big (same with the Kindle DX). I like to be able to put my kindle in my purse and take it with me. Plus, I want it to read books, not all the other stuff the iPad can do.

There are lots of sites to find free books. Let me know if you need help finding them (or anything kindle related).

Now, if you really want to spoil yourself, check out www.oberondesign.com. Biggrin They make incredible leather covers. I have the Forest cover in fern green. I love it.

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Those covers are amazing!! I would love the purple butterfly one. I bookmarked the site and added it to my wishlist. Smile Thanks. I will definitely shoot you some questions once I get my Kindle - one more month!

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I've been doing a lot of looking at both readers too. The nice thing with the Kindle is that they give you a month to try it out and if you don't want it you can send it back. But I like that with the Nook I could connect to the library system and get books for free. Of course my main issue now is finding the time to read to justify spending the money on it...
I hope you like your Kindle and would love to hear what you think of it!

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I ended up with the Kindle and LOVE it - you can find it on another thread here http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=600077 - Amazon has thousands of free books too. I've gotten so many free books it helps justify the ones I do buy because I can definitely supplement my reading with free stuff. I also read so much more because it's so convenient to always have it with me when it wasn't with a big bulky book.

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Hi Lisa (I'm assuming its Lisa Biggrin )

I also love my kindle. I've had it for almost a year now - it was a gift for Mother's day last year.

Because I'm being nosy, where in Oregon are you? I live near Portland.

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I am leaning towards the Nook now, after playing with it for quite some time today. Its got some neat new features too. I think it will be my bday present, as long as i can wait till then Wink SIL wants one too, then we can share books on them.

Laura, I live way down in the Rogue Valley.