Nook, Kindle, other (OT)

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fudd8963's picture
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Nook, Kindle, other (OT)

I think I want an e-reader for Christmas. Just a basic one, nothing fancy. Any recommendations, pros/cons on the Nook, Kindle, other? Just the other day I was talking with someone and said how I really like real books, but I think I actually want one of these. So I don't want the expensive ones, just the basic read a book one.

Thanks!

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Joined: 09/09/08
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I don't have one, but I think I just decided on the Kindle Touch for my Christmas present from DH.

For a long time I was so sure I wouldn't want one, because I love real books, the smell, the feel, etc...but I have downloaded several e-books that I have been interested in reading, but I don't want to sit in front of my computer to read them, so would like to have a way to read them elsewhere.

I decided on the Kindle as opposed to the Nook because I can get Amazon giftcards by using Swagbucks that I can use to buy books. I also have free Amazon prime right now and can get 1 free book a month with that. I decided on the Kindle Touch because it has text-to-audio and can play audio books and mp3s.

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Joined: 07/28/04
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:lurk:
I have a Kindle, my husband has a Nook.

I decided on the Kindle for the following reasons:

--Easier to browse for books on Amazon than B&N (I tried both interfaces on my iPod before I committed)
-Easier to borrow library books. My husband still can't figure it out. I did it in two clicks (since I was already logged in to Amazon)
--With Amazon Prime (which I already have), I get 1 free book a month (from a list, but it's still free)

One reason I was thinking of getting the Nook is the lending process is more open. On a Kindle, I can only loan a book once, for two weeks. To eliminate this issue, my sister and I both have our Kindles registered to the same Amazon account, so we can share books unlimited. (She's really the only one I share books with)

I also like Amazon's recommendation service better.

My advice about a Kindle is to spring for the free 3G service. It comes in handy if you want a book and you aren't near WiFi. I can also check my email on yahoo if I'm desperate (Interface is slow, but usable). I have the one with the keyboard, and I like it. I think the touch screen would be nice as well. The one with the toggle is too hard to type in, in my opinion.

fudd8963's picture
Joined: 12/27/07
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Thanks for the inputs! I was leaning towards the Kindle mainly because I shop Amazon more often then B&N. I think that is what I will get!

RebeccaA'07's picture
Joined: 11/19/07
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I have the Kindle 3G Wireless, LOVE LOVE LOVE!

I can easily browse and download books wherever. I take it with me everywhere I go. And there are a lot of great discounts on books through Amazon!

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Joined: 03/12/07
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There is a difference between the old kindle and the new with regard to the screen. The old one is back lit which is super, but the new one requires a light attached to it if, say, you read in bed.

There's also an issue if you are in Canada accessing books that are NOT Canadian. This is a pain.

Just make sure you check out your local issues. Talking to your library makes sense too. Here the library restricts books to 5 days and notifies you only on the first day! That means you could be away when a book is availabvle. UGH.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

I have the Kindle 3G Wireless, LOVE LOVE LOVE!

I can easily browse and download books wherever. I take it with me everywhere I go. And there are a lot of great discounts on books through Amazon!

I have this too, got it last year for xmas and its awesome!