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4rkidz
02-06-2011, 04:19 AM
Aluratek Pro is what I ordered and only $99.00

one of the staff at work got it for Christmas and she absolutely loves it especially because she has issues with screen glare that I know sony users have complained about (she is an avid reader) the type of screen for the aluratek is really helping her. The reviews are pretty good as well.. especially considering its half the price of the sony :P

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/aluratek-aluratek-libre-5-ebook-reader-pro-aebk01fb-black-aebk01fb/10141728.aspx?path=5121548b448c9cf428c6c1cef631e90 2en02

Prancer
02-06-2011, 06:06 AM
I got the Kindle application (free) on my laptop from Amazon.com when I started purchasing e-books from there. I love it because I usually take my laptop wherever I go.

I also find free e-books from Project Gutenberg. The e-books can be downloaded to my laptop in PDF format or for Kindle. The e-books can also be downloaded to read on iPad, Sony Reader, Android, etc.

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

If you like freebies (and who doesn't), you might want to sign up with Drippler: http://drippler.com/what_is_drippler/

You can get updates on their site, or you can link your gadget to a facebook page--I get updates from their Nook page in my feed.

Then you get links like this: http://drippler.com/barnes_and_noble_nook/27-free-ebooks-kindle-nook-and-other-ereaders/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebook-pages

You have to grab those books when you see them, though; a lot of the books listed there as free from B&N already aren't.

There are a lot of other sites where you can get free books, but the best ones (IMO) are listed here: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/20-best-websites-to-download-free-e-books/

Just be aware that a lot of free books are worth the price you pay for them :P. That's why I think there will always be bookstores in some form; someone has to help us all sort all this text.

Oh, and the NYT will be publishing an e-book bestseller list starting on February 13, which should be a good source for new titles, too :).

Simone411
02-06-2011, 02:59 PM
Thanks a bunch for the links, Prancer! Yes, I definitely love freebies! :)

Prancer
02-06-2011, 06:53 PM
Thanks a bunch for the links, Prancer! Yes, I definitely love freebies! :)

A couple of more, then :). This is a really good forum for anyone with an e-reader: http://www.mobileread.com/

They have a library of free books, plus there are specific forums for a lot of the e-readers on the market. They can help with technical questions, guide you through just about any (legal) process, and refer you to e-book sites.

Barnes and Noble owns this site, but I believe it's open format: http://www.fictionwise.com/

I have some good Nook-specific links, too, if anyone wants those.

NancyNC
02-06-2011, 07:35 PM
This has been a great thread. I haven't bought a dedicated e-reader yet, but have the Kindle application on my laptop. I have been toying with the idea of buying the Nook, but haven't taken the plunge yet. I love the look and feel of a real book and know that I will still purchase a fair number of hard copies. But I see myself buying an e-reader for travel if nothing else - especially long trips where I would want to take a lot of reading material with me. And I'm hoping the library e-book option becomes more widespread and has more options sooner rather than later.

ETA: The Drippler link - love it, thanks Prancer!

Prancer
02-06-2011, 07:53 PM
I have been toying with the idea of buying the Nook, but haven't taken the plunge yet.

B&N is supposed to be coming out with a new version of the Nook very soon, so holding off to see what kind of updates they will offer is probably a good idea, anyway.

Everyone has been calling the last version of the Nook the Nook 2 on all the websites I frequent, but apparently it is the Nook 1.1 and the NEW Nook will be the Nook 2 :P.

Another reason to hold off is that the Nook 3G didn't sell well, so B&N pulled them off the market for an inventory check and may stop manufacturing them. That may mean clearance prices coming along soon. Of course, that might also mean limited support, but still--you may get a really good deal out of it.

redonthehead
02-06-2011, 10:02 PM
Barnes and Noble owns this site, but I believe it's open format: http://www.fictionwise.com/

I have some good Nook-specific links, too, if anyone wants those.

I would love that link to pass along to my daughter.

Prancer
02-06-2011, 10:21 PM
I would love that link to pass along to my daughter.

This is the official B&N Nook forum: http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-General-Discussion/bd-p/Nook

The nice thing about it is that B&N people monitor the forum and are available to answer questions. The bad thing about it is that B&N people monitor the forum, which means that you can't stray from the path of rightness, truth and B&N.

This forum looks cheesy: http://www.nookboards.com/forum/index.php but I like it because Rachel, the moderator, is very good about sorting through things like free book links and deleting the ones that are no longer free. People also discuss non-B&N things there, like where to get accessories. There are some really nice covers and holders out there that aren't B&N products, for example.

The Nook forums on Mobile Reads (linked above) are really good, too--the mods are very knowledgable.

This Nook Club Facebook page is kind of meh, but people do post good links there: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Nook-Club/154334597952503

If your daughter reads a lot, she might also want to register with one of the Nook lending pages. All of the above links have those, and link to others as well. I haven't tried it, although I have loaned books to a couple of Facebook Friends with the Facebook app.

redonthehead
02-06-2011, 11:01 PM
Thanks Prancer. I will pass those on to her. She reads a lot so I'll get her to register at the lending pages.

Simone411
02-06-2011, 11:08 PM
B&N is supposed to be coming out with a new version of the Nook very soon, so holding off to see what kind of updates they will offer is probably a good idea, anyway.

Everyone has been calling the last version of the Nook the Nook 2 on all the websites I frequent, but apparently it is the Nook 1.1 and the NEW Nook will be the Nook 2 :P.

Another reason to hold off is that the Nook 3G didn't sell well, so B&N pulled them off the market for an inventory check and may stop manufacturing them. That may mean clearance prices coming along soon. Of course, that might also mean limited support, but still--you may get a really good deal out of it.

I think you're right about B&N coming out with a new version of Nook. My publisher recently contacted me about my book being available in the future for Nook but B&N had delayed it until Nook was upgraded.

Prancer
02-07-2011, 12:10 AM
Thanks Prancer. I will pass those on to her. She reads a lot so I'll get her to register at the lending pages.

This just turned up in my Twitter feed:

Lending pages for Kindle and Nook (http://www.pafa.net/archives/2748)

:)

Simone411
02-07-2011, 12:42 AM
I've was searching at Project Glutenberg and found Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin. In the past, I've always downloaded e-books in pdf format from there. I had never tried to download e-books before for my "Kindle for PC" on my laptop.

So, it will work for anyone that has the kindle application on their laptop or PC. I clicked on "Kindle (with images) and saved it to "My Kindle Content" in my Documents folder. It worked really well and I was able to open the book up in the Kindle For PC application.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21839

topaz
02-07-2011, 03:20 AM
The Nook Color isn't the new version. I heard they just gonna update the Android system and add Android App Market. That's it.

Prancer
02-07-2011, 03:42 AM
The Nook Color isn't the new version. I heard they just gonna update the Android system and add Android App Market. That's it.

The Nook Color isn't being updated; the original Nook is coming out in a new version.

VIETgrlTerifa
02-07-2011, 04:13 PM
Wow. I work at Barnes and didn't hear about that one. But then the retail employees are usually the last to know about these sorts of things. I wonder if the new original B&W Nook will compete with Kindle's prices (by competing I mean being $10 cheaper) or if they'll stay the same price but offer even more functionality.

I do know that the App store for the Nook Color is supposed to come out in March.