Should I buy Nook or Kindle (or something else)?

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  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    I am so tempted to buy Nook right now, because every time I go to Barnes & Noble, it's the first thing I see. OTOH Amazon has Kindle, and it seems the books will be cheaper on Kindle, compared to hard copies.

    If I buy Nook, does it mean I cannot use the books meant for Kindle?

    I would prefer a color version, rather than B&W, but does it really make a difference if I am only going to read books on it?

    P.S. I vaguely remember that last year there was a thread about this, but I can't find it.
     
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  2. taf2002

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    I just got a color Kindle Fire & am loving it. It has books, magazines, music, video, movies, apps like Words with Friends and other games, & full internet access. I won't have to carry my computer to skating competions anymore. It will be so easy to post from the arena because the keyboard is much larger than my iPhone & the kindle is so much lighter than my mini-Dell.

    If you buy books for Kindle, you can't access them on Nook & visa versa. We bought my kindle at Best Buy & it was on sale for $169. The cover I bought has a built-in stand ($25). I can't stress enough how necessary that stand it. If you have to hold your kindle all the time it makes your hand cramp.

    One of the nicest things is that I was able to load all the music from my computer, both the iTunes & the Amazon purchases, which I'm not able to do on either my iPhone or my MP3 player. You can play it by Artists, Songs, or Albums & of course it will shuffle & it has a headset plug-in. The charging cord doesn't come apart & let you plug it into your computer. I was able to use my husband's smartphone charging cord in order to download my music but of course you can buy the extra cord.
     
  3. Bonita

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    I love my Kindle Fire. I call it my "toy" because otherwise I have an 8-year-old PC, a cell phone that makes only phone calls and is held together with tape, and a Generation 1 IPOD. I'm not into technology at all, but I love my toy. It is so easy to use and the video quality is great for watching skating.

    I was generally against reading books on the thing (I just wanted it to surf the web at home and at the rink), but I actually love reading the books.

    There are tons of free games you can download that are really fun (I recommend Crazy Casino, all the fun of gambling without the losing $$ part).

    I can't say enough about the Kindle Fire, love it!
     
  4. Skittl1321

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    We have the kindle keyboard and it is fantastic. I have played on the Kindle fire, but it is more like an Ipad- to me, it is for a lot more than reading books, and that isn't what I want. I want a no-glare, "digital ink" reader, and the Kindle is perfect for that.

    I also like that I can sync my Kindle account with the kindle app on my smart phone, so I can read when I don't have the Kindle on me (but the screen obviously isn't as good.)


    My only regret is we paid more for the "no offers" version. I wish we hadn't. The offers only appear on the screen saver, and in no way effect the reading experience.

    It is not color- and it does effect reading books with illustrations, or pdfs (like knitting patterns...). But for 99% of what I want to read- it is perfect. Not many books have color.
     
  5. Zemgirl

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    I have a Kindle keyboard, and didn't consider a Nook because it isn't sold internationally. My understanding is that both have their strong points, and you have to figure out which are more important to you. As an aside, I don't believe there are any color e-ink devices at the moment, and don't know if reading on a Nook Color/Kindle Fire is as comfortable.

    Kindle: I find it very user-friendly, and if you're based in the US, you will get good prices on many e-books (curses on the international delivery fee!). Customer service is excellent; I have heard this from others and can also base it on my own experience. The Kindle reads AZW files (Amazon's proprietary format) as well as non-DRM'd MOBI and PDF. It does not read EPUB files, which are the industry standard; this means that if you want to shop elsewhere, you will need to convert your files (using Calibre), and if you want to do that to books with DRM, you will have to strip it, which isn't quite legal.

    Nook: I've heard that's it's good but haven't tried it. Nook takes EPUB files, which means you are not limited to B&N. I have heard that their customer service is so-so.

    Sony: AFAIK it's also a good option, thought maybe more expensive? Sony takes EPUB files.

    If possible, I'd suggest testing whichever readers interest you and returning whichever ones you dislike.

    I love my Kindle; it's allowed me to read a lot more than I did in the past and to access books I wouldn't be able to otherwise. Happy reading!
     
  6. modern_muslimah

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    It depends on the books. If you're buying books from any of the "agency 6" (the big publishers like Random House, Harper Collins, etc.) then usually the print copy costs more but sometimes not. For instance, some paperback copies from these publishers are actually higher than e-book copies of the same book.

    In general though, e-books are cheaper than p-books.

    For the first question, it depends. Normally, you would not be able to read Nook books on the Kindle and vice versa. However, if you're willing to do so, you can get around this and convert the e-books to the format of your e-reader and read away. Of course, you have to consider whether this is is ethical and whether you're comfortable doing this. :shuffle: However, I don't think this would really be an issue since both bookstores have a similar selection. There are few books that are only available at one bookstore or the other.

    If you're only going to read books like novels, then there really isn't much different between the e-ink Nook and Kindle and their color counterparts.
     
  7. modern_muslimah

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    In the US, the new Sony model is around the same price as the Nook. Outside the US, I think the Sony is more than other e-readers. I have the previous model of the Sony Reader and love it. It also takes e-pub. Beware though that you can't read e-books from B&N unless you strip the DRM (which might not be legal).

    This! Best Buy as all of the readers (Kindle, Nook, Sony) on display. So you can play around with them.

    Same with my Sony. E-readers really allow you to read so much more don't they? :)
     
  8. Zemgirl

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    Oh, yes - all those cheap books and freebies, and authors publishing their backlists, not to mention instant availability... e-readers are certainly wonderful for people who read a lot!
     
  9. AxelAnnie

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    I am a loyal Kindle user. I read 2-4 books a week. I looked into the Kindle fire, but read that if you do more than a couple of hours reading at a time, the e-ink is much easier on the eyes.

    And, with the other than e-ink, you can't read in the sun........deal breaker for me.....what would I read by the pool?

    I have been perfectly happy with my various models of Kindle.
     
  10. Vash01

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    Great info. Thanks everyone.

    Dumb question: Would I need a wi fi to read this?
     
  11. Zemgirl

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    To download books? Well, not necessarily; some models are 3G, and you can download stuff to your computer and then transfer it to your device.

    You definitely do not need wifi to actually read your books; in fact, I believe it's recommended that you turn the wireless off when you don't need it, in order to prolong battery life.

    If you want some more technical information, I'm a regular reader of Dear Author and found their e-book posts really helpful. You can use this one as a starting point.
     
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  13. AxelAnnie

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    Definitely get the 3G. Then you can download books from anyplace......with the WiFi only, you are restricted. One of the things I like best about the Kindle is that if I am reading a book, and realize I have selected a book that is part of a series, I can stop reading and download the first one...,...etc.

    I am sure they all do that, but the WiFi only limits you some.
     
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  14. modern_muslimah

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    I think only the Kindle offers 3G at the moment. The Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo (none of us mentioned them yet :p) all have WiFi models only. I don't think it's a big deal. My reader doesn't even have an internet connection. I download ebook files to my computer and then sync them using a program called Calibre (Zemgirl mentioned it previously).

    When I had my Nook, I got the WiFi model and I was fine. It depends on the user. If you're the type of person who goes through books quickly, is on the go often and wants to be able to download a new book whenever you feel like it, the getting an e-reader with 3G might be a priority. However, if you don't need to download e-books whenever you feel like it, a WiFi reader might work. It really depends on your wants and needs.
     
  15. Christina

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    I love my Nook Tablet. It has expandable memory (the Kindle Fire doesn't), which means you can put movies onto an SD card and watch them where ever. I also download books from other sources and put them on my Nook.

    It's color, and it is fabulous. Also, it has a better screen than the Kindle.
     
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  16. AxelAnnie

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    Well said. When we were in Mendocino (which isn't exactly no where) none of our phones or computers worked........but I could download books! :rollin:

    Oh, and for whatever it is worth (which is probably not much), I have the Kindle Keyboard and the touch.
    I must say, I like the keyboard version better.
     
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  17. Twizzler

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    You can also buy them at Target. If you have a Target RedCard, it will save you an additional 5%.
     
  18. taf2002

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    Best Buy carries the Nook & I almost bought it instead of the Kindle Fire. The fact that you can buy more memory for it almost sold me but it would take me years to run out of memory & then I could just delete some books to make room. The upper right corner of the Nook Color popped up & became a reading lamp; the kindle doesn't have that but the pages are backlit so it's not really necessary.
     
  19. ChelleC

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    I bought a Kindle Fire last month, and I love it.
     
  20. Prancer

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    Eh? Are you sure you mean the Nook Color? I have one and I don't have that. Since it has backlighting, I don't need a reading light.

    There is a color e-ink reader, but it's not very good, it's really expensive, and it's available only in Japan. Amazon is working on one, but so far, it would appear that the color is so washed out that they don't consider it marketable at this point. Give them time.

    And just to further confuse things, Google is tossing its hat into the ring: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and...-7inch-Tablet-for-Late-Summer-Release-773313/
     
  21. myhoneyhoney

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    how about an Android tablet where you can download both the Kindle AND Nook apps?
     
  22. modern_muslimah

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    :confused: There are already Android tablets where you can download both.
     
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    If you get an iPad you can get the Kindle app, the Nook app, and iBooks, plus the Overdrive app which works with the ebook collections of many public libraries.
     
  24. Alexa5

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    I found out quickly when I bought mine that it really does come down to what you want to do on it...if you mainly want to read, the black and white is really the way to go, IMO. I started with a color Nook, and it drove my eyes absolutely crazy, and I quickly realized that all I was going to do was read on it anyway, so I returned it for a black/white Nook reader. I love it, and it does what I need.

    I also found out that wireless is really enough.... so far I have had no need for 3G because I download my books at home, and I still haven't gotten through my library yet, so even on the road I would still be good to go.

    I think the tablets, etc, are good if you want to do other things and the light doesn't bother you. But for some people it is hard to read on the color versions.

    Also wanted to add that the Kindle versus Nook becomes easy when you really think about where you would want to buy your books. I have always done a lot of shopping at Barnes, so it was an easy choice.... never been much of an Amazon person. Plus I liked that the Nook allows you to get books from libraries, etc, though I haven't used that option yet...
     
  25. Nan

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    After much back-and-forth, I flipped a coin and got a Nook Simple Touch, no 3G. All I do is read on it, that's all I wanted it for, and I download books at home. This little rascal does exactly what I want it to do and I'm very happy with the result of the coin toss. :lol:
     
  26. taf2002

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    My kindle fire is black & white when I'm reading a book so how is that different from a kindle that is just an ereader? Is it because the screen is backlit?

    Whatever it is, I have found that reading in bed has helped my insomnia dramatically. I get so drowsy after just about 30 mins that I conk right out. It works most of the time.

    My sister & I have each other's passwords so we can read each other's books. One of the nice things is that when I'm logged in as her the other features on my kindle such as facebook or games is still available.
     
  27. NancyNC

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    Love my Nook Tablet that I got at Christmas. Haven't had any issues reading with the non- e-ink reader. Loved having it on a red eye flight where I could easily read without the overhead light - I'm sure my neighbor loved that too lol. I have exchanged books with friends and done the library thing, both worked well. My husband has the Nook app on his iPad and uses my account to read the books I download, it works well.
     
  28. Alexa5

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    Yes, the black and white regular ereaders are not backlit, which makes it easier on the eyes.
     
  29. Scintillation

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    I've actually started considering purchasing a tablet too, mainly because I've had to start putting books and crap into storage. I'm going to have to leave so much behind when I move, so I figured why not downsize.
    My problem is I've been an Apple user for the past 8 years, but I can't afford $500 for a freaking tablet. I'd like to do the Kindle instead, but I'm worried that I won't be able to transfer my apps to the Kindle.
     
  30. Vash01

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    How much does it cost?