Nook Or Kindle?

Lounge By BethLS Updated 6 Dec 2010 , 8:30pm by BethLS

BethLS Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 1:06pm
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Hi guys!

I'm pricing out the Barnes and Nobles "Nook" and Amazons "Kindle" and would like to hear your opinions on each of these e-readers. If you own one, please let me know what you like/dont like about it. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

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emrldsky Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 4:01pm
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Hi guys!

I'm pricing out the Barnes and Nobles "Nook" and Amazons "Kindle" and would like to hear your opinions on each of these e-readers. If you own one, please let me know what you like/dont like about it. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif




I have a Kindle, second generation. icon_smile.gif I love it!! I haven't looked at the comparisons between the Nook and Kindle recently, but it really depends on the features you really want.

I have heard the new Nook color has some kinks that need to be worked out, so I would recommend you look at the other options for the Nook, if you decide to purchase that brand.

I do, however, highly recommend the device that is NOT Wi-Fi ONLY, especially if you travel or plan to keep your eReader with you at all times. I don't always have access to a Wi-Fi hotspot, but with my Kindle, I can still get my books through Whispernet. I believe Nook has its own proprietary service that works the same way.

BethLS Posted 20 Nov 2010 , 3:57am
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Ooooh thanks for the input! icon_biggrin.gif

I've decided on the Kindle 3G! icon_smile.gif I have wifi in my house, so not a big deal for me, and I have it at work too (shhhh) but I like the idea of having it when on the go!

Can't wait to get it!!

eme926 Posted 21 Nov 2010 , 5:27am
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I also saw a Literati that my daughter has put an order in for... I'm doing a little research in it, also.

frankdiabetes Posted 27 Nov 2010 , 2:21am
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I've decided on the Kindle 3G! icon_smile.gif I have wifi in my house, so not a big deal for me, and I have it at work too (shhhh) but I like the idea of having it when on the go!




You'll LOVE IT. I bought mine before we went to New Zealand and it was so nice having the 3G for downloading new books. Now I wouldn't be able to survive without it. My only complaint is that it's not so good for cookbooks (which comprise about 60% of my reading ).

I was looking at the Nook color and the battery life is super-short...only a couple days I think with the wireless off, which you'll find is really impractical. The Kindle's battery life is 2 weeks with the wireless off (a couple days with it on). If you want color, just get an iPad, more functionality and you can get free e-reader apps for it. thumbs_up.gif

sugarspice Posted 27 Nov 2010 , 2:37am
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I know very little about these....they are for reading electronic books. Do they surf the net also? I feel so out of touch with technology!!

milkmaid42 Posted 27 Nov 2010 , 2:53am
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Hi! I have the Kindle and just love it. I live way out in the boonies and don't have wireless...only a disgustingly slow dial-up. It amazes me that I still can get a book delivered to my Kindle in just a matter of seconds! I have the 3 G and yes, that battery life is great. I can access the web; it is considered "experimental", but it is difficult for me to navigate and view. (CC appears really small.) I imagine that will improve.
This was a gift to me but if I had had a choice, I would have liked to have gotten the cover with the built-in light. But it is easy to read, and as the commercial demonstrates, easy in bright light. Soon it will be possible to share a book 'tween Kindle users. I will like that, as I frequently share books with family.
I'm not familiar with the Nook, as I didn't research the two before being given the Kindle. But I am very pleased with it. You'll love it.

sugarspice Posted 27 Nov 2010 , 6:12pm
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Try this link-it is a review from an Amazon user

http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YVZNKUMWGYJ4/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R2YVZNKUMWGYJ4

looks informative!!

LindaF144a Posted 27 Nov 2010 , 8:39pm
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iPad! I can have readers for the Nook and Kindle on it. Now no matter which company offers the book by ebook I can get it. I can get the Borders reader too, and Zinio for magazines and others that I don't know of. And all of them are on one piece of equipment.

Not all ebooks offered are offered on all readers.

frankdiabetes Posted 28 Nov 2010 , 2:34am
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iPad! I can have readers for the Nook and Kindle on it. Now no matter which company offers the book by ebook I can get it. I can get the Borders reader too, and Zinio for magazines and others that I don't know of. And all of them are on one piece of equipment.

Not all ebooks offered are offered on all readers.




iPads are quite a bit pricier than Kindles...the Wi-Fi only Kindle is only $139 versus several hundred for an iPad. The battery life is much shorter too. Don't get me wrong, I love the iPad and its versatility and if you're looking for something on which to browse the Internet, play games, create documents, check your email, read books, etc. then buy an iPad! But for those on a budget and just wanting to read books, an e-Reader is great.

LindaF144a Posted 28 Nov 2010 , 3:32am
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iPad! I can have readers for the Nook and Kindle on it. Now no matter which company offers the book by ebook I can get it. I can get the Borders reader too, and Zinio for magazines and others that I don't know of. And all of them are on one piece of equipment.

Not all ebooks offered are offered on all readers.



iPads are quite a bit pricier than Kindles...the Wi-Fi only Kindle is only $139 versus several hundred for an iPad. The battery life is much shorter too. Don't get me wrong, I love the iPad and its versatility and if you're looking for something on which to browse the Internet, play games, create documents, check your email, read books, etc. then buy an iPad! But for those on a budget and just wanting to read books, an e-Reader is great.




I based my answer on versatility, not price. The original OP did not day she only wanted to spend x amount of dollars.

And I would argue that for the price of the iPad you are buying several different readers all at once because they all have free apps at you can download. So getting the iPad is like getting all the readers the OP wanted and more. And this is even more relevant if you just wanted to read books because you do get so many readers in one.

And the battery life for my iPad is not shorter than the Nook my DD owns. They both run just as long in between charges. In fact I can get my iPad to run longer for just book reading by using airplane mode.

So I will say again that the iPad is more versatile. And that is solely because the OP will only be able to get ebooks provided by the ereader she buys. With my iPad I can get books from all the different ebook sources I stated and iBooks. And not being tied to one ereader supply chain makes the extra price of the iPad worth it for me.

frankdiabetes Posted 29 Nov 2010 , 12:27am
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And the battery life for my iPad is not shorter than the Nook my DD owns. They both run just as long in between charges. In fact I can get my iPad to run longer for just book reading by using airplane mode.




Really? My iPad get 12 hours MAX between charges. My Kindle gets 2 weeks.

I was not disagreeing that the iPad is more versatile- it obviously is.

latenight Posted 29 Nov 2010 , 1:48am
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If it's a standalone e-reader the OP wants, then I say Kindle, hands down. The small LCD screen (the bottom screen) on the Nook is what sucks up the battery life, so I have no doubt that that battery life is comparable to an iPad.

I have an iPad, btw. And I hate reading on it. The backlit screen gives me eyestrain, it's clunky to hold and I'm scared to death to read with it in bed for fear of falling aseep with it and rolling over on it or knocking it off the bed. Of course it's awesome for looking stuff up online!

So for pleasure reading I use my Kindle. I have the first generation chunky wedge shaped one and it's still lighter than my iPad. (I'm a huge reader, and had to have one in 2008, even though I knew it would get updated drastically and rapidly). It is perfect for what it's for, which is for reading novels. If you're reading anything with color pictures or tables or charts it's no good. But for the latest Sookie, it's great.

The battery lasts forever, btw. Even on the dinosaur I have.

LindaF144a Posted 29 Nov 2010 , 2:43am
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And the battery life for my iPad is not shorter than the Nook my DD owns. They both run just as long in between charges. In fact I can get my iPad to run longer for just book reading by using airplane mode.



Really? My iPad get 12 hours MAX between charges. My Kindle gets 2 weeks.

I was not disagreeing that the iPad is more versatile- it obviously is.




I find battery life to be irrelevant to me...yet. I have not taken my iPad any where that I cannot plug it in at night to recharge it. I'm not making light of it. I just know my lifestyle is that I will never be away from electricity longer than the battery lasts, not being the outdoor type gal. If I couldn't get through the day, I would not like it. But I can and more, so all is good. So the amount of time between charges really does not bother me. After all I charge my cell phone every other night, so I do the same to my iPad also.

emrldsky Posted 29 Nov 2010 , 3:38am
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I just wanted to weigh in on the iPad vs. dedicated eReader thought: the backlight display is nearly the same as a laptop screen, so eyestrain can be a real issue.

If you want to check out the different products, I know that Best Buy carries many of them and have them out for display. The main thing to think about is whether you want a product that will do many things (i.e., iPad) or want to spend hours reading, in sunlight and out of sunlight, without eyestrain (i.e., eReader).

For me, I used to take my laptop with me to bed and it was just a hassle. Not only that, but my eyes couldn't take the strain. When I got my Kindle, it was sooooo much better. I can read the screen outside on a bright day, which isn't something you can do with a laptop or iPad.

So, just think about what you really want out of the device, and go from there.

Good luck!!!

SPCC Posted 29 Nov 2010 , 3:44am
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While waiting in line at Target during black friday I was talking to someone about Kindle or Nook and she told me to go with a Nook because if Kindle loses a contract with a book you lose the book as well and don't get your money back. Nook won't do that. I never looked it up to see if it's true but you might want too.

latenight Posted 29 Nov 2010 , 11:36am
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While waiting in line at Target during black friday I was talking to someone about Kindle or Nook and she told me to go with a Nook because if Kindle loses a contract with a book you lose the book as well and don't get your money back. Nook won't do that. I never looked it up to see if it's true but you might want too.




This isn't true. She must have been referring to "1984gate". Which was a totally different situation involving an illegally published copy where the entity that was actually selling the e copy of Orwell's 1984 did not have the right to publish it. When Amazon discovered this, they deleted it from their catalog and voided all the licenses to use it. And they DID refund the money to the people who had purchased it.

There was such an uproar over people realizing that a file was gone off their Kindles that Jeff Bezos issued a public apology and swore they would never do any such thing again.

Now the way it works is once you buy a book (really a license to use the electronic file), it's yours forever. If a contract is lost between Amazon and a publisher, they won't sell the ebook going forward, but the already sold copies will remain in circulation (on Kindles).

Also, you can save the efile of any Kindle book to the harddrive of your personal computer anyway, so you will always have it.

Sami3000 Posted 29 Nov 2010 , 5:28pm
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I just ordered my mom a sony pocket which was on sale for 149 this weekend. I like the sonys due to formats and organization, as long as I buy or convert epubs or pdfs they will be an easy breeze on it. She does not need the 3g or wifi because impulse book buying almost always turns out bad for her. The pocket holds 2gb worth of books at a time which translates to about 4000 epubs, I can put our entire library on there for her. I read a lot of romance community blogs and they have done considerable research on the different readers and the biggest complaint they've had for the nook and kindle are the wonky organizing of the books, you are stuck with pretty much an alphabetical list of all books on the machine, depending on the metadata the publisher uses you could end up with a list numbers instead of titles.

I currently use my ipod touch and stanza to read on so I use calibre to clean up and fix the metadata and convert to epub if needed. I also use sigil to edit the epubs and remove unnecessary page numbers and weird images that publishers add in (look nice on print but not so much on a screen). If you do a google search for the dear author blog they have many posts on ereaders and eprint in general.

BethLS Posted 29 Nov 2010 , 8:46pm
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Hi guys!

Thought I'd just let you know that I went with the Kindle.

IMO its superior to the Nook, and certainly the IPad (for e-reading purposes, anyway). Of course the IPad is one awesome device as a whole, but for reading, Kindle all the way. I don't need to acess the internet on my Kindle, but the point is I still can (under experimental) and since internet useage is second to e-reading for me, its what won me over. I'm loving this thing, best decision ever!

I'm afraid buying books is going to be as bad as an obsession as buying cake decorating tools! icon_lol.gif

frankdiabetes Posted 30 Nov 2010 , 2:32am
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I'm afraid buying books is going to be as bad as an obsession as buying cake decorating tools! icon_lol.gif




Great choice! You won't regret it.

And yes, buying books is an extreme weakness for me now...Amazon makes it TOO EASY! Come on, one-click ordering that is automatically delivered to my hands in a matter of seconds? Usually the books are $9.99 or less so it feels like you're not spending much money per click, but when you buy 10+ books in one fell swoop as I tend to do, it adds up. thumbs_up.gif

ElectricCook Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 1:53am
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I bought my husband a NOOK 3G because our library lets you borrow books using the NOOK and not the Kindle. I wanted as many free books as possible.

You can also put music on the Nook as well as expand the memory. .

Barnes and Nobles has free classes on how to use your Nook. My husband went to the class and loved it. My husband is not too techno savvy and really loves his NOOK.

You can read any book you want when you are in B & N, and I liked that I had someplace to go if my husband needed help.

I did not know that my library's lending format would be a reason for buying the Nook until I read it on amazon and researched my library to see what format they supported.

My library has a ton of edigital books and I was not aware of it. My library also has a lot of edigital children's books as well.

For Kindle and Nook users, check out your local library and see what edigital books they have that you can borrow.

I know that I spend a ton of money on books for my son and I like that I can save a little on the grownup books.

I am holding out for an IPad myself. Maybe by the time we can afford the expense of an IPad the price will come down and the memory will be larger.

Did I say I really want an IPad.

neecerator Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 1:21am
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I've had my Kindle2 for a year now, and just love it to pieces! I have downloaded a ton of free books as well. If you subscribe to Steven Windwalker's free weekly "Kindle Nation" update on email, you will see a lot of free books, thousands of them. You can even get a subscription of it sent to your kindle daily for .99 cents per month. Also use the "Discussions" tab in the Kindle Store on amazon.com for very important update information and interesting topics from time to time.

We travel a lot, so to get my email anywhere on the road is great in Canada and USA. Just note that if you cross the border and then download a book, you will pay a small download fee. So I load up my Kindle with plenty of books before I go on a trip, so I'm not charged any extra "international" fees.

I love that the experimental web is free for now. No extra charge to read my email. You can make the font larger to read Cake Central better, and set the screen to a Landscape type of mode, and you can see it better also. LOVE MY KINDLE!!!

BethLS Posted 6 Dec 2010 , 8:30pm
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Thanks for all the reassurances on the Kindle!

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I'm so happy and blessed to be able to have this new, fun piece of technology!

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