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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:53 PM
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Nook or Kindle?
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 06:02 PM by Goblinmonger
My family told me today they want to get me an eReader but didn't know which one I would want so they told me to order the one I want. Your thoughts? I keep going back and forth.

ETA: I'm going with the entry-level model on each not the NookColor.
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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:05 PM
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1. Kindle
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 06:11 PM by Pithlet
I love mine. I can't say enough good things about it. I think the e-ink is superior. ETA I see that you aren't doing the nook color and that's good. I prefer the e-ink anyway. I tried out the nook when I decided to upgrade my Kindle, and I just wasnn't impressed. I just think Kindle does it better. It could just be a matter of personal preference, but it seems Kindle technology is smoother.
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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:05 PM
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dupe
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 06:06 PM by Pithlet
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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:05 PM
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2. dupe
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 06:06 PM by Pithlet
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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:47 PM
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3. I have a nook and love it. I wouldn't get the nookcolor except as a supplement.
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 07:06 PM by seaglass
Kindle and Nook have similar features for the most part but there are differences so it depends on what is important to you.

Some things to think about:

Nook - can borrow from a library - Kindle can not.
Kindle - better highlighting and notes than Nook

Web browser - don't know what Kindle's is like, do not like Nook's but I don't care about this because I don't need web access on my e-reader.

I like the look of Nook better - prefer the touch pad to the keyboard

Book organization - Nook just added this feature in November (they continue to upgrade and improve features on the original device), I think Kindle book organization might be better - I'm not sure.

Synchronizing books across e-reader/iphone/pc etc - I don't do this but some find it important

Nook - more in store at B&N - you can read any book up to an hour in B&N stores, they also offer coupons and free items when you show your Nook in the store - free cookies, smoothies - $10 of a whole cheesecake - promotions change frequently.

Forgot to add - Nook has a user replaceable battery Kindle does not. Darn that was one of the main reasons I didn't want the Kindle.

I love my e-reader. Good Luck with your choice.


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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:09 PM
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5. Thanks for the info.
Can you do notes/highlighting at all in the Nook?

What is their free (i.e. older) selection like? I teach American Lit so would like to have some of the classics on it.
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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 06:21 AM
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10. Yes you can do both but there have been complaints that these features
are not as developed as users would like. I mostly read novels so have no need to use these features.

B&N has offered their published version of classics for free frequently which includes notes, biography, inspired by, comments and questions. I have 18 on my Nook but only chose the ones I thought I would read I guess since they were free I probably should have downloaded them all :-)

Here are the free ones they are offering now (mixed in with the reg priced ones)
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooks/category.asp?PID=3...

You can also of course get all the free classics at gutenberg.org using the epub format
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dbonds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:36 AM
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16. Look to google ebooks for free classics
Edited on Sun Dec-12-10 10:37 AM by dbonds
http://ebooks.google.com

They come in pdf or ePub format (ePub is more scaleable) that both work in nook. Kindle doesn't do ePub.
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:56 AM
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17. This is one of two reasons why I think I am going to go Nook
1. You can bring in books from outside B&N (though it is an android device so Google Books make sense).
2. Nook gives you upgrades to the OS without having to buy the new upgraded device.
3. B&N is more blue than Amazon (OK, I said two, but this is in the back of my mind, too).
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retread Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 02:50 PM
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22. With Adobe Digital Editions running on your desktop and/or laptop you can borrow
ebooks from your library. If your local library doesn't carry ebooks, then for $15 a year you can join the Philadelphia Free Library and they have thousands of ebooks to lend. They work perfect on a classic Nook.

I have friends with Kindles and they love them. I see little or no difference between the classic Nook and the Kindle, save I can read borrowed ebooks from any library that has ebooks and allows me a membership. That was the deciding factor.
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mentalsolstice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 04:52 PM
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27. Other book sources
Kobo, Manybooks and Feedbooks. The last two are great for free public domain books. Since I've had my readers, I have downloaded and read a lot of classics. It was important that the file format from my Sony 700 was recognized by my Nook. I would not have wanted to re-download all those books...
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:57 PM
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4. Kindle.
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 07:01 PM by Lucian
With the new nook color, you can only read for eight hours before you have to charge it up. With the new Kindle, you can read for a month on a single charge. How annoying would it be to charge it up every eight hours? The only upside to the color nook is that it's backlit screen, but that's where it wastes the power. The Kindle doesn't have a backlit screen, but you can buy a cheap clamp on lamp to put on it.

And with the Kindle, you can get all the American Classics for free (pre-1924). You can get most of Dickens, all of Poe, Oscar Wilde, Stoker, Fitzgerald...whatever you want. If it's a classic, it's free. :)
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:10 PM
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6. I wouldn't get the Nook Color.
Don't see a lot of benefit to it for my needs. And, yes, eight hours is pretty short for a reader.
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:15 PM
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7. And for only $139, you can't go wrong with the Kindle.
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mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:55 PM
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8. Nook is more hackable than Kindle, so I'm told.
That is of course if you're into making e-Readers do things other than allow e-books to be read.

Or the pointless turn your Nook into a Kindle...
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:17 PM
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9. Kick for night crowd opinions. n/t
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 08:40 AM
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13. I have a kindle and love it - the print is easier on the eyes than books
And much easier to read than a computer screen. If you have more than one kindle on the same account all the books can be used by all on the account - three of us in my family share a library this way.
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blueamy66 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 06:27 AM
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11. neither
books are the bomb...they smell good, look good and stay with you forever
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 08:37 AM
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12. And if you get too many you can always buy a bigger house
Especially if your vision is bad and you have to buy only large print books
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blueamy66 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:03 PM
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19. Exactly.
I just buy reading glasses....no need for large print.

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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 09:37 AM
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14. You said you aren't interested in the Nook Color, but I just got one and I love it.
I think it's a dandy little thing. Originally I didn't think I'd like it, because I love books - the way they feel, the smell, etc. but I was instantly hooked on the nook. Some folks have complained about the backlighting, but I haven't had any problems reading with it. You can change the font so the printing is bigger, too. And I like being able to access the internet with it as well.

I don't have any experience with the Kindle, so I'm not sure if the NookColor is worth the $110 extra :shrug:, but it really is a great device.
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mentalsolstice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 09:48 AM
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15. Nook Classic! I love mine!
You wouldn't want the NookColor unless you were interested in graphic books or games.
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:57 AM
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18. I also don't think I would like the backlit nature of LCD
I want the eInk that Kindle and NookClassic offer.
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retread Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 02:52 PM
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23. A color eink is another story isn't it? n/t
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:17 PM
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20. Love my Kindle!
And exploring the Kindle-only publications is quite the experience. I really do think it's got the most available downloads and the new ones are teeny and still wonderfully easy to read.

And this from someone who loves the printed word in paper form too.
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Betty88 Donating Member (437 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 02:35 PM
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21. I love my nook and know people who love their kindle
Both are good devices. Think the kindle battery lasts longer but never been an issue for me. I read everyday on my way to work/home and need to charge it once a week. Once in a while I have to charge it twice, don't know why this is a big deal you plug it in and its ready to go again in almost no time (takes longer if you charge off the usb)

At the time I got mine I think the nook was more open to different file types, I don't know if that is still true, kindle seemed more restricted.
I also just like the look of the nook better.

You really can't go wrong with either one, enjoy.
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mentalsolstice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 04:42 PM
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25. +1
I had a Sony 700 (I really liked it), which is now owned by my husband. I have loved my Nook from the moment I got it. It really is about reading preferences. I can see why the Kindle would be attractive for many, it just wasn't for me. In my case I preferred a virtual keyboard opposed to a physical one. And when I made the switch to the Nook, it was important that the Sony file format was able to transfer over so I could keep books that I already purchased or downloaded. Even though my husband has a Sony, and I have a Nook, we can share books as long as they're bought from Sony or a 3rd party provider (books bought from B&N are closed to the Nook, however, it recognizes books bought from Sony, Kobo, and other e-book stores).
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watercolors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 04:15 PM
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24. Just recieved a Kindle for my 76th birthday, I love it !
I'm an avid reader, & always in the book stores. My husband thought I would enjoy the E-book, and we won't have so many books every where. We do donate them to library for book sale, and give them to local senior home's libray. I will probably still wander into the book store tho. I do enjoy the ease of the Kindle for reading.
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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 04:49 PM
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26. I ordered a Kindle just today and even got a cover in the color I wanted!
I am very excited about perusing through all the books.
Duckie
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