Suggestions Regarding B&N's Nook and Amazon's Kindle?


  • Jan 04, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    I want to buy one of these devices but can't decide which to purchase. I have read all the online info and have used both (briefly) and like both of them. Neither "jumps out" at me as the better of the two.

    I am curioius if any on here have used these and have comments or suggestions why one is better or more useful than the other. I think I am leaning toward the Nook but want to hear if anyone has used either and any comments, problems, etc that you may have.

    Thank you.
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    Jan 04, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    Wait and see by the end of the month for what Apple is about to launch....

    http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/108492/check-expectations-for-apples-tablet-at-the-door

    It could be more about what your looking for. . .
    and who knows it might be in the same price range too - no one knows exactly what it will be in cost - but many agree it will compete against other "readers"

    With itunes - it should be capable of allowing you to pick and choose a variety of reading materials easily and quickly including magazines and newspapers using iTunes web apps.

    Good luck and let us know what you pick and why...

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    Jan 04, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    I've had a kindle for about a year, and I love it. I wish it were back-lit, but I understand what a huge battery-suck that would be So that having been kvetched, I love my kindle and I recommend it.
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    Jan 04, 2010 8:43 PM GMT
    I think the deciding factors are..

    - Which one has better prices for the e-books?
    - Who has the better selection of e-books?
    - Which device has the features you're looking for?
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    Jan 04, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    If you are going to download material, read it once, then never again, either should be fine. If you want to archive your purchases (as per an old fashioned book shelf) and access them in the future - there's still no good solution. I've been down this path with journals on CD that cost thousands of dollars and are now useless. It's best to stay away from ephemeral proprietary formats and hardware.

    Anyway, the iPhone (and presumably the other new smart phones) makes a perfectly good book reader. It's much handier than the dedicated book readers, and isn't locked to a single vendor (tens of thousands of titles are available for free) although you can use kindle and nook software. All data are automatically backed up every time you dock. It is in your pocket and available to read at all times and places.

    I've read a few dozen books on mine, and haven't paid a dime. Usually, I use the Stanza reader app.
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    Jan 04, 2010 9:10 PM GMT
    I bought my husband and mother a Kindle for X-mas. Both love them and the big buying feature is that Amazon has the biggest selection of books.

    You may want to check the wireless signal in your area. At my mothers she has to be in only one room to get one bar on her Kindle. To solve this she gets a better signal at work and will download thereicon_biggrin.gif

    Just checked with my hubby and the Nook is told to be slower. While you can "share books" (can't yet on kindle) you can only do once and don't have access to book while it is being shared.

    On the topic of back lighting; it is the main cause of eye strain. A negative trait on the Apple Tablet.


    Oh, (he just mentioned) the battery on Kindle lasts longer.


    I hope this helps.
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    Jan 04, 2010 9:11 PM GMT
    Beefy_Artist saidWait and see by the end of the month for what Apple is about to launch....

    http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/108492/check-expectations-for-apples-tablet-at-the-door

    Agreed. Apple's tablet may be a simple reader, or it could be a full powered tablet. But either way, wait to find out what it is before investing. Chances are that whatever it is Apple comes out with will blow current competition out of the water, and if it's a reader, I'd hate for you to be stuck with a Kindle.
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    Jan 04, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    A relevant quote from this morning's Wired:

    " The e-reader market is set to heat up as new entrants promise to make the Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook look like the primitive, version 1.0 devices they are."

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/01/ces-2010-preview/all/1
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    Jan 04, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    I have a Kindle and I love it. Small size fits in my jacket when traveling. I'd be wary of anything backlit since that is what causes fatigue while working on computer.

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    Jan 06, 2010 7:58 AM GMT
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    Beefy_Artist saidWait and see by the end of the month for what Apple is about to launch....

    http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/108492/check-expectations-for-apples-tablet-at-the-door

    Agreed. Apple's tablet may be a simple reader, or it could be a full powered tablet. But either way, wait to find out what it is before investing. Chances are that whatever it is Apple comes out with will blow current competition out of the water, and if it's a reader, I'd hate for you to be stuck with a Kindle.


    While everyone and their Mom is aflame about Apple, whatever they release won't be a mere eBook device, it will be very expensive, (ALL 1st-generation Apple products are--remember the $599 iPhone WITH contract?--and considering the hype the tablet is getting, Apple has total freedom making it as expensive as they'd like) and likely running a large-resolution iPhone/iPod Touch OS (the App Store is Apple's crowning achievement--there's no way in hell it won't utilize it). So if it's a reader you're looking for--this device will probably be like buying a car when all you wanted was a bike.

    mindgarden saidA relevant quote from this morning's Wired:

    " The e-reader market is set to heat up as new entrants promise to make the Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook look like the primitive, version 1.0 devices they are."

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/01/ces-2010-preview/all/1


    CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) is going on right now, so at the end of the week, you'll certainly have more options to consider.

    (Though, if Apple's tablet has any allure to you--it's probably a good thing to note that Apple's press event for later this month is decidedly after CES, meaning they get the opportunity to assess the devices coming to market and are in a great position to pwn them all by adding features in these next few weeks).

    I kind of find it funny that I'm a huge tech geek and an ("aspiring") author, yet find no allure in the Kindle or a Nook. Guess I like the romance of actual pages in my hand, and books to put on the shelf. (How many times have you judged a man by his books? Ok, maybe it's just me . .)

  • Jan 06, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    I want to thank everyone who replied to my posting. I have not decided for sure which to purchase yet and will wait for the Apple product to come on the market.

    I think between the Barnes and Noble and the Amazon product I am leaning toward the BN because so much more content available and a lot of free material but that is not set in stone yet either LOL. I have used the Kindle and liked it but have not yet used the BN but will this afternoon.

    There was one comment saying he wished the Kindle were backlit. I am curious is that is just so he could read it in the dark? The lack of backlighting is one of the features I find attractive about these devices because it is said to greatly lessen eyestrain.

    Thanks again.
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    Jan 06, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    I got a Kindle for my birthday and I love. I asked for the Kindle over the Nook because Oprah has a Kindle and told me that I had to have one as well