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Thread: Nook or Kindle? why and why not

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    a regular here hazeljane's Avatar
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    I'm considering buying either a nook or a kindle. I'm leaning toward Kindle because some of my favorite authors are not available in ePub and Barnes and Noble, but only on Amazon.

    I need it to be readable and have lots of books. I don't need it to do anything fancy.

    I'm also leery of touchscreen, which makes the Kindle more attractive- I like a real keyboard.

    What have you got and what do you like about it??

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    Our public library will download books to Nook but not Kindle. Might want to check that out if you want to use the library.

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    And by the way....I love my Kindle.

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    They all have different features. Just like sewing machines, we need to choose carefully to make sure we get the one that suits us best.

    Santa got me a Kindle. I love it.

    The reason I wanted it is that I love to read big books-- thick history books, gigantic biographies, and long complex novels; however, my hands are arthritic and heavy books cause me real pain. The Kindle weighs about a half pound, no matter whether it has one big thick book inside or 3500 books in it. Amazing.

    Other reasons I like the Kindle:

    I read outside often so the non-glare screen was a big deal for me.

    I have insomnia and my doctor has cautioned that I should not be looking at any lit screens within one hour of bedtime-- no tv or computer, no IPAD with lights inside. I can read with a light coming from BEHIND me. So I turn on a bedside lamp and use my Kindle.

    I like the ease of getting books from Amazon; some are even free like classic lit like Jack London novels. I wanted to read them in school but never got around to it. Now I am making time to read them. You can look on
    ereader-freebies.blogspot.com to see the list of free books and how to get them.

    Newspapers (LA Times, Wash Post, Wall St Journal, Boston Globe, Philly daily News and dozens more) and magazines (Newsweek, Time, Readers Digest, the Atlantic, etc.) are readily available too.

    Kindle fits in my purse, no bulk, no weight. I bring it with me when I go shopping, and read while waiting in line. (I hate lines. This Kindle is good for my blood pressure too, I think. Makes waiting easier!)

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    I have a Kindle, but bought my daughter a Sony Touch Screen. It all depends on what books you want to buy/receive. I like independent authors, so the Kindle was a good choice for me. There are many free Kindle books, but most are not the "big name" authors. Purchasing books for an ereader by well known authors costs about the same as a hardback or paperback which can be expensive. My daughter likes a wide range of authors, including well known authors, so downloading from a library was a good choice for her. The Kindle will likely never be able to download library books. Non-copyrighted books, such as the classics, are available in a wide range of formats for free, so if you like classics, any ereader will support them. Even though I have a keyboard on the Kindle, I really liked the touchscreen of the Sony.

    Good luck on your choice! An ereader is wonderful technology!

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    I tried both and bought the Nook as I can get more books For it with ePub. I have enjoyed it so much my family bought me an IPad for Christmas with Nook on board. I am delirious. It is the neatest thing. I am sending this via my IPad. I can lay in bed at night and watch the qUilting videos on youtube be on the board and read my favorite authors.. It is pricy but the Nook was so wonderful I gave it to my granddaughter and she loves it because she can read with the lights out and roll over and go to sleep. if you have problems with your hands , the touch screen is fantastic.

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    I have a Nook that my son bought me for christmas and I love it. I dont really know much about the kindle but I have never had any problems getting any book I have wanted to read on my nook. But which ever one you decide Iam sure you'll love it.

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    Hi
    Both are good readers. I have a nook for the following reasons: the battery is replaceable, I can borrow books from the library, it has unlimited storage because it has a micro sD slot, and I can purchase books from many online stores - there us no restriction to just Barnes & Noble. You will enjoy whichever one you purchase.

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    they really wouldn't be any use for me...I go thru about 4 books/week and get them on ebay, amazon, and from trading with friends. I have a friend that works at a resale shop and brings home loads of books...right now I ordered the 2011 Robyn Carr continuing Virgin River Series...just love them and they will be read by at least 3 friends when I am done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StitchinJoy
    They all have different features. Just like sewing machines, we need to choose carefully to make sure we get the one that suits us best.

    Santa got me a Kindle. I love it.

    The reason I wanted it is that I love to read big books-- thick history books, gigantic biographies, and long complex novels; however, my hands are arthritic and heavy books cause me real pain. The Kindle weighs about a half pound, no matter whether it has one big thick book inside or 3500 books in it. Amazing.

    Other reasons I like the Kindle:

    I read outside often so the non-glare screen was a big deal for me.

    I have insomnia and my doctor has cautioned that I should not be looking at any lit screens within one hour of bedtime-- no tv or computer, no IPAD with lights inside. I can read with a light coming from BEHIND me. So I turn on a bedside lamp and use my Kindle.

    I like the ease of getting books from Amazon; some are even free like classic lit like Jack London novels. I wanted to read them in school but never got around to it. Now I am making time to read them. You can look on
    ereader-freebies.blogspot.com to see the list of free books and how to get them.

    Newspapers (LA Times, Wash Post, Wall St Journal, Boston Globe, Philly daily News and dozens more) and magazines (Newsweek, Time, Readers Digest, the Atlantic, etc.) are readily available too.

    Kindle fits in my purse, no bulk, no weight. I bring it with me when I go shopping, and read while waiting in line. (I hate lines. This Kindle is good for my blood pressure too, I think. Makes waiting easier!)
    Ditto! I love my new Kindle. Just downloaded several free books this am. My DH also gave me a cover w/a light attached so I could read into the wee hours without bothering him. :wink: It makes it a bit heavier, but I am making a quilted cover for daytime so it is easier on my hands. The more I use it, the better I like it. It takes a bit of adjustment. I still reach for the top to turn the page. :roll:

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