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Thread: Best Electronic Book, anyone?????

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    Best Electronic Book, anyone?????

    I really didn't think I would want an electronic book, but someone posted somewhere on here about using it to keep their quilt magazines on. HOOKED!!!!! Now I want one!! Anyone out there care to tell me which one would be the best for this. I have STAcKS of quilt magazines and it takes me forever to go through them to find what I am looking for. IE: I want to make a wallet. I know I have several patterns in those books, but can't find it. I'd rather be sewing. LOL Another expense brought on by reading this board. Whats a girl to do??? Thanks for the assist. I'll be watching patiently (or not) for your opinions.
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    I have a Nook and love it. I know lots of folks with Kindles who love them. But I will say this - reading patterns on a Nook or Kindle isn't all that easy. You might want to ask friends or family who already have one of these to let you see how it would be to read a pattern off of one.

    I can read anything I have on my Nook on my computer as well, so that's how I do it when I want to search through patterns from my online quilt magazines, not my Nook itself.

    Good luck!!

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    I have a Kindle and love it, but since I already own a Kindle I haven't bothered to check out the Nook or other e-readers. You might head to your local Barnes & Noble, where you can get your paws on a Nook and ask a million questions. Then check with your friends, find one that has a Kindle that you can play with.

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    I have the Nook 3G and the Nook color and love, love, love it. For me it's easy to read, I can sort them onto different shelves for organizations. I can read day time or night time; the light makes no difference at all. I can put music, pdf's movies on my color etc. I have an organizer on it so that I can keep my bills and schedule right there and update as needed and I get great support in the local Barnes and Noble stores.
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    O was given a Kindle Fire for Christmas and I absolutely love it! I can't compare it to the others, because I didn't have one before.
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    Kindle Fire - great price too

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    I have a Nook color and and old Kindle. I like my Nook the best because it has a backlight. You can read at night without a light on and I think it is easier to read for my old eyes. I am not sure about the Kindle Fire. My brother has both and he prefers his Nook color better than the Kindle Fire.

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    I've been looking at getting one of these too. When I've gone to the Amazon or B&N Newstands, I don't see much for quilting magazines to subscribe to. Are you getting them there, or directly from the magazine publishers? And if from the mag. publishers, what format are they in? From what I understand, Kindle has it's own format so can you read them on a Kindle?

    So many questions.......

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    Also, can you print from them? Like a template for a pattern?

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    WOW!! Lots of info. And more questions, that I am trying to get the answer to. Went to Best Buy yesterday and TRIED to get some info. I guess I didn't look enough like I would buy, cause I sure couldn't get any help. Wish I had thought and gone to the Barnes and Noble. Even at the BB they said the Nook was better than the Kindle, but it was also $50 more. Found the Nook Tablet for the same price as the Fire on the net. Not sure about buying over the net cause of the support issues. But it sounds like the Barnes and Noble people might be helpful in either case. Can't wait to go to the B&N to check it out. I think a LOT depends on the store near you. The BB closest to me sucks! Haven't been to the B&N lately. I am also looking to find out about the on-line magazines. Neither the Fire or the Nook has quilt mags listed in their "store". Fire sent me to info on buying the mags, but not electronic, and no link to go see. Will find time later to visit a couple of their sites and see what the availability is. Whew, this is a workout!!! I don't usually buy this type of toy for myself, so I want to get it right! Thanks for any and all input, I'd like to keep this thread going with any and all info that can be shared. At least we will all know one way or the other if we are thinking of something like this. Even my DH is for it, of course he knows how much I spend on magazines and he sees the piles I have. I don't like to get rid of them, as I use them for inspiration.
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    So many questions.......[/QUOTE]


    This answers some of your questions. http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...deId=200768460
    Onalee Rose
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    Www.zinio.com. It's a website for purchasing digital versions Of magazines. Not many sewing and quilting magazines are offering digital versions yet.
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    This has been an adventure. I think I have decided to get the NOOK TABLET. I can get it at the B&N online store for same price as the NOOK Color and KINDLE Fire, also found a 10% off coupon but have to wait for my membership number to come so I can use it. I am not finding many quilt magazines in digital format, but the tablet will let me go on the NET, and that gives me some options. I also think I can scan in some of the patterns i would like to keep and transfer them to the Tablet. Thanks for the input.
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    I have both the Nook and the Kindle. Both are solid machines. The advantage the Nook has over the kindle is that subscriptions are tied to your account, not to your specific device. I lost all my archived magazines when my Kindle broke - you can download them again, but you can't access them because they are keyed to your kindle. So, I canceled my subscriptions with the Kindle and switched them to the Nook. Right now, I am getting Quilter's World electronically, but to my computer rather than the Nook. I'm trying one craft subscription (Cardmaker) to see how that goes.

    Pdf files - I just can't read most of them. I've scanned in older quilt magazine pages and it's just too hard to read them on either the Nook or the Kindle. I will stick with a netbook or Ipad for that.

    I can't see converting all my quilting stuff to electronics though. I like to page through stuff and when I want to reduce, I rip apart the magazines and put them in sleeves in my quilting ideas book. Can't do your electronics like that.
    Last edited by IAmCatOwned; 02-22-2012 at 11:13 AM.

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    Thank you. I am looking at nook tablet. Do you know if that is morw like the netbook?

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    I have a Nook Color and Nook 3g, I love them both. The Nook color is great for magazines. I can also download books from the public library.

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    Ok.. after a few days of a quilt book and a craft subscription on both the Nook and the Kindle, I can tell you that diagrams are very difficult to see on either the Nook or the Kindle. The screen is just too small and you can't enlarge it. However, you CAN use the free Kindle or Nook apps on your computer and they look great. So, unless you have your computer right by your sewing machine (and I know some of you do), I can't see ever buying a Nook or Kindle version of a quilt book. I do think an Ipad would have a large enough screen to see detail.

    I bought the book Crazy Shortcut Quilts by Marguerita McManus. This works fine on the Nook (or Kindle) as the directions are easy to read and the diagrams are still readable even on a Simple Touch. Some of the detail for crazy quilting is lost and I had to look for that on the enlarged version on the computer. The craft subscription, Cardmaker, has the same problem. You can read the text just fine, but the detail in the photo isn't all that easy to see unless you are looking on your computer. Doable, not comfortable.

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    I got the NOOK tablet. 16gig. Used it this weekend. I can see some limitations, but I can load them to the computer, or email them to myself (I think) and print what I need. I downloaded QUILT magazine. It came with extra patterns than were even in the magazine. You can touch the "article view" spot and it makes it a lot easier to read. The pictures are nice, but you don't get to see the really tiny details, but I think If I were going to use a pattern, I would load it to the computer and print it out. We can't get decent internet at our house without paying an arm and a leg. I have it on my phone, but get headaches trying to read it. I have a mobile "Hotspot" for the phone, but my laptop doesn't get along well and I spend too much time trying to get it working. The NOOK tablet was GREAT!!! Talked to my phone with absolutely no problems. I am way behind on my reading for this board and I did a lot of catching up over the weekend. It was such a pleasure to just turn on the NOOK and pull up where I had left off. The print is plenty big enough, no headache, no eye strain. FOR ME this was a great investment.
    Onalee Rose
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