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Thread: Nook or Kindle? why and why not

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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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    I use my smartphone for both Kindle & Nook books. Also MS Reader and Adobe formats. It is smaller than the readers so the screen size might not be the best but it's one less thing I have to carry around or find another outlet for the charger.

    I understand the craze about the e-book readers but I was all ready reading e-books on my smart phone before the first Kindle hit the market so didn't really understand the fuss.

    The good thing for me is that with everyone & their brother now owning a Kindle, Nook or Ipad--more & more books are available for download and I can read almost any book I want on my phone and can get the best price since it can handle so many different formats.

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    I have a nook that I got for xmas. I did a lot of research on both and thought that the nook was the better one. Especially since I can get books from public library,it will save me lots of money on buying books

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    I have an Ipod touch, that I have the kindle app for, have had it for 2 yrs and love it. B&N has an app but it wont download correctly for me.

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    Well, as you an see from what most people are saying the Nook is cool if you want to be able to get library books on it.

    Working at Best Buy, I get this question ALL the time.

    But from what you're saying (don't like the touch screen, do like keyboard, etc), the Kindle might be a good option.

    My favorite part about e-readers in general is that they are very friendly toward new authors/self-publishers. I have one writer friend (I'ma writer myself, though I haven't published any ebooks yet) who has one out on Kindle's website (check it out: Keary Taylor's 'Branded.').

    Either way, I think you will definitely be satisfied. :) Both the Nook and the Kindle hold well over 1,000 books! O.o

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    My husband got me a Kobo for Christmas. I took it to Jamaica with me and loved it. It is so compact and handy.

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    Have you considered listening to books as opposed to reading them? I download books to my IPOD then listen to them ... pretty much everywhere. Planes, while gardening, while sewing, cleaning house, and most important - my IPOD hooks up to a USB in my car so I listen to books while driving (and it keeps it charged at the same time). I find listening very enjoyable, I get the same experience sometimes more if the narrator is good (and they usually are), and I have the freedom of doing something else at the same time. Some libraries have a subscription to a service that you can use, mine however does not so I subscribe to Audible (which is Amazon's verbal sister).

    Sue

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    With the Nook you can also listen to your fav music while you read., tho I haven't tried that yet. All of the features that have been mentioned that are available with the Kindle are also on the Nook. Plus Nook is now in color! I like the loan book feature. I can loan a book to my DD who also has a Nook. I don't know if Kindle has that ability.

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    I have a Kindle and love it. I love the Text to Speech feature because I can continue my "reading" while doing other things. I've heard that Amazon is adding the ability to loan books, but I haven't learned how to do it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    Have you considered listening to books as opposed to reading them? I download books to my IPOD then listen to them ... pretty much everywhere. Planes, while gardening, while sewing, cleaning house, and most important - my IPOD hooks up to a USB in my car so I listen to books while driving (and it keeps it charged at the same time). I find listening very enjoyable, I get the same experience sometimes more if the narrator is good (and they usually are), and I have the freedom of doing something else at the same time. Some libraries have a subscription to a service that you can use, mine however does not so I subscribe to Audible (which is Amazon's verbal sister).

    I was going to ask the same question. What I haven't found out yet is how many audio books can you get on and iPOD. I don't really want to listen to them immediately, but maybe down the road a piece. I have a lot of books on CD's and tape. Our library sells the ones they want to get rid of for fifty cents and at the rate I am buying them I will have my own library. I love listening to books. I just cannot sit still long enough to read. I love to sew and listen to a book. I am very fortunate in that after being slammed by an 18 wheeler 1-1/2 years ago and totaling out our car, my husband and I got a 2002 Honda CR-V and it has AM/FM/Cassette/Disc for the entertainment system and I am as pleased as punch because I can pop a tape, listen to it in the house, take it out, put it in my purse, go drive somewhere and listen to it in the car, or same thing with a CD. Basically, that is all I had to say, except that it would be nice to sit out in the yard with the iPOD and listen to a book, without having to drag 50-eleven feet of extension cords, to get to my comfort zone in the yard. Have a nice day. Edie PS - we do have a USB port in the car too!!!!!!!

    Sue

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    I have the Nook and love it. I love the fact that I can lone books, download free books, buy them and go to the library for free books too. Besides, if you have a Barnes and Noble close by at least if you have a question you can take your nook to them and they will help you with it.

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    Sorry, I'm from another generation, I guess. I love REAL books. The look of them, the feel of them in my hand, the smell. I love browsing bookstores, new and used. Especially love the musty, dusty smell of used book stores. I love sharing books I've read with others, and receiving theirs. I love pencil marking passages and phrases that impress me and noting any that others may have done. I love the look of books on shelves in my home and the comfort in knowing that I have read 99% of them. They are my friends. Nope, electronics just don't cut it.

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    if i am going to read I want to curl up on the couch with a real book and turn the pages,to get lost in the pages,not a device.IMHO

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    I love my Kindle - It is much lighter than the Nook my DIL got for Christmas. I think if your are really into using all of the features of the Nook you would be happier with it, but the Kindle does what I want it to do.

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    interesting topic. keep the comments coming

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    I don't have either, but my sil and niece have the nook so they can exchange books if they want. Just an idea
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