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Initial post: Aug 27, 2010 9:49:41 AM PDT
amberheart says:
I am torn between the Nook and Kindle. I'm supposed to get an e-Reader for Christmas (my mom says it will save money, since I tend to read 100+ books in a school year). I've been to various sites discussing the pros and cons of both but I am still confused. I dont care about LCD screens; e-ink is fine. I read both indoors and out but i can get a booklight if needed. Reviews? Reccomendations? Which is more user-friendly? Anything that'll help me decide by December...thanks! :)

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 9:51:34 AM PDT
Pamela says:
Kindle. B&N is up for sale.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 9:52:07 AM PDT
Try them out and see which works for you.

Barnes and Noble has the nook (obviously) and the Kindle can be found at Target. Though for that from what I've seen they're functional but not usable demos. The eInk screen is live, but it cycles through a set pattern. But should be enough to see how it feels.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 9:53:11 AM PDT
sabst79 says:
Kindle also has a really good return policy, so you can buy it and return it within 30 days if you decide you prefer the nook.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010 9:53:15 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
From http://www.unofficialkindlesupport.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=23

Nook advantages:

* Support for (most) library eBooks
* Format (ePub) and DRM interoperable with Kobo and partially Sony
* Little backlit color LCD touchscreen
* No physical keypad (using up space)
* User-replaceable battery (using a watchmaker's screwdriver)

Kindle advantages:

* Better choice of content
* Much better dictionary integration, annotation features
* Collections
* No little backlit color LCD touchscreen
* Physical keypad (making searches, navigation and annotating easier)
* TTS (Text To Speech) if the publisher allows it
* "Social" features (popular highlights, Tweeter and FaceBook integration), if you are into such things

Interesting video comparison:
http://thereadingedge.com/2010/08/16/tre-30-the-wolf-hall-tournament-of-e-readers/

Take a look at that FAQ entry and be sure to follow the links to other resources there.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 9:55:43 AM PDT
Kindle is the best e-reader out that at this time. I'd suggest it. Some people like the nook though.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 9:56:47 AM PDT
emeleste says:
I've heard the Kindle is more "intuitive" ...whatever that means. I have one, and I love it (K1). The functionality of it is so easy...I forget I'm pushing a button instead of turning a page. Reading just flows! Many many features about the Kindle is made to be user friendly. And Amazon, as a company, can't be beat!

I was..and still am to an extent..attracted to the color aspect at the bottom of the Nook. but it's not enough to push me over the edge at this time. Also, the Nook is heavier, and I have heard (but only from THIS board) that the CS isn't as good a B&N as at Amazon.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 9:58:16 AM PDT
Yankee2NY says:
Kindle, of course. :)

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 9:58:20 AM PDT
A. Sisk says:
well, the responses you are going to get here will be a bit one sided...but I'll jump in:

I love my Kindle, I've had it for almost 15 months and can't imagine being without it.

Here's some 'pros" for the kindle: Bookstore is much bigger. The free books from indie authors and classics and offers are also more prevalent on the Kindle. The dicitonary feature alone on the Kindle is far superior to the one available on the Nook. (Not the entries themselves, but the ease of using them and returning to your text.) I found the Kindle to be MUCH more user intuitive. Within 5 minutes of having it out of the box, I was reading. I tried to help a friend set up a Nook for her mom, and it took forever. Both of the previous things: the nook has WAAY too many steps to get things done.

The cons? Hm...well, if borrowing books from the library is important to you, you cannot do that on a kindle. If you need/want to lend books the Kindle doesn't do that...BUT if you have more than one kindle (or kindle app) in the family, you can all have copies of the same book. I don't "get" the advantage of reading for free in the brick and mortor store with a nook....I can pull a book off the shelf and do the same thing.

REALLY important: customer service. Amazon Kindle has tremendous customer service , the Nook owners complain a LOT about the lack of support they get. You can use a K for 30 days and still return it. You can return a book within 7 days for any reason: bad formatiing, accidental purchase etc. Nook: Too bad.

good luck and I hope you enjoy whatever device you choose!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010 10:00:15 AM PDT
J.R. Chase says:
Both - one as a gift, the other as another gift :)

J.R. Chase
Chicago Squeeze

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 10:06:59 AM PDT
I purchased a Nook first. What attracted me was it's ability to read ePUBs (which the Kindle can't), a user replaceable battery and the ability to expand the memory by adding a microSD chip. As for the Kindle, you have the benefit of the large volume of ebooks being sold by Amazon and a sharper image on the new K3 Kindle. You cannot change the battery in the Kindle or expand its memory.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 10:07:09 AM PDT
customer says:
@amberheart

It depends on what you plan to do with it. You'll want to think about your priorities, and then the decision will pretty much make itself :) I am sure you will be pleased with whichever one you choose. E-readers are a lot of fun.

Dragi had a nice list of features for you to consider. I would emphasize that the Kindle 3 is less expensive than the nook, but comes with longer battery life, better display, less weight, and excellent customer support. Don''t forget, Amazon has a generous return policy, so you don't have to worry about placing the order.

My recommendation to you and your mom, though, would be to get this Christmas present early. It will help you in school this semester, and you can avoid any potential supply problems during the holiday season.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010 10:08:56 AM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
The Kindle blows away the nook in all but one area as far as I can see. The nook can borrow ebooks from many libraries (those that use the Adobe DRM on ePub books).

If you want to extract text from any of your ebooks to use in term papers, you'll need the Kindle. I was shocked recently to learn that although you can highlight text on a nook, there is no provision for ever finding those highlights. You just have to page through to find the highlights and when you find them there is no provision for extracting them.

On Kindle, text you highlight is copied into a text file that you can move to your computer; it's also copied on a private web page where you can access the clippings. Any notations you create are also copied both places. Or if you just want to look up bookmarks, highlights or notes while reading the book, there is a menu option to do that too.

If you collect a lot of Kindle books, you'll also appreciate the way you can organize them into customized collections that are sort of like folders, but are better because a book can be filed into more than one collection.

If you come across a word you want to look up in the dictionary, you just move the cursor to the left of the word on Kindle and the first 2 lines of the definition appear on the screen. If you need more lines, you can jump to the full definition. On nook, there is a whole procedure you go through to leave the book, go to the dictionary, I think you have to type the word, etc. It's a very clunky way to work compared to the instantaneous display on the Kindle.

Those are just three examples of how the Kindle software designers have spent more time thinking through things. The nook was rushed to market to grab Christmas sales last year and has been getting software updates, but still is not at a parity with Kindle generation 2. Now Kindle generation 3 is shipping and it has even more software improvements.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 10:15:42 AM PDT
TO 28 says:
It depends on your need. The new kindle got good reviews. Wait until the k3 is available at target so you can see it in person first.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 10:19:43 AM PDT
Jenna Lynn says:
The Kindle :) I didn't look at the nook until after i had my kindle. I found the nook confusing and harder to use. I love my kindle and wouldn't trade it for any other e-reader! <3

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 10:23:49 AM PDT
Jack Fenton says:
I looked on consumerreports.org and bought a Kindle. Have never regretted it and never looked back. Regarding Library books, the selection for ebooks is so poor I consider it a non-issue. If you want to borrow a book from the library, you can download free PC reader and then just read them on your PC (with more eyestrain than e-ink).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010 11:30:17 AM PDT
Furr-tastic! says:
ShirleyKat, great review!!

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 12:13:06 PM PDT
merrihart says:
I met a lady today who loves the fact that she can go sit in B&N to read any book in stock free on her nook. I asked wasn't she limited to 2 hours, and she said, yeah, I think so. Obviously she has never sat longer than 2 hours there. LOL

Everyone has a preference, and each device has it's advantages. The sale of B&N is a wrench in the works that must be watched, but really, it's about what choice is best for you. Read what everyone has to say, check to see which authors you can get on each device, and make your decision. :)

Personally, I prefer the kindle. But that's just me. Aaaand many people on this board. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010 12:21:29 PM PDT
Shorian says:
To Amberheart:

You are posting in a Kindle forum, so naturally there is going to be a bias towards the Kindle. I did my comparison shopping and the Kindle came out on top.
There are a number of Kindle versus Nook comparisons on the internet.

My suggestion is to make a list of the 100+ books you read and see how many of them are available on Amazon for the Kindle. Downloading from Amazon is about as easy as it gets. And they keep all your books stored on line in case you change Kindles. The Kindle itself will hold about 3,500 books. That's 35 years worth. If few of the books you read are available for the Kindle then you need to look elsewhere for an e-reader. Keep in mind they can be converted to Kindle format but it is a lot more work.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010 12:24:03 PM PDT
Bellyman says:
I love my Kindle 1st generation. I have had it almost from 1st day avail for sale. I never have had one problem with it. I ordered k3 will arrive Tuesday!!!. The nook may be just as good I do not know but I do not see how anyone could be disappointed with a kindle all your books there at a touch and almost any book you want to buy in a moment. I have read at the beach, sitting in a pool, laying on a raft, a boating etc. it's perfect.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 12:27:39 PM PDT
Bellyman says:
also customer support. you can go to customer support enter your phone # and a live person calls immediately no wait. that is a very nice feature

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 5:18:50 PM PST
I have a K2 and a K3. Our library allows books to be 'loaned out' to Kindle. They are constantly adding books to Kindle capacities. You can check them out for two weeks. When I check out a book my computer goes to Amazon and I click on 'download to' just like I do for Amazon Kindle books. K2 downloads from UCB and K3 through wi-fi.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 5:26:34 PM PST
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