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Initial post: Sep 25, 2013 11:57:03 AM PDT
My mother loves to use her ereader for reading. She uses it all the time. Currently she is using my older nook (One of the original e-ink versions). I'd like to upgrade her this christmas with a nice color Kindle fire.

Here's the thing... I am wondering if there is a nook reader app for the Kindle so she can have the best of both worlds - still have easy access to her nook books but also have access to the Kindle market... Because she isn't really technically oriented and therefore suggesting sideloading or rooting her device is probably out of her league...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:00:57 PM PDT
First of all, you may not want to consider the Fire to be an "upgrade." It is a totally different type of device. The reading experience is not the same. They are much heavier, have much shorter battery lives. They have backlit LCD screens, which means they are not good for reading outside. 99% of what the Fire's are designed to do requires an active WiFi signal also.

I believe there are nook apps that can be installed on the Fire. I'm sure someone else can explain that in more detail.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:01:01 PM PDT
Artist says:
There is a Nook reading app that you can sideload to the Fires.

My question is, why a tablet? They have backlit lcd screens were are completely different from e-ink screens. Some people (including me) can't read for long periods of time on a backlit lcd screen. She also won't be able to read it outside.

If she isn't technically oriented, again, why the Fire? I can see it for magazines and using the internet. Is she interested in those things?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:02:09 PM PDT
The thing is a friend of hers has a Kindle Fire and she raves about that and (Obviously - this is what I did as a kid) wants one herself... She just doesn't want to actually say it.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 12:02:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2013 12:02:55 PM PDT
Timothy, as far as I know you can't get the nook app on a Kindle Fire, because it does not access the google play store.
Would a better option for your mom maybe be a different android tablet? She can have the best of both worlds, nook and kindle apps on the same device. Just a thought. Good luck in your search!
edited to say, I wrote this before I saw the replies.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:03:27 PM PDT
King Al says:
That is incorrect. You can obtain it elsewhere and sideload it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:05:21 PM PDT
I stand corrected, King Al. I had an original kindle fire but sold it to buy a galaxy tablet so I no longer have first hand experience. Alas, those new models are SO tempting!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:05:26 PM PDT
Does she have WiFi in her home?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:05:40 PM PDT
I was thinking of a Android tablet, but here is the simple thing... She needs (And really actually needs this) to have deep integration between a bookstore and the tablet. The nook is perfect for her but she has been raving about her friends Kindle tablet (Because she wants to use some of the other apps on it). Plus, the Kindles are in the sweet spot in price for a xmas present...

I was thinking of a Android tablet that just had the nook/Kindle apps installed on it but you have to remember - she apparently has her heart set on a Kindle. It would be like her buying me a "Bat-Man" action figure when I wanted a "Batman" action figure... My opinion on this is that this is about what she wants not what i think is best (I still prefer the nook, personally).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:06:14 PM PDT
KessaJo says:
I would get her the new KF and a Paperwhite or whatever the Nook version of that is.

I say this, because while she may enjoy the KF, after awhile, her eyes will get sore from the backlight of the KF. The Paperwhite is not backlit, but will still give her light for reading, without hurting her eyes.

Of course, I am assuming that she is older & backlit devices are hard on many older adults, for reading for long periods of time.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:06:44 PM PDT
Oh, yes - she has WiFi. And pretty fast wifi at that... and still refuses to listen to me when I suggest she could save a lot of money by buying a roku or something like that rather than paying for cable...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:09:17 PM PDT
KessaJo says:
Let's see...

KF - Christmas Present

Paperwhite (or Nook equiv.) - Birthday Present

Roku or DVD player with... - Mother's Day Present.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:09:32 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
She could still use her Nook for B&N books and use the Fire for other stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:10:09 PM PDT
Artist says:
Have you ever asked her what she likes about her friend's Fire? That might help you to make your decision.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:15:52 PM PDT
She seems taken with the idea that email can be responded to on something other than her computer... You know - the computer with the nice webcam and skype installed that allows her to video call with me where I can see her neck and nothing more?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:19:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2013 12:20:23 PM PDT
KessaJo says:
LOL! =)

Well then, for sure get her the KF & maybe later, you can get her the Roku &/or maybe another ereader.

ETA: She sounds like a great Mom.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:22:34 PM PDT
She's a great mother and that is why I want to surprise her this christmas (The other surprise is I am flying cross country to give her present to her in person...).

Now if I can think of something for the father... He's the hard one to buy for since he has no interests.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:23:11 PM PDT
Artist says:
Then get it for her. She CAN sideload the Nook reading app to it (at least one could on the other Fires). If she's not a technie, that might be something you'd have to do for her.

Or, since she's going to keep her Nook (presumably), maybe she'll choose to continue to read on the Nook and just use the Fire for fun stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:24:34 PM PDT
Thanks for everyones help here! Now... figure out what to get for the father... I am thinking a beer brewing kit.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:24:40 PM PDT
My FIL was terrible to buy for. Everything we ever bought him was returned, for another color, another option. So difficult. The only thing we ever got him that he liked was an expensive pillow, a memory foam type. That he liked.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 12:26:06 PM PDT
Jay says:
@Timothy - Give up on Nook, and eat the expense of the lost Nook books. Mom got her money's worth of use out of them, and now should move on. A Kindle (the $69.00 Basic), or a front lit PaperWhite, would serve Mom's reading needs well enough. However, if she has that Kid In A Candy Store desire to play video games, watch movies, Skype with friends, etc, get her a new Fire HDX. Many things are free from Amazon. On my Kindles, I have 2600 e-books which cost me nothing. They are older items, on which the copyright has expired, so they are in The Public Domain, and are 'sold' for $0.00. Having access to many thousands of such freebies will compensate for the loss of the Nook material. Mom would probably enjoy the older stuff more, anyway. Even a lot which does cost is still very affordable. I got one tome which had 300 of Mark Twain's works in it...for $1.99...for 300 stories. If your Mom likes Barbara Cartland, many of her early works are available at low cost. I bought a set of four Barbara Cartland romance novels in a collection which cost just $0.99. I found some Agatha Christie works which were free, and others which cost as much as $6.99. Buy content from Amazon, and you don't need to worry about side-loading, violating TOS, violating your warranty, or such. I spent 8 months researching e-readers, book sources, etc, before buying my first Kindle, and I have never regretted the decision. I have since purchased several more Kindles, and will soon be buying a Fire HDX. I told my neighbor-years ago-that Nook was doomed, because of it's horrendous no return for refund policy. If you accidently order a book you don't want, or can't afford, on a Nook all you can do is either keep it, or exchange it for something of equal, or greater, cost. Amazon gives you a chance to return the item for a full cash refund. That is why Kindle is still alive, and thriving, and the Nook is now dead. Bury the dead Nook horse, and dive into the Kindle pool. You,and Mom, will be glad that you did.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:28:41 PM PDT
KessaJo says:
I knew she was a great Mom, because you are looking into what would be the best thing to get for your Mom. =)

Men are always harder to shop for.

Most men are interested in at least one of these things...

TV/DVD/Tivo kind of stuff.


Trips to Hawaii/Paradise Island in the Bahama's

Tie's/wallets/duct tape.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:29:27 PM PDT
KessaJo says:
I was going to add beer stuff, but didn't want to seem too forward. LOL!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:30:16 PM PDT
I ask my father and he just says he wants socks. Pairs of grey socks. I then fantasize about taking those socks and using them to strangle him with every christmas...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:31:49 PM PDT
You never met my FIL. :)

He never used a tool in his entire life. The man was helpless as a baby. Seriously. His hobby was buying expensive cars and never changing their oil. I never saw him cut the grass, change a lightbulb, nothing.
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