By Cathy from Canada
I have had both a Nook (original) and the Nook Color.
It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for 'just reading', then go for Nook orginal. The web surfing on that is dreadful, but if you buy your books online, then read them on your Nook, then it is a cheaper alternative to the NC (Nook Color) which is about $100 more.
If you are looking for more from your E-reader, like internet access, then go for the NC. The NC is backlit and its brightness can be adjusted. Keep wi fi off and the battery will last longer.
The books from bn.com (barnes and noble's website) are decently priced. I do not read most new 'best sellers', but I have only paid more than $10 for a few of my books (I have about 108).
A word of caution, if you get some of the free books, some of them have horrible typos, spelling, grammar. Many of the classics are free, though. For the ones that are not free, I cannot think of any I own that are more than 2.99.
One thing that made me go to Nook (both original and NC) over Kindle was the added storage slot right on the Nook. My NC came with 8GB storage, and can handle an additional 32GB, for a total of 40GB. I figured out that each GB holds approximately 750 books. So, for 40GB of memory, that is apporximately 30,000 books.
I would not want to 'move' my books to an online archive. That is just my preference.
I am NOT trashing Kindle (or any of the versions of Kindle), I just found the Nook a better fit for me.
I have seen other versions of e-readers, such as Sony, but the Sony I saw only held about 300 books. If you do not read alot, and still want an e-reader, then, that is a good way to go, but most who are willing to invest in an e-reader, want more of a capacity than 300.
I hope this helps. I'd also look online to see if you can get reviews from some kind of techonology magazine (Consumer Reports accepts no advertising, so they may be the most unbiased, but check out some special eds of computer magazines, too)
I love my Kindle DX. My favorite thing is that there are many free books on Amazon.com and I don't mean the ones that are in public domain. Sue Grafton put out her first 3 for free. Romance (not my favorite) books come out free all the time. Every month there are about 10 books that are released free. Also, you can read the first chapter of any book before purchasing. This is great because then you can get an idea of whether you will like the book before purchase. Now, I have an Android phone with Verizon Wireless and Amazon will let me read my e books in 3 places (no extra charge). My Kindle DX, my computer and my Droid X phone (which has a large screen). I am mid 50's female and have cataracts so making the print large is good for me and that is what I do. I used to be a book dealer and had 10,000 books in stock. I have been reading books since I was 5. I love my Kindle more than I thought I would and wouldn't trade it for anything. I have at my fingertips any book I want for whatever mood i am in. The Kindle DX that I have was the first Kindle and it is the biggest one. I just love it!
My two sons bought me a Kindle for Christmas last year. I didn't realize I wanted one, but now I don't know how I ever made it without it. I have read more books since I got it then I ever have, it's so convenient. I loaned it to one of my daughter in laws for a week or so and I read a paperback book and although the book was good I hated holding that darn thing! It was clumsy and hard to hold onto. I have mine in Griffin Nook leather case which I just love. It still fits well in my Meshi bag. The only place I have to shop is Wal-Mart or on-line is why I got the Nook case. I have heard people say they didn't want to have to buy all their books through Amazon, but they have so many books, why not? I have never looked for something they don't have. A Kindle would sure be my choice!
I don't have one, but I tried one out in Indigo. You may be able to find one there that you can try out. After my investigations, I would not get a Kindle as you have to get your books from Amazon, I was told. Perhaps that is incorrect. The gal in the store has a less expensive brand, which sadly, I don't remember, and she was able to download from the library for free. I would think that that would be a very good feature. Check that out when you are looking at them. The machine I looked at cost only $150 or so, and was going on sale at Indigo for $130 for Mothers Day. That is a big saving.
I have the kindle and i just love it. The battery life lasts about one month as opposed to all the other E-Readers. There are many free books you can download.
I have a Kindle, and love it. Wonder how I got along without it. There are free books coming out daily to download. I still use the library for new fiction. I have the $189.00 one, as you can download that any place. The $139 I think only has WiFi download. If you get one, go to eReaderIQ.com and sign up for the daily free book list.
I have recently bought the kindle and I love it. They have a new version which came out this week 4-14-11 that has commercials on it so it costs less. Check it out. You will not be disappointed.
I don't have all the details, but my daughter did a lot of research on this subject. She chose the Kindle. She said she chose it over the Nook because the Kindle isn't backlit and can be read even in bright sunlight. I think hers cost about $140 late last fall or about Christmas, at the latest.
My friend has a Kindle and she likes it so much that she bought one for her daughter-in-law who was always borrowing hers. I have a Sony e-reader and I love it. My husband was always borrowing mine, so I bought him one for his birthday. It was quite a bit less expensive than the kindle, and it's also smaller. It's about the size of a Reader's Digest and fits quite well in my purse. I have a really nice leather cover for it...had to pay extra for it but well worth it. It holds about 350 books but you can also archive them and re-download. So basically you could have as many as you want. The print is also adjustable. I really like it because even tho I have a husband, house and full time job I read on average 3 or 4 books a week, in addition to all my hobbies. I was running out of room to store all my books. With my e-reader problem is solved.
Margaret from Denton, Texas
I bought the $ 189 Kindle for a present and the person uses it all the time. Like it very well.
I have had a Kindle for over 2 years and I love it. Right now I have around 200 books, periodicals and samples on it, and a few hundred more in the archive. Amazon lets you buy books from their store move them to an on-line archive when you are done reading them. . If you want to read them again, you can re download them for free. Many classics are available for free and most of the newer bestsellers cost around $10. The Kindle that I have can also be used to browse Wikipedia and simple web sites.
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