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The Amazon Kindle or the Nook?

Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 6:19 PM

I am interested in the Kindle or the Nook for purchase but I do not know anyone who owns one. What are the pros and cons, which one is better and is the Kindle 3G a better buy than the regular Kindle.

I hope someone has one that can enlighten me on these electronics..


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I cannot offer any advice on the Nook; however, the Kindle is awesome. My wife has owned one for about two years and I just ordered mine today. Several other family members also have a Kindle. Last month, my wife's screen broke . . . 2 months out of warranty. I called Amazon about getting it fixed and they honored the warranty and shipped out a new one the next day.

I would go ahead and pay for the 3G. Some places still do not have wi-fi. I would hate to know that I had to find a library or Starbucks to download a book. The extra $50.00 is worth it. Plus, there is no charge for the 3G service.

Hope this helps!!

-- Posted by jiwiii on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 7:08 PM

As far as I can tell, there's not an enormous amount of difference between them as far as functionality goes. I got a Kindle for my birthday after much research and debate over which to buy. For me, it ultimately came down to the fact that I don't like touch screens, which the Nook is. They are also in the process of making a color edition Nook, and while I'm sure that will appeal to a lot of people, I just wanted an e-book reader. For its intended purpose, the Kindle is spectacular. I take mine everywhere and I love it.

-- Posted by holdoll on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 8:57 AM

P.S. I would also definitely spring for the 3G version. I love being able to download a new book anywhere I get cell phone service!

-- Posted by holdoll on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 8:57 AM

The new color Nook is backlit. Some people have no problem with backlit screens, but in theory the non-backlit "E-ink" screen on the Kindle is more comfortable for long sessions of reading, and (as Kindle brags on its TV ads) the Kindle screen can be read outdoors, even in bright sunlight. I don't own either yet, so I am not speaking from experience.

I think the original black-and-white Nook works on the same type of technology as the Kindle, except for the little secondary color screen where book jackets, etc., are displayed.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 9:56 AM

My mom has been researching this for a while now. Her local library is now offering downloads for free for e-readers...but they do not work with Kindle. Not sure why...or if it's just because of the format. If you are interesting in trying to locate free downloads, that may be something you consider also. I haven't checked with Linebaugh or Argie Cooper on if they are offereing downloads or not. I talked to someone a few weeks ago that had Kindle and she loved it.

Saw this yesterday and it may be of some interest.

http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?i...

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 1:49 PM

You can download software that allows you to borrow books from the library on the Kindle. I have had a Kindle for a few months and i love it. The battery life is amazingly long. I'm a huge fan of Amazon because they have great customer service. You can download Kindle for PC to check out free books while you think it over.

-- Posted by AUfan on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 8:39 PM

Amazon also has an enormous selection of free or very low cost books, and resources to help you find more. Additionally, Amazon makes the Kindle application for many smartphones. Something else to check out to get a taste of how it works.

-- Posted by holdoll on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 8:48 AM

Well, I had looked at both for a long time and I guess as for differences in them, there isn't much. The one thing I think that makes some folks like the Nook or Sony's E-reader better than the Kindle is that with them you can get books from other websites such as reads.com which you can get info on at the Library...

I had people tell me that I didn't want the Kindle because "you can only download from Amazon", but honestly I liked that better. After much consideration and research I decided I'd rather go with the Kindle. I just liked the look of it and to me the pages look a lot like the pages of a real book, so that was what went on my wish list.

My husband bought it for me for our 1st anniversary last month and I LOVE IT! If you like the Classics, you can download all of them for free and so far I haven't seen any book over 10 bucks to purchase, plus you can use audiobooks from audibles.com with it and it's awesome! He did get me the 3G Kindle because it just seemed like it was the better one, It just the normal screen, the larger screened one seemed that it might be too big and bulky. I can have over 3500 books on mine and I just love that! Having that many books to carry with me at any given time is just amazing and it's all on this little bitty thing the size of a paperback book! I love it!

So, I would recommend the Kindle 3G, because I love mine!

-- Posted by bookgirl17 on Tue, Nov 16, 2010, at 5:41 PM

thanks so much I appreciate everyones' input!!

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, Nov 21, 2010, at 6:59 PM

bookgirl17...where do you get all your books? Do you buy all of them or get them for free online?

AUfan...We purchased the Kindle, but my mom would like to download from the library, but they do not support the MOBI format. (I am learning this as she is not tech savy)...I was going to convert with Calibre, but it won't convert DRM books as they are protected. Not sure I want to go thru the hassle to de-DRM the file, but she bought the kindle thinking she'd be able to convert the library format.

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Fri, Nov 26, 2010, at 9:00 PM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.