Nook or Kindle??

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    I can't decide!!

    I like the Kindle because it's cheaper ($114; displays ads once in awhile) and it seems to have more of a selection. But I like the newest Nook because it's smaller, has a better battery, and best of all, has a touch screen.

    But do I really want to pay the extra $30 for a touch screen? I don't know...help? :)

    I'm leaning towards the Nook at this point, but I heard the Kindle has way more books for purchase. Does anyone know for sure, or can give me their experience with the cheap-o version of the Kindle, the one with ads? How annoying is it?
     
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  3. Aliceacc

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    I got Peter a Kindle for Christmas.

    The main deciding factor was the Kindle screen. Everything I read said it was better for reading in bright sunlight-- like the back yard in summer.
     
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    What I like about the Nook is that if you are in a Barnes and Noble store, you can "browse" and read books for free. I don't go outside in the sunlight, so I didn't care about that.
     
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    Big picture, both have marvelous reviews. I don't think you can go wrong either way, so it really is a matter of which hairs you choose to split.
     
  6. bandnerdtx

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    I agree that they are both great eReaders. I LOOOOVE Mr. Nookington. As for the amount of books available, actually the Nook has a few more because it's open source. I can even download books from my public library (I'm not sure if the Kindle can do that yet).

    There are so many LEGIT free books that you will have tons to read no matter what. You can get books from Kobo and Smashwords for both formats, and they both run great sales and deals all the time.

    If you're on Facebook, make sure you friend the fan pages of whichever format you choose. They will hook you up with the freebies. I have over 200 books on Mr. Nookington, and I would say I've only had to actually pay for about 1/4 of them. Again, this is through totally legit and legal sites (like Barnes and Noble!) You just have to watch the sales! :)
     
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    I love my Nook. I used a Kindle, a Nook and the Sony e-readers before making my decision. I just felt more comfortable using the Nook. I like that you can get books from the library, lend books to friends who have a Nook and I love how the screen is. I have 300 books on my Nook right now and all of them were free. I think my only problem is I don't ever know which book to read next … but I guess I'd have that problem with the other ones as well.
     
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    My wife suggested the Kindle ....... so I went along with her suggestion..... (Sometimes husbands just know the right thing to do...:p)
     
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    Kindle because of the screen (it looks like a real book). I also am friends with a librarian and she says that by the end of the year we should be able to download books from the library onto the Kindle.
     
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    I own a Kindle and really enjoy it. The browser and touchscreen is cool on the Nook, but I like the screen better on the Kindle. As Alice said, either choice would be a good one. I guess just let your pocket book decide!
     
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    I'm going to throw a monkey wrench into the mix. With an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad, you can now get electronic books. You can get four ebook platforms - ibooks, Barnes & Nobel, Amazon, and one other. Yesterday, I downloaded ibooks to my iPod touch, downloaded a book, and have read for 2 evenings now. If I were to get an electronic book reading device (other than my iPod touch, I would sped the extra $300 and go with an iPad simply because you have access to all the eboook platforms, as well as everything else that an iPad offers.
     
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    Remember that there are THREE different kinds of nooks. There's the nook color, which is 100% touchscreen, in color (obviously), and lights up the same way that and iPad does. There's the newest nook, which is 100% touchscreen, black and white, and uses e-ink technology. Finally there's the older model nook (what I have), which is part touch-screen (menu at the bottom), black and white, and uses e-ink.

    The e-ink technology in the nook is identical to the Kindle. It's the e-ink that allows for reading in sunlight, no eyestrain, etc. It looks like a regular page in a regular book. No backlighting. You would need to use a booklight with it if you wanted to read it in the dark.

    It's relatively inexpensive and there are no ads.

    Besides that, the Kindle has too many buttons for my taste. I found it a little difficult to get used to navigating the Kindle using the buttons when I tried it out in the store. To me the nook is much more intuitive, and I love that it has no buttons.

    I love my nook. There are thousands of free books at Barnes and Noble online. Besides that, the nook can accept all sorts of other, non BN formats. You can get free books from places like Project Gutenberg. As of right now, the nook is the only e-reader that lets you check out books from the library.
     
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    I think that's a good point. As long as a person isn't bothered by the backlighting, an iPad seems like a good option. For me, I like the e-ink because it doesn't hurt my eyes when I read for long periods of time like an iPad would.
     
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    Love my Kindle! My battery has lasted up to two months without charging. I have never seen an ad, and I have the cheap version. I can share all my books with other Kindle users. I can even browse the internet on it!

    So I would say the cheap Kindle is great.
     
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    Jem-the newest version of Kindle comes with ads, for a slightly cheaper price.

    I have the more pricey Kindle (I think it was $189). I love it because it has 3G, and I can download books wherever and whenever I want. The e-ink was my biggest influence. I read a lot at the lake and the pool.
     
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    I don't hv 1, but I'll have to bring up this thread again when I'm ready to buy although I'm sure by then, there will be something else out!
     
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    I absolutely love my kindle. One great thing is that books become free all the time. I have hundreds (literally) of books that I got for free-and not just the classics. Go on to the amazon kindle discussion forums and you can find some of the topics that list free books.
     
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    I also want to add that Amazon's customer service is amazing. I had a problem with my kindle once, and I had a new one within two days, no questions asked (and I live in Hawaii)! They really stand behind their product!
     
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    Farfromhome, I can say the same for the Nook, too. Barnes and Nobles is wonderful with helping you answer questions. Most of my friends have a Nook, so we like to have our Nookbook discussions. I think that you'll get a quality product with either one. :)
     
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    And what's nice about the nook is that if you do need support, you can bring your nook to a real BN store and get in-person assistance.

    Aside from a few nuances and aesthetic differences, I really do think that both the nook and the Kindle are good. I would probably avoid any of the other e-readers, though.
     
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    I just got a Kindle, and I love it. My battery has been going for over a month now. :) I love the screen and it is so easy to use. I am able to borrow books from my sister who also has a Kindle.
     

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