Nook or Kindle??

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  1. MuggleBug

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    I am hoping they do another special promotion for Father's Day because I want to buy a Kindle for my mom for her birthday. For Mother's Day they offered a $25 bonus gift card with purchase of the 3G Kindle (the one I want to get her) but I wasn't ready to buy it then. I'm crossing my fingers there's a similar deal for FD because then she can use the GC for books or towards a case.
     
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    Well, I'm the new owner of a Kindle :)

    After these threads I decided on a Nook, but then I found out only Kindle will let me play my Audible.com books. I have about 20 audiobooks, and I listen to one each night. Having all my ebooks and audiobooks one one device was the deal-breaker for me. I got the cheapest ($114) one at Best Buy. I bought Hunger Games first, and I was BLOWN AWAY by the speed. It literally took all of about 5 seconds to download.

    Off to go read! :thumb:
     
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    Enjoy it!
     
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    I had to make a graph with Nook on one side and Kindle on the other so that I can organize the pros and cons. It seems to me, JUST based on what I read on this site, that while both are pretty similar, the Kindle won because you can read it outside in the sun, which is a big plus to me.

    I think that when my birthday rolls around this summer, that I'm going to ask for the Kindle, the non-ads version.

    :)
     
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    I should say, the advertisements are really more "special offers". For example, the tiny one at the bottom of my homescreen now is for 50% of the lighted cover.
     
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    That's what I have, something useful.
     
  7. bandnerdtx

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    I can read my Nook in the sun. Can others not?
     
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    I don't have a Nook, but I heard it's more difficult (with the Nook with the computer-like screen) to read with one in the sunlight. I think more than anything that screen would strain my eyes. I look at a computer screen enough and I really think it would stress my eyeballs to read for two hours at a time. But my eyes are somewhat sensitive.
     
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    I've only bought a handful of books for my Kindle, and the Hunger Games are on the list even though I already have them in print AND audio! I could read them 100 times and not get tired of them.
     
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    I can too. I think that people are forgetting or don't realize that there are three different kinds of nooks, one of which is lit and the other two of which are not. The regular nook and the newest touchscreen nook are e-ink (exact same technology as the Kindle) and you can read them in direct sunlight and any other light because they are e-ink. I thought I posted that once or twice, but maybe I didn't actually post it and just meant to.
     
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    It's only the nookColor that is backlit. The other two versions aren't lit and use e-ink and therefore cause no eyestrain.
     
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    Maybe this will help.

    Nook Simple Touch Reader (newest version)
    • Most advanced E-Ink® display—crisp text, even in bright sun
    • Longest battery life—read up to 2 months on just 1 charge
    • Ultra-light and thin—under 8 ounces

    [​IMG]



    and then there's....



    nookColor Reader's Tablet
    • Stunning 7-inch color touchscreen
    • Enhanced books, magazines, newspapers & interactive kids books

    [​IMG]



    and finally the one I have....



    Nook 1st Edition
    • Reads like paper with crisp, clear text
    • Extra-long battery life, read for days
    • Exclusive LendMe™ lets you share reading with friends

    [​IMG]



     
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    Yes, I know. That's what I meant by "computer-like" screen. :)
     
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    You're right, the screens should be the same on the nook and kindle (except for the color nook). I'm sure I would like a nook too if I got one, but I got a kindle first and I am obsessed with it. And I actually like it having buttons-sometimes I get tired of so many things being touch screen. But I think people usually end up loving whichever one they choose!
     
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    LOL. This will be the mac/pc drama of this generation. :)
     
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    I saw one of these readers this weekend at my brothers graduation. I had never seen one in person, and I do believe I am hooked. Not sure which one it was, but both sound awesome...

    I think I'm going to start saving a bit from each paycheck!
     
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    For those of you who bought the ones with the ads, can you tell me what they're like? Are the ads just on the home screen/screen saver?
     
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    I'm 60% through, and bored! :eek::confused:
     
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    Yes, only on the home screen and screensaver. They're really not that annoying!
     
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    I don't notice the ads.
     
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    Bored?! I can't even begin to understand that. I was both fascinated by the world she created and shocked by the parrallels I could draw between the book and our reality. Hopefully it gets better for you! :)
     
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    Okay, good to know! We're getting my mom one for her bday and I don't think she will mind the ads.
     
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    I think I've decided on the new Nook that is coming out. Not the color one. I like that the Nook is able to download books from my library.

    I don't think I'd like the color one as much because I'd like to read it outside, and feel like I am reading a 'book'. I want the e-ink.
     
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    I got the new Nook, and I absolutely love it! Just in time for my road trip to New Orleans next week!

    Now, I got it hooked up to download the free books from Barnes and Noble, as well as my library. Any other resources for free books I should know about?
     
  25. bandnerdtx

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    If you're on facebook, make sure you "like" Cheap e-Reads, The Nookhood and Free Nookbooks. They all publish deals as they appear on the BN site.

    Also KOBO and Smashwords usually have great deals.
     
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    I'd suggest throwing a extra 50 bucks in and just buy your self a cheap laptop lol E Machine laptops work just fine for simple things like reading ebooks etc and offer more functions then the other devices for about the same price
     
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    The difference, Old School, is that the older Nooks and the Kindle aren't back lit, so you don't have to worry about eye strain. It's also easy to read in the sun for that very reason. :)
     
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    Plus it's a lot easier to throw the nook or Kindle into your purse than it is to try to fit a whole laptop in there.
     
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    I'm loving the Kindle I got Pete for Christmas!!!

    The kids wanted to go into the pool this afternoon. I asked them to wait for 5 minutes, went to the basment, logged onto Amazon, and spent $0.99 for a book that was on my "wish list." It had downloaded by the time I got upstairs, and I was able to read as I played "lifeguard."

    The screen is incredibly easy to read in sunlight (yes, this is eating my words when I said I would never use one.) It's going to make my lifeguard time in the yard so much nicer, now that I'll always have something to read.
     
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    All of my books on my Kindle I have gotten from "liking" things on Facebook.
     
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    I've seen it advertised several times that it takes less than sixty seconds to download a book to a Kindle, which is of course no time, but I have to say it's never taken more than maybe ten seconds. Super, super fast! You click the order button and then home, and it's there by the time you get there.
     
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    Oh, yeah, it's instantaneous.

    Theh "five minutes" were so they would give me more than 30 seconds to find something to read--- time is relative when you're ready to hit the water!
     
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    These are the ones I've found on FB that are free or greatly reduced: pixel of ink, amazon kindle, inspired reads & Ereader News Today. I think most of mine have come from POI. There's also smashwords.
     
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    Sorry if this has already been answered (who has time to read all eight pages??:dizzy:).

    Is it possible on either the Nook or Kindle to download from sites like NetGalley.com?
     
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    I haven't looked at NetGalley, but you can download from any site if the books are in the correct format needed for either the Kindle or Nook. You save them to your computer and then either plug it in to the computer or email the books (this is with the Kindle).
     
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    Same is true with the Nook. You just need to make sure you save it as an ePub.
     
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    I am THIS close to buying a Nook.
    I haven't read this whole thread in a while so it may have been mentioned, but quick question, for those of you who have the Nook, how long does the battery last? And is it one of those batteries where you plug into the wall to charge?
     
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    It has a USB end that connects to a wall charger or to you computer.

    My battery lasts for a few weeks, and when I read I read for hours at a time, so this is an amazing feat! Many people I know who read a little less intensely than I do can get theirs to last for months. One way to preserve the battery life is to keep the nook on "airplane mode" whenever not needing to be online.
     
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    What does it mean when someone says that the kindle has free internet?
     

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