View Full Version : Nook or Kindle
06-12-2011, 07:58 AM
Ok I know Im a little behind the times here but I finally decided I needed one or the other but now am having a hard time deciding which one.
Which do you think is better and why?
06-12-2011, 08:10 AM
Are you planning to use any library lending e-books? If you are, definitely get the one that's compatible with your library's format.
06-12-2011, 09:00 AM
KINDLE KINDLE KINDLE!!
I know that the Nook has this new color tablet thingy (but an ipad is more comparable imho) and not many books ARE in color (I've read where moms thought they could get kid books in color - but not yet)
go to my favorite message board www.kindleboards.com - they have a forum for tips tricks, etc and they have a forum for nook people too
The kindle will be able to get library books through overdrive - we almost went with the Nook based on library lending - then I went to our library saw that not all books are available, and those books that are available - have a very long wait period - so if I want a library book - I check out a library book.
Also know that the prices for ebooks can be high (google "agency model" Publishers are trying to control the medium, think about what mp3 players did to the music industry) So understand what an ebook will be (I still get paper back books through Goodwill, Target, Sams club etc for $5 I wont pay $9 for an ebook!) BUT, I do love having my Kindle, I love that e - ink (no backlight - like the Nook) I love having the ereader for vacation -
now DD does use her Kindle (she's 14) more than I do - at times... she is more comfortable with the medium I think...
I've often wanted to post the threads on Amazon.com discussion forum about the Nook vs Kindle... Amazon customer service is excellent - just amazing, know that there are more complaints with Nook in customer service... but you may never need that either. Also know that you dont "own" the book - so on Amazon you have your library - on Nook its through Barnes and Noble, and honestly that made me nervous! So by reading on kindleboards I have downloaded a program called Calibre (free) and I download books all over, put them into my Calibre library then upload them to my kindle -
both you can get free books, but you have to have due diligence at times to get some really good free books - sometimes they arent free for long! On Amazon Discussion Kindle forum there is a poster that goes above and beyond to post the free books - on kindleboards its hit or miss if they get posted there (on the Book Bazaar forum) Know that on kindleboards you will meet authors - independent, and I'm starting to read more and more new books that way!! I love the Kindle!
06-12-2011, 09:02 AM
In the past, the Kindle did not support library lending at all, but Amazon announced a partnership with Overdrive (the same company that supplies Nook-format ebooks) so that difference should be going away soon.
When I bought my first one, there was no contest, the kindle was far superior. I've never gone back and compared again, because once you start building a library in one, it's daunting to switch to the other. Maureen and I have since switched all of our reading to an iPad (using the kindle app), but my kids now each have a kindle. I have one account and Maureen and the kids share another (and they can each read any book that any one of them buys.)
The things I've liked about my various devices---constant connectivity (in case you need an "emergency book"), the ability to read across many platforms (kindle, iPad, etc.) and a huge and not-going-anywhere library with cloud storage for anything I buy in my library.
06-12-2011, 09:06 AM
I have the original nook and I love it. It has the e-ink too. I download from my local library all the time without long waits. I haven't bought a book yet!
06-12-2011, 09:13 AM
Here are a few sites used to find free/cheap books for either Kindle or Nook!
06-12-2011, 07:13 PM
I have the Kindle app for my iPad and my Droid. It's nice, because I can read in line or during a lunch break or whatever. It's really nice!
06-12-2011, 07:41 PM
The guy at Barnes and Noble had me convinced to go with the nook, but I think he may be a little biased.:RpS_rolleyes:
I wish I could actually see one of the new kindles. I do however like the Amazon site better then the B&N one which made me change my mind back to the Kindle.
Then I went to the kindleboards and their was a thread of people who had kindles but went and tried out the new nook in the stores today. They all seemed really impressed.....hmmm.
I just cant decide.
I have a Kindle "3G." I turned it on probably three times the first six months I had it. But now I read it on the bus to Disney World just about every day :RpS_blink: It's okay, but I don't know if it's any better than a book? :RpS_laugh:
I don't know how nerdy you are, but at least with the last Nook you could root it and turn it into basically an Android Tablet similar to the Galaxy Tab. I think it can run a decent version of Honeycomb too. Not sure if that makes any sense to you or not or whether or not the new version is easily "hackable." The new touch screen/color Nook seems like it would trump the Kindle, though the Kindle does what it's intended to do very well. The Kindle is like $89 now with the ads too.
06-12-2011, 08:17 PM
I just went ahead and orderd the Kindle. I decided because I am not very "techy" it would work for me better. Honestly, I finally decided on it because I had an all touch screen phone that I hated and had to go buy and old school phone with buttons. I was afraid Id have trouble with the all touch screen of the nook. I really need to get with the times.:RpS_unsure:
Now to picking out some good free books.
The Kindle Store right on Amazon.com has a list of their top free books. http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b/ref=sa_menu_kbo8?ie=UTF8&node=1286228011# That link might take you directly there.
I guess not..on the right hand side theres a button to click for "Top 100 Free"
06-12-2011, 08:33 PM
We have two nooks. When I finish reading Dragonfly in Amber I'm giving mine to Natalie. I've had it a year. I'm moving to a Kindle. I will miss my book cover though.:RpS_sad:
06-12-2011, 08:48 PM
What a timely conversation!! I just got an Amazon gift certificate and I was seriously thinking of buying a kindle! I think I will do it!
06-12-2011, 09:06 PM
I'm toying with the idea too. I'm just having trouble cutting the chord with actual books.
06-12-2011, 11:11 PM
For the Kindle users - do take a look at the "Sunshine Deals" I believe the $1.99, $.99 etc are only good for a little while longer...
600 books (some from the publishers that adhered to that "agency model" btw)
$2.99, $1.99, $.99!!
hurry before it goes away
also, if you are going to get a kindle, register, and start your Amazon library!!
06-13-2011, 07:30 AM
I love my Nook. I did choose it over the Kindle for the library books. I don't know how long it'll be before the Kindle format books will be available through Overdrive but at the time it wasn't even something that was on the table. Barnes & Noble has free Fridays every week where they give away a different ebook every Friday. I download the free book every week. I've ended up reading some books I likely wouldn't have thought to look at but I have quite enjoyed. With the library, there have been some books that I've borrowed that don't have wait lists and others that I do have to wait for. I just put myself on the wait list and read another book. When I get an email saying that the book is now available, I download it to my PC, side load it to my Nook and read. It's not like I'm waiting around with nothing to read while waiting. I've had to get on wait lists for physical books at the library as well so this is no different, other than the fact that I don't have to get in a car to go pick it up when it comes in (gotta love that). I have the 3G Wifi Nook with e-ink. I don't want the colour one because of being backlit. If somebody wants that I would think they'd be better off looking at a tablet of some kind and just downloading either the nook or kindle software to the tablet. I wanted the e-ink. If I was buying again I wouldn't pay extra for 3G. I got a great deal on a refurbished Nook where the 3G version ended up being cheaper than the one without that so of course I bought the 3G version.
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