I use a Kindle for books. I've had it for about 3 yrs now, and it's fantastic! Highly recommend that. I do read the occasional paper book but prefer the Kindle.
Fitness Minutes: (4,160)
589 1/29/14 10:28 A
Kindle, Nook, Phone, Paper, anything I can get my hands on.
Fitness Minutes: (9,224)
611 1/29/14 10:25 A
I love my Kindle. You can buy right on the Kindle and download your book wirelessly. My sister has a nook and she has to download to her computer then transfer to her nook. Most library books are available for kindle, if they are not, I will usually either take the book or download the epub and read on my tablet. It sure beats carrying 6 books with you on vacation, and if you run out onto the wifi you go to get more.
Fitness Minutes: (2,295)
200 1/28/14 9:11 A
I have a Kindle... I like to read books, go online, play games, and especially bring it when I travel- free wi-fi!
Fitness Minutes: (18,507)
1,377 1/28/14 8:44 A
I have Kindle and LOVE IT. I have been able to get lots of good free books as well as huge discounts on others.
Fitness Minutes: (90,360)
5,806 1/27/14 7:50 P
Thanks to "love4kitties" reply, explaining things a little clearer about the books. I wouldn't ever have time to sit and read for long periods of time, whether paper book or kindle, but I do want to be able to carry a tablet in my purse for checking email, facebook, and looking things up on the internet. So will look for something simple.
Fitness Minutes: (16,083)
460 1/27/14 4:13 P
I have a Kindle and enjoy it. It's one of the ones that's not backlit and I have a book light that I use with it when needed. My Kindle is about 4 years old and has held up really well. If I were going to get a new one, I'd probably get a Kindle Paperwhite, which is the regular (e-ink) Kindle with the built-in light (it's not backlighting, it's a different sort of light). I have downloaded a lot of free books (thousands) with my Kindle (well, I don't actually own them...see below for more on this). Of course, I'll never read them all!
I really do enjoy the reading experience on the non-backlit Kindle because I find it easier on my eyes to read without a backlit screen glaring at me. I also enjoy the size of my Kindle. It fits in my purse easily. A friend bought a Kindle DX (the larger model with the e-ink screen) for her mom, who REALLY likes it. She likes the larger screen because she can make the font really large (normal getting-older eyesight that makes it more difficult to see up close) and it's not backlit, so it doesn't glare at her.
Would I buy a Kindle again? Well...that's not an easy question for me to answer. I really like the Kindle, so I'd probably buy another one. I do think that the newer models are not built as solidly as mine (seen the newer models and they just give me that impression). I will probably buy the Paperwhite when my current Kindle wears out (which I hope won't be any time soon). But Kindles are linked to Amazon and I've become less and less happy with Amazon these past couple of years, for many reasons. I definitely would not buy a Kindle Fire because, if I wanted a tablet, I feel like there are other tablets which do more for the same amount of money and which aren't as restricted as the Kindle Fires.
So far as Kindles, I think that, overall, the regular Kindles are best used to read books. They aren't so good for searching through books nor are they the best thing for books with color photos or diagrams. But, I think it's hard to beat them for regular reading. I really, really enjoy just sitting down with my Kindle and reading a good book. There's no better way to read, IMO. There's no losing your place, no need to hold it open with your thumb while reading, none of the musty smells and mystery stains that you get when you check a book out of the library or buy it used, etc. It's just a really enjoyable way to read.
BUT, I think that everyone who buys an e-reader of ANY kind (and will be buying any e-books for their reader) should know a few things:
Most people don't know that you don't actually OWN books that you "buy" in digital format. You aren't actually buying e-books, you are paying for a license to access the digital content and you are allowed to access this content under a certain set of circumstances (e.g. you follow whatever rules they want to put in place). You cannot resell e-books, there are restrictions on lending them (yes, I know that many of these e-readers have a lend feature, but it's often disabled or severely restricted by the publisher). There have even been some cases where they have taken e-books back from people (individually or in groups). Yes, they can remove them from your cloud storage (or block you from accessing your storage) and they can even remove them remotely from your devices and, no, it's not illegal. Not actually owning the e-books you've paid for is a HUGE negative in my opinion.
So far as the price of e-books, it's often less (right now) than buying a new paperback or hardcover. BUT, that's only because the major publishers have recently lost (well, okay, agreed to settle because they knew they were going to lose) an antitrust suit that was filed by the Department of Justice due to the fact that they colluded amongst themselves and with Apple to fix book prices by force e-book retailers into an "agency model" where e-books sellers (such as Amazon) became agents of the publishers and sale prices for e-books were no longer set by the seller(s) but, rather, by the publishers. This was done to limit competition and raise the prices of e-books (the publishers weren't happy that they were being sold for less than paper books). Overall, the agency model led to prices for e-books increasing until e-books were being sold for the same amount or (often) more than new paper books and e-book prices were also the same everywhere because retailers were no longer allowed to have sales or discounts on these products. Anyway, the publishers settled with the DOJ and the agency model is gone, for NOW. But, they will be able to bring it back in the future and I believe that this is exactly what they want to do and I expect it to happen as soon as they can possibly bring it back (I forget the date when that can happen). I refused to actually buy a single e-book that was put out by a major publisher while the agency model was in effect and just read independently published and free books on my Kindle during that time. I also refused to buy new, paper, books from the 5 major publishers during this time--I checked them out from the library or bought them used. I suspect that I will go back to doing this once they get their agency model started up again. Call me stubborn or whatever, but I do not agree with collusion, price-fixing, etc. and I do believe in competition amongst retailers and the free market. Just my 2 cents about the whole thing!
Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 1/27/2014 (16:14)
Fitness Minutes: (5,526)
10,393 1/27/14 2:21 P
I have a Kindle. It's great. Have gotten a lot of really good Free e-books.
I have the basic Kindle and I LOVE IT! Very pleased with battery life. I check out alot of library books with it, so I don't buy alot of books anymore.
Fitness Minutes: (5,830)
2,510 1/27/14 2:13 P
I appreciate all the replies. I love you guys. God bless.
Fitness Minutes: (126,659)
5,561 1/26/14 12:03 P
I use my Samsung galaxy for reading and nearly everything else battery life really good
Fitness Minutes: (171,956)
11,660 1/26/14 10:50 A
I have had my Kindle for almost 3 years and love it. The battery lasts a long time with the wi-Fi off. I have taken several trips with it and it's held up well.
Fitness Minutes: (13,947)
2,072 1/26/14 8:42 A
I have had my plain old kindle for three years and love it. I usually do not buy any books from amazon because I like to read the free ones. The first year that I received my Kindle, Amazon had a bunch of old literature for free and I downloaded around 10 classics it was awesome. I do read sometime on my computer.
Fitness Minutes: (3,068)
69 1/26/14 8:02 A
I have a Kindle Fire, and I also use my Kindle account from my computer and phone.
Fitness Minutes: (84,047)
2,901 1/26/14 7:25 A
I have a kobo mini. It is ideal for me as it feels like I am holding a book (smaller). I borrow ebooks from the library and I love it. No worries about returning books on time.
I have a Kindle Paperwhite. I had an original Kindle and loved it, but I used it so much that it finally died. I prefer something that looks more like a book instead of a computer or tablet screen. I do have the Kindle app on an ipad (my sister uses it for movies more than anyone else), but I don't really like reading on it because it's too much like looking at a computer screen which I wanted to avoid. My Paperwhite has a backlit screen but it isn't like looking at a computer or tablet screen. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it's like looking at a book in the perfect light. However, the e-reader thing is a very personal thing. Everyone is looking for something different. For me, I have a smart phone and laptop that go most places with me. Yes, a Kindle is one more thing to carry, but that's ok with me because of the benefits.
Fitness Minutes: (149,597)
18,391 1/25/14 7:25 P
I won a Kindle Fire in a drawing at work last May and I love it. Ironically I had planned on purchasing an Ipad mini the following payday and was going to download the free kindle and nook apps to it.
If you already have a tablet or a laptop, go with the free apps and save your money.
Yes, you can access e-library books and I have 100's of free kindle books on mine. Good free book sites Pixel Ink, Bookbub, Kindle Buffet and I am just now learning about Smashwords.
If you are deciding between an Ipad and a Kindle, don't let price be your only deciding factor as my Kindle does not have a flash player. That's about the only drawback. Other than that I wi-fi to my home internet router, access the web, sparkpeople, facebook, etc. with no problems. It is great for magazines too!
Fitness Minutes: (11,441)
1,018 1/25/14 7:14 P
I have a Kindle Fire and really like it. My DH has an IPad and really likes it. Do some research online and get the one that best fits your needs. Good luck! It is fun to use!
Fitness Minutes: (138,027)
6,119 1/25/14 7:08 P
I love my iPad. I gave my 2-year old one to my 3 small grandkids for Christmas, and they were "over the moon". I have loads of games-my favorite bring word games and about 43 books. Before I had an iPad, I had a Nook and loved it too. Color Nook-I would not want a black and white. I am buying my son an iPad in May for a special occasion as he loves them too and has great plans for it.
Fitness Minutes: (0)
15 1/25/14 6:03 P
I believe that they are all equal, I got a Nook when they first came out.My friend got a kindle both of us adore them not one was better than the other.. I also have a Ipad that I do alot of reading on, but for down the beach, or just outside reading I grab the Nook because the glare on the ipad is just much. Hope this helps.
1. go to your local library's page and search through what is available for what reader. if there is anything specific that you want, note which reader it goes to. at least for my library there is a difference. 2. make sure you see the screens in person, especially if you have issues looking at computer screens. i can't actually read for any length of time on something with a backlight, so that pretty much limits me to the kindle [and maybe the nook, but i already had a kindle by the time that came out]. 3. many things old enough to be in the public domain have free ebooks, but you may have to wade through some special formatted ones that cost money when you search for them. 4. if you have amazon prime [$80 a year for free 2 day shipping on most things on amazon] it seems like you can borrow most books for free [i don't have prime but see the free on prime by a lot of things]. you can also watch tv shows and movies through amazon as well as part of prime.
I have a Kindle. I've had it for a couple of years now and I am satisfied with it. There are a lot of free e-books for Kindle. I don't know that it is better than other e-reader options. You'd have to consider what you want to use it for and then research which one meets your needs best.
It depends on what you are looking for in a reader. My husband and I each have regular kindle - the ones that aren't backlit. They are great if you want to read for an extended amount of time (not being backlit doesn't hurt your eyes as much). you can download books right onto them wirelessly. I just use my amazon account where I can manage them and read right from there as well. There are lots of free books out there and some very cheap ones. I like to use it for cookbooks and have found tons of free and $0.99 ones. and plenty for under $5. and cheaper magazine subscriptions - that's huge for some people. I also like to use it for walking on the treadmill. I know this doesn't work for some like my husband who gets pretty bad motion sickness. But it does make the time a little more enjoyable. And you can adjust font size on them as well. My husband also has a KIndleFire, which is backlit but you can adjust the brightness, etc. Still great for everything the regular Kindle is, but a few more options: internet - it's great for watching movies in bed. My father-in-law travels and likes to use it for Facebook and things like that - and read his magazines. A tablet like an ipad or something would definitely give you even more options I'm sure. Anyway. I don't know much about the other readers, but they all have their pros and cons and I'm sure each one has a way to download books through their own service.
I have the first generation Kindle, the older Kindle Fire, and also the Nook HD. I find that the Kindle Fire and the Nook capabilities are very similar. The main difference the nook is 9 inch as opposed to the Kindle 7 inch screen. Also the Nook has SD card capability. Unless you wish to store stuff on an SD card, I would say that the Kindle Fire is completely adequate for my needs. We are fortunate to part of a library system from which we can borrow 4 ebooks at a time and they automatically go away after the borrowing period is over. Also the Kindle store has many many books which can be gotten free of charge. One thing to note: my first kindle was equipped with 3g, so I am able to download books even if I am not in a wifi area. I wish the other 2 had that same capability.
I'm not sure if there's a best ereader. It depends on what you're doing with it.
There are tablet style readers (iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook, etc...) and eink readers. You can access free books on either from libraries for the most part as well as online resources like gutenberg.org. There are some big differences, however.
Fitness Minutes: (64,226)
6,531 1/25/14 1:34 P
I read books on my phone ( android) and lyes, lget them free though my public library. I have friends who have iPads and love them. I have friends with kindle and they love theirs too.
Fitness Minutes: (90,360)
5,806 1/25/14 1:33 P
I'm in the market for either the kindle 8 in. tablet, or I-Pad, haven't decided yet. I have no time to sit around and read, certainly not on a hard tablet thing, lol, but I want to be able to access emails and facebook, usually while waiting in waiting rooms for people or sitting in a car, waiting for people. No movie watching, video watching, on something held in the hand. Want to send emails and post on message boards, read the latest news and weather. Lucky to have a son to give me tips.
I had a plain kindle that was not back lit. I liked it but browsing for books on it and I couldn't read it low light. I use the kindle app now that I have the iPad. The tablet pretty much does everything that I want and I rarely use my laptop now. Considering a windows tablet in the future.
I'd say get one that you are comfortable using and has back lighting to help in low light situations. A tablet may be a good choice, depending on how much you want to do with the reader. I still love a good paperback, though.
I use my android phone for everything it has the kindle app and I use bible gateway. The bummer is, it has to be plugged in, it has really bad battery life. I can read it in bed and not bother my husband.
What I have been contemplating is purchasing one of those computer/tablets I am waiting for my lovely son to pick out the best one for me.
But to go the cheepy route, If you have a smart phone you can get the kindle app. I got the app for free on amazon and use it on my phone. I have uploaded other free eBooks that had on my computer to my kindle cloud.
Fitness Minutes: (78,750)
2,953 1/25/14 11:31 A
I cannot give up going into the bookstore and browsing the stacks for the newest thriller.
Fitness Minutes: (31,053)
1,883 1/25/14 11:12 A
I have the original Nook and have really enjoyed it. Like all of there readers there are good and bad points to it.
Good: Light weight, sturdy, good memory and option to add more memory. Bad: Battery life, not back lit so can't read in the dark.
You can download the Nook program onto your computer and use it without the Nook device. I'm sure you can do the same thing with a Kindle.
I would download both of them and check out the books etc. Both have free books, special deals etc
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.