Thanks for sharing. I love your analogy! I have had my Nook Simple Touch for a year now. The only thing that I discovered that is problematic is reading at night. Thankfully, I got a clip-on LED reading light for Christmas--problem solved!
I have had a Nook Color for two years, and I love it. When my book club accused me of going to the dark side, I told them that when I got my first microwave, I didn't give up my stove. I love and use both!
Those who don't read are no better off than those who can't read. Mark Twain
Actually, you can get Kindle books from many sources other than Amazon (Project Gutenberg, Baen, Smashwords to name a few) and can import just about any file type except ePub. The e-ink Kindles can't read Google books that's true, but the Kindle Fire (the tablet version) can.
I'm hopeful that some day books will be like music and will be available on any device.
I have the Nook with e-ink technology. When I was first looking into it, I didn't even consider getting an e-reader with an LCD screen because I look at a computer screen all day at work. I love my Nook and wouldn't consider getting a Kindle. As far as I know, you can only buy books for the Kindle from the Amazon.com ebookstore. Correct me if I'm wrong about that. With the Nook, I've been able to buy books from the Google ebookstore. Because of that capability, I'm able to buy books from many of the local bookstores in my area that get them from Google. Therefore I'm able to still buy books and support my community at the same time.
I own a kindle. I still prefer paper books, but its great for large series (limited room for books in my house) or books I want to check out but other people might scoff at, especially the super popular books. I dislike that my kindle doesn't have a back light option. My light switch is on the opposite side of the room so if I want to read in bed, I have to get up and switch it off. Also, my kindle takes forever to charge because I never got the wall charger, just the usb charger. I dislike that you can't rename ebook because sometimes they list the entire series name before the book list and you can't tell which book is which. I also don't like that it sorts by first name, not last name. I love how compact and light it is.
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That is cool that your library is checking out both Kindles & Nooks! Are they popular? My local library is finally starting to offer e-books, so I'm leaning a lot more towards getting an e-reader soon!
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Advantages: 1. Easy to maneuver. this may sound like a weird advantage, but being lightweight and streamlined the nook makes it easier to adjust when I change reading positions. 2. Easier for short reading spurts. I find it quicker or less annoying to get my nook out and ready to read while in a waiting room. 3. I don't find myself distracted/tempted to look ahead. 4.More involved with the story than the "experience" of reading (This is a bit of a snipe at luddites, who always comment that there is nothing like the sensual experience of holding, smelling a book" I could rant about this all day long).
Disadvantages: 1. Limited lending, even though I own the book. 2. Don't want to take something I paid that much for to the beach. However, I have no problem bringing it to the pool.
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I have a Kindle 3-G and I love it!, I have blogged about it a couple of times so you can read that for my full opinion.
What I like:
1. Entire book shelf in my purse! 2. Doesn't take up any more room on my over flowing "actual" book shelves. 3. The text-to-speech feature! 4. Lots of books for free or very inexpensive. 5. Magaznes 6. Change font to any size you need it. 7. Built in dictionaries, I look up words all the time that I probably wouldn't have bothered to before. 8. I have no actual proof but it seems to be less stressful to my eyes than a regular book, possibly because it is less contrast on the page. Black letters on a gray background as apposed to a white background.
I really have read A LOT more since I got my Kindle, it's always there with my favorite books anytime I have a spare minute. I no longer have to drag around my great-big-bag-O-books everytime I go somewhere. It really is a space issue for me. I love buying new books but I was seriously running out of room to store them.
One draw back for me is not being about to share. Some books can be "lent", but I have yet to figure out how to do it and they can only be shared once. Other than that it is something I am really glad I invested in.
I would definately recommend the Kindle to anyone who is thinkiing of getting an e-reader. But be sure and get the one with 3-G, that way you can shop ANYWHERE! It's awsome and worth the extra money.
Barbara from Texas
My candle burns at both ends it will not last the night But ah my friends and oh my foes it gives a lovely light!
Edna St. Vincent Milay
Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or do without!
New England Maxim
When life hands you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate!!!
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I have been really pondering an e-reader purchase as it would be helpful to load articles for class reading assignments on an e-reader and drop it in my bag, rather than trying to either lug around my laptop or printout the actual articles. Quite a few of my classmates are using e-readers, and the preferred brand is the Nook as it seems to handle PDF files better. There was also the complaint that the Kindle doesn't support library lending and checkout, but since Kindle has announced compatibility by the end of the year, maybe that won't be an issue.
I think an e-reader would be great for vacation or travel, since I could load up books, articles, etc. instead of lugging around a stack of print material. The one drawback that keeps me from diving in at the moment is that fact that I really like being able to loan out my books. My friends and family and I all trade books and introduce one another to new authors and series. Since that isn't possible (you can currently lend a book one time only on the Nook and Kindle if the publisher allows it), I hesitate to jump to e-books but maybe that will be changing in the future. Of course, with the lower price of e-books, maybe the lack of lending isn't as big of an issue because friends and family would be willing to plunk down a couple of dollars to try a recommended book or author.
I'm really partial to my Kindle. I've had it about 2 years and use it daily. I've done some comparisons and find the Kindle to be the easiest to use out of the box. Just keep in mind that any e-ink reader is best for long form reading - novels, short stories, that sort of thing. None of them are real good for research - it's difficult (but not impossible) to flip back and forth between sections of a book.
Amazon has said that the Kindle will be able to check out library books by the end of the year. This was one of the biggest differences between the Kindle and most of the other e-readers.
Let me know if you have any particular questions about the Kindle. I love talking about it!
I have 2 Sony Readers (505 & 650 models). I use them to listen to mp3s (lectures), view pdfs and word docs when I'm on the go. There's no wi-fi capability on the Sony Readers, but I'm connected so much throughout the day that I don't need it. The Nook, esp the color, seems to be a favorite among people I know. There is a glare that some have complained about though. Kindle owners like the versatility of being able to sync the books onto a pc, phone..wherever else. I still love holding a book in hand. When I get to the end of a book there's no need to worry about having a low battery and shutting down (which has happened several times to me!).
I've bought my readers from craigslist at lower prices from people who got bored or didn't use their readers as much as they thought they would.
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