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#1 Rockfordmom  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 11, 2010 - 6:11 pm

I'm not expecting a price drop but I'm hoping that they have a giftcard with purchase or maybe free book downloads with purchase... for BF. This would be for ME and I'm considering getting one for my youngest son also since he loves reading. My oldest son has the Nook and LOVES it. Do you have one and what do you like or dislike about yours? Currently I'm open to either one but leaning towards the Nook and definitely the 3G whichever one I choose.

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Posted Oct 11, 2010 - 6:26 pm

The tech forum has a few threads comparing the different models too.

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Posted Oct 11, 2010 - 6:28 pm

I am about to buy an eReader myself, although I'm leaning toward the Kindle end. I don't know if there will be the Nook 2 in time for Black Friday, so we shall see. Target might be giving a gift card with purchase, but Amazon did not discount the Kindle at all last year as far as I remember (someone correct me if I'm wrong). I think I might pull the plug and get the Kindle 3 before BF though, because my boyfriend works at Target and has an extra 10% off card that he can use on top of his discount for any one day. That would be 20% off the total price. I don't think there would be a better deal in my opinion than that. There are many links through google if you search Kindle vs. Nook if you want to see some comparisons also.

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Posted Oct 11, 2010 - 7:29 pm

I have kindle ( 2nd generation). I bought it because my room is pretty small and have run out of space to put books anywhere. I had debated which to buy ? Kindle or Nook ? It all depend on what are you looking for . Are you really picky about tech ( buttons, fonts ....etc ) ? Then choose which ever suits you .. When my coworkers ask me why Kindle ( there were more than a dozen . I read during lunch hour). My answer is for me is which reader has most of books on the author I abosulte have to have on my reader ? Which ever has the most will be the one I am buyingn .And, that is how I end up with a Kindle. Kindle is easy with instruction and all the button. But, so far it can't organize books by author .. And, the button for On/ Off is the same one for Sleep . I had my kindle since Feb and is now up to over 120 books. :D . You can order directly from your Kindle but I usually do it on their website and have it deliver to kindle . Because alot of times I am just browsing and dont' have the specific book name on my mind. One caution. If you are buying for your younger kids or anyone you want to put on a budget. Buy a GC and then apply directly to that person's own account . Why ? Because if you all on one account and that GC balance is gone and you are on auto charge to credit card account then... that charge will scare you when you get your monthly statement ! That is the same advice I give to my coworkers and friends who are interested in a E-Reader

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Posted Oct 11, 2010 - 8:37 pm

I have a Nook and I love it! I never even considered the Kindle. For one I hate the useless keyboard at the bottom and love the Nooks touchscreen. :)

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 4:52 am

I'll be watching this thread and hoping for good luck on getting an ereader this holiday season!

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 6:49 am

Nook all the way! A friend of mine has the Kindle and I was less than impressed. I absolutely love my Nook and the friend who has the Kindle told me he wishes he would have gotten the Nook instead.

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 7:08 am

I did a lot of comparision before I got the Kindle. Amazon has a few free books everyday available and I usually download at least 2 a week (what a savings). I like the Kindle size and feel and after reading it in sunlight I found it was great. I had no problems with glare and the battery life is great as well. I ordered the 3rd generation just because I had waited a week too long to get the 2nd generation. You will definitely want a cover to protect it and you may want to look at the extended warranty through either Amazon or Square Trade as they both cover accidents if you have small kids or are just clumsy like me. Best Buy has both the Kindle and Nook in store so you can test to see which you like the feel of better (remember you will be holding it to read so it should be comfortable). If you study, there are nice features to mark text in the Kindle.

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 10:11 am

I have the kindle and LOVE it! But I don't care about touch screen and fancy stuff all I do is read!

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 11:33 am

Why not both for you? The kindle can have 6 devices for one account. Everybody can read the same book at once. I have a kindle3 wifi only on one account and a kindle 2 on a different account with a friend, my sister and her granddaughter. We just buy gift cards to apply on the account. If you read an ereader is the best thing ever.

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 1:55 pm

Another thing to think about is that B&N will probably come out with a new Nook soon. Maybe not as soon as BF soon, but soon. If you prefer the features over the Kindle, might want to wait for the new one.

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 3:31 pm

I did a lot of comparision before I got the Kindle. Amazon has a few free books everyday available and I usually download at least 2 a week (what a savings). I like the Kindle size and feel and after reading it in sunlight I found it was great. I had no problems with glare and the battery life is great as well. I ordered the 3rd generation just because I had waited a week too long to get the 2nd generation. You will definitely want a cover to protect it and you may want to look at the extended warranty through either Amazon or Square Trade as they both cover accidents if you have small kids or are just clumsy like me. Best Buy has both the Kindle and Nook in store so you can test to see which you like the feel of better (remember you will be holding it to read so it should be comfortable). If you study, there are nice features to mark text in the Kindle.


I recently bought a Kindle 2 cover at Target (75% off) and wondered about keeping it or not. I am hoping to get an ereader (most likely a Kindle of some sort) for my husband for Christmas but wondered if a cover was actually necessary and if I bought the right thing at all anyway. So you DO think a cover is necessary? I have until January to return this cover for something I don't even have though.
I am so undecided....Hubby so wants a Kindle but I am open to the best deal I can find out there.Thus my interest in this thread :)

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 5:04 pm

The only problem I saw with the Kindle is, If your battery goes bad you have to send it in to be replaced. And then there is no guarantee you will get back the same kindle you sent in. The Nook if need be you can switch out the battery yourself. No matter which one you get, get the extended warranty. I have both versions of the nook. I myself have the 3 g and my 13 year has just a wfi nook

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 5:04 pm

we both my daughter and I use covers on our nook

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 5:50 pm

I have a Kindle and absolutely love it. I have the Kindle 3 and it's the first ereader I've ever had. I don't know how I lived without it!

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 5:55 pm

I recently bought a Kindle 2 cover at Target (75% off) and wondered about keeping it or not. I am hoping to get an ereader (most likely a Kindle of some sort) for my husband for Christmas but wondered if a cover was actually necessary and if I bought the right thing at all anyway. So you DO think a cover is necessary? I have until January to return this cover for something I don't even have though.
I am so undecided....Hubby so wants a Kindle but I am open to the best deal I can find out there.Thus my interest in this thread :)


YES you defiantly need some kind of cover. Why would anyone want it unprotected? If you got it cheap just keep it and don't let the cover rule what e-reader to get.

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Posted Oct 12, 2010 - 8:35 pm

You definitely need a cover. If he wants a Kindle than I think you should go with what he wants. There are pluses and cons for each one but those are the choices each of us make. I don't think a replaceable battery is a reason to forget the Kindle completely. Most of us that use electronics such as iPods do not need the option to replace the battery. I personally did not like the reviews I read on the Nook about problems with the LCD screen interacting with the e-ink screen and that it was laggy when I tested the controls out.

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Posted Oct 13, 2010 - 6:07 am

The replaceable battery is a huge consideration for me. It's probably one of my biggest hangup on not having gotten a Kindle already. Also, what's the deal with the extended warranties? Are these things so fragile or failure-prone that they are going to have trouble in year 2?

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Posted Oct 13, 2010 - 6:59 am

The replaceable battery is a huge consideration for me. It's probably one of my biggest hangup on not having gotten a Kindle already.

Also, what's the deal with the extended warranties? Are these things so fragile or failure-prone that they are going to have trouble in year 2?


I purchased the extended warranty because it is pricey and the warranty gives me accident coverage. If I drop it and break it or my boyfriend sits on it, or any number of other things, it is covered.
As for the replaceable battery, the only time this would be an issue is if yours dies. It does happen but not very often so why let that guide you? Most electronics have small issues on them but the issue does not occur all that often to totally disregard the item

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Posted Oct 13, 2010 - 7:07 am

I am a current Kindle owner, and I have owned one since the very beginning. I bought one when they debuted, I had a second generation one, and now I'm looking to upgrade. I have to say that I'm probably going to go with the Nook this time around. I'm VERY disappointed with Amazon, more than my Kindle. The great difference between the Nook and the Kindle isn't so much in the features, or the price but in what you can get and do with the devices. Amazon only allows you to purchase books from Amazon. You can get free books up the wazoo from them, I have over 600 free books that I've accumulated in the last year alone from Amazon. But unless you open an account with a friend or family member you cannot share books unless you repeatedly add and remove your Kindle to other people's accounts and add their books, then add and remove the Kindle to your own account and vice versa to share your books with friends and family members. Now Barnes and Noble are so much more easy going about these things. You are able to "loan" a book to a friend for up to 30 days and vice versa. Any book you purchase from what I've read. You can also borrow books from online libraries such as the New York Public Libarary. I am a member of the NYPL and my local library system is also about to go live with an ebook lending system. One that I will be unable to utilize with my Kindle, even if I upgrade to the Kindle 3. How much nicer would it be if you could just pop onto a website and download the latest releases and read them for free instead of paying $9.99 or more? Not that I mind paying for a book that I'd like to read over and over, but sometimes there are books I'd like to read and maybe not read again, or check out a new author that I'm not so sure about. I'd much rather borrow those titles from an e-lender than spend $9.99 @ Amazon. This is the main reason I'll be switching to the Nook, as much as I adore my Kindle. I'm usually very brand loyal, especially when it comes to my electronic gizmos, but this is one instance when I'm "undigging in my heels" and running for the hills. I have repeatedly contacted Amazon to ask if the loaning features and the library borrowing features will EVER be available on future Kindles and my emails have been ignored each and every time. What kind of customer service is that? They didn't even have the decency to send me a standard email telling me blah blah blah... Shame on Kindle. My advice is go with the Nook if you want more bang for your buck. If you aren't into loaning, or looking to borrow from lending libraries then the Kindle may be exactly what you are looking for. I do love mine, I just want more for my next investment.
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Posted Oct 13, 2010 - 7:10 am

I got a Nook a few months ago after nearly getting a Kindle. The deciding factor for me was that my local library has ebooks compatible with the Nook. B&N has a lot of free ebooks available all the time and they have Free Ebook Fridays where they feature some newer books. I've gotten some really good mystery/detective books from authors I normally probably wouldn't have paid for. My mil has a kindle and absolutely loves it... I would suggest you go to best buy if they have both and see which one feels better in your hands...

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Posted Oct 13, 2010 - 7:17 am

I don't know about the Nook, but I've dropped my Kindle several times and it's survived all the falls. I am very careful with it and keep it in it's leather cover, and none of the falls was very bad. I keep the battery fully charged and followed all the instructions for charging it to maximize it's life. I have never had either one fail in over a year of use each. I've never had to replace a battery either. You can also get car charger attachments from igo and various other companies. I don't have the extended warranty, but I'm very careful, and I never EVER leave my Kindle in extreme cold or heat, as these affect the screen and the battery. I'd recommend the extended warranty if you have small children or are clumsy, but I use mine daily and carry it in my work bag everywhere I go and it holds up great.
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Posted Oct 13, 2010 - 11:44 am

I don't know if this will help at all but here is a link to Amazon's free downloads for the Kindle. http://www.amazon.co...t=true&p_36=0-0 Can't remember where I found it but with 16,000 free items I think I'll have plenty to do for a while.

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Posted Oct 13, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Here's is another good resource from Amazon about how to obtain free books for your Kindle: http://www.amazon.co...node=2245146011

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Posted Oct 13, 2010 - 12:22 pm

Here are the free Nook ebooks:

http://www.barnesand...&linkid=1608357

And ones under $5:

http://productsearch...&linkid=1608347

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Posted Oct 14, 2010 - 4:53 am

Has anyone use the text-to-speech feature on the Kindle? I was surprised to see that that Kindle had this, but the Nook does not. Although, if it's not a good experience on the Kindle, I won't even think twice about it. :)

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Posted Oct 14, 2010 - 8:02 am

Has anyone use the text-to-speech feature on the Kindle? I was surprised to see that that Kindle had this, but the Nook does not. Although, if it's not a good experience on the Kindle, I won't even think twice about it. :)


I was told when researching that Nook did not have this unless the books were already made for voice. As there is pending litigation on Kindle from authors who this is infringing on there copy rights on their books.

Just as not all nook books are lendable, they have to be in agreement with the authors

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Posted Oct 14, 2010 - 9:43 am

What about the Sony eReader?

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Posted Oct 14, 2010 - 10:31 am

I was told when researching that Nook did not have this unless the books were already made for voice. As there is pending litigation on Kindle from authors who this is infringing on there copy rights on their books.

Just as not all nook books are lendable, they have to be in agreement with the authors


Right, I know you can get audiobooks for either player, but I was thinking that with all my driving to and from work, it would be nice to have something that would read text. I've read a lot of books from Project Gutenberg, which is putting public domain books into ebook format and I wondered if the voices on the Kindle where listenable or if it's a "who cares" type of feature.

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Posted Oct 14, 2010 - 12:16 pm

I've tried my text to speech but it sounds very robotic. I haven't really used it much because I prefer to read. It also isn't available on all their books due to copywrites.




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