Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kindle vs Nook

Hey y'all -

If you have an ereader - what brand do you have? Are you happy with it? Why or why not?

I want to buy an ereader and have been comparing Kindle and Nook.

Kindle has a basic model for $70 if you are willing to put up with pop up adds or $90 if you're not willing to put up with them.

I'm not willing to put up with them.

Nook has the same basic model but only one price - $80 with no pop ups guaranteed.

I want to pay $10 less and still get no pop ups by buying the Nook.

I've checked to see and book prices at BN.com are the same as at amazon.com. Although amazon has the daily deal which sometimes is really good.

For some reason I am attached at the hip to amazon. Don't know why.

And there is no reason why I can't still buy books from amazon to read on my Kindle for PC ap if they are a really good deal.

I'm just finding it really hard to commit to something other than amazon which has become my comfort zone.

It makes me angry to think of paying $10 extra so amazon won't attempt to sell me things while I read. It feels like blackmail or extortion or old-fashioned mob-style protection.

Anywho - IF YOU HAVE AN EREADER - GIVE US SOME FEEDBACK - WOULDJA!

14 comments:

  1. I have a Kindle Fire and I love it. One of my sons bought a Kindle paper reader or something like that. The price was low as it is only a "book" and he really likes it.

    I haven't checked out BN - the Fire was a gift.

    I like Amazon because of the pricing - I can find authors I haven't read before and for a dollar or three see if I like their style. Not sure what BN has to offer.

    If I was buying for myself the most important thing is - does the screen have back lighting. Another son bought one that didn't and regretted it.

    I'm not much help.
    Best of luck in your search.

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    1. Actually the light thing was a help because I wondered about that. The Kindle with the backlight is a step up but it sounds worth it if I decide on a Kindle.

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  2. I have the Nook my mom bought a couple of months before being diagnosed with cancer, which pretty much took her interest in new toys down to zero. It's the first Nook, so it has issues. Like the crack that formed in the frame (and which somehow during the roadtrip north broke off a chunk of the frame). It's only touchscreen area is down at the bottom, not the whole screen. I've been dissatisfied with it but it's all I've got as just an eReader (except mostly I play sudoku on it). But as I said, it was the first and the least.

    Personally, I want to pay the big bucks to buy an iPad so I can use it as an eReader and everything else. I don't want a single-function gadget anymore.

    All that aside, if your source preference is Amazon, then go with the Kindle. If you don't care, then go with the Nook because it can read ePub formatted books which you can get free in many cases and from many sources. Less limited than the Kindle that way.

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    1. Valuable info that you are not satisfied with the Nook even if it is the first basic one.

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  3. If you pay much attention to the business news, Nook is in trouble. I'd be wary of buying one as a long-term commitment. Kindle software is available for pretty much everything, so I use the Kindle software to read books on my iPad and my iPhone. It's surprisingly nice on the phone--much easier than you'd think, so I've wound up using the phone a lot.

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    1. Sarah thanks for this info. I was concerned about this, in fact, and that was my next research direction. I definitely don't want to buy one and have them go down the drain.

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  4. I own the Galaxy tablet, and have both the Nook and Kindle apps on it, as well as Kobo and Overdrive for the e library books. I try to keep certain authors on their own platform, but can always price shop or grab free things. I find the most/best/easiest deals on Amazon but I like the interface on Nook better, so my 'bestest' authors usually go there. Plus I can grab a game of Angry Birds, check my e-mail and take a photo. My tablet is why I don't need no stinkin' smart phone.

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    1. I think I'm going to stick with and ereader as opposed to a tablet because I don't think I can write a book on a tablet so eventually I will have to buy a new laptop. Someday.

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  5. We've had three Kindles here at our house. my mom gave me one of the early ones (which got stepped on and is now non-functional, but lasted a couple of years). Doug gave me a Kindle Fire for my birthday last year, and we gave our daughter a Paperwhite for Christmas this past year. I'd say the paperwhite is the handsdown winner for reading. The Fire is cool if you want to also have internet access, and it is GREAT if you're going to be streaming movies or TV shows--if you're an Amazon Prime member, there are thousands of shows you can watch for free and it's just a matter of clicking a couple of buttons and there you are, watching re-runs of Sherlock or Arrested Development or whatever.

    But I primarily use it for reading, and it's not nearly as good as the paperwhite for reading. The paperwhite has better screen clarity, it's considerably lighter, battery lasts WAY longer, and it is backlit. As a reading device, the Fire is a bit too heavy to hold comfortably for a long time, and also the shiny screen makes it almost impossible to read outdoors on a sunny day--which was a bother this weekend because I wanted to sit out on the deck and read. I know nothing about the Nook so I can't help there. (and p.s., actually you could definitely write a book on a tablet if you got a keyboard to go with it, but I'm with you about not wanting a tablet yet. I don't think the technology has stabilized, it's still too new.)

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  6. I love my Kindle. It's the old school one, and I haven't had any problems with it. The e-ink technology is really easy on the eyes, which is important when you spend as much time staring a computer screen as I do.(We got our daughter a Kindle Paperwhite, and that one looks even better.) I'm with you about the ads--not worth the discount.

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  7. I love my basic Kindle (the step up from the one with pop-ups.) It goes everywhere with me, and i never have eye strain.
    I have friends who were frustrated when my publisher gave an exclusive to Amazon (KDP Select) and they couldn't get the book on Nook, and then I had FREE days and they still couldn't get the book. Nook finally has it but they were the last place it went live.

    I know B&N are having financial difficulties. In fact they won't handle print books for my publisher anymore because the pub won't take back remainders. I'm not sure how many books they have available in their library but you might want to do a comparison.

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  8. Love, love my Kindle Fire HD and Hubs loves his Kindle Fire. Amazon has lots of great deals and a new list of free books each day. I've found a lot of terrific authors on that list. I read on the deck at the lake all the time, but if the sun is shining right on the screen, it can be hard to read.

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  9. @Barb, Linda, Robena, Nan and all my other commenters. Thanks for all the great feedback and facts. The decision seems super easy now. Kindle it is!

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  10. I have a Kindle Fire HD and I love it! It's easy to understand and the interface is perfect. Here's the one I have on Amazon http://amzn.to/11SRHbE. If you're looking for a tablet you should check it out, I think it's very underrated.

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