Post # 1
So my mom has asked for an e-reader for Christmas. Problem is I know NOTHING about them. I know there’s a kindle and a kobo, but I don’t know what the difference is, what to look for in one etc etc.
She wants something she can take with her while travelling so that she doesn’t have to bring a bunch of books. they go to tropical destinations a lot and she likes to read on the beach. Are there any e-readers that are waterproof/that you can buy waterproof cases for?
Also, is there a lot of content out there for them and how much does a book usually cost for an e-reader? More specifically for Canadian bees, is it easy to get content here?
Any advice you can help with would really be appreciated!!!
Post # 3
Hi! I can’t speak for Kindles, but I own a Kobo and I love it. I actually have two, the Kobo Touch and the Kobo Arc. If she’s using it primarily for reading, I would suggest the Kobo Touch or Glo.
It’s super easy to load books onto them, and there is tons of places to get ebooks, from sites kobo.com. Prices of books depend on the author, and sales, but most books are about $10.
We actually got my Future Mother-In-Law a Kobo for Christmas last year; she’s not very technoligically-inclined, and can easily load books on it herself.
Hope that helped!
Post # 4
@MissTempest: It does, thanks!
I’m not to worried about ease of use, my mom is a computer techie person for work so she’s probably more tech savvy then I am!
Post # 5
I asked for a kindle paper white for Christmas but I’m not well versed in e readers. I wanted to say though to keep in mind that shell be reading in the sun which is one reason i want the PW. Think about how hard it can be to see your phone in bright sunlight
ETA: if she has an amazon prime membership she can “borrow” books for the kindle instead of always buying
Post # 6
Do you have Barnes and Noble in Canada? I have the B&N Nook tablet, my SO has the Nook Glow. It sounds a lot like the “Kobo” talked about above, though I have never heard of kobo.
When I was shopping for an e-reader, I looked into Ipad and nook. The kindle was not an option solely because I could not shop in-store and had to order it online, though I have heard wonderful things about Kindle. I believe virtually every book is available on a kindle.
I didn’t like what the Ipad offered, but I liked the nook very much. Since it is a B&N device, it is linked to their online store and you can purchase books on there. I haven’t found a book I wanted that they didn’t have. The price for the Tablet was great, $250 for 16GB, awesome for internet and apps. It has netflix, notepads, games, crosswords and such. The e readers are even less expensive. The tablet ones are hard to read in the sun, but it is possible. So that’s something you need to decide: would she like internet/video capabilities, or be able to read it on the beach with ease just like a magazine. The other great thing about the B&N nooks is that if ou have a problem, you can walk into any B&N store and get instant assistance. You don’t get that with Kindle or Ipad.
Post # 7
Oh! If you have friends that have nooks, you can share books with each other as well.
Post # 8
My mom has a Nook, I have a Kindle Fire and my sister has a Kobo. My mom only uses hers to read, nothing else. She loves it for that, and uses it daily. My sister hates her Kobo for the same reason, as she wishes she could play games or use the internet on it.
I love my Kindle Fire. I use it for reading, all my textbooks are on it, and I travel with it all the time. I love that I can use the internet on it, download apps to it if I want,and it’s directly connected to my Amazon account so when I buy a book, it gets downloaded right away.
I suggest everyone gets a Kindle Fire!
Post # 9
@futuremrste: I’m Canadian and have a Kindle and a Kobo. I like my Kindle best for travelling because I have the wifi+3G version, which means I can download books ANYWHERE. I finished a really long book midway through my vacay in the Dominican and downloaded a new one on the Kindle servers. I also have the kindle app on my iPad and it syncs to the furthest page read on both devices. I also had Amazon send me a new Kindle next day shipping for free because my kindle wouldn’t charge. Their service is amazing!
I have the Kobo glo which is also great and I love that as well. The Kobo is great mostly because the cases are so pretty and easy to find at any Chapters Indigo store. All in all, I prefer the Kindle interface and prefer to buy my ebooks using the Amazon store. I find their prices to be pretty good, good user interface, and a lot of non-copyright books are free (ie Jane Austen novels, etc).
@edepp2010: no B&N in Canada.
Post # 10
I have never heard of Kobo, looks cool. I am a kindle fan, not the fire though. For me I need the e-ink as the led screen bothers me to read for extended periods and if I want to browse on the internet I’ll use my phone or computer. It’s cheaper too you can get the most basic version for $69.
Post # 11
I would go with the Kindle Paperwhite. I have one, and they’re very easy to read on the beach, and Amazon has tons of book to choose from. Plus, most libraries now have ebook lending programs so she should be covered in terms of avaiable content.
I wouldn’t go with the Nook if it’s available in Canada. B&N is on shaky ground on a company & there were rumors of them discontinuing the Nook. While they flip-flopped on that, there’s still a chance that they’ll stop developing it as a product line meaning it will be harder to get content & there could be no updates as time goes on: http://www.gizmag.com/nook-tablets-not-discontinued/28766/
Post # 12
@futuremrste: I love my Kindle paper white. My Fiance didn’t know that I already have a kindle & he got Thea Kindle Fire for my bday & I decided to keep it thinking we could use another tablet around the house. Big mistake. The kindle fire is horrible for Internet, apps, anything other than e-books. So if u decide on a Kindle, don’t consider spending the xtra cash for the Fire, the paperwhite is better & good for reading in sunlight.
Post # 13
Thanks ladies. We ended up getting her the Kindle Aura HD. Well my dad did anyways, he just went to Indigo, asked what they recommended and got that. She seems to like it so far!