Post # 1
I was reading this post and was inspired to ask again; anyone have one of these devices; recommend one over the other, etc?
I am thinking maybe..a birthday present! =)
Let me know your thoughts.
(I’ll add a poll just to ask if you have one, etc, but I am happy to hear any comments, too!!)
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Oh! I definitely want to know more about this too! esp if people have a hard time reading on them. Also, how do you buy the books? Do you download it, like off itunes?
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Everyone is trying to convince me to get an e-reader but I just can’t get on board with them. I love BOOKS. I love the feel of them, the smell of them, seeing them filling a bookshelf, turning the pages, the whole tactile experience.
Sorry, I am no help at all!
Post # 5
I’m waiting for the iPad to come out, even though it has an unfortunate name.
Post # 6
I have the kindle and i have no issue reading off of it. I have taken it to the beach with no problems and since I travel a lot I love that it ways next to nothing and can carry hundreds of books/articles/etc.
There are 2 ways which I download books – when I am state side I can download them wirelessly – the signal works something like a cell phone signal so you do not have to be in a wi-fi area. or you can hook it up to your computer and download them off of amazon – much like itunes. I use my computer when I am traveling internationally. Almost all of the books that I have downloaded have been free but like itunes you do have to link the account to a credit card/paypal so you can download books. I also just got a giftcard which I plan on using to buy some books I have had my eye on.
You do need to be aware that not every book is available. The Harry Potter series is not available – apparently JK Rowlings thinks that books are meant to be in print – which is ironic since she is completely happy to have them made into movies.
I am currently reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 🙂 and it was a freebie!
Post # 7
@lrwedd- from what i see, you can DL the books from their respective sites; nook = b&n, kindle = amazon, and i have a colleague that uses the sony e-reader and sony at the sony eBook store…i am still doing some preliminary research, so i hope we can find some bee responses, which i trust very highly! =)
@danadelphia – i totally understand your sentiment – the main reason, for me at least, that’s changed my thinking is this: as much as i love the pages of the books, too, they get HEAVY! sometimes, i think that’s what makes me fall asleep when i am trying to read before bed. haha, i know, i am a spazz! =)
@redherring – yes, iPad definitely would be another contender – almost forgot! i still don’t know if i am on board for that, though i love my iPhone to pieces!!
Post # 8
I got a Sony reader for christmas. I’m a huge bookworm, and while I probably wouldn’t have bought one for myself, I love it! I still read actual books but I love carrying this thing around in my bag and knowing that at any time (endless waiting rooms and train rides) I can just whip it out and access my reading. I definitely won’t give up paper books, but I am already integrating it a lot and using it just as much. The Sony Reader is also a notepad – comes in handy when you don’t have a pen and paper.
Post # 9
@laural – good point about title availablity!
another thing that makes these e-readers so tempting…e-reader sleeves/cases accessories…like so:
Post # 10
The reason I will NOT rec. the iPad… is the screen.
1) It’s glossy
2) It’s a computer screen so you will still have eye-strain.
A kindle actually uses what they call “electronic” ink and it reads JUST like a book page. NO eye-strain at all.
Also, there are more books available and it’s a lot less fragile.
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I just got a Kindle for Christmas and I LOVE IT!!!! Sigh, I may love it more than I love husband, except he’s the one who bought it for me, so I guess that puts him on top. 😉 Anyway, when comparing the Nook, Kindle, and Sony e-reader I chose the Kindle for the following reasons:
Nook – The Kindle has more ebooks to choose from, and they almost always come at a cheaper price. The Kindle is faster, lighter, has a longer battery life, and is easier to navigate (I found the touch-screen navigation bar on the Nook to be difficult to use and difficult to understand). Also, the Kindle synchs up with my iPod, the iPhone, Macs, etc… so I can actually read my ebook on my Mac and when I open up that book on my Kindle, it automatically goes to the page I was reading on my Mac. Awesome!
Sony E-Reader – The Kindle has a higher screen resolution and longer battery life, plus it is thinner and lighter. The Kindle also has a higher storage capacity and free 3G downloading of ebooks. The E-Reader does have a really awesome feature allowing you to wirelessly download and “borrow” books from your local library, but my library doesn’t have ebooks; I may have gone with an E-Reader if it did, but as it is now I just download “samples” of the book I want from the Kindle store, so I still kinda get this feature.
Post # 14
My husband and I bought kindles for ourselves as early wedding presents, and I LOVE mine.
Another thing with all the readers – you can actually download and purchase books from the publishers (BAEN even has a free, downloadable library) and then plug in a USB cord to download them to your Kindle,Nook, whatever.
I love the electronic Ink feature on the kindle, and I didn’t have much difficulty with the Sony (my Mother-In-Law has one) The nook’s mini screen was a bit annoying to me, but other than that, it’s pretty much a kindle with an additional light up screen (to show color).
Since my husband and I literally cannot fit another book into our house (as I’ve said on various other posts) these devices have been LIFESAVERS for us. Plus I love the fact that my teachers can mention a book in class, and if it’s available, I can download it before she’s finished her lecture!
I am not a fan of the Ipad, particularly because of the backlighting on the screen. Plus, if I want to read a book, I don’t want to be able to see my email on the next screen – but that’s just me. I also have yet to feel the need for an Iphone/Ipod (though I do own an MP3 player, it just plays my music. Nothing special.) I may revise my opinion when the HP model comes out, but for right now, I love my Kindle!
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thanks for the comments, ladies! keep ’em coming! =D
Post # 16
Just wanted to chime in and say I’ve had my Kindle for a little under a year now and I LOVE it!! I commute to work every day and it’s soooo convenient!! It slips very easily into even my smaller handbags and is super light.
The electronic ink on a kindle works kind of like an etch-a-sketch does which makes it super easy on the eyes. I’ve even caught myself trying to physically turn the page a couple times…too funny!