I ended up going with the ipad.
Figured I'd give an update on my Nook Tablet. At first, was really digging it. But soon started to realize its shortcomings. Email was a bit of a pain. It didn't keep track of what had already been downloaded so once I deleted items from my inbox, next time checking email, it'd download again. It also can't do email on exchange server without requiring you to purchase a $20 app. Speaking of apps, not a lot of choices unless you root it, and very few (if any) free apps. The browser locked up on me several times forcing me to reboot. Also had many times when I,d be trying to post somewhere and the characters wouldn't show up on the screen. Had to keep restarting apps or browser until it'd finally start displaying what I was typing. So I gave up today, returned it and got an iPad.
I loved the idea of the Nook tablet but just don't feel it's quite there yet. Although its ereader app is awesome.
I always thought that the e-readers would be the end of "printed word", but I may be biased because I love the feel of opening a new book, reading it and then seeing it on a shelf. Swore I would never own one, but then I got a kindle for Christmas. LOVE it! I travel a lot, so this works out great, not packing a bunch of books. Still doesn't stop me from buying certain books, because there are some I want in print. Get a good cover, and it feels like a real book.
Kindle Fire owner. I love it. great price, Amazon Prime is awesome, Wish I could borrow more than one book a month, but at 5 bucks for most books I usually just buy them.
I'm finally starting to learn to download the samples. Part of my problem is that I have a pretty big list of books still to read. So when I see something I think I'd like, I don't want to forget about it, so I buy it. So now I'm downloading the samples so I remember them, but will give me a chance to see if it's something I'd like before I commit.
Had a Nook, then upgraded to the Nook Color. Girlfriend has a Nook, and it's hard to pry her off it.
I enjoy my NC because of the ability to get magazines on it as well, in color. It's a great multi-use tool, from reading books, mags, playing a few games, web browsing, watching movies (kinda meh), or music.
I keep putting off purchasing a MicroSD card, but that'd really improve the capability of it. Battery life is pretty good- about a week or so on consistent use (1-2hrs/day) and low-to-moderate wifi use.
It is frustrating that publishers/authors are dragging their feet on moving to e-format. I'd really like to buy Jurassic Park (for the 3rd time) on my NC.
I just kinda realized that it's also better psychologically, becaus a big thick book isn't daunting on the e-reader. I'm almost 1/3rd of the way through the Game of Thrones 4-book set.
While I read primarily on the iPad. The best e-ink B/W ereader imo is the iRiver Story HD. An unknown brand and one that Amazon refuses to sell directly as it stacks up better in some key areas than the Kindle.
I bought it because my wife can't stand reading on the iPad.
The key specs it has over the Kindle is that it runs on Android and has a more powerful processor and higher resolution screen.
It runs at 800mhz and it is an ARM Cortex A8 processor similar to the iPhone 4. It is hands down quicker than any B/W Kindles at page transitions or page flips.
The 6" screen is 1024x768 also the highest resolution at this size in the business. Sharpest e-ink display.
The reason I got it for my wife because it supports more formats than Kindle does. It handles PDF files nicely, supports reflow and does not need conversion.
It also can read zip, CBR, CBZ formats which is huge for people who are into reading comic books, manga, and scanned jpg zipped up.
I didn't want to get the Kindle because it forces you to go to Amazon or read their own format requiring conversions.
The iRiver is tailored for Google books but you can just pop in a SD card full of books or magazines without being locked into these online stores.
Got a good deal on a Nook simple touch before the holidays and so far, it's the best investment I've made as far as entertainment goes for me.
I had an iPad 2, it was great for magazines but the glare is horrible on it - what they say about e-ink is really true, it's actually a joy to read. The form factor is great. I watched plenty of YouTube videos comparing it to the $79 ad-supported Kindle and the final selling point for me was the better physical design of the product and the ability to add up to a 32GB microSD card as the Nook only allows 240mb of "your" items to be stored.
With that said,I agree Amazon probably has a wider selection, but I "acquire" my books, hence the need for more than 240mb of storage space.
I thoroughly enjoy my Kindle. I don't expect it to be a laptop, just a good quality reading device. I do knock out some wicked crosswords on it, but "computing" power etc. doesn't matter to me. It was very cheap, holds a lot of books, and makes reading a blast (especially on trips/airplanes etc.)
However -After doing some cross country traveling, I'm realizing what the benefit of having an e-reader would have been...less weight to lug around on an airplane or in my luggage! I don't travel often though and I'm a stay at home mom, so it's not like I can't handle reading a regular book in bed or around the house. It would just be really nice during times when I'm out of the house and don't want to lug around books in my diaper bag. Hmmm.
Maybe for Christmas this year?
I just ordered a Nook Simple Touch. I always loved my original Nook, but gave it away when I got the iPad. The only bummer was going to be on summer vacations not being able to read on the beach. But yesterday was reading on the patio, and even undercover, there was a lot of glare on the iPad. I read outside a lot in the summer, so figured it'd be worth the $99.
I'll throw in my 2 cents. I have an iPad2 and I love it as an e-reader. My entire life, I've mostly read at night before bed. Being able to just turn off all the lights and jump into bed and read is great. Just being enveloped by the pitch-blackness of my room lets me focus in completely on the book. Also, I'm sure other e-readers do this, but there's a nifty "night mode" that blacks out the screen and the words appear in a dark bluish color. Very easy on the eyes.
When I'm done reading for the night I simply turn it off and fall right to sleep. No more getting up to turn lights off = win.
I've been reading a lot lately and decided to finally try out an e-reader as I'm sick of accumulating shelves of books I don't have room for.
I ordered a kindle touch today. looking forward to trying it out.
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I have the sony e-reader and have read in the last 6 months probably 100 books.
Deathlands 1-67, survivalist series (not all ebook though) and many more...prefer the Sony for ease of operation and loading books (epubs, pdf's mostly).
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