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E-book Readers See "Kindle" also
    2010
  • My husband just got a Kindle (and he got one for my stepdaughter for Christmas). He loves it! You can bookmark pages, look up words, make notes, all sorts of stuff. However, when they say you can access the Internet, it's ONLY to buy books from Amazon. It's in the fine, fine print. My mom's got a Nook from Barnes & Noble, and she loves hers too. But, the same thing with the Kindle, you can only access to download and buy books. I would imagine other readers are the same way.
  • I have the Amazon Kindle with 3G service, and my husband has an iPad. I love my Kindle for reading - it's very easy to read, it's easy to use, it's easy to download books from Amazon & the books tend to be less expensive than the print versions. It can hold thousands of books, too. It does have a web browser, but it is very basic. I really don't use it much, but if I were in a pinch it would be ok. I do recommend spending the extra $50 for the 3G version of the Kindle - it's a one-time fee for unlimited access to download content wherever you are (including overseas). I love my Kindle - love, love, love - and my 65 year old father got one for his birthday and loves it just as much as I do. My husband's iPad has eBook reading capability, but it's much more expensive and is intended to be used for much more. It's more like a netbook - full color, better for browsing the web, watching video/multimedia content, playing games, etc. He really wanted it so he could buy & read comic books on it. For that purpose, it's great. For watching videos or playing games, it's great. For actual book reading, I think the Kindle is much easier on the eyes, a lot lighter to hold, and easier to download content. (The 3G version of the iPad is super expensive right now, and it still requires a monthly fee for 3G access.) The iPad is great for a lot of things, but if you're just looking for an eReader the Kindle is a better option. A friend of ours had a Nook, and he liked it pretty well. The impression I got was that he did not like it because it was a little bigger/heavier than the Kindle. Two of the neat things about it, though, is that it has a full color preview window to see book/magazine covers and it also has book sharing capabilities - you could share a book on your Nook with me (if I had a Nook) for up to two weeks just like a library. I don't know whether it has any web browsing capability. Beyond this, I don't have much experience with them.
  • I was initially leaning toward the Amazon Kindle, but decided upon the Nook Color (Barnes & Noble, cost $249) because of the color and web browser. Just received mine last week as a birthday gift from my husband. So far, I am very pleased, but I am still learning to use mine and don't claim to yet know all the features or shortcuts available. I had my eye on an IPAD, but the cost was just too much for me to justify. And, I truly wanted a reader, and I think the IPAD is just too large to be comfortable for that purpose. The color aspect isn't crucial for reading most adult books, but the color feature is really nice for magazines, newspapers, and children's books. Reading on the Nook Color is excellent. I particularly enjoy being able to adjust the font size of the text and to be able to read in the dark if I choose. The Nook Color has a WI-FI web browser. Mine works great at home with my wireless Internet, but I haven't yet taken it to public Wi-Fi spots. I haven't used the web too much except for reading some newspapers on-line, downloading books from B&N, and checking my Facebook account. My initial thoughts are that the web browser is nice, but don't expect it to be nearly as sophisticated or fast as your regular computer. I think you would have to go up considerably in price to an IPAD or a real netbook or notebook computer to get all the features.
  • I use a Kindle and I really like it.
  • I am researching e-readers for Christmas myself and have settled on the Amazon Kindle with 3G and WiFi. You might find this website useful: http://reviews.cnet.com/ebook-readers/?tag=mncol;srt&sort=edRating7+desc
  • I think the Nook Color is slightly heavier than the Kindle. However, it is still a very comfortable size to hold in your lap. I haven't noticed a problem with glare. B&N sells an anti-glare cover for around $15 if that is an issue. I did purchase a regular film cover simply to protect the screen from scratches. I also recommend a "book cover" for further protection. (Those range in price from $30 up). My Nook Color snaps into the cover, but the front cover easily folds back behind it when reading so it is out of the way. Yes, I have logged on to both "USA Today" and "Atlanta Journal Constitution" to read the newspapers. You can subscribe to many newspapers and magazines, but so far I have just read the free on-line version of the papers. I haven't looked at on-line magazines (except in the B&N store where the Nook Color was demonstrated to me), but those can be purchased one issue at a time or by the year. Don't be fooled that there are many "free" books. Most free books are either very old (no longer protected by copyright) or simply a selected sample from a book. However, there are many books that are less than $10 and quite a few less than $5. I just purchased George Bush's "Decision Points" for $10 and am reading it now. The paper version runs around $20.
  • Well I purchased a Pandigital Novel on black Friday. It wasn't on any special, but was a good deal. It is a color, touch screen model. So far I love it. I can browse the internet, it connected really quickly with the wireless in my home. Sometimes it may not feel every touch when you go to turn the page, but I don't have to touch it more than twice. I got this one at Best Buy and it was $139.00. I also got a silicone cover for the outside as well. Some of the reviews were bad, but I am glad that I tried it for myself. It does have a little weight, but no more than a book. It is also had a backlight so you do not have to have a light or lamp on to read. It also have a night time reading feature. It connects with Barnes and Noble and you can operate on the android software, but I have not have a problem with the software that comes with the system. It also has an SD card slot so that you can expand the memory.
  • I got the new Kindle for my birthday last month and I absolutely love it! I know the one they have for Barnes and Noble is in color and the Kindle is black and white, but I don't play games so it doesn't bother me. Easy to download books because it's Wi-Fi. (I decided it wasn't worth the extra $ to get the 3G because we have a wireless router at home). Very easy to read and lightweight.
2010

I got several requests to post back responses on e-book readers -- here they are. One person was kind enough to demo the Kindle for me -- very enthusiastic recommendation!! It was thinner and slightly larger than I expected -- pretty slick, but a little intimidating for a computer dunce like me, but I'm sure you would get used to it quickly. She had it in a leather case so there was a front and back "cover" to hold, which gave it more of the feel of opening a real book -- see 1st, below)
---------- I have owned a Kindle 2 since February 2008 and it is honestly the best purchase I have ever made. I have the Kindle 2 not the Kindle DX. I have been told by someone who has the Kindle DX that it truly is a waste of money unless you're going to be reading textbooks on it...it is top heavy and cumbersome. The Kindle 2 is very light and I carry it in a leather bookcover so it really is just like opening a book. The Kindle never has to be connected to your computer...everything is done wirelessly (no charge for the wireless). When you buy books all you do is go to the Kindle store on your Kindle and click buy...this charges the debit or credit card attached to your amazon account. The books download in 60 seconds and you can start reading them. Also, if you don't know if you want to purchase a book it will let you read one chapter as a sample. You can also change the text size to make it easier to read. The Kindle 2 will read the book to you. As for not being able to go back a! nd read about characters...you can highlight and make notes through your kindle as you're reading along and those are always saved in your "My Clippings" on your home screen. Additionally if there is a word you don't know you can move to it with your cursor and it will give you the definition. The books are typically $9.99 for brand new bestsellers. Older books can be much less than that and even free. I have never purchased a book on my Kindle that was more than $9.99. There are too many good things about the Kindle for me to type it all here ...
------------ We got one( Sony) for our son. He loves it. If you read a lot it is great. If you buy the new releases they will run you from $7- $12. but you can download some that are older for as little as $.99 to $2-$3. It all depends if you have to have the newest release. Also we got the Sony Touch because our son uses it for his school work and you can highlight and make notes in the ebook. But if you don't think you will use this option save yourself the other $100 and get just the Sony Reader. I did my research before buying it and Sony was way better than Kindle. Hope this helps. By the way all you have to do is download one program on your pc and then just plug you Reader into it. (And someone sent me a link to a review of the Sony, which I must have deleted -- maybe she will post the link.)
--------------- Some ebooks expire after 6 months; it depends on the author/publisher rights. Others disengage printing or copying to a backup device. So if you want to keep a favorite around to read again some year, it might not be readable. Now thats the problems with "ebooks. Devices are a decision by feeling. If you can find one to look at it might help in your decision. I opted out of the readers and went with a small netbook computer that allows me to download pdf format or in the case of the public library, their software and the books. That way I can browse the web if the books turns out to be boring. ... I download them online from my easy chair. Some are free pdf from Project Gutenberg and other places like netLibrary. The local Athens library site offers downloadable audiobooks and I turn up the speaker while doing house work. There's booksonboard.com (not free) that has a Jim Butcher book that I am moaning for but can't get til after Christmas. If you can surf the web ! you can handle a netbook computer. netLibrary is affiliated with UGA and isn't exactly downloaded but they bookmark where you left off and you login to finish it. I always forget my password for that one but they help me remember. Still like the feeling of a book'.
----------- I can't tell you much about the technology, but will say that we bought a Kindle for my son for his last birthday he's a Navy pilot preparing for deployment onboard a ship and loves to read. This is the only way we can make sure he has enough to keep him occupied for 8 months. He downloaded tons of older books for free and buys some of the newer ones to put on the Kindle, and now has probably 1,000 books on it, ready to go. He has many different genres and lots of series classics and modern, everything he could possibly want. It's awesome. I'd ask him to respond to you but he'd talk your ear off.