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Message Board > Miscellaneous > I want an eReader--which one do you have and what do you like or ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 5/11/12 3:29 PM

dislike about it? I was thinking of getting an IPad --but I think it's overkill for my needs. I just looked at the Nook Color and really like it. I think it will do great for my purpose--mainly reading, some games, email, misc internet nonsense that I do. The salesgirl says I can also use Word and Excel (after getting the apps for them). So I should be good with that. Any other stuff I should know about ?

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Date: 5/11/12 3:33 PM

I first had a Kobo, and still love it...but I also have a New IPad and REALLY REALLY love it! It is heavier than the Kobo, but Is comfy to hold, fab reading options for lighting, font, etc.

Also $$$...but well worth it, IMO.

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Date: 5/11/12 3:48 PM

I bought a Nook tablet a few weeks ago, and so far like it a lot! Operation is seamless, it recognizes my different wireless networks (work and home) on it's own, the book purchasing is easy (I've only done one so far), I'm excited about trying some of the magazine subscriptions (cheap, actually), and the preinstalled games are fun. Also effortlessly gets my emails for me, and the browser seems great.

I know that you see occasional discussions in the press about how this reader (tablet, phone, etc) has a gazillion apps, while this one only has a bazillion, and another has a (trivial) trillion, but now that I am into this I doubt that I'll want even a dozen. I think the app thing may be quantitatively overrated. HOWEVER, if there is one you can't live without, and the device you're buying doesn't offer it, that would probably be a deal-breaker, I suppose.

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Date: 5/11/12 3:53 PM

I loved my Kindle, then gave it to my son, thinking I'd get another one. I got an ipad instead, and love it too. I have the Kindle app on it and it's great.
While it's not as great on the eyes as the ink on the Kindle is, it's not as bad as I thought it would be. However, if you really just want something to read on, then yes, the ipad is overkill, and much heavier than the Kindle. That's what I miss about mine the most.
But, since DD took and then lost my Ipod, I decided the Ipad was a good substitute for both of them!

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Date: 5/11/12 4:13 PM

I have had a Nook Color for over a year and I am very pleased with it. I read books on it, play games, and sometimes use it for internet viewing. It is easy to use and fits in my purse.


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Date: 5/11/12 5:54 PM

I'm approaching a year's experience with a Nook Color, and am generally quite happy with it.

I use it for:
reading (mostly books, only a few magazines - I'm not as pleased with the magazine formatting on screen),

reading blogs/checking weather/some other web-surfing (mainly PR & Ravelry),

playing a few game apps,

keeping a few lists using a couple of different apps.

Occasionally I borrow DH's Zoom (tablet pc) - usually because I want a larger display but don't want to sit at my desktop computer.

I do have to pay some attention to battery usage - keeping the wifi on constantly (especially if I'm somewhere with no available wifi) can eat up the battery charge, and I also generally keep the brightness at the lowest setting (which is fine for most of the places where I use my Nook).

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Date: 5/11/12 6:26 PM

I have an older generation Kindle with WiFi and I love it in every respect. There is nothing I would change and no reason for me to upgrade to anything else.

The screen quality is amazing and I can read for hours even in bright light without eye strain. There are no other distractions like email or internet browsing -- if I want those then I'll use a computer. My Kindle is for reading, not for general computing, and it has been shown that people can't focus on what they're reading if they have other distractions like email notifications popping up or Facebook right there to be checked.

The battery life on the Kindle is wonderful - I go for weeks without charging it even though I use it every day.

I bought a beautiful leather cover for mine (from Oberon Design - check them out!) which doubles the weight of it, but the device itself is extremely light and portable.

It's hard to see me changing to a different device unless something happens to my Kindle and it doesn't work any more. I imagine it'll be with me for years!


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Date: 5/11/12 6:45 PM

How do you see yourself using the device? Some eReaders have limited abilities but they may be superior for the application you seek.

I did a bunch of research on Kindle options recently and determined that the eInk feature was best for me because it's the better background for reading. That ruled out the Fire model (which seemed so cool otherwise).

I am enjoying my Kindle Touch...

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Date: 5/11/12 11:54 PM

I'm a Sony reader. I got a 950 daily reader when they were still available because I like the larger screen and the light weight and the metal construction. I like the ability to organize my books into collections, which isn't always possible to do with other readers. I can get books from the library free. ( Library download is soon to be available for kindle, but it may be one of those transit through Amazon for the fee they charge.) I did not want to be locked into any one supplier. The only problem is that B&N ebooks don't work on Sony readers without a bit of tweaking. I found a free app that allows me to use B&N books, which have a little thing added to the end of the DRM to make it impossible to use the books from their site on non-Nook readers. I did not want backlit screen because of eye strain.

Check out mobilereads forums.
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Date: 5/12/12 1:24 AM

I have a Kindle and love it. (I have the Wi-Fi-only one that came out about a year and a half ago.) I like that it's easy on my eyes. I have an iPad for work, but I can't see myself using it to read with the glare. It's great for other things, but I don't see myself not using the Kindle for an e-reader.



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