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19 June 2011 @ 05:12 pm
E-readers  
So, since I know many of you have an e-reader these days, I figured I'd ask for recommendations. We're shopping for one for my brother, possibly for his birthday next month. It'll probably lead to me getting one for Christmas, even if I do believe I will still stick with real physical books on the whole.

For my bro, we're looking for something relatively simple--I don't think he needs it to do a lot of extra things. Mainly just reading, and being able to up the font of the text and everything, as he is visually impaired.

I've looked in passing into the Nook, and I know another good one is supposed to be the Kindle.

Let me know what y'all think?
 
 
 
kribu: vareskribu on June 19th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
Not being American, I can't say anything about the Nook.

I have the newest generation Kindle (Wi-Fi only) and an older Sony Reader. I love the Kindle. It's pretty much perfect as far as I'm concerned.

As far as I can tell, the only thing the newest Nook (I assume you're considering the e-Ink Nook, not the Nook Color LCD tablet?) has that some people may consider a bonus over the Kindle is a touch screen. If it's something you think your brother might want, it's something to consider.

Personally, I wouldn't want a touchscreen e-reader, but I'm also quite easily irritated by fingerprints on the screen. I can live with them on the iPad (backlit LCD screen - they don't show when it's in use) but for some reason, even the slightest greasy print on the Kindle's matte non-backlit e-ink screen annoys me like crazy. I know many others aren't bothered, though.

Again, I can't say anything from personal experience, as Barnes & Noble doesn't sell to non-Americans, but according to many people on the Amazon boards (obviously not unbiased) the Amazon customer support and often also ebook prices (for non-Agency books, i.e. the books where they are allowed to set the price) are both better than B&N. It might be an idea to choose a random set (say ten or twenty) of books that you might be interested in and compare prices?

I have nothing bad to say against Sony - I've played with their newest one in a store, and it looked lovely, but again, touchscreen and fingerprints drove me crazy. Also, the Sony Readers are more expensive, I think.

For a very simple reader (and I think a bit cheaper than either the Kindle or the Nook), you might also take a look at Kobo. I think it's got fewer features and some people have complained that it's a bit slow, but it should also have the newest generation screen, so that should be pretty decent.

Fonts are adjustable on all dedicated e-Readers, as far as I know. The Kindle has a large selection of font sizes and also text-to-speech (computerised voice reading for books where it's not been disabled by the publisher), which I think the newest Nook doesn't have. The Kindle can also play audiobooks, if that's a consideration.
kribu: õunkribu on June 19th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Another thing to consider is that you also basically need to decide which store you like best.

For the Kindle, you can mostly only shop traditionally published, in-copyright books from Amazon. (There are some exceptions - some smaller publishers, like Baen, sell Kindle-compatible books themselves, and public domain and self-published books can usually be downloaded/bought elsewhere, too.)

For the Nook, while it uses ePub, I gather that at least for the new Nook Touch, the majority of the capacity on the device is reserved for B&N-bought books, so while you can shop around (but not on Amazon), it's something to keep in mind.

Kobo and Sony Readers should take most ePub files (i.e. what most stores apart from Amazon sell) sold anywhere - although I think they might not like B&N-sold epub books (different DRM). I don't know how it works for certain though.
luvscharlie: book in the tubluvscharlie on June 19th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
I adore my Nook and I love that I can make the font gigantic. The plus of the Nook over the Kindle (I'm far more comfortable with Amazon and would have gone with Kindle were it not for being told of this drawback). You cannot check out library books on a Kindle, but a Nook you can. So I can still read for free, even with my e-reader.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on June 24th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Kindle is going to have that be an option next year, according to the site. But you can lend other Kindle users books, from what I can tell, so that's nice until the library option is available.

Not that I think my library even as e-books as an option *rolls eyes*
irishredlassirishredlass on June 19th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
I am a NOOK owner as well and love it! I like the fact that you can make the print virtually as large as you need and since B and N has access to the entire Gutenberg Library there is a vastly larger selection of books. Books range from free and up. They offer special classes on using it. You have access to major news and magazine publications. I cannot say enough good about it!
drcjsniderdrcjsnider on June 20th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
I have a Sony touch and read on my iphone and just got a Nook touch. I don't use my Sony as much as I thought I would because I really dislike the screen glare. Although the Nook is touch screen too... it has almost no glare at all... I think it is very comparable to the kindle.

I finally decided on the Nook as opposed to the Kindle because I didn't want to be tied to Amazon. I think if you are going to read LOTS of new books, however, that Amazon does have better prices and selection. But if you are going to read lots of pdfs/free books I want a reader like Sony or the Nook that uses epub. Both the Kindle and the Nook can increase font size considerably. Also I just read somewhere that Kindles are going to start some sort of library lending program, although I don't know much about it. Luvscharlie is right that Nook's already can be used for library books... although some libraries like that in my hometown don't offer ebooks so you might want to check yours out.
kribu: oravkribu on June 20th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Amazon has promised library/Overdrive compatibility for the Kindle in the US "by the end of this year", but yes, epub-based readers do have that advantage for now.

I think the overwhelming majority of free books tend to be available in all common formats, though... public domain ones certainly are, and Smashwords offers all formats, and whenever publishers offer something for free, it seems they're usually doing the same offer across shops/formats.

How well does the Nook handle PDFs, out of curiosity? My old Sony Reader (505, pre-touchscreen) did much better with text-only PDFs natively than the Kindle - although you can easily convert a text-only PDF to a Kindle file. It mostly won't look perfect, though, but then it didn't look perfect on the Sony either, what with the basic limitations of PDFs.
kyriaofdelphikyriaofdelphi on June 20th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Kindle all the way. It is the only one you can use outdoors. It doesn't have the glare factor the others do.
My 2 knuts worth.
LewlinXlewlinx on June 20th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
I love my Kindle. Got it for Christmas and havent put it down since. Battery life is amazing. A full month using it daily for 1-2 hrs at a time. The ease to access books, read reviews and excerpts is great. I would recommend it.
pokeystarpokeystar on June 20th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
You might want to look up articles concerning e-readers and ADA - because as far as I know, universities aren't buying in yet, due to issues with everything from font size to the navigation not being accessible.
MissBlane: Bookshelfmissblane on June 21st, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
I have the 1st Gen Nook, and I love it. The newer Nook is supposed to be pretty nice. I think either one would be a good choice.

I also think a Kindle would be a good choice. Keep in mind that all of these have the EXACT SAME e-Ink screen. The only difference is in which company you have a customer loyalty to. (IMHO)

So...given where you live, you may want to think about a Kindle for one reason: you don't have to pay sales tax on the ebooks. Or the Kindle itself if you order it from Amazon. (Yet...there is talk of bringing an Amazon warehouse to your state.)

However, since you do actually have B&N stores, you are charged sales tax on each purchase.

Two of my roommates have Kindles, and they love them. One has a Kindle with ads, and she says that the ads are unobtrusive and actually good deals. And, like I said, I have a nook, and I love it. So, for me, it's a choice of company. (I secretly want a Kindle...and one of the new touch-screen e-Ink nooks.)

You should check out www.oberondesign.com for covers. They are expensive, but they are INCREDIBLE. I have the Roof of Heaven in marigold (as does one of my roommates for her Kindle), and one of my roommates and a cousin have the Paisley in green. GORGEOUS. Also, made in the USA.

Also, I vote no to the LCD color nook and to the iPad. If you just want one for reading.

A comment on your desire to read actual books: I felt the same way...but lately I've just wanted to read them on my nook b/c they are easier to handle. In particular some of my 1000+ page Diana Gabaldon books. So I have duplicates of a lot of books.
MissBlanemissblane on June 21st, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Also, for many of the ebooks I've gotten, I've looked at the price on Amazon and B&N...and they're the same. Except for the tax part.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on June 24th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
I personally lean toward Kindle, but I don't know. I'm finding it so hard to decide! Is the one with ads the cheaper one?

Only difference I seem to see is that Kindle isn't a touch screen, but I'm not too picky about that. But I don't know if it's a factor I should consider, especially since this is a gift. Also, the new Nook is color, right?

(Kindle 2 to Kindle 3? They don't seem to put the difference on Amazon... I am getting so frustrated with the shopping! lol)