Kindle vs. Nook
Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:24 AM
I'm currently leaning towards the Kindle.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:06 AM
The Nook has a color screen but for me that was not a big plus. One feature that the Nook does have is that you can lend books to others, so if you have a friend with a Nook or the required app. you could share books although when you lend a book it is much like a real book as you no longer have access to the book for I think 2 weeks or how ever long the lending time is.
The kindle has a text to speech feature that is nice. The Kindle has a proven history and in the end that pushed me to that side.
You probably can't go wrong with either of them. If you have a Barnes and Noble near you a lot of the stores have demo units that you can check out. I don't know if that helped at all but if you have any other specific questions feel free to ask.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:11 AM
It behaves a little oddly right now but the BN forums say there's a significant firmware update coming in the next week or so.
I've had a Kindle and a Sony Reader. They were both nice devices but I've really become enamored with the Nook. The book lending feature is nice, the free cookies and book browsing at BN stores are awesome, and I really like that the Nook can connect via wi-fi if I don't have a cell/3G signal.
If you have any specific questions about any of the devices just post here and I'll try to answer them for you.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:18 AM
The nook is cool because you can take it into a B&N store and read for free. You can also share books with peers. The nook also has the color led touchscreen interface.
The kindle is cool because it is lighter, faster, has better battery life and free 3g access worldwide.
The choice is ultimately yours, but I think I am going to wait for Amazon's next Kindle revision which may be another 1-2 years.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:19 AM
Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:03 PM
Romance of the Three Kingdoms is available from Gutenberg for free. It's not as simple as downloading it OTA from Amazon but did I mention that it's free?
Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:23 PM
Oh and the text to speech on the kindle - overrated. I tried listening to it try to read the Count of Monte Cristo, but the words ran together and it was hard to understand. Even slowing down the speech didn't help.
I don't think you can go wrong with either.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:26 PM
Nook will remodel your home and you'll be so far in debt you'll be shaking the fruit off of trees for money...oh wait.
I'm not going to be buying one, but maybe wait until the iPad shows what it can do?
Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:28 PM
Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:33 PM
The Amazon store has a bigger selection (though most books you'll find in both stores--so unless you're after something pretty obscure it won't affect you most of the time) and when there's a price difference on books I've checked, Amazon tends to be a little cheaper (but usually not a huge difference, a buck or less most of the time).
And being tied to one store isn't true of any device. There are stores out there like Fictionwise that sell non-DRM books. Any not DRM .mobi book will work on the Kindle, or you could buy in a format for the Nook or Sony. Or you can convert them into the format you need using a free program like Calibre. Also, even with DRM books, you can google and find the software (free) you need to strip DRM and then can convert it to the format for your device with Calibre.
In short, both are very good readers. I'd go Kindle personally. Plus Amazon has a 30 day trial period. So if you don't like it you can send it back for full refund and just be out the $5 or so that it costs to ship it back.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 08:25 PM