Considering buying an ebook reader
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I am considering buying an e-book reader and am leaning towards the Kindle, though the Nook Color looks like it could also be good. Do any of you have an comments on the two brands that might help in my decision? Thanks so much.
You might want to check out the MobileRead forums:
There are lots of people there with multiple e-readers who can give you lots of information.
If you're looking for something you know you'll mainly use for reading books or to stray away from dead trees, I'd definitely go with the Kindle (I have the K2). It has the best battery life and great service. It does not support epub, but there's supposedly software out there that can convert it to something Kindle can read.
If you're looking for something with color and supports more media, I'd lean toward the iPad (I haven't done much research on the Nook Color yet, but i'm under the impression it's just a big color touchscreen version of the Nook.) I'd use the Kindle for the iPad rather than Apple's bookstore. The Kindle app is free and Amazon content is cheaper than Apple's.
I am a Kindle owner and am most likely biased. But when I inquired about the Nook at BN (before the K3 came out), they lied to my face to make it look better than the Kindles. IMO, the only thing they have over the Kindles is the memory card slot and user replaceable battery. Reaction times are slower, since the processor needs to do so much I'd say.
I hope that helps some.
I also prefer the kindle because of the e-ink technology. Anything with a backlit LCD screen tends to cause eyestrain. Take it from me, I used to read off my cellphone screen all the time and it hurt after a while. Reading on a Kindle is better for my eyes and doesn't cause me pain. I use a clip on light or a bedside lamp at night and I'm good to go. You should factor in the screen technology of the device you're choosing before making your decision.
You can easily convert ePub to mobi to read on the kindle, but if the books have drm, that is a level more difficult (and possibly illegal, depending on where you live).
Best thing is: see a kindle in Staples or Best Buy. See the Nook in B&N, then decide.
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