Kindle or Nook?

@estherlou (5017)
United States
July 25, 2011 12:29pm CST
I've just started looking into getting a Kindle. And then discovered there is Barnes and Nobles version, the Nook. They seem similar. I want one because it says it is easy to read and lightweight. Sometimes when reading a hardback novel, my arthritis kicks in and my wrists hurt. I need something small and not so heavy. So...which one is better? Any opinions?
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@Eskimo (2317)
25 Jul 11
I love books, in fact I've just cleared out my loft, and getting rid of around 200, still keeping around 700 though. It would make my storage problems much easier if I just got and E-book Reader instead, and have been thinking about getting one for a few months. However I just love browsing through bookshops, and keep looking out for books at bargain prices. What I am worried about though, is the cost of buying E-Books. At the moment they vary widely even at Amazon, and probably won't get them for the cheap prices in bookstores. There is an option of getting E-Books absolutely free, these are from The Gutenberg Project. These books are all ones where the copyright has expired, (over 36,000 available) so it is perfectly legal to download them. Several common formats are available including EPub, Kindle, Plucker (never heard of it), HTML and Plain Text. I don't think all books are available in all formats. Also available in IPad, IPhone and Android formats Although I haven't bought an E-Book Reader, I have downloaded a Kindle Reader to my PC & also to my Laptop so I can still read some E-Books, all of which I have got from Gutenberg. Living in the U.K. I don't think I have the option of Barnes & Noble.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I love reading also, but I have bookshelves full of books and I'm getting sick of the clutter. I'm getting too old to want to have all of this stuff around me all of the time. But there are still some books I like to read and re-read. I don't like reading while sitting at the computer...I want to be able to get really comfortable. As for Barnes & Nobles..it is a book chain store here in the US. I know they are online, but don't know if it is limited to the US.
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@Eskimo (2317)
26 Jul 11
One problem I have is that when I read in bed, I usually fall asleep, and the book falls onto the floor, so I can see e-readers getting broke. Barnes & Noble to export books (and Nook as well), but shipping to U.K. is expensive (free for e-books obviously but expensive for Nook, also may be eligible for customs charges as well).
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@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
25 Jul 11
Well I know about the nook as well and it seems to me that the differences are that the nook you can play games on, and the Kindle you can not. Of course I believe (don't quote me on this) you can surf the net on the Nook. It's to each their own, ask yourself, what do you want to do with this ereader?
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@BarBaraPrz (28083)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Jul 11
I have no idea which is better, I just wanted to say How're ya doin'? Been a while.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I'm fine. I go in spurts and lately have been blogging a lot instead of spending as much time on mylots. If you're interested in my 'thoughts' go to estherlou.wordpress.com/
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@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
29 Jul 11
It took me a while to get into the e-reader bandwagon, but when I finally broke down and decided to purchase an e-reader, I opted for Barnes and Noble's Nook instead of Amazon's Kindle. The basic reason why I chose the Nook over the Kindle is that I borrow e-books from the local library, and the Kindle is not compatible with the epub format. With the Nook, it is so easy to download ebooks from the library. I love my Nook. It's lightweight and convenient. I never go anywhere without it.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
30 Jul 11
I have been leaning toward the Nook just because we have a Barnes and Nobles here in town and I can probably buy it in the store. I didn't know you could download books from the library! That is awesome! Thanks for the info.!
@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
1 Aug 11
Check if your local library works with Overdrive.com or Netlibrary.com. If it does, then you will be able to download e-books to your Nook.
• United States
30 Jul 11
I have a Nook Color and I enjoy it very much. I can see photography books in color, there is a feature on the children's books where they can choose to read the books or have the Nook read it. There are a lot of apps too, but I am not too into that.
@GardenGerty (126788)
• United States
25 Jul 11
I have not looked into them first hand. I like the fact that Nook can be color. I enjoy reading magazines.
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• Canada
25 Jul 11
In 2010 I thought of buying a Kindle, but then I decided I could do so much more with an iPod Touch. As luck would have it, as soon as I bought my iPod Touch, I found a FREE Kindle App!! I got the best of both worlds. I don't know if Nook has an app, but if they do, I'll be pleased to download it. That way, if one book isn't available in the Kindle store, it may be available as a Nook Book.
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