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I want to buy an e-Reader. Should I get a kindle, iPad or nook?

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  1. Cubie131 wrote on :

    I love my Kindle. I have a Kindle Fire-which is a tablet. It’s quite easy to download books or magazine content. There is a wide variety of books at an assortment of prices-some for free-and if you have a kindle fire you can “borrow” a book for free each month. You can also download a lot of games and other apps if you are so inclined. I think it’s a great value.

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  2. srasmoo wrote on :

    My son gave me a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas and although I stumbled a lot learning to use it I am now quite proficient with most of its apps. My mom who is 79 is experiencing vision problems and I’m going to get her the Kindle Paperwhite which is basically only an e-reader. She can adjust the font size to suit her needs and we can share books purchased from Amazon’s Kindle Store. I’m also a Prime member so I can borrow books from the lending library (but only 1 per month, boo!) Anyway I’m very happy with my Fire and besides reading I can play games, stream movies and videos, and get samples of many books before I purchase. Hope you find (or found) a great e-reader that meets all your requirements.

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  3. avonlady wrote on :

    My friend just bought a nook and she loves it!

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  4. elllen wrote on :

    I had a Kindle that I have to my hubby and bought a Nook. I love the Nook I can get all the magazine I read on it and save a tree in the process 🙂

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  5. Suzie Woods wrote on :

    Have you made your decision yet? I have both the Kindle and IPad (as I have explained to many of my friends & clients it depends what you are looking for):

    If you are looking for multipurpose: IPad.

    If you are looking for simple book e-reader: Kindle.

    Kindle Pros: no glare feature, lightweight, long battery life, convenience of immediate delivery, purchased over 1000 FREE books (check top 100 free books list every few days or weekly), great for traveling abroad w purchasing capabilties, variety of volume of books in archive or on device, great for outdoor reading and so many more reasons to love.

    IPad is great but for the glare feature and weight. I love it for more detailed books or magazines and all the other features/options/apps.

    If you are similar to me and like variety than purchase both as I did (love both of them)!!

    Happy reading!!!!

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      I have not purchased one yet. I am still going over the wealth of information that I have received from the gurus. Thanks so much for your input.

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  6. seattlekath wrote on :

    I really love my kindle! I got a Wi-Fi one in May for $139. The 3G one was $189 at that time. Now you can get a 3G one with ads for $139! From what I understand, the ads are only visible as screen savers when it’s off, not when you’re reading. If you ever want to read in bright light (outside, at the beach, at a park), kindle is the way to go. Get the kindle cover with the built-in light. A bit pricey, but SO worth it!

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  7. Deborah Shirley wrote on :

    I love my nook color! Before making a decision on which e-reader I would most like, I did extensive research; listed the good points of each; and nook won! Then, a few months ago upgrades were made to nook color, so there are new and better features than there were originally! For the ladies who said they could not read their nook in the sun, there is a brightness feature they could have adjusted to make that possible for them. I understand the desire of having the “book experience,” but I have found having the nook color is even better for many reasons; and you can make it feel more like an actural book if you buy a nook book cover. When you want to read at bedtime, you don’t have to worry about falling asleep with the light on, because your nook color has a back light that will time out if pages are not turned. Be sure to turn off the WI FI feature, and your nook color, when not in use, to extend your battery charge. You can, however, read while charging; and there is a car charger available for purchase. I love being able to look up the meaning of a word the moment I read it; and also being able to highlight, and write notes, which is neater in nook color than it is on a printed page. I love being able to read a novel one moment; switch to a magazine the next; and study a book on writing the next, without lugging the variety around with me. The average price I pay for nook books is $9.99, with some a little higher. There are free books, 99 cent books; and I can download library books and magazines. Customer support through Barnes and Noble is really good. nook color is one of my most prized possessions.

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  8. navigliogrande wrote on :

    I have a color nook and am happy with it. The downside is that it is hard to read in sunlight, but my choice was based on the fact that it is much more versatile that just an e-reader – it’s more like a tablet – and that it is compatible with Overdrive media console which allows me to download books from my library. The kindle requires that you buy books from Amazon, period. The nook is more versatile.

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  9. Marcia Reed wrote on :

    I spend my day (sometimes more) working on the computer. I have an ipad, but cannot bring myself to use if for reading. One of my favorite escapes is reading. Reading to me is snuggles up, holding a book in my hands, turning the pages. I love my ipad for photos, email, research, music and much more, but I shall stick with my hard cover books!

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  10. atlellie wrote on :

    I would love to have one but I feel so “stunted” when it comes to selecting electronics. Since I have not used any of these I would not know how to compare them. The results are the same as you can read books which would be so very exciting. My personal preference is to get the most economical one as every year the cost will come down and your current one will be worth less than half of what you pay at today’s prices.

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      I am not very knowledgeable about electronics either which is why I love getting everyone’s opinion on this subject.

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  11. Desireecdb wrote on :

    I bought the 1st generation Kindle (four or five years ago) and loved it. But then I got an iPad and that knocks the socks off the Kindle. For one, you came get the apps for the kindle and nook (and iBooks) so you are limited, but you can also use the device for much much more.

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  12. Andrea Lawley wrote on :

    Based on all the good advice posted here, I ordered the Kindle 3 today! Great deals with Amazon

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      I love reading everyone’s comments – a wealth of information for us all!

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  13. bobbi Mac Gregor wrote on :

    I did NOT likemy knidle, so I am now researcging the nook. Thanks so VERY much for ALL of your comments. They REALLY helped me.

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  14. bobbi Mac Gregor wrote on :

    I did NOT like my kindle and believe that I will research the nook!

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      Read all of the comments that I received. I have a wealth of information now.

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  15. Jo Ann Graham wrote on :

    Absolutely a Kindle. They have the largest piece (I believe over 80%) of the e-reader market and by far the largest number of books available. I am on my third (the latest version) of kindle and I love, love, love, love, love my kindle. It is so wonderful to take multiple books wherever I go. Waiting in line or for an appointment is no longer a burden — I can read something worthwhile! The kindle is so flexible for so many different applications. Whether searching for a Bible text or reading a text book, taking notes, highlighting important passages or reading several books at once and moving between them according to my mood — the kindle does it all. It is super reliable and if customer service is needed the call center is in the USA with intelligent, helpful and courteous reps to solve any problem quickly and easily. My older kindles are still alive and well with my son and mother. I love being able to order and download a book anywhere instantly AND if per chance I don’t have my kindle I can read the same book on my mobile phone and the two will sync to the same pages. Kindles are readable in bright sun and the cover with the self contained booklight is perfect for reading in bed without bothering your partner. Personally, I think iPads are too big to be convenient and although they do alot of other things a laptop or cellphone would do, you can’t read them in the sun. The kindle battery lasts 2 to 4 weeks which is great when traveling. I vote kindle all the way.

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  16. Becky Lax wrote on :

    I tried the nook and took it back within 24 hours, and I rarely return items. I finally purchased the iPad2 and LOVE IT!! I use it everyday and I like that I can get ebooks from multiple sources.

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  17. Corinne Garrett wrote on :

    Get the IPad. You can do much more with it than read books, and with technology, you should always buy as much technology as you can afford. Why settle for just a reader? How many electronics are you willing to lug around with you when you can do it all on one? I carry IPad for business and travel because it beatifully showcases my artwork for clients, manages my calendars, holds all sorts of media, functions as a computer, and is bigger (easier on the eyes) than my IPhone. BUT the Iphone is still my constant companion. Kindle and Nook are for folks who just want to read.

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  18. Rebecca Matthews wrote on :

    Kindle, no doubt!

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  19. victoria dorney wrote on :

    I Pad has the biggest screen for reading, I use my I Phone to read books but I prefer the old school book in hand! This way I can pass it on to family and friends to read!

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  20. debmil wrote on :

    I’ve had a Kindle for 2 maybe 3 years and I love it.

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  21. dee9ball wrote on :

    It really depends on how diverse you want your e-Reader to be. If you want one that that’s like a laptop that does everything then the iPad is what you want. However, personally I would get an Android! If you want yours just for reading books and magazines then Kindle should be your pick. It’s by far awesome!

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  22. Ivy Pittman wrote on :

    Would recommend a kindle 3G for speed and capabilities.

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  23. Ellen Cardwell wrote on :

    So which is it. I purchased a Nook….the cheap one….and I don’ like it. Somebody loaned me a Nook Color and I like it better.

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  24. Marie Nicklas wrote on :

    I LOVE my Kindle. I got it or Christmas and I have not bought a paper book since! The case I have for it feels just like a book is in my hands. There are so many titles to choose from, you will not be disappointed with any choice of an e-Reader. But as I said, Kindle is my favorite.

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  25. Kathy Watson wrote on :

    My sister in law loves her kindle. Give me a hard back turn the page book in
    hand and I’m happy. I’m a little afraid of the eye strain issue

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  26. MARGARET BYNOE wrote on :

    iPad 2 or wait until September for the iPad 3. The reason is because the iPad has great music listening and when you are listening to audiobooks, the sound is superb. It is way more versatile than the Kindle, which I own two of.

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  27. Darla Martin wrote on :

    I don’t have an answer but wanted to thank you for asking the question. I read a lot (logged over 100 books last year) and have held out for the book in hand experience. I’m a big supporter of the local library. My daughter has a Kindle and encourages me to get one. I tried hers, it seemed pretty user friendly… but I’m not quite ready to give up the whole book experience. I’m sure I’ll go to one of the readers eventually and it is helpful to have this user feedback.

    Darla

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      I just love this Guru Section! I’m glad that you are benefiting as well.

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  28. Theresa Buchle wrote on :

    iPad!You not only get iBooks, but you can also download the Kindle app, the Nook app, and the Kobo app. And you get email, internet, photo storage, file storage – it’s my travel computer.

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  29. Gaye McGrath wrote on :

    I still have my 1st edition Kindle and I love it. I read several books at a time and also the NY Times daily and it’s just so easy to switch back and forth. I’m looking forward to being able to access library books this fall. And no problem reading in the sun. Best ‘toy’ I ever bought.

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      It’s nice when you really enjoy something that you purchase.

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  30. Mary Lewis wrote on :

    Purchase a Kindle. I just love mine.

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  31. Cheryl Wilson wrote on :

    If you intend to read magazines and look at photographs, then you will want to buy something that shows color; however, if you intend to read books, please note that they are always black and white and a Kindle is simply the beat one out there! An iPad is heavier than a Kindle! We are big readers and our his/her Kindles are our lifelines to our reading world. Neither of us would trade them for anything! We can bring literally thousands of books with us on holiday and that in itself is worth the Kindle! Instant downloads of the latest books and not having to lug pounds of books with us has proven to be a real joy!

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  32. Debbie Nye wrote on :

    Kindles are reasonably priced, but an IPad has so many more functions.

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  33. Loraine Alcorn wrote on :

    I love my Kindle I did a review with pictures you really got to see it you can find it here http://lorialcorn2006.blogspot.com/2011/06/product-review-i-love-my-kindle.html

    I got the kindle for 114 with the ads and its awesome

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  34. phyllissusan46 wrote on :

    I did research before I purchased my Nook. What won be over, was the availability to download books from the library. The only negative about the Nook is the battery life. Have to recharge often. I am happy.

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  35. Sharon Murner wrote on :

    I have a Kindle. I purchased it because I was having hand/wrist surgery last December and knew I wouldn’t be able to hold a book afterward for quite a while. I absolutely love it and would purchase another if anything happened to this one.

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      I hope you have recovered from your surgery. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  36. zipporahs wrote on :

    I love using my iPad. You can download the Kobo reader, use iBook or download the Kindle app, etc. There are just so many choices all on one tablet. You can also download apps like the NYTimes, CNN and more. My vote is for the iPad.

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  37. Jill Hughes wrote on :

    Well . . . I don’t know if this will help you or not. I’m a middle school reading teacher. LOVE to read. Always have, always will. So when the Kindle was introduced, it was a no brainer for me. I’ve had the K!, K2, and now have the 3G K3 and the “Special Offers” wifi K3 (which I take to school). Last summer I bought a Nook. It was . . . okay. I loved the store experience–the free downloads, the reading for an hour of almost any book, the coupons for goodies. But I didn’t really like the Nook, so I sold it. Bought an iPad in October, thinking I could read everything on one device. Didn’t like the lighted backscreen. LOVED the iPad (still do), but it was a “reader.” But . . . along comes the Nook Color this year. Yep–birthday present. 🙂 I love it because of being able to have library books on the thing. I have read so many in the past 6 weeks! They are easy to download–just an additional step through the Adobe software. I love how the Nook Color is easier to take with me as a tablet than my iPad. I love how it utilizes a memory card. I’ve converted my DVDs so I can watch a movie if I want to. It does just enough when I want that smaller tablet experience. I don’t mind the back lighting–I just turn it down when I need to use it when it’s darker out. It’s easier to hold than my iPad. I love it so much, I just bought the new Nook “touch” to take to school this coming year. I figure there are different formats for video games, music, and the like–why not books? This may sound like overkill to some–but for me it just works to have variety, since each device is a little different. Keep researching and asking–there’s good and “bad” with each.

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  38. janetatchley wrote on :

    I have a Kindle and absolutely love it. It’s small an light enough to slip into your purse. Plus, there are sites such as Pixels of Ink that you can find lots of free and low price books. You can have hundreds of books at your disposal and there’s no dusting.

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      What if I love to dust!

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    • janetatchley wrote on :

      Well Shelley let me invite you to my house. Bring your dust rags. I live on a farm off a dirt/gravel road so you’d be in hog heaven 🙂

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      I am laughing!

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  39. Delores Kenyon wrote on :

    I love my Kindle. I have had it for 2 years now and carry it everywhere. Make sure you buy a cover for it if you are going to take it places. Very easy to use and there are free books from Amazon that can be loaded onto the KIndle. I have nothing negative to say about it.

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  40. BlessingCounter wrote on :

    My husband had a kindle in the past, but just recently joined me in getting an iPad. I highly recommend the iPad because it does so much more than just provide your ebooks. I always have easy access to email, social media, books, magazines, my planner, the internet, maps, etc. We love it!!

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  41. Patty Smith wrote on :

    I went for the iPad. It was more expensive, but it does everything. I hardly
    Use my computer now, as I can do everything on it. Lovely big screen,
    Magazines, books, I have them all. It is a dream! I especially like to download
    Magazines and used to add lots of weight to my carry on bag. No more!
    I can check email, bank, check in with Facebook, shop…I am never without it!

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  42. Rosemary Forrest wrote on :

    It depends on what you want. I chose my Kindle because I thought the price and clear screen were most important. It’s lightweight and easy to use and works well with Amazon. But – borrowing booking is a trial. It can be done but it takes so much effort I usually don’t bother. My library has lots of epub books that would be instantly readable on the Nook and I’ve had trouble converting them. So, if you don’t mind paying 3xmore and you borrow most of the books you read, the nook might be a better choice.

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  43. Janet Lange wrote on :

    I did not want an eReader because I read so many books and get them through the library. Nevertheless, my daughter got me a Nook for Mother’s Day so that I could take it to the beach and not lug 7 hardbacks. She picked the Nook because you can read eBooks through the library. After talking to the Nook “experts” at the Barnes and Noble store, I upgraded to a Nook color. No one told me that the Nook Color can’t be read in bright sunlight, especially if you wear sunglasses. So my family members all enjoyed reading their Kindles at the beach, while I went out to find…hardback books. That said, I like many things about the Nook Color. If you don’t plan to read at a pool, beach, or even in sunlight on an airplane, you will enjoy the Nook Color. It is easy to use, you CAN get eBooks from a library system, the wireless web browsers is good, and it even has an email program (which you probably don’t need). The Nook also has a Lend Me system by which, in theory, you can share books with other Nook owners. Sadly, everyone I know owns a Kindle.

    If I did not mind spending the money, I would buy an iPad and you can do everything I you need on it…not sure about using it in sunlight. Good luck!

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  44. Maryellen Collins wrote on :

    I love my kindle, but I don’t know much about the nook, except that it has color. As for the ipad, you can get a kindle app and read your kindle books on the ipad. But you cannot read ibooks on a kindle. Hope this helps.

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  45. Jeanne Short wrote on :

    My husband and I just bought the new Kindle 3Gs for both of us. WE love them. The 3G is great because it does not require a computer to download books as it links in much like a cellphone. Amazon pays for the service so there is no additional charge for us for that convenience. We researched heavily before our purchases and are more than pleased!

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  46. Mary Jo Manzanares wrote on :

    Kindle. I’m on my second one and it’s my constant companion. Amazon just announced another price drop on it, too.

    I like the plain paper look, the fact that I can download a book no matter were I am (I just downloaded while in a vineyard in Tuscany), and they have a good selection of free books.

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  47. Phyllis McIntyre wrote on :

    I was recently given a Kindle as a gift and always heard it is a great e-Reader. I have not used it yet since I still had 3 books to read before I started using it, so hopefully it will be easy to handle!

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  48. Kathy Kaminski wrote on :

    I have a Kindle and just love it. A friend has a nook and does not like it and recently bought a Kindle which he is very happy with. A woman I work with bought a basic Kindle and then upgraded to the more expensive model (Kindle) and is very happy with it. She prefers it over the basic Kindle she had. I hope this helps.
    MagandMe

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      So far it seems like the kindle is the way to go.
      Thanks for your help.

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    • Marcia Bacon wrote on :

      I think it depends on what your friends and family have because you can share books thru the same brand etc. I LOVE my nook because it is so easy to use and the quality even at the beach was very easy to read and see in bright light. Barnes and Noble have so many specials and even have a lending library.

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    • Shelley Zausmer wrote on :

      Thanks for another good idea.

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  49. Diantha Roberts wrote on :

    I got my Kindle in October. I did quite a bit of research on it and based on all of the reviews, I decided on the Kindle. Also, my dad had a Kindle that was a couple of years old he still loved it. He is pretty easily technically challenged, so I knew it was user friendly. Recently, however, I have really been impressed by the Nook display at the Barnes and Noble stores. They have such a huge and varied selection! However, if you just want a good e-reader that is reliable and backed by a reliable source, I still recommend the Kindle. It has been so great and the variety of available books is wonderful. I love the “bargain” books available and have discovered some wonderful new authors who I never would have been exposed to if their books had not been either free or .99!

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