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Subject: Advice on Kindle V. Sony in my particular case
Date Posted: 7/4/2010 8:13 PM ET
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Ok, I've read a ton about this and I'm still seriously torn.  I'm getting an e-reader for my b-day, and I'd like advice from experienced users here.

Here's my situation.

I know I need e-ink, because i've tried reading on my ipod touch and I get eye fatigue, so it's e-ink for me.

I'm not a techie, so the ease of the Kindle access to 3G downloading is a plus.  However, i do have a reasonably techie DH who I can probably get to help me at least initially, and I'm not really away from computer access very often (like i don't travel a lot).

I do read fast though, so I'll go through titles quickly.

My local library offers e-title borrowing which I would like to use, because there's a lot out there I would enjoy reading, for free.  That pushes me toward Sony.

I'll still do a lot of trading on new releases off my PBS WL I'm thinking. 

I don't see myself needing access to newspapers or magazines.

I might find it useful to upload pdf files of knitting files if I can do it.

I'm worried about the cost of books for my e-reader.

Any ideas where that should be pushing me Kindle vs. Sony?

Thanks for your help.

Date Posted: 7/4/2010 9:16 PM ET
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I have a Sony pocket edition.  I decided to purchase that one because I could try it out in the store (Target although I think they have Kindles there now to try out also).  I dislike buying electronics I can't hold in my hand and play with first.  Also, I decided I didn't need to be able to download books right from the device itself.  I thought that would be too tempting for me.  Also, I have a backup of my ebooks on my computer since I download books to there first and then transfer them to the device to read.

I do like that I can read multiple formats on my Sony.  The Kindle is a more proprietary format, there is an option to email files and have them converted into the Kindle format and emailed back to you but I do think there is a slight cost for that.

I don't think you can do the library thing with a Kindle but it'd work with a Sony. 

Look up some titles you're interested in or at least browse the Kindle selection on Amazon and look at prices.  Then, look at other ebooks sites and see what the prices are like for what you're interested in.

Whichever you go with, I recommend downloading Calibre, which is a free program, to manage your ebooks.  I use that and it's super-easy to use and send the books to my Sony.

Have you checked out the forums over on mobilereads.com?  Lots of great advice there, I lurked a lot there when I was looking at ereaders.

Date Posted: 7/4/2010 10:29 PM ET
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I chose the Sony because I could load multiple formats from multiple sites.  I also adamantly DON'T want to download books directly to the reader for a couple of reasons. 

The first is that I have poor impulse control when it comes to buying books.  With the extra step I have to take in downloading, it puts a bit of a pause in there.  Not that it's onerous to download onto a Sony.  I just have to go home from the store to do it, rather than stand in front of a store book display and download one after another until my credit card maxes out.

The second reason is because I don't particularly trust Amazon after they deleted my "downloadable forever" e-books in the prior-to-Kindle formats - and refused to reimburse me or send me a hard copy.  I'm much more comfortable storing my books on my computer, my  SD card, my backup drive, and my reader.  I doubt that they'll do that with Kindle books, but I'm fairly certain that some download charges will start being applied once Kindle sales slow down.  No secret knowledge, just my opinion.

Date Posted: 7/4/2010 10:32 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/5/2010 7:46 AM ET
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I got a kindle because I really wanted the wireless download and I like it alot. It is so easy. The nook was not available when I got mine.  My library system doesnt have ebook lending, so that was not an issue.  I am not sure if I would have chosen the nook if it had been available.  I like amazon and they are on version 2.5 of thier software, and nook is brand new software.  I like that amazon is further along.  I also got a refurbished model, so it was lower priced.

The kindle now supports pdf format as well as the kindle format.  When you email other formats to amazon to convert (cant have drm) they should only charge your about 15 cents if you want to wirelessly download, if you load from your computer there shouldnt be a charge.

The kindle is available for downloading  internationally if you get that version.  i think the kindle is the only one with this, but it is probably not important to most people.

If the library thing is most important that would eliminate the kindle.

http://www.inkmesh.com/

this website gives prices for the book you search on many different sites, also states what formats are available.

with the agency pricing model, I would expect most to have about the same price for the major publishers.  Before this amazon used to usually have the lowest price.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 9:31 AM ET
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Have you looked at the new Nook which can do the library downloading and also has the 3G and can do multiple formats?

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 9:50 AM ET
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I think if I was buying one today, I would buy the Nook wi-fi for $149. It looks fantastic, and I like that you can lend ebooks via it.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 12:37 PM ET
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This is all great info- thanks guys.  I didn't realize the Nook could do e-library books.  That puts a different swing on things so I should at least look into it more.  I'm trying to relax about it a little bit, because with the prices coming down I don't feel like I have to have committed forever to one.  (Though I guess I can't reaccess books from Kindle if I switched out.) 

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 10:30 PM ET
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Went and looked at the Nook wifi and was ready to pull the trigger.   Then DH mentions to me that I should check his company "merchandise points" type site- he's in sales and gets these points from time to time to spend on stuff.

Bingo!  I was able to get the Sony Daily Edition for nothing out of pocket!  It's got the 3G.  I had forgotten that since I wasn't even looking at it since it's $300.  The nice part is it also comes with a case, and a wall charger. 

Gotta love free!  But I do like the way I could go down the street and talk directly to someone from B&N.  But I can buy a lot of e-books for the money I'm not spending on the hardware!

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 10:39 PM ET
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Very cool!  The Daily Edition looks very nice.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 10:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/6/2010 7:50 AM ET
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wow....free is the way to go!

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 8:27 AM ET
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I think if I was buying one today, I would buy the Nook wi-fi for $149. It looks fantastic, and I like that you can lend ebooks via it.

You can lend an ebook 1 time to another Nook user but its only good for 2 weeks.  That's the only drawback.   BUT, I absolutely love my nook.  Best purchase I ever made.