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Subject: B & N Nook E-Reader
Date Posted: 1/28/2010 2:06 PM ET
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Has anyone here purchased the Barnes & Noble E-reader Nook?  It is apparently their version of a Kindle.  It seems to have two advantages over the Kindle.  The first is the books are much cheaper and the second is that you can loan your "book" to a friend, something you can't do with the Kindle. 

I would love to have an e-reader for the ability to read any book in large type.  But the $9.99 price for Kindle books is a deal killer for me, especially since you can't share or sell your Kindle e-book.

So, if you have a Nook or know someone who does and can share your opinion, please post it here.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 2:13 PM ET
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I don't have one, but here is a link to some recent threads in CMT about the Nook: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/search.php?q=nook&s_type=s&fid=0&action=search

I do know that books can only be shared once (I believe for a 14 day period?).

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 2:13 PM ET
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You'll probably get a lot more answers over in Club Member Thoughts Kate. Must less traffic in the Questions About Paperback forum.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 2:36 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/28/2010 2:50 PM ET
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You'll probably get a lot more answers over in Club Member Thoughts Kate. Must less traffic in the Questions About Paperback forum.

Melanie is right. This really isn't the forum for Ebook questions, since PBS doesn't deal in them. This is for questions about PBS.

Actually, in my experience, Kindle books are MUCH cheaper than B&N ebooks. And the lending feature has several restrictions: one-time only lending, to one person, for a period of 14 days, AND only if the publisher allows it.

You can get a lot of books for both the Kindle and other readers at various ebook sites. Don't limit yourself to one ebook store! Shop around for the price and the format you want, and you might really be surprised at the difference in price for the same book in the same format.

And I wouldn't get a Nooke based on the lending feature either. It's not only limited in number of loans, and time, but that's only for certain books. Not everything you get can be loaned.

With the Kindle, you can add up to 6 devices to one account. So if your friend has a Kindle (or the Kindle for PC software, which is free to download), you can add them and they can have access to your books.

From what I remember, the catch with this is that they all must be on the same account, and use the same credit card for purchases. Not something you'd want to share even with good friends these days.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 3:16 PM ET
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A good place to get information about e-readers is The MobileRead Forums

I have a Sony Reader and I love it--and one GREAT thing about is I can download books from my library for free!  The books expire in twenty one days, and the library only has only a limited number of licensed copies, so sometimes there's a waiting list (kind of like the wish list at PBS).  Not all libraries offer downloadable e-books.  And some only offer downloadable audio books--so if you're interested in this, make sure you check your library out first!

I do know that the Kindle will not work with the downloadable library books, but I think the Nook might (not sure though).

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 11:43 PM ET
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I tried a Nook at B&N and I wasn't impressed with it.  From the time I spent touchy-feelying it, I felt that B&N was trying their damndest to keep me in their store and away from a free text so that I could view how the text was and paging while reading.

So I waffled between a Sony eReader and  Kindle.  I played with Sony's and it was nice.  But I couldn't decide.  DH decided for me and bought me a Kindle.  I've put a bunch of free books on it and even a PDF I needed to review but didn't want to print or sit in front of my computer to read.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 12:58 PM ET
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I have a Sony Reader and I love it--and one GREAT thing about is I can download books from my library for free!

I was going to ask about the Sony reader, so thanks for your comment.  I think this is the way for me to go because my library has a fabulous selection of e-books.  The only problem is that there is usually quite a wait to get access to the books.  I guess they only own a copy or two of the e-book and can't give it to another patron until the book times out on the reader.  This is too bad because I ususally read a book in a day.  I hate the thought of holding up an e-book for 20 days after I'm done with it!

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Date Posted: 1/29/2010 1:57 PM ET
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http://inkmesh.com/blog/2009/11/30/amazon-barnes-and-noble-sony-ebook-pricing/

this was an interesting article released shortly before the nook came out about ebook pricing. Of course you don't have to buy the book from the bookstore tied to your e-reader, but it is automatic delivery over whispernet for the kindle when you buy from amazon.  I think the nook would have the same type of delivery for books bought from the nook.  I do think you have to be careful about what format the book is in and what formats your reader will accept.  amazon will convert files with out DRM protection for you and email it to you (they charge a small fee if you want it delivered by whispernet).  One friend is really liking the text to speech feature on the kindle (my kindle1 does not have that). 

they also have a e-book price checker.  http://inkmesh.com/  I don't think it finds every price available out there, but you can get a general idea about where a book you are interested in is available and the prices.

I really wanted the wireless delivery of books, so I went with kindle.  It was before the nook came out, but even now I think I would go with kindle, because nook is too new.  I am a little concerned that if I get a different reader, I wont be able to transfer kindle books to it, but I figured I mostly dont want to reread them anyway and I can probably stick with my kindle a long time.  I have seen several post about people raving about kindle customer service, seems easy to get answers when you call in.  I have always been satisfied with amazon for my books and product orders so I thought amazon was a good bet.

 

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 2:01 PM ET
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I hate the thought of holding up an e-book for 20 days after I'm done with it!


Kate--If you're checking out "ePub" or "PDF" ebooks (the types that work on the Sony)  from your library's website you can return them earlier if you want.  But they automatically expire in 21 days.  I believe most libraries now also allow you to change the times the books will automatically expire to 7 or 14 days also (the ones I belong to do).

Subject: I have a Nook
Date Posted: 1/29/2010 5:28 PM ET
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I have a Nook ebook reader - I haven't used it very much as I would like and am a little timid about the pricing on some of the books.

One advantage is that you can loan books back and forth (not all books though). I would be very interested in meeting other people here who also have Nook and would like to loan back and forth - I think the only thing you need is the other person's email address, but am not sure. Anyone out there have any experience with this?

Regular books will never go away for me - have tons

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 7:59 PM ET
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One advantage is that you can loan books back and forth (not all books though). I would be very interested in meeting other people here who also have Nook and would like to loan back and forth

It's my understanding that you can only loan a book once and that it will be for only 14 days.  So that won't get the "back and forth" you want.

If I buy an E-Reader, I'm going for the Sony.  My Library has subscribed to Library 2 Go, which is an Oregon Digital Library Consortium.  It will be going live soon and that's going to open up a whole new world of e-books for me.

Gawd I love living in Oregon.  This is the most progressive state in the union right now.

 

 

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 12:55 PM ET
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i honestly think youll get better responses at this forum..

 

www.mobilread.com/forums

 

im a member, but dont have either thge kindal or the nook.