Discussion Forums - Historical Fiction

Topic: Kindle or Nook -- Please advise

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
Page:   Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Kindle or Nook -- Please advise
Date Posted: 11/5/2012 1:04 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2005
Posts: 2,390
Back To Top

I am thinking that I will ask for an ereader for Christmas from my children.  But what kind??  My brother has a Nook and he likes it, but I've always been partial to Amazon for all things in the books/reading category.  If you currently have a Nook, have you ever thought that if you had it do over again, you would have gotten a Kindle?? or vice versa??  And which ever kind you have, do you have advice re. features or types, etc.??  I think the ONE thing I'm sure about is to have a lighted background so I can read in the dark.  Other than that I'm pretty clueless, and one needs to keep in mind that I'm a bit technologically challenged, so ease of use is a big factor.  Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Linda

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 3:23 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
Posts: 1,976
Back To Top

I have a kindle and if I had to it over again I would not buy one at all.  I do not like reading on it.  I have yet to read a whole book on it.

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 4:35 PM ET
Member Since: 10/4/2009
Posts: 80
Back To Top

i have a Kindle and i have really enjoyed it! when i was in the hospital it was great and when i take my wife shopping i stay in the car and read and  it's so lite not like a heavy book and i've read alot of books on it. 

i would get one with a  lighted background so you can read at nite but i know they have new ones  that get netflixs and all the internet 

and the kindle is still the best one i feel because you have Amazon support and they have millions and millions of books

 

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 5:24 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2009
Posts: 9,174
Back To Top

I have both and I have to say I prefer the Kindle.  I have a prime membership and it really is nice to get the freebies and access to the Kindle lending library.  I have purchased nothing new on my Nook since getting the Kindle.  I got the basic one when I upgrade in a year or two I will get one that has audio capability.

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 5:27 PM ET
Member Since: 3/27/2010
Posts: 2,138
Back To Top

I have a Nook and love it so much! I would definitely choose Nook over Kindle again if I did it all over, but I'm partial to Barnes & Noble and being able to go into the store for help/support/etc. I also love that it has an SD card slot so I can add more memory/storage if needed. Everything else that was a major sway factor for me I think the Kindle now has: LendMe books, library lending support, multiple formats supported. But the new GloLight Nook is pretty darn slick with the built-in light. I have the regular Simple Touch and drool over the GloLight version, hehe. I know the Tablet versions of the Kindle and Nook have lights, but they're not e-ink, which you would probably want for extended reading since it's easier on the eyes.

My friend has a Kindle and loves it, no complaints. I just knew from the get-go that Nook was for me and I think I'm going to ask Santa for the new Nook HD+ for Christmas. EEK, so excited!! :)

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 5:46 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2005
Posts: 2,390
Back To Top

Thanks so much for the responses - please continue to weigh in.  I'm still undecided.  

Linda



Last Edited on: 11/5/12 10:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/5/2012 6:15 PM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
Posts: 4,035
Back To Top

I have the Kindle, and I had never planned on getting an ereader, but then I had a nice fat Amazon GC after participating as a reviewer in the Breakthrough Novel Awards contest and I went ahead and got what was then the latest model. It is sooooooooooooooooooo easy on the eyes because of the e-ink technology, but I hear that the Kindle Fires have more glare - but don't quote me. You will get more freebies with a Kindle than the Nook, and that's something to do with Ammy's Kindle Direct Publishing program. If authors start opting out of that, the Amazon only freebies may diminish a bit.

I'm also a big library user, and if there's an e-version available I'll take that over the dead tree. The plus is getting a library book at any time of the day or night with a couple of clicks, as long as no one is waiting ahead. I don't know how the nook works with library lending.

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 6:38 PM ET
Member Since: 9/21/2009
Posts: 1,170
Back To Top

I won a Kindle thru a contest on the survey site that I use; had a Kobo before that and hated it.  Love, love, love my Kindle.  Super easy to use and there's lots of freebies.  In the event of full disclosure-I'm not a B&N fan and that probably has influenced my lack of Nook knowledge a bit. 

Jan

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 4:26 AM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 929
Back To Top

I have the Kindle Fire and no regrets.  It has wireless Internet access and can support audible books and all kinds of "Apps". I purchased a very inexpensive little speaker which I attach when I want to listen to a book while doing chores around the house. I have a free subscription to USA Today and The Weather Channel and a paid subscription to British History magazine.  I regularly download library books (very easy) as well as lots of free and low cost Amazon e-books.  It has a backlit screen which can produce some glare. You can adjust the brightness as well as change the background color - I read very comfortably with it.  I don't use it exclusively for all my reading but use it daily.  It's a great alternative, especially, for those large, too-heavy-to-hold tomes or those paper backs with teensy weensy print.  It's very easy to manage my Kindle account on my laptop.  Ofcourse, the backlit screen is not viewable in bright daylight, but wonderful for reading in bed at night without disturbing my hubby.  I bought my son the original Nook Color, which he loves.  I think the features are very similar, however, atleast the version he has, is larger and heavier than the Fire.  I love my Fire.

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 8:10 AM ET
Member Since: 5/19/2007
Posts: 4,709
Back To Top

We are a Kindle family (we have five, between the girls and me) and love them all!  I sold a good friend of mine on e-readers back about 3 years ago.  She purchased a Nook, in spite of my rigorous sales pitch.  We were roommates at our library conference a few weeks ago, and she told me she wishes now that she had purchased a Kindle.  Her reasons were:  there seem to be more freebies with Kindles, and a better selection.  When borrowing library e-books, the Kindle is far and away easier to use.  I know, because I have to help people load books on their various readers all the time, and the Nook makes my entire staff cringe when it walks through the door!  

Amazon has great customer service, and I've had nothing but good experiences with them.  

My DD has a Kindle Fire, and one of the older 2nd generation Kindles.  She likes her Fire, but does hate the fact that you can't see it outdoors.  She uses her old Kindle for that.  We all love the ease of carrying about hundreds of books with you.  No need to worry about what to do if you finish your book...your next book is right there with you!  

I truly think that whatever you get, Kindle or Nook, you will love it.  It's a matter of what you get used to.  But, for ease of borrowing library books, and for a better selection of discounted and freebie books, you may want a Kindle.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 9:46 AM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 929
Back To Top

PS: The new Kindle Paperwhite looks really nice if you are just looking for a dedicated e-reader - the best of both worlds as far as reading at night or in bright light.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 10:02 AM ET
Member Since: 8/29/2008
Posts: 267
Back To Top

I have had my Kindle for a year or so and I love it. I went with Kindle because I was already an Amazon customer and had always been happy with them. I also do Swagbucks and get an Amazon gift card from them every month or so. I love all the freebies and cheepies. I love being able to take a whole library with me on a trip. I have the keyboard model with the 3G. If I was buying one now, I would get the one with the light you can turn off and on. I would like to get a Fire eventually, but would use it as a tablet not so much as a reader.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 10:09 AM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
Posts: 4,177
Back To Top

I've got the basic Kindle with a lighted cover.  Love it; fits all my needs and more books on it than I will probably ever read.

-RD

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 12:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 1,588
Back To Top

I got the NookTouch a year ago--love it.

As far as the reading experience itself, there's probably not a whole lot of difference at this point.  The biggest differences will be 1) Amazon vs a real brick and morter store, and 2) the different e-book formats the two use.  It was the e-book format that tipped the scale for me.  Amazon uses it's own proprietary format, while B&N uses the universal e-pub format--DRM'd, yes, but one day not too many years hence, DRM will go by the wayside.  And that will leave us with two major formats: epub and Amazon's.  Most likely, shortly thereafter, Amazon will offer all its selections in either format, it may make no difference, except perhaps for a few months or something, during a transition.  But regardless, I wanted the universal e-pub because I suspect that's where (most) everything will ultimately end up. 

I have to say, though, that if Amazon dropped literally ALL DRM tomorrow and offered all selections in ordinary e-pub, it would KILL B&N.  Amazon is so much easier to search and find things you might be interested.  So I use Amazon to search, and the buy over at B&N, 99% of the time. (The other 1% is something B&N doesn't have, and I DO have Kindle for PC, I just hate using it.)  I figure that's a little simpler and easier than buying at Amazon, stripping the DRM and converting to e-pub, for my Nook.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 2:04 PM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
Posts: 4,035
Back To Top

One thing, if you are leaning towards Kindle, go ahead and download the free PC app now. Might as well start snapping up the freebies. It's a breeze to transfer to the device when you are ready for it.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 2:16 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2008
Posts: 10,211
Back To Top

My DH did a LOT of research before getting me an e-reader and he decided that Kindle was the best. It will be 2 years ago at Christmas that I got my Kindle (which is now called the Kindle keyboard). It has 3G and WiFi so I can download books and audio books without hooking up to my PC - in a flash! I LOVE it and if I were to do it again I would probably get the same thing (although DH is hinting at getting me an i-Pad for Christmas this year). I think some improvements need to be made to the Kindle Fire - like being able to read it outside and also a friend of mine whose hands are always cold, couldn't get the touch screen to work for her. I think they need to add the buttons as well - JIC!

Now, I have to ask Donna where did you get that speaker? I want something to boost the volune when listening to audio books - especially if I want to listen to them in the car. I think that's part of the reason that DH is thinking of an i-pad, so I can connect to the car speakers (or something like that).

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 2:22 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 929
Back To Top

Jeanne, I got the speaker at Radio Shack.  It's a small square speaker with a universal port (not made specifically for Kindle) and cost about $14.00.  Just make sure there is a volume control on the speaker you purchase.  Works great!

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 3:26 PM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2005
Posts: 2,851
Back To Top

I love my Kindle. I use it more and more and read paper books less and less. Being able to carry a library around with me, or being able to download a book on the spur of the moment, really wins the day.

I never tried the Nook, but I'm happy with the Kindle. I can even buy Kindle-compatible books at other e-sites, so I don't have to rely only on AZN. Plus, the library loans Kindle books.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 4:52 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
Posts: 3,090
Back To Top

I have a Kindle Fire because a PBS pal had a coupon to get one for $99 and she already had one.  It has books on it and it is easy to download them even for "non technical" me.  However, I find that I read more on my laptop than on the "Fire".  The nice thing is you can have the books on either device.  I did not even know that I could not read my "Fire" in the sunshine --- I have not tried.  Somehow the "Fire" just seems heavy to me, so I tend to sit in my recliner with my laptop in my lap and read away.  I will try using the "Fire" tonight and do another comparison.

Our older daughter works at B&N in Colorado Springs, so she is a die hard Nook fan, but both our younger daughter and I have Kindles.  Admittedly, I am so inexperienced with the thing my opinion is of VERY LITTLE merit.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 5:19 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2005
Posts: 2,390
Back To Top

 

What a great discussion! On behalf of Linda ... thank you all so much for your comments, advice and opinions!

Mom is - at this point - leaning Kindle; primarily because (like Jill H) she knows & is comfortable with Amazon. Cathy, is there a link for the PC App - or can you direct me to it? Mom is coming to visit this week-end & I can get that set up on her PC.

The point about Barnes & Noble being a brick & mortar store where one can go & actually grab hold of a person is very valid; however, Mom is two hours in any direction from a B&N store - so most of her use will be online regardless.

Mom has a laptop, a basic cellphone & an I-pod. That's the extent of her technology (extent of mine, too, for that matter). I'm wondering now what kind of Kindle would be the best for her. There are four of us children to spread the cost, so we don't have to be too mindful of economies. 

I'm intrigued by Jeanne's comments about the Kindle Keyboard; how does it compare to the Fire?

Or is the Kindle Fire not something she would need or even want? (Her primary goal is to be able to download and read books - any other bells and whistles or capabilities would be sheer bonus.

And, Becky ... your opinion has a lot of merit!

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 5:43 PM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
Posts: 4,035
Back To Top

@ Kelly, this should be the link to download the app. There are also free apps for cell phones, pads, etc. if you are using any of those devices. What's really cool is the apps will remember where you let off, say if I read a bit on the PC app at work, and then pick up the kindle at home as long as the wireless is on it will know where you left off and ask you if you want to go to that page. Slick.

Most of my free downloads go to the PC app, so I don't muck up storage space on the device.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 5:44 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2008
Posts: 10,211
Back To Top

Thanks Donna! I will check out that speaker!

Kelly - the Kindle Keyboard is your normal kindle= no color; no touch screen but it does have the 3G and WiFi which are features that I could not live without! I've heard many people say that they use the Fire mostly for watching movies, etc. There is a discussion forum on Amazon - if you click the Kindle store you will see a number of topics toward the top and one of them is Kindle discussions. Check the topics or put your question in "search", You will get LOTS of info on whatever issue you are exploring!

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 8:36 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 1,588
Back To Top

The Kindle Fire is basically a stripped down tablet.  It's great for other media like magazines, movies, newspapers, or enhanced books that have links and pull in other "stuff". If you would be thinking about e-book textbooks, I suspect those would be better on a tablet (Kindle Fire, Nook Color, whatever) as well. 

But if you are thinking mostly just reading books, then it will depend on whether you are fine with hours of reading on a backlit screen, like a computer.  Some people are just fine with that, and that gives them all the other media options, too.  But I can't.  I get headaches SO fast.  I already look at a computer screen all day at work, and looking at it non-stop reading -- can't do it. So I knew from the beginning that I was going to be e-ink, just a matter of Kindle vs Nook.

Date Posted: 11/6/2012 10:33 PM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2006
Posts: 929
Back To Top

I have a Kindle Fire, a basic Kindle (the one that was $79 last year) and a Sony reader.  The Sony I have is the very basic model, maybe the first one they made, and I love it.  Of course it is very out-dated at this point, doesn't even have a dictionary. I also love my Fire but I don't really use it to read because of the back-lighting issue. I do use it lots for things like checking email and facebook when I'm at work. (lunch break of course blush) I play games on it, watch youtube, listen to audio books, and I always use it to download the free Kindle books.  They automatically sync to my Kindle reader.  I have to admit that I haven't even read anything on the basic Kindle yet. I was able to get it free through a deal and just couldn't pass it up. I have played around with it some and really like what I see so far. The bottom line for me is that I like reading on the eInk devices because my eyes are just too old to look at a computer screen all day at work then read on one at night.

All that rambling probably isn't much help but I did want to post this web site.  http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/category/ebook-readers/    This is a fantastic site with tons of information on every ereader and tablet imaginable.  He has a comparison table and lots of video comparisons that I find very helpful.  Just don't get too bogged down in all the information.  You know the main choices you are considering are Kindle and Nook.  Stick to the info about those two and it will cut down on confusion.  Good luck!  And just go with the one that you feel most comfortable with.  Think about the features that are most important to you-don't let the bells and whistles draw you in if you don't think you will use them.

 



Last Edited on: 11/6/12 11:00 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/7/2012 12:15 AM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2005
Posts: 2,390
Back To Top

Such great advice & help! You all are THE best! 

The comments about the e-ink are particularly appropro for Mom ... I think the backlit ereaders would get very old, very quick. I need to do some more research, but I'm starting to see a real way forward on this complex issue! 

THANKS!

Kelly

Page: