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Can you help me choose an e-reader?

Asked by hug_of_war (10720points) December 22nd, 2010

One of my christmas gifts is an e-reader and I am having a hard time choosing.

Price is an issue. I am deciding between the kindle ($140), literati/barnes&noble ($80 – on sale), and the libre/borders ($100). Is the kindle worth the added expense? I know the kindle holds more but the other 2 come pre-loaded with 100–150 books which is convenient, since I am lazy.

Does anyone have experience with this?

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Fairylover78's avatar

Hmmm, I have the Sony Reader Pocket edition (this one ) Going for $124.00 I’ve had it over a year and I LOVE it! It doesn’t come with books preloaded, but there are lots available for free on their store and a ton of classics available from google that you can add as well. The prices are good for other books as well. It’s like an itunes library you download and it’s easy to install. I have over 140 books on mine and room for probably 300 or 400 more. The battery life is excellent and it’s easy to read on. The only thing is that it’s not backlit, but they do sell lights that can clamp onto them and I’ve never had a problem with that, it’s just like reading a book, just don’t have to turn the page! I know this doesn’t address the 2 you had in mind, but it is an excellent alternative! Good luck, hope this helps!

Vortico's avatar

The Nook (B&W version) and Kindle 3 are very similar e-readers, so you can’t go wrong with either of those. I’ve owned the Kindle 3 for a couple months, and the only thing that bugs me is the screen size. In my opinion, the 6” screen screen is the only feature getting in the way of the “real book experience.”

J0E's avatar

There are A LOT of shitty tablets/e-readers out there. I wouldn’t even consider anything other than a Nook or a Kindle.

Daethian's avatar

The Android based e-reader by pandigital is a tablet/e-reader that only works on wi-fi. No contract needed for web access. Comes with 100 books from Borders.

If I didn’t have Kindle on my Droid, this is the type of e-reader I would buy.

janbb's avatar

I’ve read great things aobut the Nook Color lately.

downtide's avatar

I have a Kindle and I love it. I decided it wasn’t worth the extra expense of getting the 3G version, when I can easily upload stuff via wifi or at home. You can even email your own documents to it, like .doc files, .pdfs, ebooks in other formats (if they’re not security-protected), and so on. It also fits neatly into the inside pocket of my coat.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I would go with Kindle because of the size of their bookstore.

williamlweaver's avatar

It is a bit pricey, but the Nook Color I purchased for my wife just arrived and it is nice! The Color and Back-lit screen were the selling points. My wife most often reads in the car during trips or in bed after the kids are down. A wifi Kindle at $140 + the $60 Book Light accessory brings the combo to $200 and the Nook Color is at $249. Well worth the cost!

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