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Old 03-27-2012, 07:34 AM   #21
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I have both the Color Nook and the latest e-ink Nook. For me, they each have their place. If I can't fall asleep, I like to read in bed, and the backlit Color Nook works out great for a spouse that is sleeping. The e-ink Nook is lighter, has better battery life and is indeed easier on the eyes for long periods of time in a well it room.

There are other things that you can do with the Color Nook that come in very handy. My grand-kids really like the children's books and activities available on the Color Nook.

I have never used a Kindle.
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DW got a Nook SimpleTouch for Christmas, as she wished. She uses it all the time, including outdoors. She loves it, BUT...the first one we got was DOA when unpackaged. We returned it to a local B&N for a no-hassle replacement, but that was worrisome. No problems since. Myself, I had picked-up an inexpensive tablet by Vizio at BJs last year for $180 that I use all the time, including as an e-reader. It's no Ipad, but it suits my needs for short money.
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I have the Gen 3 kindle, and for fiction it is fine. I hate it for a non-ficiton book that may have charts and tablets. I also do not like the ease of checking other pages, compared to a paper book. I tend to read way more paper books, and also I like the high touch aspect of my library branch, and that is a factor. To many people personal interaction can be a negative.

If I need to buy a book without charts (which is rare) I may buy the Kindle version to save shelf space to conserve space in my small apartment.

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If one were the kind of person to do this, the DRM is more easily removed from the ePub format books than from the kindle books. That is, if you want to download a book from the library and read it at your leisure, a device that can use ePub is an advantage.
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Anyone look at those interactive books, with graphics and maybe video and sound as well?

Of course you need a tablet and Apple is trying to push their interactive textbooks and iTune U(university) stuff.
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If one were the kind of person to do this, the DRM is more easily removed from the ePub format books than from the kindle books. That is, if you want to download a book from the library and read it at your leisure, a device that can use ePub is an advantage.
You could just leave the wireless off once your book is due. The book will remain on your Kindle until you turn the wireless back on.

Usually I remember to finish a library book within the three week period allowed, though.
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If you are in Europe will you still loose a library book when you turn on the WiFi? The Kindle cannot access cloud storage (Amazon) from Europe (as I understand the current state of affairs). But maybe WiFi is another issue?
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But if you don't "return" the eBook in time, does that mean the next person waiting for it can't borrow it?
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But if you don't "return" the eBook in time, does that mean the next person waiting for it can't borrow it?
Go ahead and "return" it on the Amazon website using your computer. Just don't turn your Kindle wireless on. There shouldn't be any problem that way AFAIK. But then, I've only done this once...
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But if you don't "return" the eBook in time, does that mean the next person waiting for it can't borrow it?
When you check a book out you specify the time (7, 14, 21 days). At the expiration of that time (or earlier if you notify the library that it is done) the library frees up the license to that book for another loan. They are not aware that you "still have" the book.
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I can second the Sony hatred. Bought my wife one and while she likes reading on it, it is a royal pain. Freezes, won't update, terrible software, etc.. For what it's worth in fact, avoid EVERYTHING Sony. They are not the company they used to be (and I used to be a big fan).

My ASUS Transformer tablet is really quite good as an e-reader. Added advantage with tablets and apps is you can download any book in any format and read them (not tied into a proprietary software).

Also, my wife installed the new Google Play/Google Books extension onto her Google Chrome browser at work. Now she can read her ebooks right on her desktop monitor at work (lucky she works for me and not some ogre boss... lol) In fact, with Dropbox, she can read the library e-books she downloaded at home here and at home.
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I really like the concept of one device that can work like a regular laptop or a tablet. If my laptop ever dies, that's where I'm going.

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The Transformer Prime is fantastic. Quad core, great screen, ICS software, optional keyboard with amazing extra battery life. Every bit as good as the IPAD, less expensive and much more "freedom" and functionality with Android than IOS. YMMV.
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I am very satisfied with my Kindle 3DX. I like the ability to get samples of most books so I can sample them before buying. Being a cheapskate I still prefer going to the library.
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I'm sorry to hear that. They don't let me near windows, though *grin*.

I use the iPad for everything and am completely happy (recovering computer geek here). I've not found any application I need that can't be done on it. Others may have Windows specific programs they have to have, such as Al.

I have enough gear in the basement to build three desktops, three old laptops (one doesn't evev have CD drive nor USB port) and enough Linux distros to make them viable. They're a waste of time and space anymore, however.
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There's a new Nook with e-ink and a backlight. Now we're talking.

Hands On: Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

"The retailer today unveiled the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, an upgraded version of its existing Nook Simple Touch, which is our current Editors' Choice for touch-based ebook readers. What's interesting is that it wasn't done with an actual backlight, because with E Ink, you can't have one. Instead, the new model contains a small series of LEDs embedded within the frame."
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Really seems like ePub is a more consumer-friendly format.

Yet the Kindle dominates with its proprietary format.
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I like my iPad for reading indoors and my kindle for reading outside.
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I was sitting outside in the direct sun at a coffee shop yesterday (rare event here), and was surprised to find that my iPod touch was easy to read. It wasn't an issue at all.
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