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Old 02-14-2011, 11:25 AM   #15
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I, too, got the Kindle for Christmas---and I LOVE it! I can change the font size for easy reading, and because I like to read in bed, it's so much easier to maneuver than a book. I can lay on my side and "flip the page" with a thumb! I'm so happy Hubby got it for me!!!

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Old 02-17-2011, 08:45 AM   #16
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Hi Gina! I ordered a Nook 3G reconditioned from B&N website for same price as Kindle WiFi. I am living in a 10 x 12 room right now so trying to find a way to get new books without taking up space. I also have the Kindle app on my laptop and Nook app on my iPod touch. Two things to know about this experience:
1. 3G only connects to the store site on Nook so check if that is also true on the Kindle.
2. Library loaned e-books and Google books are in Epub format, not recognized by Kindle. That is why I have decided not to get a Kindle until they change that limitation.
I really liked my Nook (first time I played Sudoku and I found it addictive!) but sent it back. I decided to spend the money on a new laptop and use the Kindle/Nook apps for now. I have been looking at the cruze tablets also because of color and more diversity of formats recognized. So far, the color devices have much shorter power spans, i.e. need recharge sooner.

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Old 02-17-2011, 08:49 AM   #17
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The Kindle 3G has a web browser (slow and clunky, but you are not limited to their store.)

I agree on library books, Kindle won't read them, but as I have an alternative for those I don't mind.

My main argument for Kindle, though, is future support- I would guess the Kindle format will still be read on new Kindles for many years, based on likelihood of Amazon's continued existence and the huge success of the Kindle. I don't want my books to go defunct when the technology changes or a company goes bankrupt.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:46 PM   #18
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We took our Kindles to China last summer. At one point a guide mentioned that if we really wanted to know what the cultural revolution was like we should read a book called "Wild Swans". I was able to download it that night from my hotel room and discuss it with him two days later.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:47 PM   #19
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Gina, I was looking into reader a few weeks back and all the research I found seemed to confirm that if you are wanting just a reader then the Kindle was the hands down fav but if you wanted a pad that does it all, then the IPad was the better way to go.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:25 PM   #20
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nah, don't need a pad. I have 2 laptops and left my "Mobil Device" prison on the table when I left the corporate life.

I ordered the Kindle 3g based on what seems a unanimous vote for it, and I downloaded the free software for my laptops so I can be somewhat familiar when the actual Kindle arrives.

Thanks for all the input!
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:30 PM   #21
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I have a Kindle 3, and my husband has a Nook. Both are great, and we love them. Both of them have + & - of each other. The battery life on the Kindle is so much longer than the Nook. You can download lots of free books from both of their sites. My husband takes his to work in his lunch bucket, and I toss mine in my bag. I take it everywhere with me. I know if you get one, you'll love it. We got ours for Christmas, and I have at least 80 free books on mine. No need to carry books around with you anymore.

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Old 02-19-2011, 02:06 AM   #22
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I got a Kindle for my birthday not quite two years ago. Since then, Lynne bought one for her dad Christmas '09, I gave one to my daughter for her birthday last year, a brother-in-laws bought one for one of Lynne's sisters and I bought another for my other daughter, and Lynne (having only just finally made up her mind not to waight for a tablet computer she likes) plans to buy one really soon (depriving me of one of those golden perfect-gift opportunities). We like the Kindle so much we've actually re-purchased several books we have in our paper collection or have gotten on loan from friends so we can read them on the Kindle.

* When you hear about a nifty book from PBS/NPR/NYT/???, you can usually download a free sample, then save it until you're looking for a new book to read. I rarely buy a book these days without downloading the freebie. As a result, I'm reading more books I absolutely love and wasting less time and money on books I wish I hadn't wasted my time and money on.
* When I come across a word I don't know on my Kindle, I just highlight the word and click. There are all sorts of cheap, useful reference tools you can buy and have at your fingertips, from the CIA World Factbook to Bartlet's Quotations.
* If you like classic literature, like Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, A Christmas Story, you can get them for free or really cheap (because the $1-$2 pay versions are often formatted better for Kindle reading).
* The Kindle opens to whatever book and page you were reading when you last set it down.
* You're not tied to just the Kindle. Lynne moves her reading back and forth between her computer, Android phone, and my Kindle. When she picks up her reading on a new device, she simply syncs the Kindle and it brings her to the page she was last reading.
* Big, thick, heavy books are not big, thick, or heavy when you read them on a Kindle.
* You can haul your whole library with you without taking up the space or weight.
* Once you're done reading a book, you can delete it from your Kindle and Amazon will remember you bought it and allow you to re-load your copy for free.

So, we love them. But what are the disadvantages?
* I have never had a paperback tell me it's batteries are low and I need to charge it before I can read it.
* If you're the kind of person who reads a book once and never looks at it again, used book stores are cheaper. (Otherwise, see what I had to say about being able to take your entire library with you.)
* You can not loan a Kindle book to a friend who also has a Kindle. (Though you can get together with several friends or family members and register your Kindle to a common account so you can all share the books you buy.)
* Some pictures and illustrations do not work well on the Kindle.
* It is harder to flip back through the pages you've read, looking for a passage that suddenly seems pertinent during a plot twist. (I find I do this sometimes when I'm reading a mystery/thriller.)
* You can annotate passages in the margins, but the annotation tool is very limited. If you like to write annotations in the margins of your books, the Kindle may not work well for you.
* You can buy a book in a bookstore fairly anonymously. When you buy an e-book, not only is that purchase is registered in the library list the vendor keeps for you, your reading habits for each book are tracked. (Which is how the Kindle knows where you are in a book as you move from device to device.) Amazon's computers not only know what you've bought, they also know what you're reading and when you're reading it.
* If you're the paranoid type and have the 3G Kindle, AT&T can track your movements the same way they can track a cell phone.
* And, lastly, when you buy a Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, or Apple iPad, you tie your book buying habits and fortunes to one particular vendor who may or may not sell the book you want to read, and may go out of business or be sold or change policies.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:05 PM   #23
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The Kindle Rocks!

The 3G Kindle is definitely the way to go. It looks like you already decided to order one. You will love it. The battery life is phenomenal, and it's very easy to read outside. We both have Kindles and are heavy readers so we absolutely love them for camping. Amazon also has a better selection of books and magazines. If you're only into best sellers, any of the main ebook reader/bookstores will work, but if you have broader interests, Amazon is definitely the way to go.

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