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notthesum posted 12/7/2010 11:02 AM

Does anyone have one? After a few months of researching, I've narrowed it down to either a Nook 3G or the Sony e-reader.

I really want one that has continual download capability and love the fact that I can highlight and take notes on the e-reader, as well as being touchscreen. Kindle is out for me because you are locked in to only getting books from Amazon. From what I understand, both Nook and the Sony have open formats so I can buy books from anywhere.

Does anyone have one, or know someone that does? I'm looking for any little quirky things or something that I won't read about online.

bunchacrap posted 12/7/2010 14:27 PM

I have one. The prs 600 touch screen. I love it. Works flawlessly on every format I have converted over to it (except pdf books).

The touch screen is not super responsive, but not noticable enough to cause a problem for me. And the way the screen and "ink" are set up makes it very easy on the eyes.

[This message edited by bunchacrap at 2:28 PM, December 7th (Tuesday)]

hurtbs posted 12/7/2010 17:15 PM

See, the 'open format' is appealing until you realize that you have to buy 'open format' books - which are currently limited and expensive.

I would go with Nook (of the two) because you have the B&N store behind it.

BTWs - they'll *all* go open format once Google opens their eReader store in a few months. Amazon already lets you 'lend' to other Kindle users.

3boysmom posted 12/8/2010 07:32 AM

I have a Sony, but it's the Pocket edition. I have a TON of books I've downloaded. There are tons of free books available, or super cheap books, plus library books are able to be downloaded to Sony readers. I really LOVE my ereader. You can NOT use the Barnes and Nobles store for books for the Sony though.

Belgrade posted 12/8/2010 11:38 AM

Did any of you feel like an e-reader wouldn't work because you like the feel of a book in your hands?

I read pdf files off my computer screen at work all day long for technical specifications. In many cases I end up printing them out because I struggle to read them on screen.

Am I alone in this?

What made me consider getting one was seeing a book I want listed for $0.99 in Kindle format vs. $10.99 for the paperback.

hill posted 12/8/2010 12:06 PM

Did any of you feel like an e-reader wouldn't work because you like the feel of a book in your hands?
I read pdf files off my computer screen at work all day long for technical specifications. In many cases I end up printing them out because I struggle to read them on screen.

Am I alone in this?

What made me consider getting one was seeing a book I want listed for $0.99 in Kindle format vs. $10.99 for the paperback.

This is why I bought a Kindle. The ink technology is much easier to read than a backlit screen, IMO. It is much more like a book. I bought the cover with the light, so I can still read in the dark.

[This message edited by hill at 12:07 PM, December 8th (Wednesday)]

GabyBaby posted 12/8/2010 17:42 PM

Kindle is out for me because you are locked in to only getting books from Amazon.

This is the reason that I bought my Nook (which I love).

However, in the 5 months or so since I bought my Nook, I've discovered Calibre e-book management software.
Here's the content of an SI post that wrote a month or so ago:

I've recently started using a really cool (FREE) software called Calibre.
The website is:
http://calibre-ebook.com/
It helps to manage my personal ebook library, can automatically convert ebook files to one that is supported by my reader (for free), and can download news files etc as well.

There are a number of other features, but the ones that caught my attention are listed above.

The current list of fully supported ereaders include:
B&N Nook, Amazon Kindle line, the SONY PRS line, Cybook Gen 3/Opus, Entourage Edge, Longshine ShineBook, Ectaco Jetbook, BeBook/BeBook Mini, Irex Illiad/DR1000, Foxit eSlick, PocketBook 360, Italica, eClicto, Iriver Story, Airis dBook, Hanvon N515, Binatone Readme, Teclast K3, SpringDesign Alex, Kobo Reader, various Android phones and the iPhone/iPad.

If your reader wasnt listed, you may still be in luck because by using the "Save to disk" function, you can probably the export data by using your ereader as a USB drive.

So far I am really impressed with the software and thought I'd pass along the info to my fellow SIers!


Hope that helps!
FWIW, I bought my daughter a Kindle for Christmas. Its lighter than the Nook and has a physical keyboard. She surfs the net on her Nintendo DS, so the keyboard was a huge plus for her.

Being able to use Calibre helped her swing toward the Kindle instead of the Nook.

However...I remain a Nook fan, keyboard notwithstanding, lol.

3boysmom posted 12/9/2010 21:18 PM

Did any of you feel like an e-reader wouldn't work because you like the feel of a book in your hands?

I read pdf files off my computer screen at work all day long for technical specifications. In many cases I end up printing them out because I struggle to read them on screen.

Am I alone in this?

What made me consider getting one was seeing a book I want listed for $0.99 in Kindle format vs. $10.99 for the paperback.

Reading from an e-ink ereader is MUCH different then reading on a computer screen. I did NOT think I would like an e-reader because I have been reading books for years, I didn't think I would like the feel, or the look of it. I was soooo wrong! I LOVE my Sony Reader and I want ALL books I read to be on it now. It really is easy on the eyes. My reader has three different font sizes which makes it super easy to read in different situations AND I don't need my reading glasses if I use the largest font! It really is quite wonderful. And NOTHING like a computer at all.

Oh, and, I bought a cover for mine...my reader stays in it all the time, so I still hold it like a book. And I can clip a reading light to it to read at night. Love it!

[This message edited by 3boysmom at 9:20 PM, December 9th (Thursday)]

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