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MissesJai posted 7/2/2014 13:51 PM

I've been looking at tablets and e-readers for purchase. I do NOT want a Kindle, so I've been mainly looking at the Nook.

Does anyone have any advice, suggestions, tips, etc? I don't need anything fancy, just need it to read e-books, so all the bells & whistles aren't required.

TIA!

stroppy_wanadoo posted 7/2/2014 14:06 PM

I have an original Nook from 2009, and I love love love it. It has some limited web browsing that I never use, and you can also put your pictures and music on it, but I never use those features either. I simply want to read!

If that is what you are looking for, the Nook GlowLight is probably your best bet, and cheap at around $120. An advantage of this version over the version I have is that it does have a built in light so you can read any time and any place. That is the only complaint I have with mine! In fact, I have considered purchasing this to replace my original Nook since the battery life isn't what it used to be.

I will say that while you can borrow books from the library on the Nook, the selection at the libraries I am registered with is pretty slim. Also, the "Lend Me" titles so you can share your purchased books with other Nook users is limited. Neither of these selling points provide much benefit.

I have downloaded the Nook app on my iphone and tablet so that I can access my entire library from any of these devices. That makes it nice so that I don't always have to carry my Nook with me in order to read.

I think you will be very happy with a Nook!

MissesJai posted 7/2/2014 16:17 PM

thanks! is it a universal e-reader? can I download non-Nook books to it?

Lucky2HaveMe posted 7/2/2014 16:23 PM

Barnes & Noble is looking to spin off the Nook business... Not sure it will survive. I had a Nook. Wouldn't get one again.

I now have a NEXUS tablet and LOVE it! I can read Kindle/Nook basically any e-book. And I'm lucky that my library has a great selection for FREE

hurtbs posted 7/2/2014 16:25 PM

Really the best universal e-Readers are tablets. Any eReader promoted by a book seller is generally proprietary and thus your books will be restricted. You can purchase a very inexpensive Android Tablet and have access to all types of eBooks - Kindle, B&N, ePub, OverDrive, etc.

MissesJai posted 7/2/2014 16:53 PM

awesome, thanks guys. Any suggestions on inexpensive android tablets? My only exposure to tablets have been iPads and I don't want an iPad.

Lucky2HaveMe posted 7/2/2014 18:00 PM

My Nexus was under $200 @ Staples a couple of years ago

looking forward posted 7/2/2014 18:07 PM

I swear by my two Kobos.
Kobo Touch
Kobo Mini

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=brand

Love, love, love my e-readers!

hurtbs posted 7/2/2014 19:21 PM

Google has their own tablet, a Nexus that is 7 or 10". A lot of people really like it. I've seen very inexpensive Samsung tablets on LivingSocial and Groupon for a couple of hundred dollars.

There are often generic/off brand Android tablets for sale as well at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.

Sad in AZ posted 7/2/2014 20:30 PM

I have a Nook, and I love it, but frankly, I'd recommend a tablet also. Much more versitile.

Pentup posted 7/2/2014 22:31 PM

I have a nook and an iPad. When I want to read, I use the nook. But mine is not the color nook, so bad for anything with pictures or color, like magazines or cook books. However, much easier to read outside than the iPad.

Trying to justify a tablet, but really can't right now.

MissesJai posted 7/3/2014 09:40 AM

Thanks guys. All of this information is very helpful.

sisoon posted 7/3/2014 11:53 AM

I have a Nook tablet that I use as an eReader. It's got a connection to B&N, but it also reads PDFS, epub, etc. I can borrow ebooks from my library, which is yet another system.

I'd stay away from it at full price, because of the uncertainty about its future, but if it gets heavily discounted, it's probably a bargain.

It looks like the tablets display in color ereaders don't. That's a consideration - color is good.

My battery charge lasts for weeks, because I turn off wifi.

There's an app called BookBub that provides low cost and even free ebooks. Check it out.

tushnurse posted 7/3/2014 12:09 PM

I have an orginal 3g Kindle, and that is actually great for reading outside, and where there is not internet access. I also have a Samsung tablet, and have my kindle app on there. I love love love it.
Great for reading at night with no lights on to annoy hubby, and can use it for other stuff too. My tablet was "free" when we upgraded our phones, some special promo that was being offered.

MissesJai posted 7/4/2014 13:15 PM

I am leaning towards the Samsung tablet. Groupon has a great deal on it, atm. Thanks again

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