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I am thinking about purchasing an Amazon Kindle or a Barnes and Noble Nook for my 14 year old step daughter for Christmas. Anybody out there have an opinion about why one may be better than the other??
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Adrianna's Answer
answered:    November 14, 2010
Great question, @artiqlate1! I've been meaning to write a review on the Nook, which I received as a gift for my birthday, but I haven't found the time.

There are many reasons why I enjoy the Nook:
 
  • Color LCD Touch Screen: I like being able to browse through my book covers, turn pages by the flick of a finger, and use the Internet and web browsing feature. It reminds me of my HTC Incredible. I've also been utilizing the bookmarking, highlighting passages, and taking notes tools, all accomplished through the touch interface. In fact, the web browsing feature is far more sophisticated on the Nook. If your daughter wants to browse the Internet in between reading, she might enjoy the Nook.
  • Superior user interface.
  • Both the Nook and the Sony Reader have great e-ink screens. I don't know how well the Kindle 3 is, but past iterations of the Kindle were said to have terrible screens by users.
  • Nook has supported user needs more than any other company with 4 firmware updates. They listen to the customer, which is great!
  • Pages load fast since the 3rd firmware update. Plus, you don't have to use the buttons to navigate the ebooks. You can use the LCD touchscreen. 
  • The best thing about the Nook is that Barnes and Nobles is serious about promoting digital content. You can read books in the store, on your computer, on your smart phones, etc. It's also the only device that you can lend books to friends. So, if your daughters' friends have Nooks, they can loan each other materials to read. I also appreciate that the books they sell in the store aren't DRM, so you can use/read the books on any e-reader or computer. That's true of the Sony too. Not sure if it's the case with the Kindle 3 yet. 
  • Another really important feature is that the Nook and Sony allow you to expand the storage space to nearly limitless capacities making it easier to use music and audio books on the device. The Kindle has speakers, but if you don't have enough space on your device, the speakers are useless. 

The only downside to the Nook is its size/weight, which actually don't bother me too much. I like holding something with a little substance.

My husband researched many of the top e-readers before buying me the Nook. He was thorough, and as a computer programmer, he understands how these devices work. He does say that the Kindle 3 wasn't out when he was buying me the Nook, so he had to rely on what others presumed the changes would be. The Kindle doesn't have any touch screen capabilities, but there are rumors that this might happen in the near future. The Kindle is probably the lightest of all the ereaders, but it also has a physical keyboard, which takes up needless space on the front of the unit. He says beware of Amazon, though, because they are known for having the worst history for digital rights management and locking down files, although they say they have fixed some of these issues with the newest version of the Kindle. They don't have a large store of books to purchase from, which might not be a problem depending upon the types of books your daughter wants to read.

Overall, the Kindle might be good for someone wanting a simplistic ereading experience. 

You're welcome to read my friend's review called Curl up with a Nook. @Aerin does a great job of highlighting the pros and cons of this particular e-reader. If I ever get these facts into a review of my own, I'll send you a link.

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February 18, 2011
Makes me want to try this!
February 22, 2011
Thanks, Brian! I will show it to you sometime if you're interested.
 
February 16, 2011
Very helpful!
February 22, 2011
Thanks mom! Glad you liked it. :)
 
February 16, 2011
Ah, yes. I haven't done it yet, but now I remember why I wanted to buy one. Very good, review-like answer.
February 22, 2011
Thanks, Angelo! I'm planning to write a review about the Nook one of these days. Let me know when you do buy one because we could loan each other books digitally! :)
 
November 18, 2010
Great response. My mom has a kindle and she really enjoys using it. I don't have either a kindle or a nook, but I'm interested in trying out both just to see which one I'll end up liking better. The Nook sounds pretty cool based off of your description of it here.
November 19, 2010
You'll like an e-reader once you get one. It's much more space efficient. Glad your mom enjoys her Kindle!
 
November 14, 2010
Adriana, What a thorough response! So well organized and easy to understand for someone like me, who is not a "techie" at all. I am definitely going to read your friend's review as well. I am so appreciative of everyone out there who has taken the time to respond to my query. You guys are the greatest!
November 15, 2010
Glad it was easy to understand even if you're not techie. My husband can throw me off with some of his knowledge, but he's also really good at explaining what he means. I'm really glad all the responses helped you out!
 
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answered:    November 13, 2010
I will prefer Amazon's newest Kindle which is the best ebook-reading device on the market. It's better than the Apple iPad, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the various Sony readers, and certainly better than any smartphone… It's still black-and-white, but really, that's for the best. The screen almost glows outdoors. In comparison to the iPad, which turns into a pretty but useless mirror in sunlight, the Kindle only gets more readable. This is a gadget that loves the beach… It's razor-thin and feels great in the hand, small and light enough to hold comfortably for as long as you care to read.
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answered:    November 12, 2010
I've used both the Kindle 3 and nook but not for extended period of time (only about 15 minutes each to browse and get a general idea of the device). But, from the short time, I've come to conclude that the Kindle 3 is the best choice. The nook is very slow when turning pages (takes like a second to go to the next once you press the button) and isn't as comfortable in my hands while reading. One thing I enjoy about the Kindle is the Amazon Kindle app. I currently use it for my BlackBerry, my MacBook and my Windows PC to synchronize purchased ebooks. The coolest feature is that I can continue where I left off on one device on the next one. I personally am going to buy a Kindle 3 (the wifi only one) for myself for Christmas. I've heard that the nook's slowness issues will be fixed in an upcoming firmware update, but that won't fix the weird feeling of the nook. I hope this was helpful :-)
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answered:    November 12, 2010
I would say go Kindle all the way. The newest version is really an excellent device in every respect - much better than I expected.
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