nook schmook kindle book

27th April 2011

Yes, I’m aware that title is nonsense. However, so is the world of e-readers (to me). It is similar to the concept of a fax machine. You mean I put the sheet of paper in the copier-like deal and by punching in someone’s phone number, it magically copies to them? Why call it a fax machine? That’s so boring. What about the magic copier? Yes, this is seriously a conversation I have had in my head.

Well folks, this gal is moving up in the world because yesterday for my birthday my wonderful mom and dad, bro and sis gave me a NOOK! I was so excited because let’s face it, I may be not-too-bright about fax machines, but this girl loves her some gadgets. I mean, love. But then…

I started thinking (dangerous, I know). First, my mom has a Kindle, and we have shared before with the Kindle app on my iPhone. That’s pretty darn cool. But can I do that? Then I thought about how cool the Nook Color looks because I’ll be honest, when I wlak in Barnes & Noble, it’s the first thing I see. So I started hunting on the Internet and then thought, why not use the greatest tools at my disposal? My blog and Twitter!

So folks – tell me what you think about the Kindle, Nook and Nook Color. I’m begging because all I really want to do is rip open the plastic and stare at the beautiful device inside but NO. Must. Not. Give. In. I want to make the best decision.

What say you, dear reader? What do you like/dislike, etc.*?
jenn aka the picky (bewildered) girl

* Let’s just not even get into the whole “I dislike you because you won’t by hardback books” discussion. I don’t buy them often anyway because it’s a lot of money to shell out, though I do think a hardback is worth the price. And also, I use the library like crazy. I buy books, of course I do, and an e-reader won’t change that. It will, however, make lugging around a schoolbag with multiple three-inch textbooks and folders and my personal book much easier.

  • jeannie

    I have a traditional kindle and the kindle app for my ipad (which is in color.) I love it! I really was resistant to the idea of an e reader because I love the feel and even the smell of real books. But, I have to say that I have put it to good use. It is just so easy.

    • pickygirl

      To both of you: this may be the difficult part about making a decision.: everyone likes what he or she owns. However, I agree about the whole Amazon deal; I’m wary of them for a lot of reasons. BUT I also know my mom and I would love the ability to share books. Wonder if the Nook Color could get the Kindle app… guess that’s a lot to ask of them, huh? 🙂

      • You can share books with the Nook…but only once. I think, though, that will be with any reader because of publishers. Also the same with borrowing books from library: libraries are only allowed so many copies by certain publishers, no matter which e-reader you have.

        • pickygirl

          Yeah – I’ve only sort-of followed the library lending discussion because I didn’t need to worry about it. My library should be up and going with it in the next 6 months.

  • Keep the Nook. You don’t need color…unless you get subscriptions to a lot of magazines. Otherwise, the Nook is good enough. I have one and love it. I chose the Nook over Amazon, at first because you couldn’t get books from the library on the Kindle. I know the Kindle is now getting that. However, I still would choose the Nook because of it being Adobe compatible…and you can get free books from a lot more places than with the Kindle (at least, based on my limited research). For me, the decision came down to a couple of friends who own a bookstore, who had a bad experience with Amazon, plus Amazon doesn’t want to pay sales tax. I don’t know. I’m just not a fan of Amazon.

  • pickygirl

    My biggest hangup about Kindle so far is the non-touch screen. I’m so used to it with my iPhone that it drives me nuts have to use the toggle button and tiny keys.

  • Jeannie

    I also like that I can switch from my iPad to my kindle and it saves my place, so I can use my iPad at night in low light and my kindle when I am out.

  • pickygirl

    Hm. Good to know the touch screen annoys someone else. Also good to know you still love it. Thanks for the tips.

  • pickygirl

    Also – and this would be a big deal to me: what are the notes functions like? Instead of using post-it notes or turning down pages (yes, I do that in paperbacks), is there a way to do something similar with Kindle/Nook?

  • I’ve got a kindle and I like it, but I bought it and use it only because I can’t buy books where I’m living now. The kindle has kind of saved my life and given me a lot more reading options than I’d otherwise have, but it’s not something I’m going to keep using when I get back to the states, apart from maybe review copies from netgalley. (But even those, I probably won’t be reading so much – I use them now because it saves me having to shell out $10 to read new e-books.) My thought is, if there’s something specific reason you need an ebook reader or you’re for some reason enamored by the idea of not reading on paper, keep the nook. But if it’s just a toy to goof around with and you still want to have paperback books, why not just use the money from the nook to go on a shopping spree at your local bookstore? You’ll be paying nearly as much for ebooks (sometimes as much or more) as you will for the paperbacks, so I don’t see any advantage to having an ereader over heading to the store and buying a “real” book.

    Still, you’re right, the color nook is kind of awesome looking.

    • pickygirl

      Ellen – you’ve actually made me think quite a bit about it. I guess that’s why I think the color one is interesting because it does more than just have an e-reader (at least that’s my understanding). I’d like to be able to check blogs and comment and that sort of thing and that would give me the ability. Also, my library is about to start getting new releases for e-readers, so I would be shelling out (probably) that much more money than I am now. Good points, though.

  • I love, love my Nook Color! Highly recommend 700 page books for easy transport, and I can have a ton of books on there. I never have to worry when I travel now!

    • pickygirl

      Ok, Coffee Chick, tell me about it. A. Can I do notes and that sort of thing? Is it easy to do so? Also, what is the non-reader part of it like? Slow, annoying, anything? I’m curious because I think that’s the attraction for me – its ability to multitask. For instance, for blog reading and that sort of thing.

  • I have an older version of the Kindle, and it has worked out really well for me. I like that there isn’t a backlight, so reading it is easy on my eyes. I also love the instant wireless connection – any book I get can be downloaded straight to my Kindle. You can also probably do this on a Nook, but one of my favorite features is changing the font size when I work out so I can run on the treadmill without the words blurring. I don’t know much about the Nook but I imagine it is pretty similar, although I wouldn’t recommend the Nook color because of the backlight issue.

    • pickygirl

      Treadmill reading! I didn’t even think of that. I never read on the treadmill because it is way too difficult to keep a book on that little ledge, but I could with this! Yay! You’ve opened up a whole world I didn’t realize I had access to. Thanks for mentioning that.

  • This post is maybe a bit outdated since my husband and I wrote it up when the first gen Nooks were out, but you might find it interesting. We’ve never owned Kindles, but we did have nooks and decided to return them in favor of other e-readers (which we love). You can read our run-down here:

    • pickygirl

      Thank you so much! I will definitely go check it out.

  • I don’t know about the Kindle or Nook, but I have a Sony Reader Daily Edition and it has served me well so far. I chose it because I like the touch screen and the ability to directly highlight or take notes in the text, or to double tap a word and have the definition come up. It also seemed to support the most formats of books, so I can easily check out e-books from my library with it.

    I stayed away from color screens in general (Nook color, iPad) because the backlighting really hurts my eyes if I read it for too long. Reading on a device with e-ink takes no time at all to get used to.

    • pickygirl

      Thanks – I was really curious about the notes feature, and I love that you can tap to look up the word. So cool. I think I’ll be heading to Best Buy to check them all out.