E-Readers Revisited

Last September I posted my thoughts on the topic of E-Readers. I summarized that I would love such a device but cannot justify the cost. I concluded that it was not something I needed at the time.

Recently I have found myself with some quiet time holding my daughter while she sleeps. This has been a great opportunity to get some reading done. Unfortunately the fact I am holding a sleeping baby makes it hard to turn the pages of the book. It crossed my mind that an E-Reader would easily allow for one-handed reading. My wonderful husband suggested that perhaps this would be a good Mother’s Day gift. This seemed like the perfect idea.

Nook E-ReaderThe question then became “Which E-Reader should I buy?” I narrowed my choices down to two; the Nook and Kindle. I compared them to determine which was the right one for me.

One feature I considered a “must have” was a 3G connection. This would allow me to purchase a book at any time. Both options include this feature. The Nook–like my iPhone–takes the internet connection one step further and allows you to browse the web. I did not want to pay extra for this feature since I would not use it. Another feature the Nook had was that it displayed in color. I could not justify getting a device with color–again it is not something I would ever use.

Kindle E-readerIn comparison the Kindle was filled with features I would use. The fact it was not back-lit meant I could easily use it in direct sunlight. The Kindle mobile app allows me to read my books on my Macbook, iPhone, or iPad. The syncing feature allows me to pick up exactly where I left off no matter the device. My Amazon.com addiction–90% of my books have been purchased from the site–was another plus for this device. Purchasing the E-Reader from Amazon meant I could continue on with my shopping habits.

In the end the thing that finally made my decision had nothing to do with the features of either product. As a Mother’s Day special, Amazon offered a free $25 gift card with the purchase of a Kindle. This was the perfect thing to start my collection of E-Books. With my husband’s credit card in hand, I ordered the device and eagerly awaited its arrival.

Kindle App IconI have had my Kindle for two months now, and I am very happy with the decision I made. I find myself frequently enjoying how I can easily download several sample selections to my Kindle to peruse. I can determine if I’m interested in a book before spending money on it. I love being able to easily read books with one hand. Since I can purchase a new book at any time, means I always have something to read. I could go on and on about all the reasons I love my Kindle.

Now that I have an E-reader, I eagerly endorse them to anyone who asks. I initially thought I would miss having paper books, but that hasn’t been the case. I think this purchase has been instrumental in me meeting my reading goal in record time. These devices may not be for everyone, but I am really glad I finally got one.

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9 responses to “E-Readers Revisited

  1. What about sharing ebooks? Is it even possible? Like technically? I’ve heard rumours that it’s doable for Kindles but how does it work in particular? I myself love sharing books with others and I really wouldn’t want to miss out this option.

    • I did not talk about the sharing because I don’t understand it enough yet. Apparently if you purchase certain Kindle book off of amazon.com, you can share them with others. I think all they need is the Kindle app, not the actual physical device. They will have two weeks where the book will be available to them. You can not read the book at this time. I do have 9 books that I can share–which equals 1/3 of my total Kindle purchases–but have yet to actually find anyone who wants to borrow them.

  2. I love mine for the same reasons you noted. Brilliant for use while holding the baby! It’s also cut back on me buying hardcover books, and I no longer buy paperbacks at all. LOVE my nook!

  3. Oh! And see if OverDrive works with your Kindle. I’ve downloaded a ton of books from my library’s website. Freebies that I don’t have to go pick up – another bonus for a new mom! =)

  4. Just to clarify:

    Re: lending

    You can only lend a book once ever, and not all books can be lent (publisher’s decision). There’s a site (Lendle.com) where Kindle owners meet up to lend books to each other. I haven’t joined in so I can’t really vouch for the process.

    Re: overdrive

    Not compatible yet with Kindle, but Amazon had a press release recently where they announced that they are working for compatibility later this year

    And for those who are a bit open about book genres you read, tons of free books are made free almost daily by Amazon. I’ve been posting them on my blog and I’m a bit taken aback by how many are made free :)

    • I’ve heard about Lendle, but have had no time to look into it… I must get on that.

      I’ve been getting my free books off of Goodreads.com. They have a ton. There are so many classics I have downloaded to check out. Love free books!

      Thanks for stopping by with the info!

  5. I got a Nook color last December and I love it.

  6. Kimmy have you looked at the newest Kindle? I’m considering puchasing the new one for me and giving Johnny my current one. Any suggestions?

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