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Dec 15 2012 12:00pm

Chrismahanukwanzakah Is Coming to Town: Which E-Reader is Best for You?

E-readerWith the holidays coming up, many of us are trying to decide on what type of e-reader or tablet to put on our wish lists. More options than ever are available, but here’s the catch: There’s a law of diminishing returns when it comes to decision-making. According to research I read last year—and remembered because it fits me to a T—choosing from a small number of items is great, but too much choice and our brains go into overload. So I’m here to hopefully help you limit your choices to a reasonable number, at least if you live in the U.S.

First, though, there are questions to consider.

Do you plan to use your device to read text-based books like novels, or are you interested in both novels and color image-heavy media like cookbooks, how-to books, books for kids, or magazines? Will your device be used primarily for media consumption, gaming, or for most of the things you currently accomplish with your laptop or desktop? How much money do you want to spend? Do you have an open-source philosophy regarding such things, are you happy to be tied to a proprietary, closed system, or perhaps you’d prefer a hybrid?

Amazingly, all these questions matter. One device might suffice, but some of us may conclude that we need two.

Let’s take them in order, shall we? What do you plan to read on your device? If the answer is almost exclusively novels or non-fiction, the new front-lit dedicated e-readers may work best for you. Amazon offers the PaperWhite. Barnes and Noble offers the GlowLight. If you search for reviews, you’ll find good ones for both.

"Firefly reads" image courtesy of mikemol via FlickrWhat is a front-lit e-reader, you ask? The answer is this: It’s an improvement upon the e-ink Amazon and B&N used with their initial dedicated e-book readers. The technology omits the eyestrain associated with back-lit devices while allowing readers to read in no light, day light, or sunlight. The PaperWhite and GlowLight are touch screen devices. Both Amazon and B&N continue to sell e-ink readers, very inexpensively, I might add, but why buy an external reading light for reading in bed or in low light if the technology has improved enough for no eyestrain plus internal lighting?

Both the PaperWhite and the GlowLight are Wi-Fi only. Because use of these devices is primarily restricted to accessing Amazon or B&N to search, browse, or otherwise locate an e-book for downloading, there’s no true need to be connected at all times. If you are at home, the Wi-Fi accesses the bookstores through your home network, and if you are out and about, any of 24,000 AT&T hotspots (including Starbucks, McDonalds, or any B&N bookstore) will do. Just last week I downloaded a book while walking between two terminals at the Phoenix airport.

As to the pricing of these dedicated e-readers, PaperWhite is available for $119 with “Special Offers” or $129 without. GlowLight sells for $119. With the growing importance of “the Cloud” and the relatively small byte size of black and white books, I don’t think you’ll ever run out of space on either, but the GlowLight does provide an SD slot. As to those “Special Offers,” on the first page of Google search results I found a “Special Offers is a disgrace!” link and another proclaiming “Why I’m choosing Kindle with Special Offers!”

What other considerations you have in choosing between the PaperWhite and the GlowLight? I’ve read reviews indicating the PaperWhite offers superior technology, but I’ve also read reviews touting the Glowlight’s superiority. Because Amazon has been at this longer than B&N, they offer more e-books. That probably explains why, according to Publisher's Weekly and Bowker Market Research, 55% of those who e-read do so on a Kindle device while only 14% use a Nook.

On the other hand, e-books formatted for the GlowLight are e-pub, which is an open format more widely used, while Amazon’s format is proprietary. Given that both Amazon and B&N offer apps for smartphones and tablets, that concern may be more philosophical than practical, although before publishers pulled most e-books from the library market, Kindle users were out of luck.  That said, if you are an Amazon Prime member, thousands of ebooks, including those published by Amazon's publishing arm, are lendable to you...for free.

What if your reading extends beyond black and white? Up front you need to know that the devices available in color are back-lit, so if you are prone to eyestrain, that may be a consideration. Some heavy readers I know have two devices; one for reading text (documents, fiction and much of non-fiction) and either a basic color device or more of a full-service one. If you want just one e-reading device, thank you, and don’t have a problem reading a back-lit screen for hours, let’s talk about the Amazon and B&N options.

Both, by the way, also offer more than e-reading, but how well they do that is something we’ll talk about a bit later.

The Kindle Fire is a basic small color tablet created with readers in mind, offering 8 GB of memory and selling for $159 with “Special Offers,” $174 without. Amazon also offers the Kindle Fire HD, but it’s more of a tablet than a color e-reader. On the Kindle Fire HD you might play Angry Birds, watch a BuzzFeed video, or stream content from YouTube, Netflix, or Amazon’s film and TV library. Supposedly you can also do the same on the basic Kindle Fire, but honestly, I don’t know if  you can do it very well.

The Kindle Fire HD is offered in two sizes: 16 GB ($199-$214) or 32 GB ($249-$264) of memory. Both the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are Wi-Fi only, although the latter is of a beefed-up variety I don’t entirely understand. None of which is an issue if you’re at home, but as tablets also stream content, handle e-mail, Internet browsing, and social media usage, connectivity may be an issue if you tend to be out and about. That said, I don’t have a dedicated connection on my Macbook Pro, and it’s rarely a problem. Just last week I connected at a friend’s house in L.A. using their network password. But you may determine that true portability in a handheld device is a deal-breaker for you. As a result of my research, I think it does for me where a full-service tablet is concerned.

Nook HD is similarly wireless, but it’s not beefed up. It comes in either 8 GB for $199 or 16 GB for $229, but it also offers expandable memory. With cost as the only determining factor, on its face the Kindle Fire HD offers twice as much memory for only $20 more than the Nook HD. On the other hand, you could conceivably buy an SD card on Amazon to plug into your Nook HD.

What else matters? Amazon did a lot of long-term planning to develop an integrated system like Apple did. While both the Kindle Fire HD and B&N’s HD run off the Android operating system, Amazon’s app store is huge compared to the fairly “locked up” number of apps you might use on the Nook HD.

Which brings us to the next level of devices: the full-sized Kindle Fire HD and the full-sized Nook HD+. Both were created to compete with Android tablets, even with the iPad.

The large Kindle Fire HD is available in either Wi-Fi or 4g LTE. If you opt for the Wi-Fi only large Kindle tablet, it’ll cost you $299-$314 for 16 GB, depending on whether or not you go for Special Offers. For 32 GB of memory you’ll shell out $369-$384. The least costly 4G LTE model, with 32 GB memory, sells for $499. The most expensive is the 64 GB model without Special Offers, at $614. And these prices are before you add in the actual 4G plan, which Amazon sells for $49 a year. Still, the full-sized Kindle is a CNET Editors’ Top Pick; they consider it the “best media consumption tablet.”

B&N’s Nook HD+ is a Wi-Fi only tablet. In some ways it offers more, but not only does it lack 3 or 4G connectivity, it doesn’t have a camera—unlike the full-sized Kindle tablet. On the other hand, it costs less, and like the smaller Nook HD, has expandable memory. The 16 GB is at least $30 less expensive—the 32 GB may be as much as $85 less costly. It’s another Editors’ Top Pick at CNET, which they’ve deemed the best bang for your buck. For specs on both full-sized tablets from Amazon and B&N, you might find this chart at Mashable helpful.

If you want to opt out of Amazon and B&N, you might prefer a straight-up Android tablet, or an iPad or an iPad mini. Remember, there are Kindle and Nook apps available for Android and the iPad OS, but Apple makes it harder for you to buy Kindle or Nook books for an iPad by forcing you to do it from the Internet rather than the app itself. If you’re not particularly tech savvy, my guess is that you’ll want to pick a store’s system and stick with it. Just remember that if reading ebooks is your primary goal, the Kindle store is larger than the Nook store, and iBooks remains  smaller than both.

If you choose an Android tablet, you also need to realize that developers make apps first for the iPad, and then for Android devices. It may not be fair, but it’s just how it is. And many Android apps are simply Smartphone apps stretched out for use on a tablet, something that’s at the very least not visually appealing. And another consideration nowadays is Microsoft, which recently jumped into the game with the Surface. I read an article last week indicating the true competitor to the iPad is the Microsoft Surface...I think I might need to take to my bed before my brain explodes.

But before I do, you might want to consider the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, which transforms, like the Surface, into a laptop. At $599, CNET considers it the Best Premium Android Table. Laptop has several Asus Transformers on its list of the Top Ten Best Tablets. I don’t know if the Asus Transformer Pad is going to be Microsoft Surface’s biggest competitor given that both transform, but have you heard that the Surface Pro’s battery life sucks? I have.

Let’s not forget the Google Nexus and Samsung Galaxy options. They have many, many supporters in Geeklandia as well. The Galaxy Note 10.1 shares the Editors’ Choice Award at PC Magazine with the 4th generation iPad. Its stylus, which some find retro, is not a '90s sort of stylus. Instead, it's for drawing, writing by hand, and scribbling (my husband bought a stylus for his iPad that he uses to draw). There’s also a Galaxy Tab 10“. It’s older than the Note, but has its own fan base. Where the Android tablet seems to shine is in the mini-tablet category.

The Google Nexus 7” is a mini, but it rates extremely high, and the higher memory version is not Wi-Fi only. It runs on the absolute latest Android OS version—Jellybean. It’s also cheaper than the Galaxy Tab 2 7”, which runs off of Ice Cream Sandwich. The Nexus 7” is CNET’s favorite small tablet, rates higher at PC Magazine, and is Laptop’s Best Budget Tablet. On the other hand, according to Tech 2, if you’re going to forego the iPad mini, go for the Galaxy Tab 2. And if none of that helps, you might want to consider the Android Geek. If you want performance and a great user experience, you should aim for the Google Nexus 7, but if you’re a media oriented person and you like to store music, movies and such on your tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7” is the right choice for you.

And now, for the elephant, or elephants, in the room: the iPad and iPad mini.

Wi-Fi-only models of the newest full-sized iPads begin at $499 (16 GB) and top out at $699 (64 GB). If you want the Wi-Fi/cell model, those start at $629 for 16 GB; the 64 GB model sells for $829. The Wi-Fi iPad mini, with the same memory options, will cost you $329-$529. The iPad mini with Wi-Fi/cell, and the same memory options, runs from $459-$659. These prices are exclusive of data plans.

Mini-Tablets

  8 GB 16 GB 32 GB    64 GB
Kindle Fire $159-$174      
Kindle Fire HD   $199-$214 $249-$264  
Nook HD* $199 $229    
Nexus 7   $199 $249/$299 (cell)  
Galaxy 2 7” * $249      
iPad   $329/$459 (cell) $429/$549 (cell) $529/$659 (cell)

Kindle, Nook, and iPad also provide Cloud storage

* External storage available


Full-Sized Tablets

  8 GB 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB
Kindle Fire HD 8.9   $249-$314 $369-$384  
Fire HD 8.9 4G     $499-$514 $599-$614
Nook HD+*   $269 $299  
Nexus 10   $399 $499  
Galaxy Note 10.1   $499 * $549  
iPad   $499/$629 (cell) $599/$729 (cell) $699/$829 (cell)
Asus TF700       $599
Microsoft Surface*     $599** $699

Kindle, Nook, iPad, and Microsoft also provide Cloud storage

* External storage available

** $499 without touch cover

As a result of all the research I’ve done over the past year or so, I think I may be one of those people who needs a dedicated e-reading device; I get enough eyestrain from the hours I spend on my laptop each day. When my two-year-old+ Kindle 3 dies (and it’s getting buggy now), I’m likely to move up to the Kindle PaperWhite. But I don’t know what I’ll choose in terms of a tablet or mini-tablet. It would be most inexpensive for me to stay in Amazon’s system and add a Kindle Fire, but is that the smartest long-term option? Is long-term thinking even necessary given how quickly technology is changing right now?

For me, it boils down to need versus want. Do I need primarily a color e-reader or media consumption device and simply want a full-service tablet because they’re so cool? The answer is “pretty much.” Which means I would do best to choose a Kindle mini-tablet and save the heavy lifting for my laptop. That, though, does not sound all that festive, and I may decide to upgrade into a more full-service device, in which case I’d go for the  Nexus 7”. Reviews across the board are strong, and in its largest memory configuration,  it’s available in 3G. What good is streaming content on a portable device if it's not entirely portable? What if I want to watch an episode of Parks and Recreation while I’m at a park?

If money were no object whatsoever—and if my “frugal” mother and “spend it like there’s no tomorrow” father didn’t sit on my shoulders like an angel and devil, constantly confounding me—I’d opt for a full-sized tablet. And as I already use a Mac, the iPad with all the trimmings would win out. My husband loves his.

Whatever you decide you’d like for yourself, I’ve no doubt you’ll be happy with your shiny new technology. Please let me know what you choose, and how well you like what you buy or receive from Santa or Hanukkah Harry. I’ve not gone into detail about all the specs for all these devices because if I did, you’d be reading here for hours. My suggestion? Narrow it down to just a couple, and do your research from there. Good luck, and a happy and merry Chrismahanukwanzakah!

“Firefly reads” image courtesy of mikemol via Flickr

 


Laurie Gold cannot stop reading and writing about romance—she’s been blabbing online for years. She remains a work in progress. Keep up with her on her My Obsessions tumblr or goodreads, where she spends much of her time of late, or follow her on Google+Pinterest, or on Twitter @laurie_gold, where she mostly tweets about publishing news and [probably too often] politics.

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Laurie Gold
1. LaurieGold
How embarrassing! I just noticed my own typo...

The least costly 4G LTE model, with 32 GB memory, sells for $499. The most expensive is the 64 GB model without Special Offers, at $514.

That $514 should be $614, which it is, correctly, in the table nearer the end of the article.
Jena Briars
2. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
Over the years I've accumulated 3 nooks (1 original recipe, 1 color, 1 glowlight). I end up switching them out depending on the battery life and my reading location. I also have the ASUS and I love it (despite the crummy battery life). I definitely wouldn't turn down a kindle though. Everyone I know who has a kindle, nook, ipad, or whatever - loves their ereader/tablet. I've never heard "I wish I got a _____ instead".
Laurie Gold
3. LaurieGold
How long does the battery last on your Asus Nexus 7? I already have so many issues with my smartphone's crummy battery life. What do you do on yours...everything, or just some things?
Laurie Gold
4. LaurieGold
Oops...I know Asus makes the Nexus 7. But I'm guessing you meant the Transformer.
Jena Briars
5. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
If I'm using it every day, I have to plug it in every other day (or maybe 2 days max) - everyday if you're streaming videos/shows.

But it's my ultimate sloth tool - if I'm too lazy/impatient to go to my desktop or use my phone, I'll use the tablet for anything/everything I want to look up - Wikipedia, yelp, youtube, google, etc. Plus it's synched with my email/twitter/goodreads. I'm also addicted to Fruit Ninja. Having the tablet and ereaders is a must for all airport travel. I shudder thinking of the times I had to drag around my (heavy) books in a carry-on.
Laurie Gold
6. LaurieGold
My first e-reader was before wireless...and I still loved it because I didn't need to bring with me an extra suitcase filled with books! Every other day charging doesn't seem bad; I recharge my phone probably twice a day. Do you use your tablet to read books?
Jena Briars
7. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
I DO have the transformer (since Nov. 2011) - and I have used it for reading (nook app, news app, and google books). I love it - sometimes I like that the reading screen is larger than regular ereaders. More text and less page turns.
CindyS
8. CindyS
I have to say, when Nook came out with the color e-reader I was in awe and so badly wanted one. But I'm not a person who purchases things just because and when I finally did decide on a reading device I bought the Canadian Kobo stripped down version - I think it was 80 dollars when I finally broke down. It is wireless but it is not touch screen and no color (the charge is supposed t0 last 30 days - I have been able to sit and read an entire book (8hours) without problems and I bought a plug adapter so I could plug it in where I'm sitting so I don't have to connect it to a computer. For cons, I have found there are odd breaks in text and it is slow to power up and to get to the book you want to read. Now I would definitely upgrade to a touch screen but again, I'll wait for a while yet. As new devices come out the ones I might covet get cheaper in price.

As for a tablet I have always wanted an iPad but the price is just offputting and when you see other tablets for half the price I wonder how they are different and your article has helped to put things in order. But seeing your choice would still be an iPad I think I would also choose an iPad - the iPad mini is intriguing as it looks like it does everything an iPad does and hey, it's probably lighter also. The good news is I have a bit of a wait on this one yet. Seeing as how I didn't buy up the very first one, I'm now okay sitting on the sidelines and waiting to see if some of the new techs become the Beta tape to the VHS tape. (oldtime reference alert)

CindyS
CindyS
9. Lia68
The Kobo Glo definitely deserves a mention in this article as well!
Laurie Gold
10. LaurieGold
Cindy, the iPad mini to me is just not something I'd consider; the cellular Nexus 7 is $299 while the cellular iPad mini is $549. But if I were to spring for a full-sized tablet, the iPad would be where I'd go. That said, however, I don't think it's very likely. Not when it's more than we paid to replace my college-age daughter's Mac with a Dell laptop after she spilled a glass of water on the Mac. I was willing to spend the big bucks on my MacBook Pro, which I use to write on, but to me a tablet at this point is not a necessity, which is why I can't conceive of buying an iPad. My husband, though, is another story. I was more than willing to splurge on him because he never wants anything for himself and I was tired of watching him push his glasses on top of his head every night so he could read off his smartphone. He used it when he was recovering for six months from surgery and couldn't use a laptop.

Lia, I didn't talk about Kobo in my piece because in the U.S. its market share is miniscule. It's in the "low single digits." I know, though, that it does extremely well in Canada and may have almost half the market.
CindyS
12. Lark @ TheBookwyrmsHoard
Nice article! However, missing is any mention of either the Sony Reader or the line of e-readers and a tablet from Kobo. Sony has pulled back from the e-reader market, offering only one device at present, the touch-screen e-ink Sony Reader. Kobo has several devices: the Touch (a touch-screen e-ink device like the Nook Simple Touch or now-vanished Kindle Touch), the Glo (similar to the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight or the Kindle PaperWhite), and their Android tablet e-reader, the $199 Kobo Arc. They also offer the only smaller-sized e-ink reader on the market, the Kobo Mini.

The Kobo and Sony readers use ePub, so you can buy ePub books at any ebook retailer (Baen, AllRomance, and a host of others) as well as at the Kobo and Sony stores. (The main exceptions are Apple and Amazon, whose books do not work on ePub readers.) Several of the Kobo devices allow you to buy books wirelessly from the Kobo store. Sony has its own digital library software for buying and downloading books from its store. If you buy books from other stores to put on a Sony or Kobo, you will need to use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your computer to download the books after purchasing online. You can then upload the ebooks from ADE to your e-reader, or transfer them into Calibre (a really great -- and free -- digital library management program) and upload them from there.

Consumers should be aware, though, that Nook ebooks, though they do use the ePub format, have proprietary DRM (digital rights management) and can NOT be read on anything but a Nook (unless you know how to strip the DRM, which is illegal.) I believe you can read ebooks with ADE DRM on a Nook, but you can't read Nook books on, say, a Kobo.

There is a slightly more in-depth comparison of the Amazon, B&N, and Kobo e-readers on my blog.
Gina Robichaud
13. GinRobi_01
@ CindyS : I know which Kobo you're talking about. First generation, with the button at the bottom. I know the problems you're having - I lent mine to my sister-in-law and she says it acts up sometimes as well. Check your computer to see if there may be an update that wasn't performed. It's the only thing I can't think of.

@ Lia68 : Girl, I so love you right now it's not funny! I was just about to post a comment about not one single mention of any of our Kobo's and you did it for me! Fantastic!

I'm a Coles bookstore employee, for about 3 years now. I have the very first Kobo, like Cindy. I also have the Kobo Vox. Batterlife on that baby sucks the big one, and I don't mean in a good way. I've got mine plugged into an extention cord that runs under the couch, LOL!

But you have to take into account all of the new Kobos! They're fantastic!

First, the Kobo Mini : 5", eInk, touch screen, can hold up to 1,000. With a 32GB micro SD card, can hold more than 30,000. The screen itself is "matted" = no glare. You can change the font and size, and batterylife is up to a month, depending on how much you read in a day. So far, word has it, a bookaholic friend of mine says her battery lasts about 3 weeks on a single charge. You can also get a booklight that you can attach to it, if you want. Small enough to fit in the pocket of your jeans, you can even personalize it by buying a "snap-back" and change the colour of your Kobo Mini. Available in Black and White. $79.99 CDN. For all you Canadians, from now until Dec 23rd, they're on for $49.99 and the "snap back" colour of your choice (a $20 CDN value) free with purchase. Can't get any better than that! Wireless, you can hook up anywhere you can get a connection and download on the spot!

Second, the Kobo Glo : 6", eInk, touch screen, Comfort Light, can hold up to 1,000 books. With a 32GB micro SD card, more than 30,000. The device is Not Backlit. The light surrounds the edges of the screen, under the casing, and shines downward, just like as if you clipped a booklight to your Kobo. Screen is matted, no glare. You can turn the light off during the day, you can also dim it. Font size and style can be changed to whatever you desire. Lots of cases to choose from. Wireless, you can hook up anywhere you can find a connection and load her up! Available in 4 awesome colours!

Third, the Kobo Touch : like the original, but with improvements. Batterlife is longer, more font sizes and styles, 6" matted screen and can hold just as many books. Push button for direct Home access. Just about the same as the Glo, only with the button, so the outer casing is a tad bigger. Please remember that Touch cases will not fit in Glo cases and vice versa.

And last but not least, the Kobo Arc : like a mini tablet, it is LED lighting with over 16.4 millions colours, you can even watch videos and movies in HD! You can download music, check your email, do as you please like you would on your laptop - even go on Skype! There's a mini webcame, dual speakers, volume button on the side, as well as a plug-in for headphones. Batterylife can go up to 10 hours constant use or up to two weeks on standby. Available in 16GB ($199 CDN), 32GB ($249 CDN) or 64GB ($299 CDN). You can also use an SD card for extra storage. Available in black and while with colorful snap-backs to choose from.

What I like about Kobo - you don't have to buy directly from Kobo! You can buy and download from anywhere, simply by converting the files. You can read magazines on any of the devices, newspapers too, and you can Borrow Books From Your Library! And you don't have the buy either device through Chapters/Indigo/Coles. You can find them almost anywhere, from Staples to Future Shop to Wal Mart!

Laurie, I thought your article as awesome, and it would help even me pick out a device that would best suit me. I just wish you'd added Kobo to the mix.

Oh, and a heads-up about the Nexus 7 - make sure you purchase this at an electronics store that has optional warranty. Already I've heard complaints about people not being able to return defective ones and/or having them fixed.
Gina Robichaud
14. GinRobi_01
Oops! Forgot to mention that the Kobo Arc is a 7" screen!
Laurie Gold
15. LaurieGold
GinRobi, thanks so much for the Kobo details. Because the market share for them is about 2% in the U.S., so far below the others I did write about, I couldn't justify including them.

Thanks also for the Nexus 7 tip. I've read the same. The model I want is currently only available from Google play. Just another reason to hold off for now.
Ronni Graff
16. ronnig
NB: Amazon Prime people can borrow from the Kindle library, but only onto Kindle devices. For this reason, I have an iPad, but am holding on to my 2nd generation Kindle.
CindyS
17. Bitebookgirl
I have a Sony e-reader and I love it. I've had it now for going on 2 years. This is my second Sony the first one was one of the first to be introduced by Sony about 5 years ago. I had that one for 3 years and finally had to retire it due to the battery finally not being able to hold a charge ( which was my own fault for overcharging.) My new one has a 7" screen and I have to charge maybe every 7-10 days and believe me I use it!! It has wi-fi and can also download both e-pub and PDF files. I do have to sometimes connect to the computer to load the PDF's. SD card capable, photos(black &white only) and music.. Also has 7 dictionaries (hey, sometimes you need it.) Just another option out there.
CindyS
18. Sabine
My first e-reader was a Sony and when I got an IPad, it sort of got shoved in the cupboard and forgotten. Took it with me on holiday just recently and depsite the fact that I had to get used to no swiping with the finger - pressing buttons to turn pages instead, and black and white, it is still a great e-reader. Even better than the IPad in that it accepts lots of different file types that do not require converting or sending to an email account as an attachment to then open up as a PDF or in IBooks as I have been doing. The fact that it also has a slot for the memory cards means that I can load up books on different cards and then interchange - can't do that on the Ipad!

I never got into the Kindle, because when I wanted it - when it first came out it was only available in the US .
romance reader
19. bookstorecat
In addition to the ability to expand the storage on all the Nooks (with a micro-SD card), the NookHD and HD+ have higher screen resolutions and faster processors than the competing kindles. Also: no commercials :) , and your wall charger is included, not sold separately for extra $.
Laurie Gold
20. LaurieGold
Don't know how many of you saw this in the NYTimes, but the Bits Blog - http://nyti.ms/WxsUIB - had an article today on how ereaders are losing ground to tablets. It does change things somewhat, but one of the joys of reading on an reader for me, besides the lack of glare I associate with tablets, is how light they are. I almost feel at this point that my strategy of buying both may not be the best. But if I buy just one, because of all my gerry-rigged books (run through Calibre, meta data changed to support my library system), I would probably be forced to stick within Amazon. That does not sit well.
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