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E-reader Cage Match Continues

June 21, 2011

Zeroing in on an e-Reader.

Pros: Kindle

  1. Cost: Under $200, including case.
  2. Can read in sunlight.
  3. Not backlit. I’m impressed with the fact that the device page cites sleep studies on the subject of backlit readers and screens affecting sleep.
  4. Plenty of books, including free ones. Library coming soon.
  5. Can use Net Galley, other methods to get books from publishers for review. (With a little jiggering.)
  6. Up to a month of battery life. Realistically, given my own reading times, likelier that it would be two-ish weeks.
  7. Can use audiobooks. This is a pro vs the new scaled-down Nook.
  8. Small enough to fit into existing bag.

CON: that blinky page thing.  Yuck.

Though, having borrowed my mother’s Kindle, I’m finding the page refreshing less odious than I thought. I still don’t read more than a few pages at a time. I’m reading Sherlock Holmes. Reading 19th century lit on a Kindle gives me a pleasant feeling of contrariness. And the price is certainly right!

The page refresh flicker is a con of no-color Nook.

Pros: iPad. While significantly more expensive, it has a few things going for it. With a case, and a keyboard and a warranty, could get up to $600 or $700. yow! Might also need to get a new bag, as the iPad is larger than the bag I usually carry as a purse-type thing.

  1. It’s an iPad.
  2. Can double as backup to my laptop, or on-the-go computer.
  3. Compatible with library, Nook books, Kindle.
  4. Easy library/galley interface, as useful to multiple formats.
  5. Nice page turning interface across books listed in 1-3
  6. Internet/Web access easily. This is also a con.
  7. Easy touchscreen navigation.
  8. Light to carry, though bulky enough that requires new bag.

Pros: Nook Color

  1. Average price $200
  2. Actual physical tech support in B&N
  3. Similar to ipad but smaller and cheaper
  4. Has web browser
  5. Pages scroll across like iPad to turn pages. So no blinky page thing
  6. Fits in existing bag.
  7. Has Android apps.
  8. Can get library books.

CON: Have to download library books via computer. Could be con while traveling.

CON: Feels weirdly heavy to hold. Kinda drags on my hands.

CON: PDF reader page turning feels weird

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2011 7:09 am

    I have an image of you constructing a Thunderdome out of books and dropping eReaders into it.

  2. June 21, 2011 9:02 am

    Add to NookColor Pros:
    9. My friend Charles will root it for me so I can read books from the Amazon Kindle store, Google Books and the lolBorders store; that way I can shop around for the cheapest e-books.


    • June 21, 2011 9:14 am

      If I do wind up with a Nook and ask my friend Charles to work his magic on it… I will make sure to buy my friend Charles a beer or two for his efforts!

  3. June 21, 2011 10:22 am

    For the Kindle, when I’m using it heavily, my recharge time is about 3 weeks, unless I’m using my built-in light thing, then it burns it faster

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