e-readers

Christmas Gift Ideas…


I love Amazon, but I don’t get paid by them…or anyone else…to endorse products, so I’m linking to the Barnes & Noble web site right now so people can check out the Nook e-readers. I’m doing this because some people are still curious about e-readers and don’t know where to find basic advice.

I don’t own any Nook/Sony products. I have two Kobo e-readers, which I recommend highly. And I have a Kindle and a NextBook tablet, which I recommend highly.

But I have heard good things from people who do own a Nook. So if you’re wondering what to get someone for Christmas, check them out here.

If you’re just starting out and you’re just getting into e-readers, I would suggest you begin with the simple Nook for 99.00. It’s a “basic e-ink reader,” and you’ll find the transition from print books to digital books far more comforting this way. I have a color reader, an Iphone, and a tablet now. But I still find the reading experience more comfortable…intimate…with a basic e-ink reader. It’s just reading; there are no distractions. And in a weird way, there’s actually something old fashioned about it that’s hard to explain.

Let’s face it, some day, 50 years from now, when most of us are gone, these e-ink readers are going to be historic, nostalgic, and as collectable as old radios from the 1920’s. By then, I can only imagine what people will be reading on…but I doubt it will be something in print they bought at a “brick and mortar” bookstore.

Nextbook Premium 8…


I’ve posted about how much I love my Kobo e-readers more than once. I have the one with e-ink and the Kobo Lookbook. I love both, and I use both for different reasons at different times. The one with e-ink is easy to slip into a bag and take to the doctor’s office or anywhere I have to wait for a long time. The Lookbook is a little bigger, but not heavy, and I like to read at home on that one. Both are simple to use when it comes to downloading e-books and I’m a huge fan of Kobo’s web site.

But I wanted a tablet. And I didn’t want to spend what Apple is charging for the iPad…I have an iPhone, which I like, but I’ve never been completely sold on the concept that Apple is the be all and end all of all computers. I just didn’t drink the Kool Aide…that time. And I’ve seen my mother’s iPad and iPads that belong to friends. I like them. But again, I’m not willing to spend that kind of money for status reasons.

In the same respect, I’ve been looking for a tablet that will do almost everything the iPad does. And they are out there. It’s not something I’m going to use too often, and I tend to be conservative when it comes to spending money on items I want more than I need.

So I checked out the Nextbook Premium 8 tablet in a few places, and fell in love with it. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I don’t have any major complaints. The one big complaint would be that I find the keyboard a little difficult to navigate. But that’s probably more about my skills than a reflection on the actual tablet. The reading experience is also good. But I will warn people who have never owned an e-reader and are thinking about getting one: if you’re just looking for a device that will let you read e-books, go for the Kobo or something like it in the beginning. You don’t need a tablet to read e-books. In fact, I find that the tablet is distracting when it comes to the overall reading experience.

In other words, speaking as someone who is not a techie and only wants to push a button to read an e-book, I would highly recommend the Nextbook Premium 8 to anyone looking for a tablet who doesn’t want to pay Apple’s prices. But I still go back to my dedicated e-reader to get the full impact of the personal, relaxing reading experience I have always cherished.

Question and Answer: About E-readers

This question came from a blog reader and I thought it was important. As I’ve said, I’m still learning all about e-readers myself, and I can only go on my basic knowledge.

I started with Amazons Kindle for PC and enjoyed the use thus purchasing a Kindle 3G. The Kindle for PC allowed me to download books from many sources, but the Kindle 3G does not permit this. Amazon told me I could only down load e-books purchased thru Amazon. Do you know of another e-reader that will allow downloads from any source?

I answered below in bold. First, I know nothing about Kindle. I have two Kobo e-readers and the reason I bought them is because I was told I can download from various sources, including epub at public libraries, which is important to me because I love supporting libraries. So far, I’ve been happy. But if anyone has any knowledge about this, please feel free to comment. As I said, I’m still learning just like everyone else and if there’s something I missed, I’d like to know.

This is why I bought two Kobo e-readers, the version with e-ink, and the Kobo Look Book, which is backlit.

The reason I bought Kobo is because I saw that I could download from more sources, including public libraries, than with Kindle. Below is the information link for Kobo, and on this page you will find a list of all the supported file formats (I’ll list them below, too). And Kobo prices aren’t that bad, compared to others. I actually found my Look Book on sale at my local CVS pharmacy for 49.99. About 100.00 cheaper than online. But that was a special sale, so I’m not sure how or when CVS does this. But I love them both.

From what I also hear, the best way to download anything you want is with an Apple iPad. But it’s very costly, and the reason I didn’t do it is because I only wanted a dedicated e-reader.

I will check around and if I come up with anything else, I’ll let you know.

Kobo link: http://www.kobobooks.com/touch_tech

Here’s what Kobo can download:

Books: EPUB, PDF and MOBI

Documents: PDF

Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP and TIFF

Text: TXT, HTML and RTF

Comic Books: CBZ and CBR