Nook or Kindle?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Posted by Dina N

My family reads tons of books. Between my passion for reading, hubby's non-fiction collection, and the many, many kids' books we own, our bookshelves are stacked top to bottom. And we have a lot of bookshelves.

Many of the books we read are passed along to family and friends or donated. Still, there are many that we decide to keep. I've always been a paper girl when it comes to reading but I've been considering an e-reader lately. Before we run out of shelve space again... Plus, Mother's Day is in less than two weeks, and hubby always complains I am difficult to shop for. I am not, really - but since Mother's Day, my birthday and our wedding anniversary happen to be mere weeks apart, I kind of see his point.

Amazon is having a very nice deal on Kindle starting tomorrow, and I plan to go try out the Nook at the bookstore, too. I've been reading reviews on both until my head started spinning. So, Nook or Kindle? That is the question! Please help me out and spill - do you have one? Love it? Hate it? Can't live without it?

14 comments:

  1. Wrighty said...

    I always wonder that as well. I don't have one but my sister-in-law has the original Nook and loves it. She especially likes that you can borrow library books with it. I don't think that's a feature on most of the other e readers. That would be something I would have to have as well. Good luck! :)

  2. Steph @ Thoughts From Cali said...

    I do have the Kindle but honestly I miss my books. :( when you get a chance you can read my post.

    http://thoughtsfromcali.blogspot.com/2010/08/not-kindle-kind-of-gal.html

  3. Pricilla said...

    Well, you know I love my Nook. It will never replace an actual book for me 'cause I'm old but I am glad I have one.

  4. Katie said...

    I have a Nook and I love it. Of course I am biased and say that it is better than the Kindle. But I've never touched a Kindle so I don't really know for sure. (But in my research the Nook seemed like the better choice for my needs)

  5. PoCoKat said...

    I have a Kindle. I love it! Greatest invention of the decade. Amazon has so many good deals and free deals for books. I review Net Galley books on my Kindle. It's amazing.

  6. holdenj said...

    I went with the Nook because of the library option and have been very happy with it so far. However, sometimes the library doesn't have the book I want or there's just as long a list as the hard copy to reserve a title. I also understand the Kindle is going to roll out some sort of lending option but I don't remember when. Good luck! I won't leave my hard copies of books completely behind, but it is definitely a nice option to have. Loved it for vacation!

  7. Kathy Detweiler said...

    i can't live without my Kindle, it is with me always. I have over 3000 books for my Kindle and I can read all of a series one after the other instead of hoping my library has all of them.

  8. Susan M. Heim said...

    I haven't tried the Kindle, but I absolutely love my NookColor. It's amazing. And B&N just announced a new software update so it has even more features and is more like a tablet PC in addition to an eReader. I recommend it wholeheartedly!

  9. Just Another Hat said...

    I have both - they were both gifts (but my sister took my Kindle). A friend just told me that you can now borrow books from the library with the Kindle, making both the Nook and Kindle comparable with that feature. Although there are a lot of online sources for free books, you can read any book while at B&N for an hour using your Nook for free. I don't think the Kindle has that capability. Also, every Friday, the Nook blog gives free books. If you prefer to type on a real keyboard, then go with the Kindle, as the Nook doesn't have a real keyboard. Each will offer special features, but I think overall, as an alternative to books, both are comparable. I hope this helps.

  10. BusyWorkingMama said...

    I'm sorry, I just can't give up the real, live book. My mom has a Kindle and it is cool but...I love my books! I have heard some libraries let you check out books on a Kindle for 3 weeks. That's kinda neat! They disappear off your device after 3 weeks. I'm not buying one...but I am trying to win one :)

  11. meggerfly said...

    I absolutely love my Nook! I have the original one. The thing that really grabbed my attention about the Nook is that you can see the covers of your books on the lower screen. Said screen can be a bit of a pain but I feel that it's worth it. Also, you can go to the store with your Nook and they can show you how to work it if your a technophob lol! You can also read any book in-store at B&N and the Nook will save your place so you can come back another time and continue reading it. Plus you can put on music and wallpapers.

  12. bitt said...

    I really like my kindle, but I wish I had a Nook instead because of the sharing ability. It seems ridiculous that one can't share on a Kindle. Some books you can "loan" but hardley any. But if that's not a concern, Kindle is fine.

    As for "real" books, I still read them too about half the time, because if I get a copy from a friend or at a thrift store can get it cheaper, I do it. When I travel I LOVE not having to lug around books and just use the kindle because I read a lot on planes and trips.

    Hope this helps!

  13. Deborah in Atlanta said...

    I'm of the older generataion (I'll soon be 58), and can honestly say I miss holding a real live book in my hands. I've had my Nook since February, and while I like not hauling books around, it's not the same as holding that much-loved paper book. I'll be going from Georgia to Texas this week and will be gone for a week, so it's nice to know all I need to do is take my Nook with me and I'll have several books at my fingertips. I'm still searching for a "carrier/holder" to protect it, as well as a light (since I like to read at bedtime) but other than that, I'm well pleased. I probably have 30 books saved on my Nook and they've all been free. And free is important to me. Now, I just need to get working on cleaning out the bookshelves. I probably have well over 600 books. They're my very best friends, and parting with them is agonizing. It just breaks my heart to give away a book. :-(

  14. Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

    I am absolutely in love with my Kindle! I don't go anywhere without it. I barely go from room to room in my house without it! I enjoy real books too only because they are so pretty... but I prefer to read on my Kindle! The kindle is just too comfortable!

    To name a few of the many benefits; I have a dictionary and Wikipedia at my fingertips, I never need a bookmark, I can make notes or highlight text and I don't damage the book. If I want to look something up there is an easy search feature! I never have to go to the book store…I can download a new book from anywhere (including a crazy amount of freebies)! My eyes never get tired like if I was reading on a computer or the Color Nook that don’t have the E-Ink technology.

    Kindle launched their lend feature a few months back that they are slowly expanding. They also just announced this week that they will be letting customers borrow from libraries across the nation in the next couple months!

    I am one of the few people that religiously uses the Text to speech function on the Kindle too. I plug it into my MP3 jack in my truck and have it read to me on my 35 mile drive to and from work every day and love it (now that I am used the voice)!

    I have tried the Nooks and just couldn't get used to the touch screen. The controls and ease of use on the Kindle are far superior in my opinion. But if you don't think you will be using those...the Nook is great. I just happen to use them ALOT!!!

    Oh and my kids love the games I downloaded for free that they can play on it!

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