dealsnook simple touch + $30 gift card for $79.00

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For those curious, the Nook Simple Touch runs a modified version of Android and can be rooted. A coworker has one and has been able to play games and stuff with it, though be aware that since it's an e-ink reader the screen refresh is too slow for real-time games and apps.

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IMHO, if somebody wants an ereader then they're better off going with the market leader Amazon. Their Kindles are very easy to use and the newest version, Paper White, has an amazing screen with industry leading edge lighting. These devices are going to be supported for a long time by Amazon and free MOBI documents are easy to find and load onto the devices.

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@alextse: Yeah but can I get one for anywhere close to ~$50?

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Mobi is all good and well, but Nook supports ePub and ePub > Mobi.

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I personally like the Nook brand, although they have crippled Android unless you root them and install your own. Any Kindle tablet has the advantage there, as the Amazon app store has a section specifically for the Kindle Fires. E-reader wise, I believe that the Kindle has more features than the Nook. You can take notes on it, which is useful for school and work. If you like audio books and have an Audible account, there is a cool feature that syncs up your audio book with the book on your Kindle (although that works for the Kindle app too). If you want an e-reader for school books or work, Kindle is probably the way to go. I prefer the Nook myself, partially for the design (I'm a sucker for aesthetics) and because I wanted a device that I could read books on, nothing else. I agree with venardhi that epub is a superior format to mobi, largely due to its flexibility across many devices. It seems that most ebooks are published in the epub format first, and others as an afterthought.

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I very often borrow books for free from my local library to read on my Nook. (I think they're available for Kindle that way too.) That's a great way to save money on stuff you don't need to continually access after it's read. Note that with my library (and perhaps all?) it requires side-loading from a computer with Adobe Digital Editions, and can't be done wirelessly.. which is a little annoying, but worth the hassle for free books.

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I have the basic 4th edition Kindle. Amazon assigns registered Kindle owners with an email address that can be used to send non-mobi files to their Kindles, resulting in a no fuss file conversion. I've used this method for some epub files without a problem. The newly converted files get delivered during the next WiFi connection.

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You can also side load ebooks, convert them, manage them, etc. with the free program Calibre http://calibre-ebook.com/. I love it.

The Nook Simple Touch is probably the best straight up e-ink ereader you'll find for the price (and probably almost the best regardless of price too). If you want a device to just read books on, then e-ink is still the way to go. It's less straining on your eyes, easier to read in light and outside, and has super long battery life (these Nooks have super long battery life). It's actually healthier if you're someone who reads at night too, as you're not staring at an LED screen and affecting your melatonin and circadian rhythm as much [url]http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/2012/May/blue-light-has-a-dark-side/[/url], but I digress.

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For those wanting an eink ereader, the Nook simple touch is the best on the Market. its easy to use, has a great display and very light weight.

I think the Os that is stock on the NST is very good and I dont think there is any advantage of rooting it to another system. YMMV

I have had mine nearly a year. I would replace it ina second if it was lost or stolen

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I was pumped about this until I saw the Mastercard part, I don't even know anyone with a Mastercard.

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I also am a relatively happy owner of the NST. You can't beat the weight, clarity, simplicity, and 2 month battery life. Using Calibre with plug-ins to deDRM, convert, aggregate news, and manage content. Put in a 32 GB microSD ($20) and you can carry 8000 large books in your pocket.

My complaints:

- You can't delete a side-loaded document from the Nook itself.

- Navigation is too idiotically simple. Click to a footnote, turn the page, and you can't get back to your reading point! Just a competent back button would solve this and the overall navigation problem that you have to constantly re-navigate from the top level.

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Complaints, continued:

- B&N cripples the WiFi to connect only into their store. So you have to use a cable to manage your own content. Whichever vendor first stops abusing its customers with monopolistic restrictions will get my business.

- Rooting - meh. My experience is it's half-baked open source, the result being unstable, unesthetic, only semi-functional, with incomprehensible/non-existent docs and clumsy UIs. I restored the stock OS after a few days and now use Calibre to convert to Nook format. It's a shame about rooting, but I prefer a device that does fewer things, and does them all well and reliably.

YMVV, of course.