questionsnook vs kindle; why? any priced below $259.00?

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Late to the dance, but I love my Nook. It reads epub, pdf, and the proprietary software. The e-ink makes reading easy; no back lighting. I can load extra memory on it, and it's great for lugging around PDF versions of gaming rule books. It allows bookmarking, note taking, high-lighting...

It plays mp3s, and if I want, I can load my personal images for the screen saver.

Best of all, my carry on luggage will no longer weigh 40 pounds from all the books.

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Neither?

I've been reading ebooks for years on a Palm PDA. I went through a couple of generations of monochrome screens, now using a Palm OS Treo phone. (phone function inactive, just using the PDA). I always bought used devices and never paid more than $50 for a PDA. The small screen is not a hindarence at all for reading text, I find it more legible than typical paperbacks. I would not give up the PDA for a non-backlit e-ink screen.

I buy books from fictionwise, the eReader format DRM is the least objectionable of the current DRM schemes. There are also version of eReader for PCs and Windows Mobile devices.

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I just had a chance to get over to Barnes and Noble and try the Nook. Slick little device. I highly recommend anyone to check out there BN store and try the Nook before they consider buying it.

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I bought a 1st gen Kindle when they dropped the price the first time. I liked it, sort of (e-ink is nice), but I like physical books better! I wound up listening to audio versions of the books I was into rather than reading them on the Kindle, because hands are free while using the Ipod. I wound up selling it to someone who can read at work (he has to monitor stuff, but rarely do anything except be there jic....so he gets to read....
If a reader became more flexible - more formats, more resolution for .pdf files, zoom, synthesized voice for sight or movement-impaired persons, to the degree that it could handle most textbook needs, I'd take another look. I kinda doubt these will even do anything a netbook won't, except for the battery life advantage with e-ink.
FWIW, I know people who love theirs.

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@sgoman5674: I love books. With binding, and paper. You can have a dozen books, with bookmarks everywhere, while researching something, and read from one to the other to compare. Sure, things like searching are nice when you're online, but for the most part, I'm with you. No Kindle. No Nook. Books.

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@shrdlu: I don't like reading things on a screen especially books. I am never getting a kindle/nook. If someone gets it for me, I am asking for the return receipt so I can get something else.

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@sxmdee: You will be lucky to find either a Barnes&Noble Nook or a Amazon Kindle at even list price. They are apparently the hot thing this year. Pre-orders for Nook are now being guaranteed at no earlier than mid-January. No Kindle 3.0 is available for under $299 (that I could see). You can download Kindle software for either PC or Mac from Amazon, and use that to read books (and I believe that the download is free). That's about it.

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@sgoman5674: You probably already found this, but it's yet another reader like Kindle, except completely sold out. I'm trying to remember who has (or had it), but I don't. Maybe I'll come back later, with details of the comparison. One also expects that the comparison is between the latest and greatest Kindle (which I think is 3.0) and the Nook.

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Whats a nook? Is it that Sony thing that I say on the subway?