questionswhat e-reader should i get for mother's day?

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I think the Nook Simple Touch is one of the simplest to use and navigate. It's easier to use than the first Nook. I would vote for that one or the basic Kindle. You may also want to help her set up an Overdrive account through her local library where she can check out a bunch of ebooks for free, instead of having to purchase everything.

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first? like first gen? I have a nook simple touch which is the current gen of the black and white e-ink reader. I like it a lot. I rooted mine so I can read both nook and kindle books. That said if your mom has a bunch of ebooks already or doesn't like to pay for them I would say that kindle is probably the more available in that sense. Also the kindle can do audio books and nook cannot.

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If she plays with the Nook Color continuously, as you said, then why not just get her a Nook Color? She obviously likes it.

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As I said, I'm in school right now. I can't exactly afford to buy her that as a broke college student.

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@kmz5082: I have been able to grab used Nook Colors (or is it Nooks Color?) from Craigslist for $100.00

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Why does she play with the Nook color? Web browsing? Or ebook reading. If you are just interested in ebook reading, the best deal is the basic Kindle. 79 bucks. If she is doing other stuff, then the Nook color or Kindle Fire would be the way to go. Consider refurbs to save money.

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Pathetically late in the curve here, but THIS is a job for GIFT CARD! Pick up a B&N gift card for $80, put it in a card, and tell your Mom that we're going to go to B&N and get you an ereader! Let her decide if she wants to pay the extra for the Nook Color. (Use a sharpie to put the GC amount on the face of the card to avoid surprises..)