E Readers

calebibcalebib Senior MemberPosts: 1,701 Senior Member
I've been thinking about getting an e reader like a Nook or Kindle. Anybody here use one and if so, which one and why? I'd like an illuminated model for reading in bed after the wife has zonked out.

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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,071 Senior Member
    I loved my original kindle, but it was not illuminated.....which sucked. The kindle fire is pretty awesome. However, a smartphone with a kindle app is about the most convenient bit of technology ever invented.
  • alphasigmookiealphasigmookie Senior Member Posts: 8,158 Senior Member
    The wife has one of the original versions that's not illuminated. She likes it. I think they have a new one called the "paper white" that I think is illuminated and not too expensive. The Fire tablets are nice and provide more functionality and are illuminated but don't have the same battery life. The old kindles would last for a week or more without a charge. The fire is more like a smartphone that will need a charge after 8-10 hours of use (if not less). If you just want a reader I'd go with the paper white. If you think you might be interested in more of the tablet features the fire HD is only $80 more.
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  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    Good point about the battery life. I think I'll probably stick with a standard reader, I like the idea of less charging.
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,196 Senior Member
    I like the fire coz I can read in the dark while the wife is sleeping and I can surf the net when the daughter is hogging the MacBook.
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  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    calebib wrote: »
    I've been thinking about getting an e reader like a Nook or Kindle. Anybody here use one and if so, which one and why? I'd like an illuminated model for reading in bed after the wife has zonked out.

    Sorry calebib, I ain't never been the one for new fangled gadgets like Kindle. I prefer hard paper and ink books, writings in print.
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  • rbsivleyrbsivley Senior Member Posts: 1,055 Senior Member
    I got a Pandigitial tablet which has an ereader that is connected to B&N. It cost me $200 and has worked well for me. I can surf the web pretty much just like on the desktop.
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  • airheadairhead Member Posts: 424 Member
    I got a fire to read books with. I end up on the web with it more than anything. Wi-fi dependant but mine does not leave home much.
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  • shawn1172shawn1172 Senior Member Posts: 588 Senior Member
    I got a regular Kindle for my mom for Christmas last year. I got the leather cover for it too that looks like it's a leather-bound book and it has a light in it since the kindle isn't backlit. She loves it. She's a voracious reader, going through at least a book a week. Battery lasts a long time and the built in light on the cover has worked fine for her. I asked the guys here for advice on what type of reader to get first and most of the responses pointed to it.
    Funny how the guns and ammo forum has turned into a standard reference for so many of us when we have questions that have nothing to do with guns. Seems like whenever I feel the need to ask advice on something my first thought it is "hmm, I'll ask the guys on the forum."
  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,071 Senior Member
    Sorry calebib, I ain't never been the one for new fangled gadgets like Kindle. I prefer hard paper and ink books, writings in print.

    I used to feel the same way, until someone gave me a Kindle as a gift. Don't get me wrong, I still love the feel of a hardback book, but e-readers are extremely USEFUL.

    When not in school, I generally read about ten books a month. That's about an average sized bookcase full every year. Weighs quite a bit, and after a few years takes up a HUGE amount of space.

    I still have select favorite authors that I collect all of their books, but for general reading material I go electronic all the way. I have almost a thousand books in my front pocket, all together they weigh a few ounces, and I only paid for about 30 of them, all the rest were available for free download.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 23,920 Senior Member
    I have the regular Kindle, and like it a lot. Easy to read even in subdued light. Easy to read in bright sunlight outdoors. Long battery life between charges if you don't stay connected to the net. Downloading books is really fast, too.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,046 Senior Member
    I have the standard Kindle and I like it a LOT, but it's not backlit.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,730 Senior Member
    Gizmag did an article recently on two going head to head. Both are backlit.

    http://www.gizmag.com/kindle-paperwhite-vs-nook-simple-touch-glowlight/24356/
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  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    calebib wrote: »
    Good point about the battery life. I think I'll probably stick with a standard reader, I like the idea of less charging.

    I got a Fire for Christmas last year.
    FWIW, battery drain is only bad if you're streaming movies. I can read a couple hours on mine every night and it lasts almost two weeks. In the bed, or any time indoors, you can turn the brightness all the way down. Turn off wifi too. The only time I pick it up when the battery is low is if my daughter got a hold of it and watched some cartoons on Netflix. But then again I've also ran through 4 episodes of Breaking Bad in one night. From a full charge I still had about 40% left in the battery.

    But kindles are so cheap now, like $69, so get both if you're having trouble deciding. There are several on Craigslist around me for half the new price on the kindle fire.


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  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    And I just saw that last years fire is now priced at $159. I wouldn't worry about HD if you're looking to save a little bit.


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