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Old 11-15-2010, 09:43 PM   #1
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Guys and Gals,

Looking to buy an e-reader for my girlfriend for xmas. Not sure on which one to get so I am looking for some insight from owners. Also, if you have one, list if you have the wifi only or the 3G and which you would recommend.

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Old 11-15-2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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Kindle. I've used both, and definitely enjoyed the Kindle experience more.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:36 AM   #3
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I bought my wife the Nook and she is quite happy with it.

Does your GF go to B&N much? If so, go with the Nook. B&N let's you read any book for free for 1 hr per day and has weekly free books that you can download (in store download, but you keep it permanently).

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:04 PM   #4
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She has two B&N within about 10 minutes from her. We were in there on saturday and I was looking at them.

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:29 PM   #5
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I really like my Nook but really with software like Calibre to manage your library it is just a matter of preference.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:39 PM   #6
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My wife has had her kindle for almost 3 years and loves it. Although it has been a pain in the ass at times being Canadian, trying to get around all the safe guards they put in place to keep us from having it.

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:40 PM   #7
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I bought my wife the nook and got her the 3G version. She loves it. The convenience of downloading a book whenever she finishes her previous read is awesome for her. As well as the feature of reading for free in B&N for an hour a day.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:56 PM   #8
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I have a hard time spending 50 extra just for 3G. I am setting up WIFI at her house so she will have wifi. Most places have wifi now anyways. Don't think she would be anywhere reading that wouldn't have wifi. Leaning towards the nook so far.

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:59 PM   #9
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The good news is that everyone I've talked to recommends the one they own. So from that perspective, she'll like whatever you get her.

I bought the Kindle. It just worked better for my needs. I love the keyboard and had a hard time getting used to all the swiping and poking of the touchscreen during the Nook demo I did at the store. Some people really like that though. The Kindle does have the Pearl screen these days which is noticeably superior to both the Nook and my Kindle 2 screen. It's supposed to refresh faster, too but I didn't notice a difference compared to mine.

The 3G comes in handy for me. I'm not sure about the Nook, but the Kindle has a web browser that can browse sites that are mobile-friendly (sites that aren't might work or might not). If you already have 3G internet on your cell phone or laptop, I can guarantee you you'll never use it on the Kindle.

I don't know anything about Nook's customer service but I can't gush enough about Amazon's. My wife and I both own a Kindle 2. My 5-way knob broke (probably why they redesigned it for the Kindle 3) and with only about 5 minutes of phone time Amazon overnighted me a replacement with a pre-paid mailing label to send the old one back some time within 30 days. They said that they've covering the 5-way knob past the warranty period since it's been a high-failure issue so call if I ever have a problem with it again.

 
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:59 PM   #10
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The good news is that everyone I've talked to recommends the one they own. So from that perspective, she'll like whatever you get her.

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Along those lines, I really like my Kindle, The 3G is very convenient. Not only download a book anywhere but check e-mail, do google searches.

 
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