Nowadays e-readers are really popular as ebooks are well… popular. But there’s a lot of different kinds. Which one is the best?
I think Nook is my favorite e-reader. Note, it is the only I have ever personally owned so I might be a bit biased. It’s just so annoyingly convenient. And I say annoyingly because I can read and buy books anytime and practically read them on any device. It’s a lot easier than doing homework which is problem if I want to go to bed at a reasonable time. There are different types of nooks, ones that are more like tablets with LED screens and ones that are more like normal e-readers with e-ink. But my favorite part isn’t the Nook device itself (that’s pretty great too – I own a NookColor and after 3-4 years and my slips and drops, it still functions well enough) but the fact that you can read all the books on your actual Nook on any other device as long as there’s a Nook app. And the last time I checked, the Nook software was pre-installed on Windows computers.
Okay, I haven’t personally owned a Kindle so I don’t really know what it’s like. But I can say that fact that its books are .MOBI and not EPUB is a bit inconvenient for me. But besides that fact, everyone I know who has a Kindle has have nothing but praises for it. Kindle books are also really cheap at times compared to Nook books and have sales more often as Kindle is owned (part of?) Amazon. And honestly, one of the reasons why I got a Nook instead of a Kindle, besides the formatting problems, was that at the time I was desperate to support Barnes & Noble against Amazon. Borders had just gone out of business and my eighth grader mind thought getting a Nook would help B&N stay open (it’s the only bookstore near me so even if it has its faults, it’s better than nothing). And then there’s the fact that Amazon can’t sell books from certain publishers or something like that.
The only problem with this one is that I’m not a huge Apple user. Yeah, I like pears better than apples, and looking out the window, that’s cool too. Once I got a phone and gave my iPod to my mom to use, I kind of also lost access to all my iBooks. And I can’t get them to open in iTunes on the computer (are they supposed to?) But what I really liked about them was they have a free book every week and it was easy to find out which book they were promoting. This free book deal introduced me to a lot of my now favorite books including Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Those are two books I probably would never have heard of or tried if they weren’t for free. Now granted usually when they are free on iBooks they are free everywhere else, but it is just so much more convenient to notice the sale on iBooks than Nook books for instance.
What is your favorite e-reader?
Would you ever change your current e-reader?