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advice on e-readers

I'm trying to catch up a little; this is the first week in months where someone in the family hasn't come down with a new medical problem. I have a lot of writing to catch up on, but at the same time I'm on vacation, and hoping to get a little R&R time along the way.

Meanwhile, does anyone have recommendations for a very cheap e-reader? I'm talking something for reading books only, nothing else. I have a lot of e-books I want to read, including many from writer friends, but I've found hauling my laptop around to my favorite reading places to be too much of a chore. (Doesn't work well in lines and waiting rooms, for instance.) I have a feeling even the least expensive will be beyond my present means, but who knows?


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Jul. 24th, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
I have a first-gen Nook and I love it. Good battery life, easy to read, expandable memory, simple interface... I don't think this model is available any more, but the Simple Touch is only $99 and it's gotten good reviews from tech mags. (The cheapest Kindle is $79 if you get the version that shows ads, otherwise it's $109.) Plus I like the fact that if I have a question or an issue, I can take my Nook into a brick & mortar store and ask the rep on staff.
Jul. 24th, 2012 06:25 am (UTC)
Oh also Nook supports ePub files; as far as I know, Kindle does not. That makes it easier to borrow electronically from libraries.
Jul. 25th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of borrowing ... and libraries ...
Jul. 25th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Ads are not a problem for me! What is a problem is that I have several downloaded manuscripts from Amazon ...
Jul. 24th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
You can download the Stanza or Kindle aps for your phone for free.

Alternately, I love my Kindle and find it is comparable price-wise with anything on the market over here, but I have no idea what is available over there.
Jul. 25th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Always meant to look into those newfangled smart phone thingamajigs ...
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Jul. 25th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
I wish I could find something that *just* shows books ... I just don't need all that extra stuff. Sheldon would be horrified!
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Aug. 2nd, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
Looks like we found one that will suit me ... a bit more expensive than I had in mind, but it'll do!
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Jul. 24th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
I can only say that I do like my kindle - and there may well be kindles available on E Bay as people go for new ones...
Jul. 24th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
I've got a first gen Nook, and I'd highly recommend it. You can read epub and pdf files on it, which comes in handy if you're reading other sorts of documents, and it has an easy interface. Plus, B&N ebooks are normally DRM-free and can be read on almost any device.
Jul. 25th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
It's something I'll look into, although I don't have a whole lot of money for anything. First generation stuff might be something to think about ...
Jul. 24th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
I have a 2nd generation Kindle and a Kindle Fire. I use the Fire for only two things, 1) when I need to access the internet when not at home. 2.) To view Netflix when no TV is available for streaming. The 2nd generation Kindle I use just for reading. I love that you can view the print in the sunlight and (IMHO) the print on the Kindle look like a "real" book. A kindle goes for about $80.00 new. If you are comfortable going through ebay Ihave seen used ones for as little as $20.00,
Jul. 25th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Viewing the print in sunlight would be helpful! I'm thinking of looking into the used ones, though -- fits my budget.
Jul. 26th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
If you decide on a Kindle you can sign up
here for daily emails on free books. Some suck but some are OK.
Jul. 27th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
Interesting! I'm a big fan of free stuff.
Jul. 24th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
I really quite like my Kindle... and if you're willing to put up with ads on non-important pages (the screensaver and the menu pages, NOT on the pages of the books), they can be gotten new for about $80.
Jul. 25th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Ads -- not a problem!
Jul. 31st, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Kindle with offers $79. cheap and easy. just like you.
Aug. 2nd, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
It just so happens that's exactly the one we're looking at. It's as if we're ... kindled spirits.
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