E-readers: Yea or nay?

First of all, I have to apologize for getting so far behind on reading blog posts and responding to comments! I blame a combination of real life busy-ness and decreased motivation to blog on a regular basis. I would like to get back into the swing of things, though, so stay tuned! I have several reviews to post in the coming days…hopefully I can get my act together!

In the meantime, I am pondering an e-reader purchase, and I need help! I have resisted the lure of the e-reader for a long time. I really love my collection of paper books (over 1,000 now, although I know that’s chump change compared to some of you!), and I definitely don’t want to stop purchasing them in favor of e-books. Basically, I’m thinking of getting an e-reader for (1) free books, like classics that are in the public domain, and (2) books that are only available in e-book form. I’m not interested in a fancy tablet; I don’t particularly want to use the device for anything other than reading.

So basically I am trying to decide between a Kindle and a Nook. In both cases I’m looking at the simplest, most basic version. I’ve been trying to weigh pros and cons in my mind…for example, I know that the Kindle only supports books purchased from Amazon, while the Nook can read any e-book in epub format. This definitely makes the Nook sound better, but then again, Amazon does have a vast selection! And what if Barnes & Noble eventually goes out of business (perish the thought, but it may happen)? I don’t particularly want Amazon to take over the world, but I don’t want to be stuck with an e-reader I can’t use, either.

Long story short, here’s what I want to know: Do you have an e-reader? Is it a Kindle, a Nook, or something else? Do you like it? What would you advise me to purchase? For my purposes, is buying an e-reader even worth it? Any and all advice is welcome!

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4 thoughts on “E-readers: Yea or nay?

  1. Stormy says:

    I have a Kindle, and I love it! Mine’s an older model(like, pre-paperwhite. I *think* it’s a 2nd generation), so it’s a little outdated & I want to eventually upgrade to a new one, but even so, I love it. I’m a huge Kindle fan, so you can take everything I say with a grain of salt, but I highly recommend it. I know my kindle holds a charge for a LONG time–like, I usually use it with the data off and it last for about 3 weeks, using it every day. Also, if you ever do start to purchase books on your e-reader, Amazon typically has better deals/prices.

  2. curlygeek04 says:

    I love my Kindle! I admit, I’m a slave to Amazon, but not just because of the Kindle, I even buy my groceries there. I can’t say how the Nook compares, but I can say when I bought my niece a Kindle last year, it was partly because of the concern about whether B&N would stay in business.

  3. Jenny @ Reading the End (formerly Jenny's Books) says:

    I have a Nook and I absolutely love it. The interface isn’t the most friendly in the world, but it’s nice to be able to get library ebooks even when they exist only as epubs.

    That said, my sister says that Amazon has a better selection of ebooks to buy (I don’t know about this because I almost exclusively read ebooks from the library). And of course it is possible that B&N will go out of business at some point (oh how sad it will make me if that happens), so I can see wanting to be prepared for that.

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