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Choosing the Right Handheld eBook Reader

July 3, 2010 Leave a comment

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Well, I would guess that it’s been hard to be on the fence lately when it comes to buying a handheld eBook Reader, what with the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the Borders supported Kobo and the Sony eReaders slashing their prices. And those are just the ones I know about – maybe the smaller eBook Reader companies have also slashed their prices?

Kindle 2 (Amazon.Com)

For my family, the choice is pretty easy. We are what you might call a Kindle family. When my mom decided that it was time for her to join in the eReader craze, she plunked down $139.99 for a refurbished Kindle 2. I’m not saying that the Amazon Kindle is the best eBook Reader out there, but it works for us. Yes, you get tied into Amazon’s proprietary DRMed Kindle format, but that’s okay for us since 1) we all share the same account, and 2) Amazon has made the Kindle software available on virtually every gadget we own.

What does this mean? Amazon allows you to register any number of Kindle devices to the same account, the only limit is that (due to copyright issues), the same eBook cannot simultaneously be re-downloaded onto more than 6 devices. Therefore, when my dad bought a copy of The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin for his Kindle DX, that meant that if we wished, my brother could also read it on his iPhone, I could read it on my Kindle 1 or iTouch and my sister could read it on her iPad. Or any of us could read it on the PC or a Mac or even an Android phone. Which is pretty much the same as buying one hard cover book and then passing it around to family members afterwards. (P.S. I’m still reading The Passage, but I am already highly recommending it!) Yes, in a perfect world, the Kindle would have native support for the ePub format, but I know how to convert eBooks from one format to another anyway so it’s no biggie for me.

Graphite Kindle DX (Amazon.Com)

We (meaning the ‘kids’) have no problem reading on LCD screens (heck, believe it or not, I’ve read entire books on my tiny Nokia N70 mobile phone screen!), but my dad really appreciated the e-ink screen, and he’s actually thinking of ordering the new Graphite Kindle DX since he’s read that it has a 50% better screen (called a ‘pearl’ screen). Needless to say, I’m encouraging him since I’d like to upgrade to his Kindle DX 😉 But I think what sold the Kindle to my dad initially was when he got the audio CD of Stephen King’s UR. For those unfamiliar with this novella, it’s a tale of a professor who buys a Kindle (and yes I know this sounds like a Kindle advertising gimmick, which I guess it was), but since this is Stephen King – this is no ordinary Kindle, the professor discovers an UR option that allows him to read eBooks from parallel dimensions. Anyway, I digress – what won my dad over was the ease of use of the Kindle that the book’s professor demonstrated – just take it out of the box, turn it on, buy the books and start reading (while charging very rarely). No messing around with the computer or cables or figuring how to do this or that.

Now, you may have different needs, so a Kindle may not be the best thing for you. For example, my sister reads a lot of scanned PDF Technical books that are in color. The Kindle can’t deal with that as well as her iPad. Or you may prefer to borrow all your eBooks from the library. In that case, it’s better for you to buy a Nook or a Sony Reader since they have native library book support. I myself used to borrow a lot of books from the NYPL, but although the NYPL has a pretty good eBook catalog, they only lend out 1 copy at a time (so I started to just buy eBooks).

Anyway, whatever your choice in the end, just remember the main point of the eReader, you gotta start reading those books! (ETA : If you want a quick overview of virtually ALL the readers out there, check out this Wiki Ebook Reader Matrix page!)

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Hey Bookworms! Hot Summer Fiction Sale at Book Closeouts!

July 3, 2010 Leave a comment
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Come-on, you can’t beat that – $1.99 Softcover and $2.99 Hardcover books at BookClose-Out.Com is super rock-bottom! There are literally thousands of books on sale, so if you have some free time, block it off on your schedule and start surfing!

Bookmark this LINK and start browsing when you have time! Just make it ASAP before the sale ends.

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Sales! Sales! Sales! Part 2

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It’s summer, and it’s great to see the big ass INDEPENDENCE SALE signs going up! Here’s a collection of on-going sales that you might be interested in: * Part 1 is found HERE

* Keep checking back since I’ll be updating this list! *

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