the great eReader debate

Posted 22 February, 2011 by Danny in / 28 Comments

Last week, I asked you (yes you) to help me decide:
a. if I should buy an eReader
&
b. which eReader you thought I should buy.
The response was fan-freaking-tastic.
And only marred by a momentary kafuffle with the comments.
just.so.you.know.
I did read every comment.
I was just unable to responded to a few,
and I thank you all for taking the time to not only
vote on the survey but give such awesome feed back.
This very post was in fact born out of your amazing, insightful responses.

The purpose of this post is as follows:
1. To discuss the outcome of the survey.
2. To give a little advice to those of you who are on the fence
about buying an eReader due to finances, lack of interest, and/or
just flat out confusion over what exactly you should buy.
3. To give my opinion on why some prefer the Kindle and others the Nook.
4. To unveil what I bought.
5. A word to those who would aim for book pureness.

If you want to check out the post and the comments left click here.
For now… Let’s begin.

1. Survey said!

*67 people voted in this survey.

The Kindle held a strong majority of the votes (42%) with the Barnes & Noble’s Nooks coming in second with a combined total of 32% of the vote. The iPad was beat out by both the “other” and “damn the man” options. Making the iPad by far the least favorite eReader device. The comments left on the post clearly supported this data with many people stating that the back-lighting and heaviness of the iPad make it an extremely uncomfortable reading device. Comments left about the Nook Color were extremely favorable and seemed to take away some votes from the Original Nook. However, complaints over the lack of the E-Ink on the Nook Color, plus the fact that it has so many bells and whistles (something you’d think would be an advantage) prove to much of a distraction for the “serious” reader. Thus, the general consensus seems to be that while the Nook Color is a seemingly awesome idea in theory, practically it’s not what a reader is looking for. And what of these “others.” Well, many a commenters expressed their undying love for their Kobo Readers stating that the cost of the reader (which is less than the Nooks and Kindle) and it’s streamlined programing was for the win. Other readers that were mentioned were Sony’s eReaders. However, no one gave specifics as to why they liked Sony’s devices in comparison with others. Having looked at them myself, I’d say extra bells and whistles, plus Sony’s technology is what makes them a more tech savvy product. However, they are extremely costly. And what about that solid 12% who thought I should say “HELL NO, eReaders you can all suck it?” More on that later.

Reading Between the Lines:
Alrighty cutie, that survey was all fine and dandy but what exactly does it mean? I’m still confused.

Me too. But I think I’ve got a little better grasp on this whole eReader debate. Here’s how I see it:

First and foremost, you have got to decide financially and practically what makes sense for your life. How will an eReader fit into your world? Does it even make sense to buy one?

Let’s be honest, everyone says you have to buy a house, because if you don’t and you are just renting you are essential throwing away your money. Well, that’s all fine and dandy for those of us with the means to keep up on the upkeep of our abodes (let alone make enough money to afford one), but not everyone can take on the responsibilities of owning a home. Not to mention, maybe it just doesn’t fit our life style. Maybe we just don’t give a crap if we are throwing away our money, because we can call our landlord any time something breaks!

What does this have to do with an eReader? eReaders are not cheap. When one is buying an eReader they are making an investment, if you will. And, to be honest, unless you are buying only older eBooks and/or classics eBooks or only downloading the free eBooks, you are not saving that much money (at least is seems that way). With my Barnes & Noble account I get paper books anywhere from 30 to 50% off the cover price, plus free shipping, which is completely comparable to the price of eBooks, if not cheaper. Plus, B&N’s bargain paper book selection is huge and greatly priced. Amazon offers the same deals, not to mention, Target, Walmart, Costco, and others who offer physical books at any where from 20 to 50% off the cover price. Sometimes even more. And let’s talk physical used books, which can be found online for as little as a penny! Not to mention, my good friend, the library which beats them all with an extensive collection and is free. That’s right FREE! You just can’t beat that price.

And if you are like me and on a budget, forking out the money for an eReader is all fine and dandy, but you’d have to stop there, because you can’t afford then to fill it with all the newly released eBooks you’ve been dying to read, due to having broke the bank just to buy the darn thing.

Granted the upside to an eReader is hands down the storage space. If you are like me, and you don’t have a room dedicated to shelves filled with books (*daydreams about the awesomeness*) then you too are running out of room for your little hobby reading. eReaders are a great answer to this dilemma. But what if you don’t mind the stacks of books?

But the biggest selling point of an eReader: instant gratification. With an eReader in your hand you are a simple click away from a book. No waiting in line. Heck, you don’t even have to leave your house! The books comes to you. Pining is a thing of the past, my friends. In the future, we snap our fingers and get what we want now. Patients, it’s a lost art.

When looking into buying an eReader, I believe it is best to write a pro’s and con’s list. Making sure that it doesn’t just end up being an expensive paper weight.

The Great Debate:

To Kindle or to Nook that is the question. While there are other eReaders out there (like the Kobo) that are doing a bang up job, the two eReaders that are most popular are the Kindle and the Nook. Each camp will go on and on about the benefits of their favorite eReader and why the other eReader sucks. They also compare Amazon and B&N fervently defending the honor of their favorite books providers. I will admit, I am a fan of B&N. But a lot of that has to do with I love to slip away, walk into that hallowed place, take in the fresh scent of coffee and new books, and forget for a while that I’m a mother of four. It’s like my own personal adult wonderland, where everything is all shiny and new. I enjoy being there. It makes me happy. Maybe if Amazon had a psychical bookstore I could roam around I’d like it more. Who knows?

So, when comparing the two companies, I must admit I can’t see much of a difference. Each has a special membership, which you can pay for and receive special discounts and free 2 day shipping. Each has competitive pricing on their books with the deference in pricing coming down to pennies at times.

And what of their eReaders? I was surprised to hear from people in the comments who had both that they loved each eReader and didn’t see much of a difference between the two. What it seems to come down to is the readers preference. Do you like Amazon or do you like B&N? It’s as simple as that.

Yes there are some fundamental differences. The Nook does lag slightly more than the Kindle and needs a memory card to hold as many books as the Kindle. However, the Kindle forces you to only buy books from Amazon and does not have a library renting option. Not to mention, once you’ve hit that storage limit (which would frankly be pretty darn impressive) you cannot add a memory card to store more.

To me, these differences add up to a wash, and one must simply ask them self, what will make me the happiest to read from?

cutie joins the in crowd aka cutie bows down to social pressure

You’d think I would have held out longer. For goodness sake, I don’t even own a cellphone because they annoy the hell out of me (but that is another day another rant). After some careful thought and an extensive pro’s and con’s list I did end up getting an eReader, mainly so that I could finally start reading the eBooks publishers/authors have been sending us here at Bewitched Bookworms!

After reading all your comments, I realized what was important to me was being able to rent books from the library on my eReader. If you check out my last In My Mailbox you will see I rent a looooot of books. And so I went with:

Isn’t she a beaut?! The mister took me out and bought her for me. I’m thinkin’ ’bout namin’ her Pearl. But I’m open for suggestions.

Final words:

In conclusion, the decision to buy an eReader wasn’t easy and my reasons for doing so greatly relied on the fact that I blog here on Bewitched and was missing out on a lot of opportunities due to not having one. Would I have bought one if I wasn’t apart of the Bewitched Sisterhood? Hm… that’s a great question, and one I think I’ll leave open. But I have this to say to all you out there who are on the fence or think eReaders will be the end of “real” books as we know them. I agree that as technology has grown our world has become colder, less personal, and all about streamlining. And while I see the benefits to owning an eReader, there is a part of me that is slightly ashamed of myself for giving in. My advice to you is to do what is best for your life style and not feel bulldozed by the masses, but to also be open to change whilst doing so. Cause I have to admit, my lil Nook is wonderment for sure.

If you’re still with me after all that
make sure to check out the comments on the original post
for more information on these readers, advice, commentary,
and sites were you can find refirb or used eReaders for cheaper.
Truly, the comments were amazing!
Thanks again to everyone for all there help!

What are you thoughts on eReaders?
Are you a fan?
But most importantly:
Does my new lil Nook look like a Pearl
or would another name be more suitable?!
Join the discussion or add to what you’ve already shared.

Tis what I know,
and what I’ve got.
Until next time–
Yours truly,

Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
You can also find me on goodreads. I’d love to get to know you so, don’t be shy and say Hello!

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28 Responses to “the great eReader debate”

  1. Donna/BLHmistress

    I don't have one yet but I have been on the fence like you not sure which one I want, which one is worth the bang for its buck and frankly I am stll on the fence. I am leaning towards the Kindle because I shop at Amazon a lot but at the same time you brought up something I didn't know and thats the memory card for the Nook – what if I reached my limit on the Kindle what would happen then do I need to get another ereader or what does anyone know?

    I like the name Pearl but maybe Sami??

  2. aLmYbNeNr

    Congrats On your buy! I love my Kindle. It is just so awesome and convenient, but I also still buy and borrow regular books. As for a name…I don't even have a name for my Kindle! Other than my own name on the thing! But go with Pearl. I like it!

  3. aLmYbNeNr

    Congrats On your buy! I love my Kindle. It is just so awesome and convenient, but I also still buy and borrow regular books. As for a name…I don't even have a name for my Kindle! Other than my own name on the thing! But go with Pearl. I like it!

  4. Yay, Cutie!!!!!!!!!!!! The Mr. rocks the house for giving you such an awesome anniversary present! I'm so happy you went with the Original Nook. I agree with Danny that it was the best choice for you. And please don't be shamefaced at joining the crowd with the newest electronic gadget. I still read real books (I have stacks of them on my chair in the library staring at me everyday!) and frequently am reading a real book, an eBook and an audiobook at the same time. And you'll love the Indie books we get to read via eBook. I'm reading a FANTASTIC one now!! So, long story short:

    YOU ROCK. THE MISTER ROCKS. YOUR NOOK IS THE SHIZZLE. AND………….

    I love the name Pearl for your Nookie! (My Kindle is my Big Precious….named after my iPod which is the Precious).

    *hugs*
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  5. What are you thoughts on eReaders?
    LOVE THEMMMM <3

    Are you a fan?
    Most deff 🙂

    But most importantly:
    Does my new lil Nook look like a Pearl
    it looks like Gilda, the Good Witch to me 😉

    or would another name be more suitable?!
    GILDA!

    I got a Kindle for Valentines. I love IT! Although there are some things on the Nook that I think is a lot better then the kindle, the its touch screen and shows you the covers of the books, which is really nifty!
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  6. Straylights

    Yay for Pearl! Great choice!! I didn't know Nook had library options! Now I'm kind of disappointed that kindle doesn't have that option :-/

  7. I'm glad you bought a Nook! I had the "classic" Nook, and upgraded to the NookColor and I love it. And, it's great to go into B&N and read any ebook for free for an hour when you're there. The library check out is awesome, too.

    I named my NookColor Hazel.

    Also check out Netgalley.com for free egalleys from publishers. It's the bomb!
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  8. Lunaoth

    However, the Kindle forces you to only buy books from Amazon and does not have a library renting option

    not true, there are MANY sites where you can get books for the kindle, not just on amazon.

    hope your happy with the nook! (just dont expect a replacement if it breaks or dies on its own..or really any help with anything from B&N)

    ah that sounds bitter >.< im sorry im not. I just have a gnawing hatred for B&N and they encroached on my fav store in my mall . lol!! I DO hope you enjoy the nook, ereaders are great.

  9. cutie

    If I remember right you can store up to 3000 books on the Kindle. Frankly, that's a shittles ton of books and it would take you a long time to reach that limit. But once you did, I believe yes, you would have to buy a new eReader.

    As far as the more bang for you buck, if you are giving serious thought about buying an eReader, and you are just unsure about buying the wrong one, I'm not sure that you really could go wrong buying a Kindle. Says the girl who bought a Nook. 😉

    Pros and cons. Write them. Go to an electronics store (or even Walmart) take a look at the eReaders and compare them.

    Sami is a cute name! Is that the name of the character from Shiver? I'm still ticked! *walks off grumbling incoherently*

  10. cutie

    I just saw the cover of The Iron Duke. Wowzers! I completely understand why you'd give him such a great name. Kindlesey the Kindle. It's got a great ring to it!

  11. cutie

    *falls out of chair*
    Bwahahahahaha
    *picks self up off floor*
    My big Precious.
    *wipes tears from eyes*
    Oh dear… I love you sofa king much!

  12. cutie

    Gilda the good witch perhaps?! Love it!

    I do like the touch screen on the Nook, plus the library thingy. Truly that's what sold me. In a sea of Kindles (aka my co-bloggers) I'z the lone Nook owner.

  13. cutie

    She's a cutie, isn't see!

    It does. And that's understandable. It's silly that the Kindle doesn't let you borrow books to be frank.

  14. cutie

    Thank you! When I took her out of the box I just thought she's so soft and shiny like a pearl! Look at me waxin' all poetic! lol

  15. cutie

    I need to sign up for Netgallery! Thank you for reminding me! Danny gets the bestest books from them!

    AW! Hazel is a great name.

    I thought about getting the NookColor. It really came down to cost in the end. Plus, everyone seemed to favor the Org. Nook in the end.

  16. cutie

    Bwahahahaha

    Now, tell me how you really feel! I love your honesty by the way. Truly, this is why I think people either like the Nook or B&N, personal preference. But it does seem the Kindle may have an edge over the Nook. If the Kindle had been borrower friendlier I would have been faced with a harder decision. Plus in the end, I'm a fan of your dreaded enemy. Plllllease forgive me! I know not what I do! hehe

    It's good to know the Kindle doesn't limit you to just Amazon. And I will keep my Nook in a glass bubble and never let it out for fear of it breaking. (Truth be told, I'm cursed when it comes to electronics. It will probably be broken in six months no joke).

  17. cutie

    Firstly, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

    Secondly, your name is full of awesomeness! That's a great movie I MUST read the book. I know. I know.

    Thirdly, I am gonna join today hopefully! I'm super excited about it now.

  18. cutie

    Shocking, I know. But true. My world is a cellphone free zone.
    Proof positive that it can be done.

    Pearl and I are bff for sure. *insert witty comments* lol
    I'z got the lame right now!

  19. robertduperre

    I'm just thankful you've gotten an ereader, period! I'm all for digital books. They've been good to me.

    Oh, and my daughter nicknamed my Kindle "Mark", because our MacBook's nickname is Madge (long story…has to do with feminism) and MY little cutie decided the laptop needed a boyfriend.

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  20. Jackie

    Welcome to the Nook club! Borrowing books from the library was a HUGE selling point for me. My post college budget doesn't allow for much in the way of purchasing books at the moment, so my e-reader would have been pretty empty if I had gone with the Kindle or any other e-reader for that matter. I'm always a loyal Barnes and Noble customer. It just didn't make any sense for me to go with any other e-reader.

    I think Pearl is a fetching name for your newest lil cutie! I named mine NaNook (nanook is inuit for polar bear). My boyfriend suggested it, and I thought it was pretty clever =]

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