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    Default Which e-reader should I get

    I am one of the few INTPs who is pretty crappy when it comes to technology. Regardless I do a fair amount of research and writing in my work and technology makes it less impossible for me to accomplish.

    I was approached by a sales associate at Barns and Noble pitching the relatively new ereader the "nook" the device itself looked a little funky but it seemed pretty cool with the Wifi and free 3G connectivity.

    I know there are few other competing ereaders out there (i.e. Kindle, Sony Touch etc..) I want the most for my money and don't want to be stuck with the Betamax of ereaders. Any suggestions/recommendations about any brand or ereaders in general.
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    I would make sure there isn't a huge difference when it comes to ebook store pricing and what have you, unless they're interchangeable.

    The nook seemed a bit better to me than the kindle, or you could also just get an iPad if you're a Mac psycho.



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    Thanks I think the Ipad is a bit more than I need (and have a bad habit of losing smaller stuff and ipad would cost me more) and I already have an iphone. I tend to be leaning toward the nook at the present. It appears to be both compatible to my iphone and it uses Google's Android operating system which although im not sure exactly what good that will do me sounds impressive/steadfast.
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    I have a Sony PRS-505, and I love it.
    It's definitely a no-frills reader - you can't connect to the internet, no fancy formats etc. All it does is display text files (.doc, epub and PDFs), but again, I love it. I bought it in January and have used it almost every day since.
    Probably one of the cheapest readers too. I'd just say, go for a 6" reader. It's really much larger compared to 5".
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    Why not just read on the iphone? I'm not sure exactly how that works but can't you get books in pdf? I keep thinking I need to look into this at some point rather than buying a kindle (or whatever I would buy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Hatter View Post
    I have a Sony PRS-505, and I love it.
    It's definitely a no-frills reader - you can't connect to the internet, no fancy formats etc. All it does is display text files (.doc, epub and PDFs), but again, I love it. I bought it in January and have used it almost every day since.
    Probably one of the cheapest readers too. I'd just say, go for a 6" reader. It's really much larger compared to 5".
    Thanks a lot! I will seriously look into that model.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elaur View Post
    Why not just read on the iphone? I'm not sure exactly how that works but can't you get books in pdf? I keep thinking I need to look into this at some point rather than buying a kindle (or whatever I would buy)
    As a matter of fact that was my original game plan when I got the iphone. The screen is still uncomfortably small for my purposes. I am not thrilled with the app I have for reading/search compared to what I have seen in other ereaders. If the iphone was even just an inch bigger with an app with more user friendly features (not to mention a stronger battery) I would be sufficiently satisfied.
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    Spamtar........as evidence that you are not the most technically retarded INTP, do you miss the feel of a real book?

    Anyone else too.

    For me, I think part of the reading experience is holding and flipping through paper pages.

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    Yes, there is definitely something about a paper book.

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    I've been thinking about getting an e-reader, too. I currently use an old Dell Pocket PC to read e-books sometimes, but only out of necessity. It's old and heavy and sometimes there are formatting issues.

    My dad reads e-books on his iPod touch. That's the only reason he bought it. He thinks it's ideal and I kind of agree. An iPod touch is cheaper than a Kindle or Nook and it does a lot more. Hard drive space won't be a problem. And you can read just about any e-book format on an iPod touch, including Kindle, so you won't ever have to worry about selection or anything.

    So the real questions are how is important is screen size and electronic ink to you? I've never seen electronic ink in person, and I'm sure it's cool, but I don't think it's THAT important. So what if you can read a Kindle in sunlight without glare? You can read an iPod touch in the dark because it's backlit.

    Some people think e-ink is easier on the eyes, and I'm sure it is, but I don't mind reading on regular back-lit screens at all. You can adjust the light levels and colors of just about every device.

    As for screen size, the iPod touch seems plenty big enough. You can change the text size, and since you're scrolling as you go, it really doesn't matter how many words fit on the screen at a time. It's actually more seamless to scroll and read on an iPod touch, where only two paragraphs fit on the screen at time (for example), than it is to read on a real book because with a real book you have to deal with the weight of the book and you have to physically turn the pages.

    Based on my own experience with the Pocket PC and iPod touch, I think an iPod touch is great for reading e-books. They are also handy in many other ways and cheaper than the other devices.

    If I had to get a product that was designed solely for reading e-books, I'd go with a Kindle. I'd love to have one. I just don't know if I'd buy one.

    Whatever you do buy, let us know how it works out for you.
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    Oops, I didn't read your other posts in this thread. You already have an iPhone and it didn't work well for reading? Hmm, I wonder if the newer iPod touchs are any different. Have you tried Kindle for iPhone?
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