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the pyromaniac
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E-readers
Does anybody have an e-reader, such as a Nook or Kindle? I have a Nook, but was thinking of an upgrade to a color model or a Kindle...
Gunnar
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I have a Nook Color (2011

I have a Nook Color (2011 model, before they came out with several new versions) and like it a lot. It's not an iPad, and it's not as fancy or capable as one, but it works well for reading books, playing sudoku while waiting for something (dentist's office, for example) and surfing the web. I like it a lot better than any Kindle I've ever seen, but I've never tried the newer color kindles. If you're already using a Nook and not interested in spending 3-4 times as much for an iPad, you'd probably like it. I've heard nothing much about the other ePub readers (Kobo, etc.), but have a generally negative feeling about them. I'm a book designer by trade and have to make ebooks sometimes. I have nothing positive to say about Kindle in terms of its book format: it has a proprietary format that doesn't work as well as ePub and I'm annoyed to have to make 2 versions of everything just because Amazon wants to be different from everyone else.

 

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the pyromaniac
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I do like my Nook, and really
I do like my Nook, and really have no interest in the iPad. I'm mostly anti-Apple anyway. I don't like the cult-like devotion their fans have. I'll probably go with the Nook Color then. Thanks!

 

 

 

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kernel j
Yes!

I have  NOOKcolor, don't recall when I bought it.  It's Model BNRV200 and software version 1.4.1, probably about the same as Gunnar's.  Love it!

 

B&N has been getting more and more periodicals in e-format, not bad at all considering what they are on.  I like the article options and the "pinch" features of the screen here, comes in handy depending on what you want out of it.  I rarely use the photo and video stuff I put on it, but it does work to a decent extent.  Prefer to save the battery for it's primary purpose of reading.  Handles PDF fairly well, pinch to expand photos is great on ID pdfs found on the web (ky snakebook, Hobo spider, Fish of Ohio, etc)  The additional option of these feebies on the web  make the NOOKcolor worth it to me.  I scrounge gooooogle for alot of this, NC renders it well.

 

The one pisser?  Tough to find decent fish, bird, and reptile ID books in epub format.  The Mobile Reference Guides I tried we're kind of a let down but I'm hoping this all gets better with time.  Love to see a Peterson Field Guide in epub, but noooo.  You'd think, of all groups, the National Friggin' Audubon Society would be a "save trees, go epub" all the way.  They're stodgy about it, too.

 

NOOKcolor kicks, it's the paper industry that appears to have some folks by the balls.  Buy one, Pyro...and hit the "request this in epub" button every time your there and see a field guide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gunnar
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As much as I don't like

As much as I don't like creating ebooks--the fun for me is creating "real" books--I smell a business opportunity for myself, convincing the publishers to pay me to ebookify the field guides. Be a huge job getting the code consistent across that many pages, photos, maps, etc. Worth it, though...

 

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