Remember when the hardest decision when it came to books was ‘fiction or nonfiction’ or ‘romance or thriller’? Not so much anymore with the age of technology. Now, we also have to decide how we are going to read those books. Hmph!
I read a lot of books. Most of the time, two or three at the same time. Many times, I only get halfway through a book, and once in a while I will actually finish one all the way to the end. Amazon has been on my internet favorites for almost ten years now and a provider for many of the books I have bought over the years.
Now, we have eReaders to read books in a slim design that can carry thousands of books, magazines, and newspapers. All for less than one pound. First, there was Amazon’s Kindle. But, as things always happen in the free market I live in, competitors will surface. There are now many more eReader options to choose from.
The three main competitors are the previously mentioned Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, and the latest Apple iPad. All of these are capable of reading books online, but the Kindle and the Nook were designed for that specific purpose.
Now, Apple’s iPad comes on scene in all it’s glory, which is basically a blown up iPhone without the phone. It is in full blown color, it had more apps, 3G access, and a big enough screen to comfortable read a book. It is a pretty cool gadget with a pretty high price tag. Sounds like most of the gadgets that come out of the iMustHaveNow world that Apple produces.
So, yesterday was my birthday and I have been thinking about treating myself to a handy, thin, little lightweight eReader…
Now, here is my dilemma. Do I buy a Kindle with the great book and magazine selection, ease of use, and light weight from Amazon? How about the Nook with the FREE WiFi access, color touchscreen and ePub support? Or the iPad with hundreds of apps, abilities to have photos and videos, and WiFi or 3G internet access? (I really do no know, but I am leaning away from an iPad.)
There is a great comparison of Nook and Kindle that has actually not really swayed me in either direction, but it lays out the pros and cons extensively.
It seems that the Kindle or Nook are sufficient for what I am looking for – a way to read books without the bulk of carrying around actual books.
Do I really need all the thousands of apps that the iPad offers? With a monthly fee for the 3G connections, super-uber proprietary rights on apps and iBooks that will have super-uber high prices, I am thinking probably not. Yes, it is a fun toy, but it really may be more than I need in an eReader.
Then I read TechCrunch’s post on Kindle’s pathetic upgrade and I was completely confused.
Readers: Any advice I will appreciate and consider in my buying decision! SO, please comment!
UPDATE: I made my decision! Read about it here!