3-D pro/con list

As I’ve mentioned, my daughter had open heart surgery on June 19. After a few days in the hospital (yes, a few days), she was more than healthy enough to go home. I’ve been working from home for the last few weeks with her here. As her time at home rattling around the house wraps up, she is starting to find more and more creative ways to entertain herself.

She has also been thinking a lot about buying herself a Nook or Kindle with her savings. Her primary motivation to do this is that when she gets on the bus in the mornings at 6:55 a.m., it’s too dark to read. And when she used to take a flashlight to read by, it would often go dead. She wants something that recharges and holds her 10 billion book collection for her.

I never tell her how to spend the money she saves, although I do ask her to think carefully about big purchases. I had her postpone a purchase of one electronic device for a year and suggested it may not be something that would interest her much longer. I begged her to consider my points, but ultimately allowed her to make the decision. It is, after all, her money. When she finally bought it, the shiny wore off within a few short months and she now admits that maybe I was right about it.

She has taken to making pro/con lists of purchases of this magnitude. I have told her my thoughts about buying a Nook or Kindle – mainly that she has to consider the expense of the books she’ll have to buy, whether she can check out books for it at the library, that it might be something people will steal and that these types of electronics always have a new version coming out to make you want to buy another. She is thinking these things through.

She came into my office with breathless excitement that she had come up with “the best pro/con list ever!”

First, was the Nook …

Then was the Kindle …

Then, the part that made it awesome:

It’s 3-D! She made it shaped like a book and put the overlapping features on the spine!

So freaking clever. And she took these photos, too!

I don’t know if she has made her decision, but she said the Kindle has the ability to download videos, rather than just stream them. I have no idea whether this is true or not. (I told her to do research on CNET and Mashable and figure it out herself, since it’s her money.)

She wants me to ask my blog readers if they have an opinion: Nook or Kindle? And I don’t want to throw a wrench in the works, but it’s possible we could find an iPad for her in the same price range. Again, I love technology, but I have no need for these readers. So, any advice would be appreciated. Which one do you recommend?

Author: rosie

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  1. I have a Kindle. I love my Kindle. I do not have a Kindle Fire or even the one that is back lit, I wish I did but I got mine a couple of years ago. I enjoy my Kindle as the way the pages read actually reminds me of the print on a real book. The ease of use is great, and I like the way Amazon has set up their Kindle site for purchases.

    No matter which one you pick, I am sure you will be happy with your decision. As the most important thing about an e-reader is that you can take your whole library with you and enjoy a good book any time and any place. Good luck!

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  2. Kindle, my wife got a Nook and had many problems with it. My 13 year wanted one and decided on a Kindle Fire.. She loves it.. More books, many free books, more free apps, the books from Kindle are cheaper on average then Nook…Amane loves her Kindle..she loves to read and for gifts she just asks for Amazon Cards..a big plus is costumer services is better with Amazon.. The memory card for the nook had problems with saving things and locking up Nook.

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  3. Oh, definitely go for the 1st or 2nd generation iPad. Multi-purpose, multiple book formats (download from Amazon for the Kindle app, your local library – ours uses the OverDrive app for ePub books). Plus there’s the whole Apple stability thing. And the biggest “con” I can think of is the lack of Flash-player ability.

    That said, we bought my dad a Kindle Fire, and he gets email, surfs, downloads books, accesses Facebook, etc. Regular Kindle is NOT backlit, so she’d still need a flashlight.

    I know nothing about Nooks. 🙂

    Have fun. I’m an Apple geek (iPad, iPhone, Mac…). 🙂

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    • So, if she could get an iPad for around $200 (she has a way to possibly do that), you’d go that route?

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  4. For $200 I’d jump all over the iPad.

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  5. I have a Kindle Fire and I LOVE it. It does absolutely everything I want in this kind of device: books, video, internet (including email), and even games. I use it every day.

    iPads have many more features, of course. But, I’m a firm believer in buying what you NEED, not bells and whistles that I’ll never use.

    Either way, enjoy the high-tech toys. 🙂

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  6. I have an iPad that I LOVE!!! As Stephanie said, you can download books from library plus there are sites where you can download free books.

    Also use it for most of my computer needs. Very versatile and no problems at all.

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  7. I have a Kindle Fire and so far, I’m pretty happy with it. The downside for me is that I want to watch some of my TV shows on it, but Hulu and ABC do not have apps for Android yet. I’ve downloaded tons of free apps and free books. There are a few Kindle Fire blogs and regular Kindle blogs out there that tell you how to get free books. Also, you can register on some of these blogs to get a free Kindle Fire. 🙂 I think I would like an iPad, too, so I can take advantage of both platforms. Oh, one other thing that I find limiting is that there is no 3G. But honestly, the only reason I would use that would be in the car.

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  8. Oh, one more thing…I would never, ever take a tablet to school. Never. You are better off bringing a paperback book that no one will steal.

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  9. First of all, congrats on raising such a self-possessed kid. Sounds like just the kind of thing I want mine to do when they are her age.

    I don’t know anything about the iPad, but I own a Kindle (for almost a year now). My step-son (12) owns a Nook. My Kindle is a Kindle Keyboard (not Fire). I don’t know anything about the Fire, but if I had to guess, I would guess it is awesome.

    We love the Kindle, and the Nook is a pain. The Kindle has been easy, easy, easy since I got it. It is not backlit, but other than that, I have no complaints. In fact, I chose to buy a reader that was not backlit, as I wanted it to feel like a real book, not like a computer.

    I take it pretty much everywhere with me, and I love having my library with me no matter where I am. The Amazon interface is great. Mine even has 3G wireless capability and I can get some internet with it. It’s clunky, and not supremely fast, but again, I didn’t want a computer. I only use that if I’m out and want to look up a phone number or a piece of info easily.

    If I had it to do again, I would go with a Kindle again, or maybe the iPad. I would avoid the Nook. We’ve had problems with it from the start — not working properly, not loading things properly, etc.

    Hope this helps! Sounds like she will make a great decision.

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  10. Isn’t she just the cutest kid ever! Thanks so much to everyone for your input. She has read all of the comments and has found them really helpful! I’ll let you know what she decides.

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