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clintone wrote:Haven't seen anyone ask this, so here goes...what might the effect be on getting books or using the Nook should B&N go out of business? Given that Amazon seems to be the current 900 pound gorilla, would a Kindle, despite any shortcomings, be the safer bet?
Well, the good thing is with the Nook is that it can use multiple file formats like EPUB and PDF. So even if B&N goes bye bye, the Nook can still be used.
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After about a year of research, or dithering if you prefer, I purchased a Kindle myself. The many, many people who tout the Nooks' non-proprietary epub format as the reason they bought it must not spend much time on-line looking for books to DL for free. There are plenty of sites, such as Project Gutenberg or Many Books that offer books in kindles' format for free, including Amazon. You can also loan out books that you have purchased to other kindle owners for 2 weeks through the books' page on Amazon. I'm not even going to mention the torrents.
There is also a huge community of self publishing authors now that regularly sell their books for .99-2.99, such as the great Cyberpunk author Derek J. Canyon's book Dead Dwarves Don't Dance.
That being said, yes, this is a great deal for anyone looking for an e-reader with e-ink. E-ink is the only way to go if you're a serious reader. I love, love, love my Kindle, but this particular Nook is a good cheap 2nd best. Make sure you buy a good cover! I've replaced my Kindle once already due to a hairline crack in the case at the corner of the reading pane, and that's with a good cover. Good thing is Amazons customer service is fantastic for Kindles. I had a new kindle (well, refurbed, actually) 2 days after I made the call. Best of all, they call you after you punch in your number on the customer service page at Amazon, in about 30 seconds!
Lastly, battery-life, Kindle wins, hands down. Just turn off the Wi-fi when you don't need it, turn the Kindle off at night or if you're not going to pick it up in the next hour or so ( it will sleep automatically after about 5 minutes to save battery life ) and the battery will stay good through about 2-3 weeks of constant reading, longer if you don't read much and about 10 days if you never turn it off and just let it "sleep".
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