In the past year alone there has been an explosion in sales for ereaders and digital books. As an author writing for a predominantly ebook based company, The Wild Rose Press, I’m quite excited about the rocketing interest in the digital media and agonizing over which eReader to get for my fast approaching birthday. I’ve narrowed it down to two readers and am debating between Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble‘s nook. The following information regarding both ereaders comes from a knowledgeable family friend.
Regarding Amazon’s Kindle he says: ‘In terms of the readers I like the Kindle for these reasons 1) Whispernet which is free internet access through the cell (not the wifi) networks, so you’re always connected, whether you’re near a wifi spot or not. 2) the constant archive so that you don’t need to keep all books on the reader but can upload and download them at will. 3) the fact that you can email books that you’ve bought not through Amazon (if you don’t want to download it through a computer, which all readers can do) to your personalized kindle email address (yes they give your kindle an email address). The last costs money though.
What I don’t like is the devices fragility. So if you buy the Kindle you absolutely must, don’t even think about not, buy the extended warranty. The extended warranty means that if you break it, you send it to them and they replace it for free, no questions asked. You WILL use this service. Trust me! What my family did is we bought several kindles linked them all through one account and now have a family archive that at last count was 1,400 books that we can all access and upload and download at will. This brings us to the hidden downside of the Whispernet which is that since you can always access Amazon no matter where you are it is VERY easy to spend boatloads of money.
As to pricing, Amazon has a basic Kindle for $139 but is sold out and taking names on a waiting list. Kindle 2 is currently $189. Kindle DX is $359. Kindle software for Mac, Ipod, Ipad, PC is free. I would stay away from the Ipad except as a device to use the Kindle software. I’m not hearing great things about the apple Ibooks store compared to the Amazon and Barnes and Noble stores.’ *Bear in mind that a price war of sorts is underway so prices may change from what I’ve listed here.*
Now regarding Barnes&Noble’s Nook he says: ‘I admit I don’t know as much about it. Wifi capable (but no whispernet), if you live close to a Barnes and Noble (I don’t) I might actually go with that since you get free wifi access to the Nook there and all Barnes and Noble’s now have special “Nook Options” to their stores so they tell me. If you don’t live within easy access to bookstores I think the Kindle might be the way to go. I like the Nook interface a bit more than the keypad on the Kindle. Finally the cool part about the Nook is the “lend” function where you can lend a book you like to someone else who has a Nook and they can then use it for free for 2 weeks. So for me, if I hadn’t gone out of my way to forge that family archive, and I lived close to a Barnes and Noble, I would probably have gone Nook. However Kindle was first, so I went that way. In terms of the software Kindle software now comes in every format (Mac, PC, Ipad, Ipod, Kindle(s)) so I suspect that in terms of the business plans that will hold out that the Kindle has won the “reader wars” at least from the software perspective.’ *nook Wi-Fi is currently $149.00 3G Wi-Fi is $199.00
*Another excellent resource for info on ereaders is Kim Komando’s website:
*Please bear in mind, whichever ereader you go with, that my books are available in digital download from my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Barnes &Noble, and many other online booksellers. And please let me know how you like your ereader.