A Tale of Two E-Readers

“Treat yourself to something of quality.”


Here I am trying to teach the kids that Christmas is not merely about presents, but I do have something on my wish list: a Kindle Paperwhite. I’m not even interested in the bells and whistles of a Kindle Voyage, but in its predecessor. I already have a Nook device, so why would I need two e-readers? Here’s my argument:

Kindle Paperwhite (want)

  • Has a backlight, so I can read in dim environments
  • Can ditch the cloud reader and not have to use the Web for Amazon books
  • Download library books with a touch of a button (Nook uses sideloading)

Nook Touch (have)

  • Slight interior crack that’s created a blemish on the screen
  • Sometimes flips too many pages at once
  • Unable to access Kindle books, especially for author friends exclusively using Amazon

I know there’s a debate going on about whether to support the Amazon giant. In a recent interview, Jeff Bezos stated that “books don’t just compete against books.” He goes on to say that he’s interested in making books more accessible and affordable for people.

Is getting a second e-reader redundant? Give me your thoughts.

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  1. I don’t think it’s any more redundant than having an iPhone and an iPad. They each serve different purposes. Another e-reader would give you access to other books you didn’t have access to before. That can only be a good thing. Unless one of them never gets used. Then it’s just sad and lonely. ;)

  2. Although I will always (I’m pretty sure) favor paper printed books to eBooks, I have a Kindle. The first generation, very basic. So basic that it doesn’t have any light, which is my biggest issue with this Kindle. I know many people who are very happy with their iPad and I don’t know many who have a Nook, so I don’t really have an opinion about them. I think that I’m ready for a more sophisticated tablet and I haven’t made up my mind yet. Maybe Santa will know…

  3. I have to admit that I have both. I have had the nook for a long time and it is a bit touchy sometimes (will flip multiple pages at once). I picked up the base model of the kindle because if you have a prime membership, you can borrow books from Amazon. To be honest, I have not availed myself of that perk very often. It is SO much easier to download books from Net Galley or the library to the kindle. I have found that Adobe Digital Editions is slightly flaky and it can take several attempts to get books from there on to the nook. Also taking books out of the library to the kindle is incredibly easy and they give you warnings when your library book is due.

    As much as I didn’t want to love the kindle as much as I do, I have found it preferable to the nook. I view Amazon as kind of an evil empire but they have done an excellent job making it easy to use.

    I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season, Jennifer!

  4. It doesn’t appear that the Nook is giving you a great reading experience. I have a 2 y.o Kindle Fire, which I love for its versatility. Besides e-book reading I can read articles from hundreds of magazines and news sources, for free, and load any of my word documents to work on. I also like it for YouTube videos and Netflix. Get a Kindle!

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