Jon Gibbs (jongibbs) wrote,
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Reading ebooks without an e-reader.

There’s nothing more annoying than choosing one of two, seemingly good, options, only to find out later that you backed the wrong horse (as anyone who bought all their music on 8-track music tapes or stocked up on Betamax video will attest). That’s why I’ve delayed making a decision about which ebook reader to invest in.
 
I’m still weighing up the pros and cons of the Nook and the Kindle – if you’re interested I’m currently swaying in favor of the latter, though I do like the look and feel of the Nook – but whichever one I choose, at least I know I’ll always have the option of reading books in either format on my computer.
 
I don’t know if it’s a well-kept secret or just me not paying attention, but I didn’t realize until the other day that Amazon currently offers free Kindle applications for the PC; Mac; iPhone; iPod touch; iPad and Blackberry, with one for the Android coming soon. 
 
Not to be outdone, Barnes & Noble have free Nook apps for the PC; Mac; iPhone; iPod and Blackberryavailable to download from their main site.
 
This is good news for me, since several of my friends have said they don’t have an ereader and asked how they’ll be able to read Fur-Face when it comes out.  
 
I downloaded both apps to my laptop (they were quick and easy to install), so now I can read ebooks from either store on my computer. The Barnes & Noble app came with three free ebooks, Dracula, Pride & Prejudice and Little Women, which I thought was a nice gesture on their part.  
 
One day soon, I think laptops will come with detachable screens which will work as ereaders when separated (or perhaps ereaders will come with attachable keyboards for those of us who prefer to type rather than text), but in the meantime, I’m still trying to pick between the Nook and Kindle. 

I also predict that both Kindle and Nook ebooks will eventually become compatible (what can I say, I’m a hopeless optimist). If they do, maybe they’ll call it the ‘Nindle’.
 
 
How about you?
 
Do you already have a Kindle/Nook, or do you plan to just download the free app for one or both for now?
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