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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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May. 26th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
I have neither. I prefer most of the features of the Nook, but the Kindle will display/let you edit word documents... you might see why I find that important. I believe the Nook will eventually be able to do that, but until then I won't by a Nook and I'm not quite sold on the Kindle.

Actually I'm not quite sold on ereaders... I love my books. I love to hold them, carry them around, smell them, flip their pages... yeah... I will buy copies of ebooks, but only when I absolutely have too, as with Fur Face. And I'm thinking about buying the newer Dresden Files in eformat because, while I don't want ebooks, I really don't want the ridiculous lame and stupid format they are now publishing the Dresden Files in. It's not Trade, which would be acceptable, and it's not mass market, which is the preference, it's like that slightly larger version of mass market that doesn't fit in your hand or on your shelf. Horrible!!! I love the series and haven't bought a book since they put out that format. Oh wait... this is a separate rant. Sorry. Sidetracked.

Moving on...

Really looking forward to Fur Face, which I will be reading on my PC.
May. 27th, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
I'm with you on the oversized paperback-trying-to-be-more-than-just-a-paperback thing. 'Be what you are, and proud of it,' that's what I say.
May. 27th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
lol, Here here!

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