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Old 24-10-2012, 20:41
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Hi,

Myself, my brother and sister have agreed to combine our present for our mum this Christmas to buy her an eBook reader because she loves reading books and likes the idea of one (she saw people using them on holiday a few month ago)

We could probably stretch to the 169 for the most expensive Amazon Kindle.

However, I don't know what is the best one to get, be it a kindle or another like a kobo.

I have read about the new kindle paper white, but have read about blotches. However, could this be just an issue with the US model.

I don't know much about the Kobo, but at first glance, the Kobo Glo or Kobo Touch look possible.

Anyone got any suggestions on which eBook reader to go for?
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Old 24-10-2012, 20:53
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Wait a bit and get the Kindle Paper White
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Old 24-10-2012, 21:07
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The Paperwhite starts shipping tomorrow, so you have a bit of time to read reviews and see if the US problems are replicated over here. But the pictures of it look gorgeous

I think the Kobo Glo is the Kobo equivalent, and they have them at W H Smith.

I had a Kindle (until I killed it - you really can't accidentally sit on them ) and will get another one. I like the ease of buying books through the amazon website, either on the Kindle or on a PC with the "send to Kindle" option, although I have bought a few things via the Kobo store for the Kobo app on my PC and that also worked fine.

If your Mum has wi-fi at home, and doesn't travel a lot, I wouldn't bother with the 3G versions of any ereader. I bought a wi-fi Kindle and never regretted it (but friends who travel love the 3G so it depends on your circumstances).
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Old 24-10-2012, 21:10
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You need to think about how it will be used.
If just for reading books then don't worry about going for the Kindle Fire HD (the most expensive Kindle).
The Kindle Paperwhite is due out this week and for 110 it would be great for an avid reader (plus an estimated 8 week battery life!).
As for the Kobo / Nook or other alternatives it comes down to choice of book titles and price. If your mum buys a lot of books Kindle is great, if she visits the library then maybe an alternative more open reader would be better.
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Old 24-10-2012, 21:58
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If your mum buys a lot of books Kindle is great, if she visits the library then maybe an alternative more open reader would be better.
Yes being able to use library books is a big advantage of the other makes. I certainly wouldn't swap my Sony Reader for a Kindle though it does depend whether she'd prefer buying books from Amazon rather than the other shops.
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Old 24-10-2012, 22:10
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Buying books from Amazon is seamless. It takes more effort to get a purchased book to your epub reader.
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Old 24-10-2012, 23:27
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You need to think about how it will be used.
If just for reading books then don't worry about going for the Kindle Fire HD (the most expensive Kindle).
The Kindle Paperwhite is due out this week and for 110 it would be great for an avid reader (plus an estimated 8 week battery life!).
As for the Kobo / Nook or other alternatives it comes down to choice of book titles and price. If your mum buys a lot of books Kindle is great, if she visits the library then maybe an alternative more open reader would be better.
The Kindle Fire is no good for reading books though because it has all the disadvantages of other tablets, ie you can't read them outside.
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Old 25-10-2012, 00:21
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The Kindle Fire is no good for reading books though because it has all the disadvantages of other tablets, ie you can't read them outside.
That's not true, I manage to read my tablet outside perfectly fine.

However eink is much easier on your eyes, this is more important if you are looking at a screen all day or read in bed.

My kindle is the cheapest one and I read like most people with a bedside light so I'm unsure how a kindle paper white would help In my case.

How it will be used is the key here.
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Old 25-10-2012, 09:26
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I have a Kindle but wouldn't buy another one. I like the look of the new Sony (I think it's around 120 on their website) and I believe that, unlike a Kindle, you can borrow and download books from your library to it. If you want an e-reader that your mum can use to read library books I would first check that your county library is participating in this scheme as I'm not sure that all of them do yet
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Old 25-10-2012, 10:05
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wifey has the basic kindle and she loves it.

If its just for ebook reading then you really dont need a full tablet. As stated above e-ink is much easier on the eyes for reading and the benefit of the standard kindles is that they last weeks between charges.

Wouldnt bother with the 3G one either unless she is a 'must have the latest book' type. It doesnt take much planning to ensure you have enough books on your kindle before you leave the house - and at the evry worst I guess you could find a wifi hotspot

I think with e-book reading you find a lot of people DO break their readers. wifey has had 2 replaced FREE OF CHARGE from Amazon when she has broken them, and i know others who have had the same level of service from Amazon.

These are meant to replace books, ie throw them in a bag and they are there if you need them. Based on this you dont want something that you constantly need to charge, or something thats drastically expensive or heavy. You also want something that you arent afraid to sit on the beach or by the pool with. Tablets WILL be trickier to use out in the sunlight and tend to be more fragile..

So my advice - go for the cheapest kindle. If you really want to spend more add some Amazon vouchers to cover her first few purchases

If she wants to browse the web or play games however thats a whiole different matter .....
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Old 25-10-2012, 10:49
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I have a Kindle but wouldn't buy another one. I like the look of the new Sony (I think it's around 120 on their website) and I believe that, unlike a Kindle, you can borrow and download books from your library to it. If you want an e-reader that your mum can use to read library books I would first check that your county library is participating in this scheme as I'm not sure that all of them do yet
I think the Sony's are overpriced for what they are. The latest kindle and Kobo models have built in lights and a higher resolution screen. The Sony model is more expensive and is older technology.

There are other ereaders you can buy besides kindles which allow you to download directly to the device. For example Kobo readers allow you to download via wifi books from the kobo store directly to your device. I would also say that it is worth waiting a while for the Nook to launch over here. The Nooks are probably one of the best because you have access to the Barnes and Noble book store which is probably just as good as amazons kindle store in terms of availability, yet the device will also read the epub format therefore making it open at the same time. The Nook's are set the launch in the UK sometime before christmas.
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Old 25-10-2012, 12:37
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The Kindle Fire is no good for reading books though because it has all the disadvantages of other tablets, ie you can't read them outside.
Which is why I said don't worry about going for it if it's just for reading...
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Old 25-10-2012, 14:57
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I see nook has a reader with a colour IPS display. How does it compare to eInk?
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Old 25-10-2012, 15:40
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I see nook has a reader with a colour IPS display. How does it compare to eInk?
That's more of a tablet then if its using an LCD, so it wouldn't be as good as eink for reading.
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Old 25-10-2012, 19:48
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I see nook has a reader with a colour IPS display. How does it compare to eInk?
No comparison really - the eInk is much, much better for reading
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Old 25-10-2012, 22:06
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Thank you for your advice.

Does the paperwhite have the same type of display as the standard kindle, so that you can read outside in the sun (E-Ink i think)?

I agree with the comments on going for the non-3G versions.

Just need to somehow find out if my mum reads in bed now, without spoiling the surprise.
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Old 26-10-2012, 08:07
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Thank you for your advice.

Does the paperwhite have the same type of display as the standard kindle, so that you can read outside in the sun (E-Ink i think)?

I agree with the comments on going for the non-3G versions.

Just need to somehow find out if my mum reads in bed now, without spoiling the surprise.
Yes, the PaperWhite uses the eInk display
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Old 26-10-2012, 09:53
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Just ordered my paperwhite for daughters chistmas present. It wont be here until thr 6th December so if its a present for christmas anybodys after i suggest you act quick.

Do i need any accessories with the kindle? Or am i all ready to go out of the box?

Thanks
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Old 26-10-2012, 11:13
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Any USB charger will do so you do not need that if not included. A cover for protection?
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Old 26-10-2012, 23:22
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Just ordered my paperwhite for daughters chistmas present. It wont be here until thr 6th December so if its a present for christmas anybodys after i suggest you act quick.

Do i need any accessories with the kindle? Or am i all ready to go out of the box?

Thanks
I see this has now slipped further back to the week of 17th December.
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Old 26-10-2012, 23:33
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I see this has now slipped further back to the week of 17th December.
Selected Waterstones stores have plenty in stock and they offer a reserve and collect service.

Sadly my nearest stores aren't "selected" so I have an 80 mile round trip to collect my wife's Christmas present but at least it's in the bag. I was very apprehensive about an "expected" delivery date of Dec 17th so am more than happy with taking some time out to go and collect it knowing I've definitely got it for Christmas.
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Old 26-10-2012, 23:49
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The other benefit of ereaders which isn't mentioned as often is size and weight. These days with airlines being so tight on baggage allowances, an ereader is brilliant for reading on holiday, and they take up a lot less space and weight a lot less than a bunch of books. I had a friend who used to take 4 or 5 books for a 2 week holiday. She loves her Kindle!
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Old 28-10-2012, 06:48
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You can't go wrong with a standard reader whether it's Kobo/Kindle or any other. These threads sometimes attract a 'fan' mentallity.

Personally I have a Kobo Touch. It's light, easy on the eye reading wise, the battery lasts donkeys, it recognises multiple formats and text was totally visible in the bright Spanish sun.

Furthermore, it has a basic web browser, built in Soduku and a sketch pad.

You pay your money, you takes your choice.
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Old 28-10-2012, 09:57
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I only have experience of the Kindle. The screens break very easily as you will see from the number of broken units available on Ebay.

Amazon don't acknowledge the fault and therefore will not be interested outside the warranty period.
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Old 28-10-2012, 10:30
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I only have experience of the Kindle. The screens break very easily as you will see from the number of broken units available on Ebay.

Amazon don't acknowledge the fault and therefore will not be interested outside the warranty period.
I broke my kindle keyboard out of warranty by sitting on it and Amazon replaced it for a small charge of about 30 quid.
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