And the winning eReader is…

The Kindle is now the best-selling product in Amazon history, eclipsing the previous leader “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (book 7), according to the seller’s web site.

“We’re seeing that many of the people who are buying Kindles also own an LCD tablet. Customers report using their LCD tablets for games, movies, and web browsing and their Kindles for reading sessions,” [Amazon founder and CEO Jeff] Bezos said.

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Did anyone get a Kindle over the holiday? If you bought an eReader besides the Kindle, what were the features that drew you away from the mega-product? How many of you have a separate tablet in addition to an eReader?

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10 comments Add your comment

Carl

December 27th, 2010
1:07 pm

I bought a Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-350) over the weekend. After looking at the Kindle, I opted for the Sony Reader mainly because of its support for the ePub file format support. EPub is quickly becoming the industry standard and can be viewed on practically everything except the Kindle. This is because Amazon wants everyone to buy books through them and use their proprietary format. Google Books is now selling in ePub, as well as offering free out-of-print novels in ePub. But by far, the nicest thing about Sony compared to Kindle was the ability to rent ebooks for free from a public library. This factor put the Sony ahead of the Kindle in my opinion, as the long-term cost of owning it is dramatically lower. Libraries will only continue to expand their offerings of ebooks, and as this happens, the market share for non-Kindle ereaders will catch up.

I also really enjoy the touch screen interface and the sleek design that it gives the Reader. The Kindle’s front just looks cluttered with all the buttons, and the keyboard means the screen must be smaller than the form-factor would otherwise allow.

As long as Amazon continues to only support its proprietary file format for its ebooks, it will make the Kindle a less desirable option in my opinion. Of course, this is how Amazon makes all their money, the same way iTunes has been a windfall of cash for Apple, so I don’t expect it to change any time soon. I don’t really feel that the Kindle is useless, though. In fact, I would ideally like to own both a Sony Reader (for reading free or rented ePub books, and for travelling since it is much smaller/lightweight), and a Kindle (for the ability to access Amazon’s wide selection of books). Of course, I would be much more inclined to hop on board with the Kindle if it were to offer a touch screen option like the Sony Reader. I just don’t like how Amazon locks you in to using them for everything ebook the way Apple does with mp3s.

ATM

December 27th, 2010
1:14 pm

I got the Nook. I liked it better because you can check out books from the library on it and I can use the 3G network. I like it!

mvl

December 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

I received the Kindle 3 but am disappointed with the brightness/contrast since my eyesight is not the greatest. I will probably return the Kindle and opt for back lit reader.

Reading in the day time and with good lamp is fine but I enjoy reading in bed at night and don’t want to disturbs wife’s sleep with a light.

redhousecat

December 27th, 2010
11:12 pm

I have the Kindle and really like it. As far as file formats, if it’s an epub, it’s probably also found as pdf, or can easily be converted as such, thus read by kindle, so I have no problems there either.

There are some things about the hardware interface I would change about the Kindle, but I have an some sort of issue with all of them..lol…

In all actuality, it’s 6 of one half dozen of the other when in comes to readers, anyway. Folks should try them all out to see which one fits them the best.

Kenton

December 27th, 2010
11:17 pm

I am shopping but too often the only place i can find some non fiction is public libraries and often i use public library to access books all over that are out of print by a lot in some cases as well as fiction from authors no longer in print or carried by anyone including amazon. Some were printed mostly in no gone periodicals some were not main stream and were in books very long out of print but still good storylines. So in shopping for a reader, public library is a must have access. If Kindle doesnt alow that, it puts it right out for buying. Nook has B&N which has fair selection but too often book stores in general only sell what sells fast which means that book stores do not have all authors. Some publishers only sell to individual stores, not chains. I thank all whom posted so I can select what will work for me anywhere.

Madzippy

December 28th, 2010
4:27 am

Bought a Nook and Kindle and deciding between the two. Kindle’s advantages include the weight and battery life. Negative is the proprietary format. Nook has library borrowing, freebies, better screen (sorry, pearl) and epub capabilities. Negatives are the weight and battery life (duh).

dvb

January 2nd, 2011
7:47 am

the software to get for free for your ereader is calibre. With it you can download current news and magazine articles for free.

http://calibre-ebook.com/

I’ve been so impressed with it allowing me to access free information I even donated money. I use it almost every day.

dvb

January 2nd, 2011
7:49 am

Public Library
You can check out books from the public library. It takes a bit of work, but once you have registered with adobe it’s easy.

Currently, there isn’t much of a selection. It will increase as ereaders become more popular.

dvb

January 2nd, 2011
7:51 am

I agree with Carl, about the Sony ereaders. I have an older model, PRS 600 and like that I’m not locked in to particular format.

MNGRL

January 2nd, 2011
11:47 am

I got the kindle and I am having to return it because I don’t like the way I’m constantly having to restart the entire system. The kindle is the name brand ereader that should be the best out there but the fact is amazon has a glitch in all 3 kindles the fact that it is constantly freezing up.