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12-15-2012 06:45 PM
tdw
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

From the various reviews the Nexus 7 comes across as a standout. If I had done this a couple of years back then the Sony would have got my vote but today the Kobo seems to have a slight edge while the full tablet , albeit small size, capabilities of the Nexus was what swung it for me.
12-15-2012 09:24 AM
chris_gee
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

I have had 2 e-readers Excellent for reading particularly at times when one can read a lot. The durability could be an issue though. A Sony lasted 18 months, whereas a Kobo Glo lasted 9 days, though that will presumably be replaced.
12-14-2012 08:21 PM
tdw
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

Ended up going Nexus 7. We'll see how it goes. Won't physically have it until some time next week but i'll give my impressions then.

Cheers all.
12-14-2012 04:31 PM
smallboatlover
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

i have a kindle fire and love it for the boat i can watch videos, read, and when i have wifi i can go on the internet. It's color its touch screen it works great for me.
12-14-2012 02:43 PM
Jgbrown
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

Sony E-reader. I've had two so far, I really like them. Far better than reading on a tablet if I want to relax. For work I use a tablet or laptop to see wiring and parts diagrams, but nothing beats a good dedicated e-reader for a novel.
12-14-2012 01:46 PM
melody1204
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

When we moved onto our boat, I got a a Kindle Fire, which is great for reading, and for watching a movie or getting magazine subscriptions, checking email, etc. It's relatively inexpensive, so if something happened to it, I'd only be out a couple hundred dollars (as opposed to an iPad). I love it, and even though we have a few books on our boat, we just couldn't bring our entire library. The Fire isn't good for reading in the sun (but you can get a regular Kindle for that for less than $100). I think they're great. Practical and they don't take up much space, which is always good on a boat!
12-14-2012 01:39 PM
DRFerron
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

After four years and seriously diminished battery life, I upgraded my original Nook and bought the Nook with Glowlight a week or so ago. The new Nook seems to have much better battery life than the original even when it was new (not surprising). I like the compact design although the feel of it took a bit of time to get used to. I also read books on my iPad with the Nook app as well as the Kobo app. iPad also has an iBook app through iTunes and books from other sources can be added.

Barnes and Noble's Nook no longer supports Google's free digitized out of copyright books.

All that said, I still buy a huge amount of traditional books.
12-14-2012 01:20 PM
joeybkcmo
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

Bljones - I have the sony ereader as well. One of the OLD ones, pre wi-fi connection. After 4 plus years still love it, for just the reasons you stated
12-14-2012 02:35 AM
SlowButSteady
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

I have a Kindle-keyboard. I find the "E-Ink" screen to be much easier on the eyes than a more "conventional" back-lit screen. It's very light-weight, seems pretty durable, and the battery seems to last forever on a single charge (at least a month or so, depending on use). It has a sorta-kinda web browser, so I could check e-mail, et cetera, it I really had to. But it's basically a single-function machine. In other words, it's a pretty good e-reader --- but that's all it is. It won't do nearly as much as a full-fleged tablet, but I personally think it functions as an e-reader better than would a tablet. And, if one gets it wet, or drops it overboard, or steps on it, or whatever, it's not nearly as big a loss as it would be to trash an iPad (or iPad equivalent). however, I have heard of very bummed cruisers who took e-readers as their "library" on passages, only to have the reader fail at some point, leaving them "library-less" for the rest of the trip.
12-13-2012 10:46 PM
Mobnets
Re: Anybody have an e-reader?

I've been using a Kindle Fire for almost a year and am very happy with it. Use it as a reader, internet browser (built-in Wi-Fi), and music (headphones or computer speakers). My wife has an I-pad and is an avid reader, but I don't find her using it for that function much. Kindle is much more "book sized" than I-Pad and seems to be more user-friendly as a reader.
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