I'm backpacking around Asia at the moment and after meeting another backpacker who owned a kindle I've realised that an e-book reader will be ideal for my next trip (I set off with 11 books in my backpack this year so an e-book reader will free up a lot of valuable space).

The kindle seems excellent but before I take the plunge I wanted to get a few more opinions and ask what are the pros and cons of the kindle, kobo, nook or any other e-book readers?

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I have a Kindle and love it.  I went with the Kindle keyboard because it was the only decent model that had 3G, which was important to me.  The only down side to Kindle is that you're limited to buying e-books from Amazon.

With Kobo/Nook/etc., you use a slightly different file format, and can buy e-books from B&N, Books-a-Million, etc.

Mostly what model you go with depends on your specific needs.  If you want to use it to read magazines/graphic novels/etc. then you'll want one with color; if you're reading primarily books, you'll want one with e-ink.

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With a Kindle could you buy a book from somewhere else, download it to your PC, then transfer it to your Kindle from your PC?  I know this would be more of a hassle than downloading it direct but I'm just curious as to how exactly it works.

It's mostly a formatting issue--once you convert the file formats from other sites to ones compatible with Kindle, the files tend to lose a bit of the formatting in the transition.  I don't mind buying from Amazon, but I do get frustrated that they try to lock you into buying specifically from them.

I got a kindle in a love it. I got kindle for PC n kindle for android.

Yeah, I've got the Kindle app for my PC as well, and it does the job excellently.  I think that was probably what first placed the thought in my head of buying an actual Kindle.

What about a Sony Reader? It's what I have and I absolutely love it. I took time debating every reader before I made the purchase and I found that it's the most reliable. And the battery lasts a shockingly long time.

What format does Sony use?

ePub but Calibre (a program) can convert a pdf to epub no problem. Or any other extension.

I have a Nook Color and like it a lot. If I could do it all over I would have got a kindle fire though. :)

Not sure if I'm too bothered about colour.  What's the price differential?

In case you're not aware, Kindle has free apps for PC, Mac, iPad, Android, Blackberry, etc.

 

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

 

Brian January

The Kindle keyboard 3G is Awesome. I bought one for myself and my mom got one also... Highly recommend it. :)

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