Is buying a Kindle e-reader really worth it?

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Is buying a Kindle e-reader really worth it?

Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 23 Jul 2018, 18:22

Hello, fellow readers! I'm fairly new to this kindle world. I always read my books on paper. I've been using my tablet and cell phone with the Kindle app to read and so far I've never had a problem. I find that I prefer reading physical books but the Kindle app is so convenient for highlighting and taking notes. The portability is also very convenient compared to a heavy book. I started wondering about the difference between the Kindle app and the different readers. Also, what is a Nook? Is it some kind of Kindle reader but for Barnes and Noble? Is it compatible with Kindle? Anyone who has Kindle or Nook can give some advice? Should I change the Kindle App for a reader? I heard about the Paper White Kindle and I was curious but is it really like paper? Thank you in advance for your advice!
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Post by xBibliobibulix » 24 Jul 2018, 20:05

I would highly recommend kindle because of the paper like pages and low cost of entry-level devices. The convenience of being able to highlight and comment right on the device is invaluable to me. I personally have the Voyage which is the more expensive $250 model but there is the paperwhite that is very popular and is only $99 (plus you can often get it on sale or get a refurbished one for less). Kindle's can read pdf and mobi and I would recommend the software Calibre which can help you organize your ebook library and also convert files to different formats for different devices.
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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 24 Jul 2018, 21:28

xBibliobibulix wrote:
24 Jul 2018, 20:05
I would highly recommend kindle because of the paper like pages and low cost of entry-level devices. The convenience of being able to highlight and comment right on the device is invaluable to me. I personally have the Voyage which is the more expensive $250 model but there is the paperwhite that is very popular and is only $99 (plus you can often get it on sale or get a refurbished one for less). Kindle's can read pdf and mobi and I would recommend the software Calibre which can help you organize your ebook library and also convert files to different formats for different devices.
What is the difference between the Voyage and the Paperwhite?
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Post by xBibliobibulix » 27 Jul 2018, 18:10

Here is a good article comparing kindles. https://www.techradar.com/news/amazon-k ... e-vs-oasis the biggest differences are the size, physical buttons, and price.
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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 27 Jul 2018, 19:38

Thank you!
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Post by Book Bear » 28 Jul 2018, 09:53

Buying a Kindle e-reader was one of the best things I ever did. I can download free books or sign up to Kindle Unlimited and get a wider range of free books. I read more. I read more of a variety of books. I don't have 1000s of paper copies of books clogging up my hallway. I also use Calibre to convert other literature to a mobi file and read everything else on it too. I haven't had an experience of the other e-readers but I'm very happy with the basic Kindle. This is my second one. The first one lasted six years.

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Post by ladycatsinger » 29 Jul 2018, 06:48

I have 2 Kindles: the original e-reader (called the Kindle Keyboard) that I have had for years, and a Kindle FireHD7 that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. While I still read physical books, when I am out and about I prefer my Kindle. It is light, fits in my purse and I can have my whole library at my fingertips. This is really important for me since I tend to read several books at once, depending on what I am in the mood for at the present time. That would be really inconvenient having to carry a stack of books with me. If you only want to use it to read books and magazines, get the regular Kindle, but if you want to be able to access the Internet, play games and listen to music, go for the Fire. I just wish they would make a Kindle Fire with a non-glare screen. That is one advantage the regular Kindle has over the Fire.

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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 29 Jul 2018, 13:34

Book Bear wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 09:53
Buying a Kindle e-reader was one of the best things I ever did. I can download free books or sign up to Kindle Unlimited and get a wider range of free books. I read more. I read more of a variety of books. I don't have 1000s of paper copies of books clogging up my hallway. I also use Calibre to convert other literature to a mobi file and read everything else on it too. I haven't had an experience of the other e-readers but I'm very happy with the basic Kindle. This is my second one. The first one lasted six years.
Thanks! I think I'm more convinced now of buying a Kindle than I was before.
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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 29 Jul 2018, 13:38

ladycatsinger wrote:
29 Jul 2018, 06:48
I have 2 Kindles: the original e-reader (called the Kindle Keyboard) that I have had for years, and a Kindle FireHD7 that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. While I still read physical books, when I am out and about I prefer my Kindle. It is light, fits in my purse and I can have my whole library at my fingertips. This is really important for me since I tend to read several books at once, depending on what I am in the mood for at the present time. That would be really inconvenient having to carry a stack of books with me. If you only want to use it to read books and magazines, get the regular Kindle, but if you want to be able to access the Internet, play games and listen to music, go for the Fire. I just wish they would make a Kindle Fire with a non-glare screen. That is one advantage the regular Kindle has over the Fire.
I think I would be leaning more to the non-glare Kindles. I thought the Kindle Fire would include the non-glare. I guess we can't have it all. It would be cool if they add it as an on/off function.
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Post by CJHeigelmann » 01 Aug 2018, 11:27

I believe that a good Android tablet is much more versatile than any one specific type of Kindle tablet. Several free apps can duplicate any function of any ereader, and also uses the kindle app !

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Post by Likey » 20 Aug 2018, 05:56

I got Kindle e-reader as a present and I'm very happy with it. In general I prefer paper books, however for journeys (and I spend around 3 months per year away from home) it is perfect, saves you a huge lot of weight :).

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Post by Facennagoss » 20 Aug 2018, 15:16

I was determined not to buy an e-reader because I love the physical weight and also the smell of paper books but I was bought a kindle for my birthday two years ago and it has revolutionised travel for me! I never run out of books and there is no weight! I find it really easy to use.

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Post by Susans659 » 04 Sep 2018, 19:12

Thank you all for the great information. I was debating whether or not to get a Kindle. Reading the above has really helped a lot!

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Post by Bookgirleva » 06 Sep 2018, 16:20

Yes you have all of your books in one place

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Post by Bookgirleva » 06 Sep 2018, 16:21

It is also easier to get hard to find books

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