Compare Nook or Kindle: Reasons to buy B&N's Nook
Barnes & Noble's Nook allows you to have as large a library as you want - completely under your control, as you fill micro SD cards with whatever content you want. That, to me, is important, as music and audio files can use space rapidly, and I am possessive about my books.
B&N recognizes that batteries do wear out and have provided a replacement you can install yourself at a reasonable price.
If you have convictions about the use of DRM, the B&N content you purchase from them is in a protected form.
Have you been collecting digital books for as long as they have been available, and Google's new library access has been giving you pleasant dreams about research? Have you read Bright Hub's article on where to get free eBooks? You can put a large micro SD card (oxymoron, anyone?) in and acquire as many books as you want, without the tedious file moving and downloading needed for the Kindle 2.
Do you listen to audiobooks on a regular basis? You can listen to the audiobooks of the Lord of the Rings and all of those Harry Potter CDs you have been collecting on a train bus or car trip across the US, the Canadian transcontinental railway, or even the TranSiberian railway, and not worry you will use up all your file space.
While organizing content directly on the eBook reader is easier on the Kindle, the Nook has the advantage of SD storage. You can set up genre cards, or create theme cards - holiday books and music. You can also set up a card with study materials if you have textbooks in electronic form, and move the card into the Nook when it is time to concentrate on studies.
When you visit your local B&N, take your Nook with you. Turn your Nook's WiFi on, and get the latest book news downloaded to the Nook every day, along with free eBooks. You can also read any eBook B&N has, for an hour a day. If you are a quick reader, you can skim through a lot of content. If you really like to thumb through the books you may want to buy, this option gives you the chance to look at a lot more than the first chapter. It really gives the advantages of brick and mortar stores and paper books to eBooks in an innovative way.
And this, in my opinion, is also one of the more important points about the Nook. If you are a reader who likes to pass on good books to friends or relatives - the Nook will let you send a book as a loaner for two weeks. When that friend finishes, and you have your access to the eBook back, you can then send it to your sister-in-law for two weeks. They have made sharing new, DRM books legally possible. Even if the other party does not have their own Nook, they can download B&N's free app for their computer or netbook, and read on that.
So, if you have a lot of eBooks, or expect to, like to share your favorite books, and want to browse before you buy, the Nook is the eBook reader for you.
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