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Ebooks and computer-books. any recommendations?

Looking for advise from ebook owners.

12:34 am on Feb 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Indirectly about the model and brand but really what I'm wondering is size and color.

I'm shopping around to get an e-book and a major concern of mine is that books for networking, programming, whatever computer related.. often work with pictures. Would I go nuts without seeing color, do screen-shots and charts get clipped on the smaller screens?

I handled a Nook Color the other day and it was nice but they only come in a 6" display. Kindles I've been told are nice but they don't come in color. iPads solve both but well... we all know THAT concern $$. Still, everyone I've talked to so far only know from the casual reader aspect, not this type of community.

If anyone's got some personal stories they would love to share, I'm listening.
12:57 am on Feb 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Ebooks come in different formats, some scale, some are fixed. Make up mind in that regard... then address the mobile folks (if significant...and probably is). Locked or unlocked? Pick your poison. Also beware that "ebooks" is a down chart in most SE's these days, particularly if dinero is involved. Avoid the word "free" in conjunction with "etext" or "ebook".
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Kindles are nice as long as the light is bright, there isn't enough contrast for me in dimly lit rooms and of course you need a reading light at night. The Nook is nice too but hard to read outside in the light but fabulous indoors and all color. If reading outdoors is a requirement then Kindle, otherwise Nook.

Personally, I would get NEITHER.

My Android phone can read both Kindle and Nook content just fine, so can my netbook and my desktop PC.

I'd probably get a general purpose tablet, iPad or Android, so when I'm done reading the book I could play a game, read email, or use it for other things.
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I have a NookColor and I'm enjoying it. I find it a very good reader for $250. You can browse the web via wifi with ease.

I bought the NookColor to test UI on small touch screens (this website, for example, ain't so great--sorry), but started using it for reading books as well. But, Bill make an excellent point. I would only counter that I enjoy the site and weight of the NookColor. Alas, no Flash--but that allows you to get the iPad experience on cheap.

I've got my eye on a Xoom as the tablet for my wife, but she's a Mac person, so it is going to be a tough sell. If she goes for the Xoom, it with be a major coup. Stay tuned to the channel for updates as they happen...

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