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  1. Smokexz's Avatar
    My choice, Nook. The most books, the cheapest prices, the most attractive UI, and the most amazing custimizations. Kindle is a near second, sadly Google Books just lacks all of this. Google Books has a poor UI, bad pricing, terrible compatibility, and weak customizations. Your thoughts?

    Sent from my Nexus S
    12-25-2010 05:48 PM
  2. bboykin87's Avatar
    Personally I like the Kindle app more, maybe I'm a little biased because I've already read a few books on it. I would put Nook second, and like you Google Books last
    12-25-2010 09:37 PM
  3. NEST600's Avatar
    In terms of UI I like the Nook best but I'm a Kindle/Amazon addict myself. The most books across the most topics and while I'm still miffed ePub hasn't been adopted over in Amazon, they still end up with most of the books I want. -Pk
    12-25-2010 10:17 PM
  4. Smokexz's Avatar
    Anyone else for Nook? I just love the UI and the page flipping extra is a tasty little piece of eye candy.

    Sent from my Nexus S
    12-25-2010 11:04 PM
  5. Smitty_82's Avatar
    I have used both Nook and Kindle. If you already have accounts with either go with that one. I don't think you can go wrong. If you don't have accounts with either, download both and try it out. There are plenty of free classics you can try to find which one you are most comfortable with. I do like that the Kindle Store is now contained within the app so you don't have to jump to the browser to find new books.
    12-25-2010 11:08 PM
  6. bboykin87's Avatar
    I do like the UI and the "page flip" of the nook but like I said I am biased because I have already read a few books on kindle, and already have an account there...
    As far as google books, i had a hard time finding books
    12-26-2010 02:47 PM
  7. Roscopcoletrain's Avatar
    Anyone else for Nook? I just love the UI and the page flipping extra is a tasty little piece of eye candy.

    Sent from my Nexus S
    Yeah, its what I use. I have a nook, so the syncing is nice. I just wish they'd open the app to Canadians. Im still on an older apk, as I cant find the new 2.4.1.
    12-27-2010 05:42 AM
  8. yogirl#AC's Avatar
    I like the Nook app, merely for the fact that I have a Nook and since I can't take it everywhere with me, I can just pick up where I left off in my current book on my phone.
    12-27-2010 08:37 AM
  9. RUSH's Avatar
    Personally I like the Kindle app more, maybe I'm a little biased because I've already read a few books on it. I would put Nook second, and like you Google Books last
    This app is amazing... and will always be number one for me. kindle Rocks.
    12-27-2010 08:41 AM
  10. Aaron C#AC's Avatar
    I prefer Aldiko. It is more fully featured than the kindle app.
    There are many ways to remove the DRM from kindle books. I usually purchase Kindle books, remove DRM and then use calibre to convert to epub and import into Aldiko. It sounds convoluted and difficult, but it takes about 2 minutes with a PC. The side benefit is if a NEW reader comes out, you have DRM free books that can be read on that device as well. If anyone has any questions on how to remove the DRM, pm me, since I think that discussion is not allowed on the board.
    12-27-2010 08:59 AM
  11. j0hnnyRingo's Avatar
    I have always been a big fan of the Kindle/Kindle App. However, I just got a Nook Color for Christmas, so I think I may have to switch over to the Nook app now.

    Nook Color is a pretty cool device, especially for the price...it will be interesting to see how it runs froyo when the January update hits.
    12-27-2010 10:08 AM
  12. MikeBinOK's Avatar
    My choice, Nook. The most books, the cheapest prices,...
    Actually, if you'll research the facts, you'll find that B&N's claim of most books is rather smoke and mirrorsish. And as far as prices, thanks to the agency model forced on everyone by Steve Jobs, for four out of the five major publishing houses, all vendors selling a given ebook are REQUIRED BY CONTRACT to charge the same price, set by the publisher.

    But to actually answer your question.....

    To my mind, the most important features are the bookstore you want to buy from, and the quality of the ereader associated with the store, not how good their android app is. The Nook Color looks extremely cool and attractively-priced. But for me, the eInk Nook can't keep up with the Kindle 3, and I find eInk the most comfortable way to read text. For books with significant illustrations (of which there are very few translated into good ebook form) I actually prefer reading by using the appropriate app on my iPad! (don't beat me!).

    I read on a Kindle, an iPad, and on my Android phone, so I think I can pretty well say I'm not a fanboy of any given brand or store, but I do find the Kindle 3 the most pleasant way to read text for lengthy periods of time.

    Whichever ereader you decide best meets your needs, don't forget that there are independent ebookstores such as Smashwords and Baen Books (great selection of science fiction that is cheaper than Amazon or B&N).
    12-27-2010 11:35 PM
  13. Smokexz's Avatar
    Actually, if you'll research the facts, you'll find that B&N's claim of most books is rather smoke and mirrorsish. And as far as prices, thanks to the agency model forced on everyone by Steve Jobs, for four out of the five major publishing houses, all vendors selling a given ebook are REQUIRED BY CONTRACT to charge the same price, set by the publisher.

    But to actually answer your question.....

    To my mind, the most important features are the bookstore you want to buy from, and the quality of the ereader associated with the store, not how good their android app is. The Nook Color looks extremely cool and attractively-priced. But for me, the eInk Nook can't keep up with the Kindle 3, and I find eInk the most comfortable way to read text. For books with significant illustrations (of which there are very few translated into good ebook form) I actually prefer reading by using the appropriate app on my iPad! (don't beat me!).

    I read on a Kindle, an iPad, and on my Android phone, so I think I can pretty well say I'm not a fanboy of any given brand or store, but I do find the Kindle 3 the most pleasant way to read text for lengthy periods of time.

    Whichever ereader you decide best meets your needs, don't forget that there are independent ebookstores such as Smashwords and Baen Books (great selection of science fiction that is cheaper than Amazon or B&N).
    Not when they have their sales, some pretty cheap books....
    12-28-2010 12:59 AM
  14. jeffro77's Avatar
    The best ereader for Android - in terms of features and UI - is actually eReader ( Download eReader for Android ).

    Unfortunately, the number of books available for purchase for the reader is small by comparison to other vendors / platforms, and thanks to Barnes & Noble's business strategy (BN acquired the platform some 2 years ago), that number is getting smaller all the time. It also uses an aging format (pdb) which arguably isn't as flexible as the newer ePub format. Once you take into account all factors, eReader - sadly - becomes an almost unusable platform.

    I used to be a big fan of Aldiko for its feature set (Aldiko 2.0 is especially nice) - but recent updates to both Nook and Kindle put them on par or, arguably, at a notch above (the ability to highlight and make notes is really nice, and Aldiko doesn't offer this yet).

    While I will admit that Kindle presents a superior reading experience, I extremely dislike the platform for a slew of reasons which range from business practices to privacy concerns.

    So, for the time being, I like Nook.
    12-28-2010 08:34 AM
  15. readable's Avatar
    Moon reader pro is one I like. It allows you to hightlight, take notes, copy and most importantly reads the book to you.
    12-28-2010 09:32 AM
  16. dwaynewilliams#WN's Avatar
    I use the Kindle application. I like the functionality of it. The Nook looks good, but I have already built a library through Kindle.
    12-28-2010 09:36 AM
  17. RogerParkinson's Avatar
    I've been using Alkido because it was preinstalled. I tried Kindle but something did not feel right. I'd like to try the Nook but when I look in the marketplace I don't see it. Is this an 'outside the US' thing? Because I am. Or am I just doing something wrong? Alkido seems fine though. I downloaded my wife's novel from smashwords in ePub and it loaded up fine etc. Now I'm working through classics.
    12-29-2010 08:48 PM
  18. Roscopcoletrain's Avatar
    yea Nook us usa only. Unless you find the apk or use MarketEnabler to see it, you can download it and use it.

    My one big beef with the nook app is the size. too large imo.
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    12-30-2010 06:14 AM
  19. cordoni's Avatar
    I use four different programs based on their strengths:

    Overdrive Console for FREE library books.

    Aldiko for side load non-drmed epubs (have over 100 of these) and free public domain epubs

    Nook for purchased ebooks

    Kindle for purchased newspapers and magazines.

    I love my books, as you can see!
    12-30-2010 01:31 PM
  20. Jerry Hildenbrand's Avatar
    I prefer Aldiko. It is more fully featured than the kindle app.
    There are many ways to remove the DRM from kindle books. I usually purchase Kindle books, remove DRM and then use calibre to convert to epub and import into Aldiko. It sounds convoluted and difficult, but it takes about 2 minutes with a PC. The side benefit is if a NEW reader comes out, you have DRM free books that can be read on that device as well. If anyone has any questions on how to remove the DRM, pm me, since I think that discussion is not allowed on the board.
    Ditto. DRM free is the only way to fly. I don't mind buying an eBook, but I do mind when it's not really mine after I paid for it.
    12-30-2010 01:45 PM
  21. anon(3653)'s Avatar
    My thoughts is whichever one fits a person's preference.

    I like the Nook and its app better because you can download books from many sources including my local public library and use them on it. Cannot do that on the Kindle unless you use a converter.
    12-30-2010 08:11 PM
  22. Mundo's Avatar
    I'd like to add
    there's an online converter for e-books
    http://www.2epub.com
    12-31-2010 12:14 PM
  23. RogerParkinson's Avatar
    yea Nook us usa only. Unless you find the apk or use MarketEnabler to see it, you can download it and use it.

    My one big beef with the nook app is the size. too large imo.
    I didn't spot your reply earlier. US only? Oh, well, maybe I should move...
    01-16-2011 02:56 AM
  24. dandrumheller's Avatar
    +1 for Aldiko here. Nook and Kindle are both very weak in customizations for fonts/colors for the reader view (compared to Aldiko), and Nook is an enormous file, for what they do. Of course if you have either a B&N or Amazon account, the simplicity of buying books for those readers is nice. Until recently I was using FBreader, which is similar to Aldiko, but the UI isn't quite as nice and polished, and it isn't quite as good at handling unusual formatting.

    I currently have all 4 of these apps installed (I own both Amazon and B&N DRM'ed books, and use those apps only for the convenience of not removing the DRM), I use Aldiko for most of my reading of non-drm epubs I own (many) and FBreader for it's decent selection of free sci-fi in it's online book selection - I then move them to Aldiko to actually read them.
    01-16-2011 01:07 PM
  25. Xopher's Avatar
    I've been using MobiPocket formatted ebooks for years, all the way back to carrying a Casio BE-300. Since the Kindle is based on the mobi format, it was an easy move to Kindle and its various apps. Most of the ebooks I have are in mobi or prc.

    If I had more in the epub or pdb format, I would probably use the Nook or other ereader software instead.
    01-16-2011 05:40 PM
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