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General Chat Thread, Recommend me an e-reader for Xmas present please :-) in General; It's for the mother in law (must resist jokes) Don't really know much about these so what's good? Cheers...
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    Recommend me an e-reader for Xmas present please :-)

    It's for the mother in law (must resist jokes)

    Don't really know much about these so what's good?

    Cheers

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    If its purely as an e-reader then the Kindle Paperwhite is incredible, for reading there is nothing that comes close to the quality of the screen on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    for reading there is nothing that comes close to the quality of the screen on it.
    How about an actual book?

    I'm assuming this doesn't need a lot of cool extra features [like proxy support and management tools] and is for a single user to configure and use how they want.

    Kindle seems fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    How about an actual book?

    I'm assuming this doesn't need a lot of cool extra features [like proxy support and management tools] and is for a single user to configure and use how they want.

    Kindle seems fine.
    Heh, well the problem is that she carries a suitcase of books with her whatever she goes and want to solve that annoyance (I mean it annoys me).

    No nothing fancy needed.

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    Or even Kobo eReaders
    eReaders

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    Yeah been looking at kobo and nooks.
    I like that they use the epub format as well.

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    The ebook format doesn't really matter, Calibre does a great job of converting between formats

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    +1 for a Kindle. The wife has one and swears by it. Plus in the likelihood she has a smart phone or tablet, she can sync books across all devices. It will even remember which page she is up to.

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    Yeah, I'm not usually a fan of closed systems. But Kindle is just so easy to use, buy books, and they are cheap too. No problems with range either. If you want to get books from other stores (never found the need) then calibre on the PC does the job perfectly.

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    It depends how computer literate the mil is, the kindle is by far the easiest with whispersync from the Amazon store, but yes you are tied to Amazon, although that can by tweeked by using Calibre. The Nook isn't as user friendly and there are some doubts about how much longer Barnes and Nobles are going to continue down the ebook route. The Kobo is good, but can be a faff using with different stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    It depends how computer literate the mil is
    Good point, she isn't that confident, it's like watching a caveman attempting to land a jet plane. Kindle sounding good.

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    Cant beat the Nook for price. £29 apparently

    NOOK Simple Touch

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Cant beat the Nook for price. £29 apparently

    NOOK Simple Touch
    Its fantastic for the price - my missus has got one - and is not very computer literate

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    Thanks everyone.

    Another (possibly dumb) question for those that use e-readers, do you think its worth going for the more expensive nook with a light. Do you find you need a light often?

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    @sparkeh Before you buy anything check out what her local library does by way of e-lending. Their books are often not compatible with Kindle. You might as well get one that gives her access to free reading material!

    I have a kindle and so does my daughter... we have never needed extra light. I was given the kindle, but would have chosen a library friendly option if I had had the choice.
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