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January 16, 2011 12:53 PM Subscribe
Kindle3 or Color Nook or Samsung Tab or just sticking with dead trees? I've been reading so many reviews, forums, tech support, askme posts, that my head is spinning and I don't know what to think. The new Kindle and Nook are supposedly vastly better than their predecessors, so I'm hoping mefites with new holiday toys might be able to shed some light.
posted by sio42 to Technology (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
tl;dr at bottom.
First, iPad is out of my budget (and probably the Tab, but I'm still willing to consider it. I have a Samsung Fascinate and am teaching myself how to program some simple Android stuff, so having another android device isn't the worst thing.)
Ok, so here's my thing. I like to read. I get books from the library, I buy books, I get books on the Kindle app on my Android phone. My library will be providing ebooks in the near future but haven't released a statement about which format they would be in. They currently use OverDrive for audio books.
I would like to make a note or highlight at a certain place and then have a list of all the highlighted phrases with notes in one place, grouped by book. It'd be cool to export them or access them on the web so I could tag for future reference. I've read so many differing accounts of this ability on Kindle and NookColor that I am sufficiently confused beyond belief. It's very hard to sort who is just having a PEBKAC problem and whether or not it's just not possible.
The main issue with notes on the NookColor seems to be there is a list of highlighted phrases but you have to click on the phrase to see the note, which isn't ideal. Is there some sort of fix for this if I root it?
PDFs aren't a huge issue, because this is pretty much all nonacademic book reading.
However, since I do read a fair amount of nonfiction, I tend to read things with footnotes and/or endnotes. There's seems to be some issue with Kindle books where if you click on the asterisk or number, it's not always linked to the footnotes page or it just takes you to the main footnotes page and you have to scroll through to find the one you need. Do either the NookColor or Kindle 3 address this, perhaps with an inline popup or bottom of the screen popup that shows the footnote or endnote?
I really like the NookColor's handling of magazines, which is what initially drew me to it. However, I'm starting to wonder if just plunking down for the Tab and putting the Kindle and Nook apps on there and just using evernote might not be a better way. And then I could still see the websites for the magazines since the Nook app doesn't support magazines. My only question with this idea would still be the footnote/endnote handling.
I have tried both in the stores, but am more concerned about hearing from people who have used them for longer 10 minutes at a time.
- What are the issues/joys you have experienced with footnotes/endnotes in ebooks (not pdfs) with the NookColor/ Kindle3/Tab with Kindle and Nook apps?
- What are the issues/joys you have experienced with adding your own notes on the NookColor or Kindle 3 and then being able to view them later on the web (or somewhere), with the possibility of tagging notes for later reference? If I go the Tab route, can I copy and paste a phrase from the Kindle or Nook app and paste it into Evernote?