$79 Kindle or $60 Kobo (or $99 Nook?)
January 15, 2012 12:07 AM Subscribe
Which of the cheapest e-readers should I choose, especially considering support for/access to lots of free ebooks? I'm currently eyeing most heartily the $79 Kindle and the $50-60 refurbished Kobo, but open to suggestions...
posted by dahliachewswell to technology (38 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
My priorities are:
1) Cheap, $100 or UNDER would be great.
2) Good selection of books and lots of FREE books (library checking out, free downloads, etc.)
I am considering the Kobo because it supports ePub format and maybe will support more free downloadable ebooks than the Kindle? I've heard lots of complaints about the Kobo but have lived with someone who owned one, it really didn't seem that bad. I'm paying less attention to the Nook/Barnes&Noble because it seems they have skipped the low-end non-touch version of the device and I am trying to go cheap as possible...but I could be convinced if ya'll think I'd be throwing my money away on the Kobo.
Or maybe I can work around the formatting restrictions on the Kindle with the help of Calibre? Would Calibre work and be relatively easy to learn/use on my Acer AspireOne Windows netbook? I'm not particularly PC-saavy but I'm open to learning new skills!
Oh, also, I'm pretty much always going to use the cable and my PC to update it, as there's not much WiFi in the rural area of developing country where I live.
Thanks for your help! There are so many options and not many reviews out there comparing these "low end" devices now that the flashy tablet hybrid things exist.