International eReader Dilemma
January 1, 2013 3:13 PM Subscribe
Which is the best eReader for a Canadian who wants access to lots of free reading material?
posted by snorkmaiden to technology (16 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I received a Kindle for Christmas. Yay! But I, and also my Kindle-giving girlfriend, want to make sure that I can get lots of reading material for free. She wasn't aware that Canadian library systems were lending ebooks, so that wasn't the one of the factors she considered in choosing the Kindle, which unfortunately doesn't work with Canadian library systems.
If I keep it, I'll be registering the Kindle in the US (where it was purchased) to maintain access to the wider selection of magazines etc. My girlfriend's library card will give me access to the NYC library system as well, but I haven't been able to find any information online about whether or not that would work when all of us (me, her, the Kindle, the library card) are in Canada.
Otherwise, the Kindle will be returned and replaced with a Kobo or a Sony eReader (unfortunately more expensive than the original gift, so probably ruled out)... which obviously comes with its own set of questions. My priority is really to have free access to a wide variety of reading material, preferably by borrowing rather than pirating. I prefer not to have a touch screen, and I don't care about lighting options or screen size. I like that the Sony isn't locked into a DRM system, and my understanding is that I could buy epub books directly from Canadian publishers with either the Kobo or the Sony, which while not free is still a plus.
What's best? Stick with the Kindle and hope I will be able to access the US library system--even though that's not quite above-board, I might have access to a better selection? Do Canadian Kindle owners have more free book access than I think? Or should I return the Kindle and get a Kobo or a Sony eReader, allowing me to borrow library books in Canada?
Thanks for your help! (Oh, and yes, I know about Project Gutenberg et. al... this question is about contemporary fiction. I'll be reading free classics regardless.)