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I'd like to buy my wife an ereader.. she said she wants a kindle but it's probably due to the commercials. I know nothing about these unfortunately and I want to get her the best bang for the buck. My biggest question is can she purchase books from sites other than Amazon and still be able to use them on the Kindle? Is 3G used just to download books? I'm assuming she would not need to be connected to wifi in order to use it, only to download books.. dumb question I know but just trying to make sure. Any other benefits of the 3G version over the standard wifi version.
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Yeah you can read books when not on a wifi connection, the 3G is used only for downloading books when wifi isn't available. If it was me, the 3G would be a waste but I can see times when it'd be nice. Either way, you'll always have access to the books you get with wifi, not only when you're connected. In my experience with my wife, what's most important is getting her what she wants, not necessarily what's the absolute best. That being said, the Kindle is awesome, I have nothing bad to say about it.

Edit: I don't have experience importing books from other sources, but I've never had to try since I know the Kindle doesn't support epub and that's the only non-native format I'd want to load on it.
Edited by un1b4ll - 8/16/11 at 9:07am
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Overall I'd say the Kindle would be a great choice. I've never used one myself, but they seem pretty awesome if all one needs is an eReader and some other basic functions. The 3G version would be nice to be able to download books from almost anywhere. If she would just use it at places with wireless it might not be necessary. And she wouldn't need any connection to read books she already downloaded.

Also, there's a version with advertisements that would save you some money. I doubt they'd be too obtrusive, but you may want to look for some first-hand opinions on that. smile.gif
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Thanks guys.. what about downloading books? Will she be restricted to only downloading from Amazon? What if a book she wants is on sale at Barnes and Noble, will she be able to get that since they have the nook?
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My wife loves hers as well. Some of the cases even have a built in LED light that runs off of the kindle battery incase shes in a dimmly lit area. There is even a free book download section where they up load 6 or 7 books a week. The wifey says the e-ink is easy on the eyes as opposed to a LED screened E-reader. You can even back up your e-books to a PC. Slick little piece of hardware.


Edit: yes amazon only
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Get everything from amazon, cases, covers, lights etc.... its a great gift and she'll love it!
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the kindle is great for what it is.
Although if the wife likes android the nook can help you with that. [If your willing to mod and mess around with things you aren't supposed to.
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Originally Posted by Mudfrog;14602328 
Thanks guys.. what about downloading books? Will she be restricted to only downloading from Amazon? What if a book she wants is on sale at Barnes and Noble, will she be able to get that since they have the nook?

As far as I know, the Kindle doesn't support any eBook format other than its own. It definitely doesn't support B&N eBooks, for obvious reasons (competing readers, etc.).

The Nook reader does support ePub.

I myself don't own a Kindle, but my iPad spends a substantial amount of time on the Kindle App. Given that you basically have to lock yourself into a store when buying a dedicated reader, I'd go with the Kindle.
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what's most important is getting her what she wants, not necessarily what's the absolute best.
'Nuff said. You can't just assume she decided on the Kindle based on commercials. Perhaps she borrowed one from a friend and liked it.

If you think she might be open to other devices, then broach the subject with her first. Perhaps visit the local Best Buy for hands-on experience to see which reader she likes best. Just don't buy a different device without consulting with her first.

As for ebook prices, you're more likely to find ebooks at lower price from the Kindle store than anywhere else. If you find an ebook on sale at B&N, more likely than not, you'll find it for the same price or lower from Amazon. That said, if you're willing to do part of the library management and maintenance for her, it's possible to remove encryption from DRM'ed ePub (except iBooks) and convert the DRM-free ePub to mobi using Calibre or similar software.
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This is going to be an early anniversary present.. she's briefly mentioned she wants one but is not anticipating on getting one so I really can't suddenly start shopping for one with her. She's never used one and doesn't know anyone else with one, basically she would be very happy to get any of them. I just want to make sure I get the best bang for the buck and it's something easy enough for her to use.
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