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post #11 of 17
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I just want to make sure I get the best bang for the buck and it's something easy enough for her to use.
The Kindle is probably one of the easiest to use. If she can shop from Amazon, then she can buy Kindle ebooks.

I wouldn't buy a Kindle for myself (I dislike the closed system and lack of ePub support) but if I were gifting a non-techie an e-reader, it would be either the Kindle or the Nook (STR or Color).
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ask her to look at the KOBO touch, we have 4 of them in my house, were books nuts and we adore them, any mobile file format can be used, thought epub and mobi are the best, and the kobo is supported by calibre, which is handsdown the best software solution for any device, you can buy books and load them via usb or buy them straight from the kobo store, i personally load them from my computer from an online library im subscribed to
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The Kobo isn't quite as popular in the US as it is in Canada. Now that Borders has closed most of their stores, I don't know of any brick and mortar shops that carry the Kobo. That said, I really like the fact that Kobo uses regular ADEPT DRM for their bookstore unlike B&N which has their own version of DRM for ePub. One advantage of the Nook, though, it can read both B&N and ADEPT ebooks without having to strip DRM while the Kobo only supports ADEPT.

Of course, there are complaints about ghosting with the Nook e-ink readers.

@Mudfrog
Even if you don't bring your wife shopping for her reader, I suggest visiting the local Best Buy so you can try out the different devices available. That should give you a rough idea which one she might prefer or perhaps, figure out which one she'll hate.
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The Kindle can only read .MOBI ebooks. Luckily, there exists software to effortlessly convert ebook formats.

Calibre Ebook Management is an absolute must when dealing with ebooks and managing content on your Kindle. It can convert any ebook format into any ebook format. You can even convert PDFs into ebooks =D

... and that's only a couple of its features. You can even subscribe to and download news and magazine articles through the software, with a wide variety of choices.
Edited by Bikkit - 8/18/11 at 7:06pm
post #15 of 17
The 3G Version is used to download books and surf the web using the internet browser. You can get books from other sources if it is DRM-Free and the file type Kindle Supports (.mobi, .azw, etc.)

Get the 3G with special offers. If you don't like special offers, throw down an extra $50 to get the ad-free one. The ads aren't annoying. Wish they had a mix of ad screensavers and original kindle (dead authors) screensavers.
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For me, I thought the Kindle's lack of touch screen makes it hard to navigate. I like to be more hands on with my electronics though I use a rooted Nook Color and it handled epub and pdf files very nicely.

The special offers version of the Kindle gives you coupons for Amazon ($10 off 20 or similar, I've heard) so in the long run, it may pay off if you shop at Amazon a lot.
post #17 of 17
My wife, mom and little sister all love their kindles.


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The Kindle can only read .MOBI ebooks. Luckily, there exists software to effortlessly convert ebook formats.

Calibre Ebook Management is an absolute must when dealing with ebooks and managing content on your Kindle. It can convert any ebook format into any ebook format. You can even convert PDFs into ebooks =D

... and that's only a couple of its features. You can even subscribe to and download news and magazine articles through the software, with a wide variety of choices.
     
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