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KConfused.

Nook has a great price and feature set. But I hear it handles PDF terribly, even if you hack Android apps in or something.

But I hear the Kindle also has pretty bad PDF support.

I'd mainly be reading PDF's on it...I like the whole E-Ink idea, it'd be nice for reading books and stuff when on a long trip or when work is slow.

I was really after the Nook Simple Touch for only 54$, as another thread shows...but then I googled and watched some YouTube videos and it all around shows poor PDF support.

So I'm wondering upon those whom own these devices, how they feel about PDF's on them.
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I was thinking the same before I bought my Nook.

If you want to view PDF's, don't get an eInk reader. Get a tablet with color and an LCD. PDFs are absolutely terrible on both.

Now, if you want it for books, I would recommend the Nook. It is cheaper, works with epub (the non-DRM format), the new version has the option for a glow screen, and it seemed to fit my huge hands better.

Just my 2 cents though. If it's between the two, you should really go check it out at a best buy or something. Compare the two when you can actually hold them tongue.gif
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I have had no problems with my Kindle and PDF files at all but then i'm not sure if you were talking about the stock OS or rooted w/ custom ROM? With the ICS Rom, i really enjoy my Kindle Fire. My vote goes for the Kindle, very easy to root and once you got the TWRP installed, it's a breeze.

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I was thinking the same before I bought my Nook.
If you want to view PDF's, don't get an eInk reader. Get a tablet with color and an LCD. PDFs are absolutely terrible on both.
Now, if you want it for books, I would recommend the Nook. It is cheaper, works with epub (the non-DRM format), the new version has the option for a glow screen, and it seemed to fit my huge hands better.
Just my 2 cents though. If it's between the two, you should really go check it out at a best buy or something. Compare the two when you can actually hold them tongue.gif

Er, no.

E-Ink is awesome from what I've seen, much better to read a book on that and the charge lasts a month or two. Plus, the whole, you can read in direct light, looks like a real paper book?

I have alot of Books in PDF format.

And as for the Kindle Fire...cmon, that's 200$. That's way more than I am paying for a book reader.

Plus the Kindle Fire is LCD , even if it's IPS, it's not E-Ink.

E-Ink just looks so real and easy to read. Reading on a LCD makes you tired, reading on E-Ink feels natural.
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post #5 of 45
As far as ereaders go, I still say the nook is the best one.

The Nook simple touch is just much better than the kindle imo. As far as pdf support goes, I say the two are about equal so its gonna suck either way.
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I use e-readers quite heavily and have owned quite a variety over the years. To date, the Nook Simple Reader is the best. The new Kindle is extremely comparable, though. The major selling point for me however is the .epub format support. The Nook supports this natively (this is the format most gutenberg.org books and library loans come in.) The Kindle does not support this format. While you can convert formats with Calibre, formatting errors usually arise.

PDF support is ok. It isn't the best pdf viewer. It runs into issues at times with text size (being way too small). If your intention is to read manga then the Nook can handle it just fine. Though, from what I understand, you get much more out of the Nook if you root it.

Given their levels of similarity, the current sale on the Nook really puts it over the top in terms of value. The Simple Touch is the same price as the add supported version of the Kindle.

As a side note, if you are looking at the Nook Glow, I found the e-ink to have less contrast than the standard Simple Touch.
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I own a Nook as well, biggest reason I got it was of course the price and the fact that it reads ePub files. Do note that you can also convert the PDFs into ePub files, that's what I do for all my books.
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Hi MKibride,

I have the Kindle and I am happy with it. As for hacking it, why? The Kindle has a function under the device heading in its tools index that allows third party apps without hacking. As for the hardware the Nook wins only because it has an SD expnasion port, the Kindle does nor. The screen on the Kindle fire, which is what I am taking about here, is really nice. As for which one that comes down to what best fits your personal needs.
In any case goodluck with your choice and have a great day. Oh yeah the Kindle fire and the high end nook are more like 7" Android tablets than e-readers.
    
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If you e-read on multiple devices from Linux to iphone to android I vote for Kindle..
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Spend a bit more and get the Galaxy Tab 7.0+?

I have a Kobo Vox which is essentially the same as the nook and kindle top end units. I picked up the Samsung 7" and it blows the other devices away in every respect.

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