Friday, February 8, 2013

Kindle? Nook? Sony? or Kobo?

By Nancy Jill Thames

Ereaders - take your pick!
Hang onto your hats, dear readers. Things are changing right before your eyes! The other night I began reading an old paperback in bed. I confess, I thought holding a book again instead of reading on a device would be a cozy experience. Instead, I realized the book had yellowed to where I almost couldn't read it, and I needed a light to see the pages. Oh, dear me!

I will confess knowing enough about ereaders and bottom lines to tell you, from what I've read, the four best choices are a Kindle, Nook, Sony or Kobo. And unless you are a "techie" these choices are your best bet.

In researching information I did learn that using your iPad or other tablets are not the best way to go. It's due to the weight and short battery life. Okay, so I use my iPad to read. But it is difficult unless you're reading on a plane with a pull down tray to support the device.

Simply put, you want a Kindle if you're buying books from Amazon, a Nook if you're buying books from Barnes and Noble, and a Kobo or Sony if you're buying books from most other online sites. Notice I said most other online sites. That's a whole different story. Click the link under the photo for a better understanding of ereaders.

In any case, it's my opinion that eventually ereaders are the future. Libraries already have ebooks available and add more every day. Schools are using them as early as Kindergarten and even college textbooks are now online.

More importantly, the choices we now have are endless, with the self-publishing industry booming! We at Cozy Mystery Magazine appreciate your readership and understand the thousands of choices of cozy mysteries out there now. Thank you for reading our books and giving us wonderful reviews. By doing so you make our books more visible to audiences around the world. 

What ereader do you use? Pros? Cons? 

 Have a lovely weekend, dear readers.

See you in my books!
 ~Nancy Jill

Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames began publishing Christian fiction in 2010. The author of six books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List, this in addition to winning first place for her Chocolate Cream Pie.

When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren in two states, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her own personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers Guild and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales.

Nancy Jill is busy working on book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" a mystery taking place in London, England.
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  1. I went for a 7-inch tablet so I can read Kindle and Kobo (Nook and other epubs) formats. It makes me mad that they can't agree on a standard format, and I don't want to be bossed by one company into only buying their products. Plus, I'm old enough to remember Sony Betamax videoptapes... what if I pick the wrong company?

    Love the tablet, and it's small enough to be good for reading. I'm leaning toward buying mostly Kindle, but if someone else has what I want for a better price, I'm not tied in.

  2. Hi Janet,

    What about the battery life on your tablet? I get weary of my iPad needing to be charged constantly. I suppose each retailer wants exclusivity so they have their own formats. Truthfully, I never understood what DRM rights meant until I wrote this post!

    Still learning...Good luck with your book purchases! Thanks for sharing.

    ~Nancy Jill

  3. I have the 8.9" Kindle Fire, love, love , love it. An added benefit is the battery lasts a lot longer than the regular Kindle. In my family we own 10 Kindle's!!!

  4. I have a Kindle Touch, yeah I know dinosaur, although it was my Mom's last Christmas present to me so it's not that old. I like that it's not backlit so it's much easier on the eyes. More like reading a book. I can also download my own documents, i.e. by books, so I can read them and notes of any edits I want to make on the computer.
    Before I got it was a "what would I do with it?" now it's "How did I ever live without it?"

    1. I think we'll all get used to ereaders as time goes by. The next generation may not think of reading new releases any other way. I agree, once one starts using a device so amazing like an ereader we do wonder how we ever lived without one!

      ~Nancy Jill

  5. I resisted e-booking for a long time because I thought it was silly. Plus, I love the epxerience of holding, smelling, feeling, dog-earing a book - I'm kind of a dinosaur. But then I joined the 21st century last year and got the Kindle Fire and now I too think, how did I ever live without this.

    I particularly like that I can read in bed and not disturb my beloved. And I really enjoy being able to make that print big enough so I can read on the treadmill or stair stepper. I also love all the new authors (like you) that I have found in e-book.

    I debated long and hard and went with the Kindle because I figure Amazon will likely be around a lot longer than most. My bff has a Nook and thoroughly enjoys it. She specificallly chose the Nook because she hates Amazon for its size and shoving smaller entities out of business.

    Now my dilemma is, how do I choose whether to buy e-book or paperback? Both have much to recommend them. For authors I plan to re-read (or whom I alreay own in paperback, I'm sticking with paperback. A further dilemma comes when I find a new author I really like in e-book. Then I have to decide whether to buy all in e-book, or go back and double-buy in paperback. Such a first world problem!

    1. I agree that having a book you want available on only one platform seems unfair, that's why I'm working diligently to make all my books available in paperback and ebook on as many platforms as possible. Some authors I'm in touch with are starting to only offer their books as ebooks now - paperbacks have limitations and are costly to print and ship.

      ~Nancy Jill

  6. Nancy,
    I agree with you 100%, I've been saying this some time now. I think we will still have books, but ebooks are going to be the majority in time.
    Deborah Malone
    "Death in Dahlonega"
    "Murder in Marietta"


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