5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 4, 2014 5:23 AM by NookGardener

    Questioning on whether or not to gift a nook.

    Exphio

      I'm thinking of getting my little sister either a nook glowlight, or the kindle's equal to that.

       

      Personally, I like barnes and noble more that amazon, but even I'm having trouble deciding which to buy ebooks on.

       

      I have acouple of concerns that I'm not sure of the answer to.

       

      I know that barnes and noble is struggling, they've managed to negate their losses from 190+million the year before last to around 65 million last year. I'm probably just paranoid, but what would happen to my ebooks if barnes and noble had to close it's door on its nook project?

       

      Also, I mentioned that I'm thinking of getting my little sister either a nook or kindle, seeing as she doesn't have a job, she'd be relying on her monthly allowance of $40 to buy books, would a kindle be better for her considering it's cheaper prices on most books?

       

      And finally, I read from some comparisons of nook and kindle that many people liked barnes and noble's DRM policy better than amazon's. Can anyone explain the difference between the two drm policy's and the affects on their customers to me?

       

       

      I understand I kinda strayed from my original topic that I mean't to ask about, but the other question's kind of apply to the original.

       

      For my sister which would you guys recommend between the nook glowlight and amazon's equal to that?

        • Re: Questioning on whether or not to gift a nook.
          Byteguy

          Most important thing to remember, she MUST have a valid credit card (or debit card with a VISA or MC logo) to have B&N account.  She doesn't have to BUY books with a credit card (you can give her gift cards) but she needs one to setup the account and use the Nook.  B&N's DRM uses the CC to generate a key required by the publishers to lock/unlock books.   It's very hard to use a Nook without a B&N account. VERY HARD.

           

          If she doesn't have a card, you could attach the nook to YOUR account and enable purchase password protection to keep her from buying books.  You could order books on your account (online or using another Nook) and they (along with all your other purchases) magically apear on her Nook.

           

          B&N is still a going operation.  Even if they DO fold (yikes), you can download a copy of your purchased ebooks to your computer and save them forever (you should do this anyway).  Also, somebody is going to do what Kobo did with Borders and buy all their e-customers.  And, that still won't stop you from using your Nook.  You can buy books from other services (or borrow them from your library) and use your computer to put the books on your Nook.  Yes, it's a step (called sideloading) but it's easy.

           

          B&N uses a more open standard for their books (which is what you're hearing about people liking B&N's DRM better than Amazons).  B&N books can be read in more apps and other companies books can be loaded to your Nook.  Amazon uses their own format.

           

          If you can handle the credit card / account issue.  The Glowlight is a darn good and inexpensive little reader. 

            • Re: Questioning on whether or not to gift a nook.
              whiteginger

              Byteguy wrote:

              Most important thing to remember, she MUST have a valid credit card (or debit card with a VISA or MC logo) to have B&N account.  She doesn't have to BUY books with a credit card (you can give her gift cards) but she needs one to setup the account and use the Nook.  B&N's DRM uses the CC to generate a key required by the publishers to lock/unlock books.   It's very hard to use a Nook without a B&N account. VERY HARD.

               

              If she doesn't have a card, you could attach the nook to YOUR account and enable purchase password protection to keep her from buying books.  You could order books on your account (online or using another Nook) and they (along with all your other purchases) magically apear on her Nook.

               

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              If you can handle the credit card / account issue.  The Glowlight is a darn good and inexpensive little reader. 

               

              Before Christmas,  I gifted an NSTG to a friend.  Wanting to have it up and ready and preloaded with a few books, I set up the account with a new password for her and used my credit card.  I was then able to add a gift card to HER account and add a couple of new titles to the NOOK for her.  In addition, when I gave her thte NOOK, I asked if she wanted to share a couple of titles from my library.  I sideloaded a few titles from my library before she changed the credit card number in her account to her own credit card.

               

              My husband and I have separate accounts (IDs, personal info, and passwords), but share a credit card number.  We can then share books by sideloading.  (Doug Pardee has a very old thread somewhere about this type of family account sharing.)

               

              Yes, Kindle books are very often less expensive.  When I did a recent comparison of the 75 titles on my personal wish list (mostly literary fiction and best seller non-fiction) 72 of the 75 were less expensive on Amazon.  I was shocked, but I still consider the NOOK the  choice for me--I have six NOOKS including the    NG, which I LOVE!  I won't bother repeating all the previously said stuff about B&Ns DRM and I love having a local store.  I use a B&N credit card on my account which automatically gives me a 5% discount on my purchases, even ebooks, and unless the Kindle price is 20% lower than the B&N price (which was true for only 2 of the books on my list)  I am happy to purchase from B&N.  If, however, money IS the biggest issue for your sister, this would be a hard call for me.

               

               

            • Re: Questioning on whether or not to gift a nook.
              NookGardener

              Agree with Byteguy, keriflur, and flyingtoasters points. Would also add this, 

               

              You indicated your sister doesnt have a job and is on an allowance. I'm assuming she's a teenager/college student (because of the allowance.) Another thing to consider is using the library. Explore what services your library has (if any) and depending on that and her computer savvy, put that into your decision mix. 

               

              And take flyingtoasters points one step further. With kindle books, unless you are willing to break the drm, you always will have to have a kindle device/app.  With nook books (and those from Google, kobo, and the defunct Sony store) there are plenty of reading apps available on the Google play store that will read those formats. So as long as you back up your library, your are "future proofing" your purchases. 

                • Re: Questioning on whether or not to gift a nook.
                  keriflur

                  NookGardener wrote:

                  And take flyingtoasters points one step further. With kindle books, unless you are willing to break the drm, you always will have to have a kindle device/app.  With nook books (and those from Google, kobo, and the defunct Sony store) there are plenty of reading apps available on the Google play store that will read those formats. So as long as you back up your library, your are "future proofing" your purchases. 


                  My assumption, and time will tell, of course, is that Amazon is not going anywhere and is likely to continue selling kindles and to keep making the kindle app (which is nothing special, IMO, but it gets the job done).  I suspect they are fairly future-proof (as much as anything digital can be, anyway) even without alternatives.  I suspect they are more future-proof than any other e-ink device maker out there and would be saddened, but not surprised, if the day came again when they were the only major eink ereader maker out there.

                   

                  We are stuck with Amazon, and the book world is stuck with Amazon, like it or not.

                    • Re: Questioning on whether or not to gift a nook.
                      NookGardener

                      Sorry keriflur, guess I didn't write that very well.

                       

                      My reference to "future-proofing" book purchases was to books purchased via B&N. (The OP started out his first post with a little worrying about what happens to his books if B&N goes under.) As long as he backs those files up, there should be a way to read them in the future on other apps/devices (in case something happens.)

                       

                      Agree with you about Amazon books/ebooks.  Don't see them going anywhere.