I'm assuming by "Kindle mothership" you are referring to the "Kindle Owners' Lending Library" through an Amazon Prime account that you pay an annual fee for? B&N doesn't have anything like that. And, if you have to pay for Amazon Prime, that doesn't really seem free to me. But, if you make a lot of purchases or use Prime for other things, it may be worth the investment.
There are plenty of free books for your Nook. Just type in 0.00 in the search bar and you'll find them. Also, every week B&N offers up a "free friday" book. If you scroll down the list of comments you'll find other free offerings as well.
I think the advantage of the Nook is the expandable memory and the ability to sideload books from other vendors (you can shop around if you don't like B&N's price/selection) without needing to download an app or root the device. But, everyone has different wants/needs from their products.
I am a fairly new Nook Tablet owner, and I think that you made a very wise choice, because it is a better product.
It's just that you have to work harder to find FREE NOOK books...not just the $0.00 way! I subscribe to every possible website that has Free Kindle books dailycheapreads.com, pixelofink.com, freediningdownloads, etc.), then...
(1) I check to see if B&N has matched the book at $0.00...and sometimes they do...or if not...
(2) I purchased an N2A card for my Nook (separate discussion on this site) and I download the Free Kindle books to my Nook...so I actually have the best of both worlds. Hope that little of advice helps.
Sort through the posts on this site, and I'm sure that you can learn quite a bit more...I certainly did. As I said, you have to work a bit harder than those Kindle folks, because Amazon works a lot harder in that area than does B&N.
Get yourself an AFN card (it’s cheaper than an N2A card) for your Nook Tablet. Have it loaded with Kindle for Android and Nook for Android (Dean at AFN will gladly do this for you if requested). Then go to hundredzeros.com and download free Kindle books to read. Categories are at the right hand side of the web page. Read the books using the Kindle for Android app.
go to the B&N web site and in the Search box type $0 (that’s a zero). Select NOOK Books and Search. You will be taken to Nook freebies. Categories are on the left side of the B&N web page. Read these in native Nook or Nook for Android. They are pretty much the same except native Nook has a built-in dictionary while Nook for Android must have a web connection open to use a selected dictionary (or Wiki, etc.).
Also check out B&N Free Fridays though the weekly selections there are often of limited interest.
The renewal process is up to the library and has nothing to do with Nook.
[...] I'll quickly add that I haven't taken a LOT of time to explore ALL that it can do etc. etc., **but it sure seems to me that my wife has access to a LOT MORE FREE BOOKS in the Kindle world than I do in the B&N world. [...] If what I wanted was an e-reader device with access to a LOT of freebies, should I have gone Kindle? For that matter, would I just be better off if I figured out how to 'root' my nook & turn it into a generic android tab?
A lot depends on what sort of free books she's loading. If they're best sellers and the like, she's probaby taking advantage of some of the Amazon programs that you won't have access to. On the other hand, if they're out-of-copyright classics, you can certainly find those, either from B&N, or from a number of sources such as Project Gutenberg.
Rooting gains you the ability to load other apps, including the Kindle reader. Be aware that the Kindle Android reader won't necessarily give you access to the same books she has access to on her Fire. Rooting, or booting alternate firmware off of uSD will give you a lot of other options that you may enjoy.
I've have over a hundred free books from Free Fridays and free classics. I also went the N2A route and can download free library books directly to my Nook and can read Kindle books. Plus, I can access free Kindle apps and shop the Google Store for free apps. Personally, I think you choose wisely if you just close the deal with a N2A or AFN card.
I think you chose incorrectly, even if the B&N is a better machine, and not just because A has a better "ecosystem." With two devices from a single manufacturer, you will both have access to anything either of you purchase or borrow from the library or from a friend. With devices from the two manufacturers, you cannot both have a book you have purchased or borrowed.
Seabreeze-1: I think you chose incorrectly, even if the B&N is a better machine, and not just because A has a better "ecosystem." With two devices from a single manufacturer, you will both have access to anything either of you purchase or borrow from the library or from a friend. With devices from the two manufacturers, you cannot both have a book you have purchased or borrowed.
Actually this can easily be worked around on both machines. The Tablet can gain access to the Kindle app via an N2A or AFN card, and a setting can be checked on the Fire which will allow you to download the B&N app.
As been discussed in this thread, it is true that you can spend more money and implement a workaround. And you can end up with libraries that are not as nicely integrated as if purchased for a single platform. But I am not sure that I see much benefit to such solutions for people who are primarily readers, and who maybe play with a few apps.
TRM63: but it sure seems to me that my wife has access to a LOT MORE FREE BOOKS in the Kindle world than I do in the B&N world.
I don't think its that Barnes & Noble has less free books. As an owner of a small website hosting & development company, I can honestly say that the Barnes & Noble website is poorly designed and is void of the "total web browsing experience."
One of the features I like most about the Amazon.com Kindle Books section is that it clearly displays the Top 100 Free & Paid titles. It is also much easier to search and sort titles but ever since Amazon added its advertising system, it has become slow. BN.com is cluttered, clumsy, painfully slow and disorienting.
You can increase your book count using sites like Smashwords. And, if you feel like taking chances, get the Kindle DRM removal tool [not for the faint of heart] and download all the free books at Amazon you store on your tablet.
TRM63: She's got JILLIONS of books on her Fire, all of which were FREE. Right now I've got zippo on my Nook. And… I should add…. I'm really not interested in BUYING e-books.
I have had my [Free] Nook Tablet since January and have over 300 free titles. I won't pay the ridiculous eBook prices either. I tend to use Smashwords a lot.
TRM63: So, I'm wondering... did I choose poorly? If what I wanted was an e-reader device with access to a LOT of freebies, should I have gone Kindle? For that matter, would I just be better off if I figured out how to 'root' my nook & turn it into a generic android tab?
The Nook Tablet could have some better features, such as the avail of descriptions and recommendations/reviews for sideloaded books, and wish BN.com sold a freaking battery for it, but all-in-all I am happy with it.
Hi you can have the best of both worlds with the Nook. If you check on the Barnes and Noble website and write N2A in the search you will find a card that can be purchases that allows you to go back and forth between the Nook and Android; this will open up options to check out books, music etc
TRM63 - you should download our Free Books Buddy App. It has updates on free nook books - i just added 10 free books to it half an hour ago.
Amazon has more free books because it allows indie authors who give it 90 days of exclusivity to offer their books free for 5 days every 3 months. That's what your wife is probably stacking up.
The Lending Library books are just a one month loan. Then they're gone. It does, however, have quite a few books.
Here - Free Books Buddy
Quite a few of the free books are available on Nook. It's just a bit tougher to find them.