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Still, the entourage edge is available for $549. Don't know what it's app store is based on, though (if it has one).
1: It's incredibly class-centric. Poor or even middle class could not afford to shell out for a piece of technology, no matter how shiny, that they know will be obsolete in two years like just about every other piece of technology. The existing e-readers are still too high for devices that are re-introduced in an updated version every year.
2: If all companies sided together into one, you'd be creating a monopoly.
The nook has many features I like and wouldn't give up, including the wifi feature, the ability to view my book covers, 2 games (and I'm hoping for more), etc. Is it perfect? No, there is lots of room for improvement. In fact, I almost wish I had held out for the nookcolor. I thought about holding out for an iPad, but now I'm glad that I didn't. The nook is perfect for what I need it to be, and a good size that makes it more portable than an iPad is.
Near as I can tell it was developed (and pumped up the prices) so amazon could have a monopoly on reads... and now it seems like verybody has to have it.
Why is it worth the money to have wifi in a reader?
Hell, IPODS don't have wifi
My iPod Touch does, and it's not even the newest model. I've had it a year already, and even then it was cheap because they were about to come out with a new one. (Granted, I usually keep the wifi off, but that's because I don't use it much and it's a drain on the battery.)
I NEED an e-reader. I have wanted one ever since the rocket e-readers came out, maybe 10 years ago? I can get books all the time, anytime. I have company wherever I go. Font size is no longer an issue for my aging eyes.
I don't spend a lot of money on clothes, expensive cars, houses etc. Books before 1923 are free. This is my special present to myself.
ETA: Sorry, I misread #11's post. Do I need wifi in an e-reader? I do need some kind of connection and it sure is nice I don't have a monthly charge.
I've got two of those Rocket ebook devices. One is ten years old, the other is eight; and they'd been on the market for at least four or five years.
They both charge fully and I can get up to twenty hours of reading done on a single charge.
I recently got a Nook (Simple); it's about half the weight, and can go for 2 months between charges... but you can't read it in the dark.
The annoying bits about it seem to be centered around page turning. The raised areas on the top side are deceiving. There's only one small spot where each button will work. Some books ignore your pagination preference. If you like Page Forward to be the top button, in some cases you're just SOL. Also, that setting is for the buttons only. You can also page forward or back by flicking you finger across anywhere in the screen, except the very bottom. Likewise, just tapping on the left (back) or right (forward) side of the screen will cause the page to turn - except it's not at all reliable. tap soft, tap hard - it makes no difference, the device will decide to turn a page, or not.
Personally, I wish it had more bulk to it. These devices (all of them, not just the Nook) were designed for smaller, younger hands than mine. I'm still pretty nimble with the guitar, but the newer eBook devices require a different touch. By comparison, my old Rocket eBook device is MUCH friendlier.
Yes, I agree about them being small. I read my kindle in a cover for that reason. It feels friendlier and is easier to hold.
>Is there anybody here who NEEDS wifi in an ereader?
I know I don't. It seems that WiFi on ereaders is only there to serve the companies: so you can buy products more often, and are more likely to make impulse purchases without the added delay in purchasing that comes with buying books on the computer, then USBing them to the device.
And I'm sure there are many people like me who read books to *get away* from the internet and all its distractions.
Well, I think I make fewer impulse purchases, but that could just be me. When I go to a bookstore, I pick up several books because I know I won't be back for a while. Sometimes, I am not in the mood for them once I get around to reading them. With my kindle, I just download a sample. I only purchase 1 book at a time and only after I have read the sample and I am interested. This is much more efficient. My read/purchased ratio is nearly 100%, whereas it used to be 50-75%. Also, all the books written before 1923 are free in the U.S., so mixing in some classics does save some money.
The convenience of automatic delivery of magazines by subscription. I only subscribe to one that costs money, the NYT Book Review, but I also started Fantasy & Science Fiction on a freebie (somewhat truncated, but you can buy the whole mag if you find something you're interested in).
Automatic back-up of highlighting and annotations (but only, I'm pretty sure, of books that you've bought through the Kindle Store). I wouldn't rely on the Amazon servers for back-up of thesis or other serious academic annotations, but for casual reading it's quite convenient.
I usually carry my Kindle with me in brick & mortars, so I can check out availability of books at the Kindle Store before I decide whether to buy in treeware. And note, you probably need 3G for this, because it looks like Borders (RIP) and B&N both block access to Amazon through their own store WiFi.