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Old December 11, 2011, 12:36 PM
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I want to get my mother an E-reader for Christmas but I don't know much about them. I am looking for suggestions as to which one is easiest to use and easiest to get e-books for in Canada.

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there are quite a few selections at the moment.

where does your mum get her books? amazon?
Is your mum familiar with a touchscreen interface?
If yes, i would suggest the kindle touch else get the kindle 3. downside, is that you can only get books from the amazon store when you get a kindle. the kindle touch also has a very basic mp3/audiobook player.

other options from big name brands are sony prs t1, kobo and B&N's nook.

Out of these and again with preference to a touch interface , i would go for the kobo partly because i can get books from chapters and the nook i believe is a us only device..
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When I was looking at models the Kindle touch and a Kobo were the ones I though were decent. Have you or anyone else used the Kindle touch? Is it easy to use?
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Old December 11, 2011, 02:23 PM
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there are quite a few selections at the moment.

where does your mum get her books? amazon?
Is your mum familiar with a touchscreen interface?
If yes, i would suggest the kindle touch else get the kindle 3. downside, is that you can only get books from the amazon store when you get a kindle. the kindle touch also has a very basic mp3/audiobook player.

other options from big name brands are sony prs t1, kobo and B&N's nook.

Out of these and again with preference to a touch interface , i would go for the kobo partly because i can get books from chapters and the nook i believe is a us only device..
Does that stand for all e-book media, or just the paid stuff? Can you for instance dl/read files from the gutenburg project? ( Project Gutenberg - free ebooks or Project Gutenberg Canada / Projet Gutenberg Canada )
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My dad got the Kobo (from Chapters) last week for his birthday and he's been quite enjoying it so far. Won't have a look at it until I get home.
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for free stuff, they are pretty much alike although kindle does not support formats such as epub. And all of them require downloading to the pc (obviously) and then transferring them to your ereader.

for getting free collections on kindle look here Amazon.com: Free Book Collections: Kindle StoreA quick google search for gutenberg yields this MobileReader Devices How-To - Gutenberg
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for free stuff, they are pretty much alike although kindle does not support formats such as epub. And all of them require downloading to the pc (obviously) and then transferring them to your ereader.

for getting free collections on kindle look here Amazon.com: Free Book Collections: Kindle StoreA quick google search for gutenberg yields this MobileReader Devices How-To - Gutenberg
Hrmmmmm.... yet another reason why I'm glad I picked up a Win7 tablet. It never even occured to me that a device with WiFi connectivity wouldn't be able to browse gutenburg.org and thus make use of the epubs.
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You could pick up a $200 playbook, comes with an App so you can buy book from the Kobo store.
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The reason I was leaning away from tablets was the weight. There is a relatively significant weight difference that would likely be noticeable after longer periods of reading. Does anybody with a tablet find this is an issue?
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Yes, I wouldn't want to use my Acer Iconia Tab as a portable e-reader, but then again it's probably twice the weight of a non-Win7 tablet.

As far as the blackberry's @ $200 goes, I'm pretty sure that's no longer available, and even if it was, I'd be checking the BB forums to ensure that there's a suitable e-reader app available for it.
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