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    Question Question about e-readers. Anybody here use one?

    Hi folks!

    I was wondering if anyone here uses an e-reader. My wife reads CONSTANTLY and goes to the library quite frequently to pick up a new book. She goes through them like crazy. Due to circumstances around here Christmas is going to be very slim this year. I just realized that I've got a lot of points built up on my Sony Card that I could use for gifts. I haven't redeemed them in a long time and I have enough points to get her a Sony e-reader. I realize that technically wouldn't be "free" because I had to spend money to get the points but I could get here a nice gift without laying out any cash.

    Do any of you use an e-reader? If so, how do you like it?

    I know that it's getting late, but I think I can still get it in time if I order it today. Thank you very much for any input.

    Have a great holiday season all!

    John
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    My wife and I both have Kobo readers. They were formerly sold by Borders (now defunct), and are now supported by Barnes & Noble, although B&N sells their own "Nook" brand of reader.

    I've had my reader for over a year now, and have yet to buy a book for it. My local library has literally thousands of books in e-format, and I generally read several books a month from them.

    For library lending, you'll need a reader capable of reading Adobe EPub format, or else Amazon's Kindle. The Sony Reader does support EPub, and I'm sure your wife would love one.
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    Thanks Jim!

    Just placed the order. I'm pretty sure that I should receive it by late next week. I think it's something she'll use a lot!

    Take care.
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    LOML loves her Kindle
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    I ended up buying an Android tablet, and I love reading on it. A lot easier (and smaller) to manage than carrying around a library full of books.
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    John,

    I use mine every day. And there are *tons* of free books out there. The gutenberg project, google books... seriously, one could go several lifetimes worth of reading without ever having to buy a book again. No worries about format, either: this program will convert just about any ebook format to any other format. It's a golden age for readers!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Thanks Bill!

    I'll have to check that out. I don't read much but as I said, my wife does. She reads DAILY! I think she's really going to enjoy it.
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    KIndle here.....Broke after 6 months and Amazon replaced it free......Lord I love Amazon. Books are pretty cheap as well
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    My Android phone came preloaded with the Kindle software I have been having a field day getting books from my local library online and just downloading them. Its great because I am on the road so much I only have to carry one piece of equipment. And the backlit display makes it so much easier on the eyes!
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    My iPhone had a limited selection of some free classic books in it. I loved reading them. Handy to be able to carry reading material with me.
    I would like to have a Kindle. (NOTE: the new Kindle Fire is getting bad reviews)
    My son and wife purchased Kindles for the grands. I thought this was an extravagance but those kids are smart and voracious readers, using the Kindles have actually proven to be money savers. They carried them around the world. I am of the opinion e-readers are the new books. Paper won't vanish, but the world as we knew it, it is a-changing.
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