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[stephani673]

You all were so helpful in my last post -- I  have another question for you.

Would you get a Kindle Fire, Nook HD or Tablet, or another 7" tablet for someone who essentially wants to check email, browse Pinterest, and play Angry Birds? 

My mom is 71 and has been hinting that she wants a Nook.  The brand choice is basically because my sister has a Nook.  I do have Amazon Prime so access to media would be a positive for Kindle.  Which do you have or like?  What would you recommend to others?

DK/DC -- Ebooks or paper?

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[User Picture]From: sicher
2012-12-20 04:08 am (UTC)

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I'd lean toward the Kindle personally, but if she wants a Nook, I'd get her the Nook. It's lighter, at least.

Ebooks and paper books are equally fantastic.
[User Picture]From: stephani673
2012-12-20 04:31 am (UTC)

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I think she only mentioned Nook because my sister has one and it wasn't really mentioned in the "what I want for Christmas" context. She'd probably be okay with a Kindle too.

"Ebooks and paper books are equally fantastic."

I agree! I used to be a paper book purist, but I've grown to love my Nook classic beyond words. So many books!
[User Picture]From: gabardinedreams
2012-12-20 04:14 am (UTC)

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I know nothing about ebook brands.
I love paper books but my Kobo is fantastic and I love it too.
[User Picture]From: stephani673
2012-12-20 04:32 am (UTC)

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I haven't looked at Kobo, but I will now. What do you love about it?
[User Picture]From: gabardinedreams
2012-12-20 04:36 am (UTC)

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I don't really have anything to compare it to since I haven't tried or even seen anything else in person. I just love the concept. Although I can say they have great customer service, my first one died for no apparent reason and they gave me a replacement quickly, no problem, didn't even ask for a receipt. & it's nice because people get me a lot of Chapters/Coles gift cards and I can use them to buy ebooks if I want.
[User Picture]From: stephani673
2012-12-20 04:45 am (UTC)

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That's really good. For the customer service angle, I prefer the Nook. It does makes me a little nervous that I can't walk into a store with the Kindle.
[User Picture]From: syzygyalignsnow
2012-12-20 08:24 am (UTC)

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The screen on my Kindle cracked while it was still under warranty. Amazon replaced it and provided the box and shipping to return the broken one without any problems. I was genuinely impressed with how quickly they did everything, too.
[User Picture]From: kindredspirit75
2012-12-20 11:24 am (UTC)

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This. Amazon has replaced 2 Kindles for my grandaughter for the same reason. Amazing service is amazing.
[User Picture]From: stephani673
2012-12-20 05:59 pm (UTC)

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Cool! That's really good to know. :) How do you like your Kindle?
[User Picture]From: syzygyalignsnow
2012-12-20 09:26 pm (UTC)

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I love it soso much. I don't have a Fire, but I feel like Amazon tends to have a wider selection than B&N for stuff to put on kindles rather than nooks. It's also easy to hold and use.
[User Picture]From: design_star_21
2012-12-20 04:17 am (UTC)

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Kindle Fire.

Ebooks because I travel so much and carrying books is a pain on a plane.
[User Picture]From: stephani673
2012-12-20 04:33 am (UTC)

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What do you like about the Fire?

The ability to have so many books at your fingertips has sold me on ebooks. It's amazing.
[User Picture]From: sblmnldrknss
2012-12-20 04:36 am (UTC)

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Kindle Fire. My mom has one, and she's almost 70. I think she got it last Christmas from my dad. It works well enough for what it is. I would never buy one myself, but, yea. Also LOLing at your mom playing Angry Birds.
[User Picture]From: stephani673
2012-12-20 04:47 am (UTC)

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She's hilarious on the Angry Birds. I think 'Angry Birds in Space' will be an additional gift for her. :)

What does your mom do on it? The web browsing is going to be a major priority for her.
[User Picture]From: sblmnldrknss
2012-12-20 04:48 am (UTC)

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E-mail, shopping on Amazon, she does some reading(my dad loads stuff on for her, though), and she makes lists. I think for the price it was well worth the money for what she does.
[User Picture]From: x_quotethis_x
2012-12-20 10:05 am (UTC)

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I don't really see why you would get her a nook or kindle when she doesn't even want to read ebooks? Just get a tablet.
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-12-20 05:47 pm (UTC)

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The Kindle Fire is a tablet.
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2012-12-20 01:21 pm (UTC)

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I prefer nook and can go into a few more reasons if you want (although, honestly, I think they are all good products) but speaking of access to media, the nook may also be good if her sister has one because you can lend/trade e-books but only nook to nook and kindle to kindle. I got a nook first and my parents have kindles (they were both gifts--my dad got one free with a printer purchase, and my mom got one unasked for from her sister) and while they are grateful they were also kind of disappointed because we've always traded hard copies of books like crazy with each other, but now we can't trade e-books (and they won't trade with each other because they are divorced). If her sister has 100 books on hers and they have similar tastes, then I'd go for it, even if she's going to use it mostly for internet. If not, you might want to do more research.
[User Picture]From: manderleys
2012-12-20 02:14 pm (UTC)

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I'm biased towards the Kindle because I have one (even though it's the keyboard version) but I've played with the Nook in B&N and it was totally fine.

Ebooks, although i still have a few paper books.
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-12-20 05:48 pm (UTC)

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I'd go with a Kindle Fire, because I'd have hope of helping her with it and I could have it on my account.

I like both, but I'm definitely more inclined to read something if it's available for Kindle now.