For over a year, I've been contemplating a Kindle, Nook, or some other reading device. When the price for a Kindle dropped, and then the new Nook color came out, I thought about it even more. The problem...I didn't know which one, nor if I would really use it regardless of how much I wanted one. I liked that I could check out library books with the Nook. Kindle is not compatible with the loaning program and many titles on Google books as well. However, I also learned that Calibre could possibly convert files. More thinking.
However, after I looked at all the free titles available directly from Amazon, in addition to having $100 from Christmas gift cards, I was quickly swayed to go the Kindle route. While the Kindle seems to be neck-in-neck with the Nook for the ereader race, I felt they had a slight edge in the market overall. I also didn't have to come up with a bunch of cash to purchase one since I had the gift cards. In the end, I figured that when we are talking about the ability to carry thousands of books in a purse, one really couldn't go wrong either way .
My new toy arrived yesterday. I love it already! I also realized that I'll have to keep this thing under security after watching my daughter eyeball it. Maybe I can convince her to get a Nook and we can compare. For now, the Kindle wins in my household.