"Totally worth the $25 savings"5.0 starson by mrsbrister
Pros: -Minimal intrusions
-"Special offers" are actually pretty good - for instance, so far I've gotten a $10 Amazon credit for purchasing a book that I already planned on buying and a $5.00 Amazon On-Demand credit for nothing.
Cons: -Web browser is a bit slow, but I suppose that is to be expected
-Waiting on new features, which Amazon claims are coming soon (such as library rentals and lending books to friends)
-Less magazine subscriptions available (as opposed to the Nook)
Summary: When I finally decided to purchase an e-reader, I was a bit daunted by all of the choices (mainly the different options from Amazon and Barnes and Noble), so I decided to go to a place where I could see all of the options side-by-side - Best Buy. I'll be honest, I wasn't looking at the pricey-er models (i.e. the Nook Color) since I didn't want to waste money on something I might end up tossing aside and never using. And I didn't feel like I needed 3G since I have wireless at home and almost everywhere I go. In the end, I came down to the Kindle Wi-Fi (with and without offers), the Nook, and the Nook Simple Touch Reader. I almost instantly ruled out the regular Nook - I didn't care for the way the color touch screen worked and handled, and it seemed much heavier than the Kindle or the Nook Simple Touch, not to mention the technical facts regarding the amount of memory and battery life. In the end, I chose the Kindle with special offers, again because I was looking to buy the best reader for the money. I figured that at the very least Amazon has more available titles and is more popular in general. My main concern was that I knew the Nook has a web browser and apps, but was told by the Best Buy employee "assisting me" that the Kindle did not. I went days before I figured that out. Using the web browser under "experimental features" I am easily able to check my e-mail or facebook page, check google, etc. I was also told that I would not be able to download personal documents, and it definitely would not be free. Again, this was completely untrue. I can e-mail any documents I like to my kindle for no charge (using the wireless). I recommend converting them to pdf files first - they are much easier to read this way.