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    What is your favorite looking reader? iBook, kindle, or nook?
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    I use Kindle the most for books, Nook for magazines and iBooks rarely. ;-(

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    I use my nook for reading. I love the super long battery life and the lack of glare when trying to read. Granted I just got my iPad and I love it but I plan on continuing to use my nook for reading books.
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    iBooks - The only downside is their limited collection. I do have the Kindle app and have a couple of books downloaded on it, but would rather read using the iBooks app.
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    Kindle 3. Keeping it after getting my iPad 2 as well as I don't like doing any long-term reading on an LCD screen as my eyes get tired. E-ink is just like paper to my eyes, so I can read for hours with no problem.

    Plus the Amazon store has an awesome selection.

    I'll get the Kindle app (assuming it doesn't go away after Apples rule change) and use it occasionally when traveling and not wanting to take both the iPad and Kindle with me.
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    I use the kindle app mostly, but also iBooks. I've tried nook and kobo, but I don't like them as much.
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    Any news on the Apple/Kindle controversy?

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    I'm trying to decide if I want to read books using iBook or the Kindle app. I haven't used either before and I really want to enjoy my first one!
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    iBook hands down. I love that I can read all my ePub books on the iPad. Kudos to Calibre for allowing me to convert my collection.
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    (1) iBooks for the interface. I always look for books here first.

    (2) Kindle for the content (and interface is catching up) New books are often only available here, and I have a large archive of books from before I broke my Kindle.

    (3) Stanza for the versatility of book formats. All my older books from my Palm TX days, and the occasional book that needs converting.
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    Nook then Nook app.
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    Can you move books to the different readers or do you read from you bought it?
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    Depends on the reader and the book.

    Many of the readers use the standard ePub and PDF formats. If the book has no DRM (copy protection), then you can move it. So, I can move some of my books between say, the Nook, iBooks, or Stanza.

    Kindle is currently odd duck out. It has it's own proprietary format, and does not support ePub. It does support PDF, but only on the actual device. So even if you get a Kindle book without DRM, possible, you can't read it in other book readers.

    The exception is Stanza, which will/should (not tested) read Amazon's azw format if you rename it to .mobi or .prc. But only the unprotected books. The opposite is also true. You can rename .mobi or .prc files to .azw and read them in the Kindle app (tested with some minor problems several months back). You may not even have to rename them to work on the Kindle device itself. Haven't tested that in over a year.

    You get the feeling that Amazon wants to leave a few reasons for buying their Kindle reader?

    Most paid for books in any of the stores have DRM. Free books, like the Gutenberg Project books almost always do not. And you can find DRM free books on many other sites, though it takes a bit of looking.

    So, not easy yes or no answer. Instead, you get a qualified, sometimes.

    Disclaimer: Some details may be out of date, but the overall picture remains true. Things change constantly.
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    Kindle, because I read on a few devices - iPad, phone and PC. And the Kindle store has all the books I want, and I like the interface. Would like to use iBooks, but the iPad is the only Apple device I have.

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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that!

    It's a great feature the way it syncs up your books across devices so I can read on my Kindle 3 at night, for example, and open the same book on my iPad or other device later and it will open to the exact page I left off on the Kindle (or vice versa).

    That's a really great feature that I believe is exclusive to the Kindle and Kindle app.
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    iBooks will sync across multiple iOS devices, but yes, Kindle will sync across a far larger number of devices and apps.
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    Thanks everyone! At some point I'll try all three. I wanted the first one I read to be a great time.
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    kindle app then stanza app. I prefer kindle app because of the cross platform syncing, I read a lot on my phone when I'm out and about, never leave home without it kind of thing. Never know when you have an unexpected moment of down time and can pull out a "book" and read.
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    Then the most important choice you have to make is what book to read. None of the apps are a bad experience.
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    Kindle app for me because I have a pretty large collection of Kindle books I've been collecting .
    Like others I read on multiple devices and whisper sync is great


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