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  • Badger_Lady
    Badger_Lady Posts: 6,264 Forumite
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    Tea_Hee_23 wrote: »

    What does anyone recommend for the least tech savy members of the UK population?


    In terms of usability, they're much of a muchness. If you don't care about the specific features discussed on this thread then there's really nothing in it - just choose on price :wink:
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  • consultant31
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    Tea_Hee_23 wrote: »
    I'm having a dilemma, I want to buy my parents an e-reader but don't know whether to opt for the Kindle or the Kobo.

    What does anyone recommend for the least tech savy members of the UK population?

    They don't get any less techy than me and I love my Kindle - dead easy to use and easy on the eye too :)
    I let my mind wander and it never came back!
  • chocolatepennyfarthing
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    Keep checking for Amazon for a refurbished Kindle with keyboard but they never seem available. Anyone been lucky enough to get one of these?
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  • Former_MSE_Becca
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    Keep checking for Amazon for a refurbished Kindle with keyboard but they never seem available. Anyone been lucky enough to get one of these?


    Chocolatepennyfarthing, the refurbished wi-fi version is in stock at the moment :)http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B002Y27P46?ie=UTF8&!!!!!moneysavingex-21

    Will update the guide if it goes out of stock.

    Thanks,
    MSE Becca
  • chocolatepennyfarthing
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    Thank you, just got one. My xmas pressie sorted, husband will be pleased!!!!!!
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  • rebmum2004
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    Hello

    I've been looking at the refurbished Kindle but can't work out if there is a guarantee with it and how long it lasts??? Has anyone else found the right page with this information??

    Thanks

    Theresa
  • chocolatepennyfarthing
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    Thought I read that they were guarenteed for 12 months.
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  • blanik
    blanik Posts: 122 Forumite
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    MSE_Becca wrote: »
    Chocolatepennyfarthing, the refurbished wi-fi version is in stock at the moment :)http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B002Y27P46?ie=UTF8&!!!!!moneysavingex-21

    Will update the guide if it goes out of stock.

    Thanks,
    MSE Becca

    You can also buy a brand new next generation wifi kindle (without keyboard) for £89 with a £10 voucher from curry. Possibly with a cashback saving via quidco or similar.
  • sarah_rooney
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    I use a site called uk.kogrid.com and the site is from Amazon and all books are free and the list changes daily.
  • brownfrog
    brownfrog Posts: 189 Forumite
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    It's a shame that the article on ereaders as currently written is so biased towards the Kindle, and doesn't even mention readers such as the Sony that are far better products. I now see that there is a section explaining why MSE (or at least the article's writer) considers it the 'top pick' ereader, presumably because other people have brought up the same issue. Well, I'm sorry, but those reasons are just codswallop!:mad:
    • What's the difference between a Kindle and a Kindle Keyboard?
      What does this have to do with making it a top pick? That it offers a choice? So does the Kobo.
    • Specialist e-ink technology: All Kindle formats use this.
      So do all the other ereaders worthy of the name. The writer even acknowledges this later on by having two different categories.
    • Free web worldwide: This is quite stunning; if you opt for the 3G Kindle Keyboard you get free internet access (via mobile networks) across most of Europe and some of the world.
      True. But what isn't mentioned here is that this is only to the Kindle store, so I question its usefulness, especially as the other manufacturers have chosen not to bother with it. It's not like the other two biggest-selling ereaders in the UK (Kobo and Sony) are completely bereft of wifi. As for travelling abroad, I used my Sony perfectly well on several Caribbean islands, all of which had free wifi hotspots.
    • Download books directly: The beauty of the Kindles is, due to the wifi or 3G, you don't have to connect to your computer to download books - get them straight to the device, ready to read.
      Again, all the others let you do this too, without locking you into a proprietary file format and forcing you to buy from a single bookstore.
    • Long battery life: Kindles have a much longer battery life than other ebook readers.
      Rubbish. The Kindle claims a month based on 1 hour/day, so 31 hours a month (being generous). The Sony quotes '100 hours', which is at least 3 times that. The Nook (which I think is only available in the US) is also twice that of the Kindle.
      Decent storage:
      Though Kindles don't have SD card slots, the Keyboard version can store around 3,500 books, so this shouldn't be a huge issue.
      Kindle is 2Gb, Kindle Touch is 4Gb. Sony is also 2Gb. Kobo Wifi is 2Gb, Kobo Touch is 1Gb. So the Sony and one of the Kobos are the same as the basic Kindle, but both of these and the other Kobo can be expanded up to 32Gb because they do have SD card slots.
    • It also uses its own format books, and while you can convert other formats,
      Sorry, hello? This is an advantage? When every other ereader has chosen to use the open-source EPUB format, when every site offering free ebooks has them in EPUB format, it’s somehow supposed to be a good thing that Amazon have chosen to use their own? And yes, it is possible to convert to other formats, but pick another ereader and you won't have to! Personally, I'd rather spend the time reading than doing file conversions. And what about people who aren’t able to cope with this level of computing knowledge? They are, exactly as Amazon wants, stuck buying Amazon books that won’t work on anything other than an Amazon product. I am simply staggered that MSE promotes using such a device over open-source devices. As for…
      • Amazon is currently quite price competitive for ebooks so it's not a big problem (though do watch as prices can vary widely, they're often most competitive when a book launches).
        …yes, it is, but it’s certainly not the most competitive all the time, yet because of this closed file format, most people probably will buy books from there. You've got to hand it to Amazon - it's very clever!
    So basically, this fine list of reasons just doesn’t stand up to any close scrutiny. Only one of these – the inclusion of 3G - has any substance, and for me at least, this isn’t even a consideration (others may think differently, of course).

    Far more of an issue for me was the fact that the Kindle
    does not work with libraries outside the US, yet this isn’t even mentioned. Both the Kobo and Sony do work with UK libraries.

    As it presently stands, this [STRIKE]advertisement[/STRIKE]
    article is, to my mind, worse than having none at all. It’s perpetuating the notion that ereader = Kindle (and you have to hand it to Amazon – there has rarely been such a triumph of marketing over reality). It barely mentions the Sony, and the Kobo wouldn’t have got a look-in were it not for the Asda offer. Worse still, it's trying to pretend that the Kindle is this fantastic product that knocks the socks off the competition, which simply is not true. In fact, it is, IMO anyway, greatly inferior to the other two.

    This would be a far more useful article if most of the Kindle section was removed entirely and the e-ink section used to show the best prices for all those currently available in the UK, then another section added for colour ereaders.
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