Find the Best Deals and Options for Kindle and NOOK eReaders

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We often mention free eBooks in freebies roundups and occasionally in posts all by themselves. Although you can download applications to read these free eBooks on your computer or phone, you may get tired of that and decide to purchase your own eReader.

I (Laura) have frequently admitted to being a book junkie and have hemmed and hawed about whether to get an eReader or not. I’m still looking into my options, so I thought I’d share my research with you here in case you’re interested in purchasing a Kindle or NOOK for yourself or for someone else.

Kindle

Amazon recently announced the release of the Kindle Fire, an alternative to the iPad and other tablet devices. With that announcement came new versions (and prices) of their current Kindle eReader. The best deals on Kindles right now are found at Amazon itself; all of these products ship for free with Amazon Prime.

(Note: It’s entirely possible that we’ll see better deals on Kindles after the release of the Kindle Fire – especially on refurbished products – but these are the best deals available right now.)

Some of these products come with “Special Offers,” which means that special offers and sponsored screensavers will display on the screen (although they won’t interrupt your reading). If you don’t want any special offers to show up, you’ll just need to pay an extra $30-$50, depending on the version you choose.

Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display with Special Offers $79.00
Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display without Special Offers $109.00

This is the simplest device and comes with built-in Wi-Fi but no other add-ons like a touchscreen or 3G.

Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display with Special Offers $99.00
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display without Special Offers $139.00

This version has a physical keyboard, plus audio and built-in Wi-Fi.

Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display with Special Offers $139.00
Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display without Special Offers $189.00

And this one is just like the Kindle Keyboard except you’ll also get free always-connected 3G Wireless.

Kindle Touch, 6″ E Ink Display with Special Offers $99.00
Kindle Touch, 6″ E Ink Display without Special Offers $139.00

This version has a touchscreen, Wi-Fi and audio.

Kindle Touch 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display, 3G Works Globally with Special Offers $149.00
Kindle Touch 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display, 3G Works Globally without Special Offers $189.00

And this product is just like the Kindle Touch except you’ll also get free always-connected 3G Wireless. This product will be released on 11/21; orders are prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-Touch Display, Wi-Fi $199.00

This device has a vibrant color touchscreen for web access, movies, apps, games, reading and more. This product will be released on 11/15; orders are prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis.

NOOK

If you’re more interested in a NOOK eReader, the best deals available are on refurbished products which include a one-year Barnes & Noble warranty.

You can get the Refurbished Barnes & Noble NOOK The Simple Touch Reader for $79.00 + free shipping right now at Overstock.com. This eReader has a touchscreen and built-in Wi-Fi.

Or if you’d prefer something a little more flashy, the Refurbished Barnes & Noble NOOK Color WiFi eReader is priced at $139.00 + free shipping right now at Buy.com. This eReader also has a touchscreen (although this one is in color), built-in Wi-Fi, and different apps available for download.

Once you get your eReader, keep tabs on the freebies posts to find free eBooks available for download. Don’t forget that eBookFling is another option for borrowing and lending eBooks with other eReader owners. Check the comments on this post to find more ways to get free eBooks.

Your turn: So, what’s your opinion: Kindle or Nook? And do you prefer a touchscreen, keyboard, apps, or just the basic eReader?

Comments

  1. Mary Ellen Walker says

    Hi! I have a Nook but I also have an iPad and found the free download on my iPad. Every Friday, Barnes and Noble offer a free book and if you "like" Nook on Facebook, there is a post with other free books for the day. I will frequently download 4-5 books on Fridays. I now download them right from my iPad and haven't really used my Nook in months!

    • says

      Shannon – There we go; the best of both worlds! I'm not sure what the compatibility of the Nook app is or will be. I know that companies have the ability to make their products incompatible with others (I'm thinking mainly websites here working only with specific browsers; apps may be a different story).

  2. kim says

    So, I'm not very tech literate. We don't have wi-fi in the house; would the free wi-fi (plus 3G network) work here or would I still need to use the internet at the library, Caribou, etc…?

    • says

      Kim – If you bought one with 3G, you wouldn't need to worry about wireless as a 3G connection works basically anywhere people can get a cell phone signal. If it only had wireless, you'd either need to have a wi-fi connection at home or use a wi-fi connection in a public place, as you mentioned.

  3. Tina says

    I just got the Kindle with 3G and Wi-fi. LOVE it, but you will want wireless internet, or access to it from a Starbucks or someplace, to download large books, audio books and library books (which are free!).

  4. Sheila says

    Yesterday I bought a Nook Color. I was able to buy it at Office Max with my rewards. I am a teacher, so I have a teacher rewards card. My quarterly rewards plus a 20% off my entire purchase coupon helped me get i for free! I am excited to figure out how to use it and download free books!

  5. Jen says

    Also, the Kindle comes with a cord, you can actually just plug it into your computer and transfer the books from your computer to the Kindle. Not sure if Nook works the same way, but I would assume so.

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