Originally Posted by artwire
if you search for "prime eligible" in kindle books, then refine your search to only include books, you get a list of many of them. There are some interesting books, but not as many as I'd thought/hoped. Not sure it's worth basing a reader purchase on this option, but if you already have Prime, it's a nice extra.
Thanks! When I searched for "prime eligible kindle books" and narrowed it to "Kindle eBooks" I got a page at this
URL (which may or may not work for anyone else and may not be valid forever). It lists a total of 4434 results, which seems a fair amount, more than what seems to be about 3200 Prime Instant Video selections. Nothing that I recognize as any recent best seller, but I wasn't really expect that.
I may have to swap it for a tablet model Fire or an ipod touch -- both of which can also take advantage of the Amazon instant video. I'm not sure the Nook tablet can access Amazon prime... dont think so, but it does do netflix and word is, the screen is a bit better for e-reading than the Fire.
I have a Nook Color since its introduction about a year ago (and the first Sony Reader before that and an RCA REB1200 before that and my Palm organizer before that--I've been reading e-books for over 10 years). I predict that no non-rooted Nook will ever have access to any Amazon Prime content, be it e-book or video. Both the Nook and Fire will only download apps from their respective stores (not the Android Market) and I don't think that they'll be offering apps with which to play or read their competitors content. The Nook Tablet is supposed to have Netflix and Hulu Plus players when it ships and a major firmware upgrade coming in December will give the same to the Nook Color; I can't wait to see how well it works.
I've considered ordering a Fire to check it out and either returning it if I don't like it or keeping it and selling my Nook Color. Spec-wise, the Fire is kind of weak having only 8 GB of internal memory (only 6GB of which is available to you) with no memory slot for expansion (the Nook Color has 8GB with a micro-SD slot for an up-to-32-GB card; the Nook Tablet has 16GB built in and an expansion slot). I've read pretty mixed reviews of the Fire so far.
The Nook Tablet has the same form factor as the Nook Color (an ounce lighter). It has a faster, dual core processor and twice the internal memory, but otherwise doesn't seem to be an improvement over the Nook Color.
I've played with one of the last generation Kindle keyboard models and the background was very light with good contrast, definitely better than my first gen Sony Reader, which I used for hours everyday for four or five years. Are you sure that the Kindle doesn't have brightness and contrast controls? I believe that my Sony Reader did.