So after pining away for 3 years I finally got a most coveted thing, my new Kindle 3. It's the graphite wi-fi one because I doubt the 3G would actually work for me in any place I know wi-fi isn't available, like the deep woods. And honestly I like the graphite color better than white so that was cool.
I would have gotten the Nook but several things happened:
1) I had a Target giftcard and Target sells the Kindle. I knew whatever eReader I chose, I wanted to buy it at a brick and mortar store because their merchandise generally travels in trucks rather than shipped through Fedex or UPS. I know from several close friends that work for either those places or USPS that packages go through a ton of abuse just by the nature of process.
At Target I would get the Kindle for $99 since I had a giftcard to pay the difference, which is a price that just sat better with me than anything over $100 ever did. Plus I would be able to look at the box and notice if I heard any rattles, AND I could return the item in person, problem free, if there happened to be issues.
2)I already had the Kindle app on my laptop and it worked for me seamlessly, unlike the B&N one. When I connected my account to the Kindle it was easy-peasy and quick as a bunny in putting all the freebie eBooks I'd been collecting right on the device. I'm a bit bummed that I can't borrow from the library too, but at this point physical books are still easier to acquire and check out from the system than the eBooks on Overdrive. That's because of funding and a still stronger demand for physical books so far; the public library system usually only buys one copy of an ebook per title. Each copy is like a physical book and you have to wait for it to be "returned". That my friends makes for a long waitlist I'm not willing to deal with.
3) Since I tend to buy most all of my books I decided not having compatibility with Overdrive right now wasn't something I couldn't handle. Amazon usually has the best prices on books, a great selection, and bundles on series. I hate the idea of being restricted to Amazon but can upload PDFs and I think it's called ePubs(?) fine so that's been good.
Here's some of what I bought to christian my new baby:
Beyond the Night and by Joss Ware It's only $1.99 right now! (book 1 in series)
Embrace the Night Eternal by Joss Ware, also on special for $3.99 (book 2)
All Night with a Rogue by Alexandra Hawkins just $2.99 right now (book 1 in series)
Lords of Underworld by Gena Showalter Kindle Bundle for $9.99
My Wicked Enemy by Carolyn Jewel $1.99! (book 1 in series)
But that didn't stop me from buying regular books either; I still purchased A Werewolf in Manhattan in paperback because I love the cover and the shipping was free from B&N. I also picked up some others but I can't recall which ones at the moment....
I'm tellin' ya, I went hog crazy buying books this week and still recovering :P