- They take up less space - just some bytes on our hard drives.
- They cost less - usually less than the paperback price.
- They are easy to cart around - I keep mine on my iPhone or the Kindle. (Not all ebooks are compatible with the Kindle, like those purchased from Barnes and Noble.)
- They can be purchased anytime and anywhere (when using the iPhone and Kindle.)
As of a few days ago Barnes and Noble now allows users to use gift cards to purchase ebooks. I made my first B&N purchases today from a gift card and loaded them on my iPhone. (For those curious, I performed the experiment with L. Viehl's Darkyn Series #1, 2, and 3.)
My observations about the B&N experience:
+ easy to add gift cards to account
+ easy purchasing process
+ ebook wishlist is available to queue books for future purchases (added rest of Darkyn books)
- needed credit card listed on account to unlock book on the iPhone
- it took a while to view updated balance on gift card
* books can be read at the computer (I don't intend on trying this feature out.)
Overall, a decent experience.
Most of our books, both paper and electronic, are purchased through Amazon because of the low price, ease and cost of delivery (we are Prime users). And I can't see a reason why to change.
And before anyone says that there are lots of other ebook sites and applications, I know. I have seven different ebook reading apps on my iPhone; I've downloaded lots of books from them too. However, most of my friends and family haven't heard of these sites or applications.
So, should I receive gift cards from B&N in the future, I'm glad to know I can use them to purchase ebooks for my iPhone. On the flip side, I can give gift certificates to my friends and family that are readers and they have a choice in format. (Even if they are DRM'd files, that's a post for another day.)
And now you know too.