Kindle or Nook? Which is Better?




by Tammy


Kindle or Nook? Which is Better?

Comparison of the Amazon.com Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

Update: The review below is outdated. Newer (and cheaper) versions of both Kindle and Nook are now available.

If you’re in the market for an eReader, the top two choices have quickly become Amazon.com’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Similarly built, both offer free wireless access (the Nook is also Wi-Fi enabled) with thousands of eBooks to download.

Other similarities include price (at the time of this writing, both the Kindle and the Nook are $259), size (although Kindle comes in two sizes, the popular 6" display and the DX 9.7" display), adjustable text from small to extra large, and optional computer software to read eBooks on your PC or MAC as well.

Both devices include 2GB internal memory, which can hold up to 1,500 eBooks. With the Nook, you also have the option to expand your storage with the MicroSD memory card slot (under back cover). This is a great option when you want to keep your books on hand. For Kindle readers, if you somehow manage to run out of space, you can simply delete books you’ve finished reading, then re-download them if you want to read them again. As one Kindle owner said, "I have a long way to go before I put 1,500 books on my Kindle."

The Kindle and the Nook both use the E Ink Vizplex eletronic paper display; however, the Nook also boasts of a 3.5" color touch screen on the lower portion of the display for menu settings. This area on the Kindle is where the mini keyboard is located.

Another bonus for the Nook is that the rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery is replaceable, while Kindle’s is not. With wireless turned off, the Kindle battery will remain charged up to 14 days; the Nook up to 10 days.

The biggest factor seems to be book pricing. Both have great deals, but there are always the times when one book is being offered at a much cheaper price at one place, while selling for hardcover price on the other. For those times, you might consider downloading the free software for the other device in order to read the book with the lower price on your computer.

Overall, the Nook has a few more features than the Kindle, but it’s doubtful they will be missed much by Amazon fans. The Kindle is a little easier to navigate and feels a tad more sturdy, but the Nook is no cheap knockoff. Both are nicely comparable to each other. Whichever you choose to purchase, you’re certain to be pleased either way.