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The Kindle Vs. the Nook: Which Will it Be?

Updated on July 12, 2011
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The Competition Begins

e-Readers have become the newest technological sensation since PC and Mac notebooks. With its convenience, e-Readers threaten to replace hard-copy books and put bookstores out of business. e-Readers enable its owners to download several books within seconds and without even leaving the comfort of their homes.

Currently, the top three e-Readers are the Sony e-Reader, the Amazon Kindle and the Nook (not necessarily in order of popularity). The Kindle has been the top e-Reader for a while but with the appearance of the Nook, the Kindle has competition.

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The Kindle (Public Domain Image)

The Kindle - An Overview

"Amazon's newest Kindle is the best ebook-reading device on the market. It's better than the Apple iPad, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the various Sony readers…" - Fast Company

The newest Kindle is lightweight and easy to read. It's thinner than a magazine and is comfortable to hold for hours of reading pleasure. One of the good, yet simple, things about the Kindle is that it doesn't get hot the way a laptop does, so you don't have to worry about burning yourself or having your gadget overheat. The Kindle can even read aloud to you.

With one single charge, your Kindle's battery can last up to one month. One thing I like about the Kindle is the ability to download out of copyright books. These are usually the classics such as 'The Scarlet Letter', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'The War of the Worlds', etc... You can also download samples of books for free.

The Kindle is also avaliable (free download) for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. The most convenient aspect about this Whispersync technology is that all your gadgets are synced so, for example, if you were reading on your PC and you had to leave the house, you can pick up where you left off on your iPhone.

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The Nook (Public Domain Image)

The Nook and accessories is also on Amazon

The Nook - An Overview

"The new kid on the block is the winner. Besides having the biggest bookstore, the nook has the best access to all kinds of content." - Money Magazine

After the Amazon Kindle made its debut and became the most popular eReader, the Barnes and Noble Nook was born. The first obvious detail that differs the Nook from the Kindle is its more impressive appearance and color LCD touchscreen. Like the Kindle, there is no glare or backlight. You can chose from six font sizes for your reading preference.

What I find most tantalizing about the Nook is it's ability to play MP3 files and view several different digital photo formats. This color LCD certainly has it's perks. You can even choose your own screensaver to personalize your Nook.

One of the most popular features of the Nook is it's 'Lend eBook to Friends' feature. With this feature, you can loan your eBooks to your friend, free of charge. The Nook is currently available free for Android, iPad, iPhone and PC.

Nook Wi-Fi

Price: $149

Size: 7.7" x 4.9" x 0.5"

Weight: 11.6 oz

Storage: 1500 eBooks (and MicroSD slot)

Battery Life (Wireless Off): 10 days

Download books in seconds

Free 3G Wireless

FREE at all AT&T hotspots and
Barnes & Noble stores.

Wi-Fi

PDF, EPUB, PDB, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP and MP3 Support

Build-in Mono speaker, headphone jack and MP3 player

Color Touchscreen LCD

Kindle Wi-Fi

Price: $139

Size: 7.5" x 4.8" x 0.335"

Weight: 8.5 ounces

Storage: 3,500 eBooks

Battery Life (Wireless Off): 1 month

Battery Life (Wireless On): 3 weeks

Books in 60 Seconds

Free 3G Wireless

Wi-Fi

Native PDF Support

Whispersync

Worry-Free Archive

Text-to-Speech

Portrait & Landscape View

Nook 3G + Wi-Fi

Price: $199

Size: 7.7" x 4.9" x 0.5"

Weight: 12.1 oz

Storage: 1500 eBooks (and MicroSD slot)

Battery Life (Wireless Off): 10 days

Books in Seconds

Free 3G Wireless

FREE at all AT&T hotspots and
Barnes & Noble stores.

Wi-Fi

PDF, EPUB, PDB, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP and MP3 Support

Build-in Mono speaker, headphone jack and MP3 player

Color Touchscreen LCD

Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi

Price: $189

Size: 7.5" x 4.8" x 0.335"

Weight: 8.7 ounces

Storage: 3,500 books

Battery Life (Wireless Off): 1 month

Battery Life (Wireless On): 10 days

Books in 60 Seconds

Free 3G Wireless

Global Wireless Coverage: 100 countries and territories

Wi-Fi

Native PDF Support

Whispersync

Worry-Free Archive

Text-to-Speech

Portrait & Landscape View

Kindle DX photo courtesy of onlygizmos.com
Kindle DX photo courtesy of onlygizmos.com

Kindle DX

Price: $370

Display Size: 9.7" diagonal

Size: 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38"

Weight: 18.9 ounces

Storage: 3,500 books

Battery Life (Wireless Off): 2-3 weeks

Battery Life (Wireless On): 7 days

Books in 60 Seconds

Free 3G Wireless

Global Wireless Coverage: 100 countries and territories

Wi-Fi

Native PDF Support

Whispersync

Worry-Free Archive

Text-to-Speech

Portrait & Landscape View

Which Will it Be?

Even as I write this Hub, I am trying to make an important decision. The Kindle or the Nook? The Nook or the Kindle? Which will it be? 

If you have any personal experience or opinions about either of these eReaders or even a completely different eReader, share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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    • kaltopsyd profile imageAUTHOR

      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Everyone who has commented so far has 'voted' on the Kindle... I think. Maybe I should've put a poll capsule in. Well, too late. Thanks for commenting!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I think I'd pick Kindle too but I'd settle for either one!

    • kaltopsyd profile imageAUTHOR

      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Really, LeanMan? Well, I'm glad I can introduce you to something new.

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      Tony 

      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      Thanks for introducing me to the nook, I had never heard of it until now.

    • kaltopsyd profile imageAUTHOR

      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Hi humagaia. I DO love holding an actual book in my hand and turning the pages but the Kindle is convenient for travel. I understand exactly what you're saying.

      Thanks for contributing to this discussion.

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      Charles Fox 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Tablets like these are a great resource but do have a limitation. For those of us that love the feel and history of old books there is something missing somehow. They are great in replacing the clutter of paperbacks though. I know what I will be taking on holiday next time - if I can get it through the airport scanners without deleting the had-drive.

    • kaltopsyd profile imageAUTHOR

      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      B.A.D. It's a bit of a hard decision for me because the Nook certainly has some awesome features. The Kindle is definitely more affordable to me and it stores more books (not that I'll have 3500 books any time soon). The battery also lasts longer which is great for this Miss who tends to forget to charge her own cell phone.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      I have looked at these ebook readers quite a bit and one thing I like about the nook is the large range and the loan book option. Kindle does keep getting cheaper for sure. iPad certainly made them bring their prices down. Nice hub.

    • kaltopsyd profile imageAUTHOR

      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Hi Parrster, I think I'm going with the Kindle too. The Nook has really cool features but the Kindle seems to have the better 'deal'.

      Mentalist, it does seem that the Kindle has more wi-fi coverage.

      Joe, you're right. And the Kindle seems to have more deals when it comes to downloading. It's more 'lenient' unlike the Nook that can only receive downloads from Barnes and Noble.

      Thank you all for commenting!

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      Dobson 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      I would have to choose the Kindle since I have seen all this available for download.

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Seemingly the Kindle has more wi-fi coverage;)

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      Richard Parr 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Hmmm, I think I'd go the Kindle, I like the read back feature for when I just can't read any more.

      It could read me to sleep :)

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