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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Nook, or Kindle?

So, I've been contemplating for a LOOONG while as to whether I should just finally jump on the bandwagon and join the growing legion of e-readers out there. I've decided that, what the heck, it's worth a shot. BUT, I really have no idea which reader I should get. So my question to you IS:

Should I buy the Nook? Or the Kindle?

If you could, please try to be specific in why/why not you like these e-readers. I would like to know exactly what I'm getting into.


  1. I can't say much about the Kindle, as I've never tried it out for myself.

    But I LOVE my nook. All caps. I'd bold it if I could but I'm too lazy to write out the html. As a reader, I don't need any other features besides making annotations, bookmarking pages, and the book itself. I don't need audio or the games (though they're fun!). The Nook is easy and simple to use, comes with three free e-books, and has tutorials everywhere. What I like most about it is that B&N comes out with updates constantly. I like it when the producers actively attempt to make their product better.

    The things that decided me on the Nook might not be of use to you. But I have an iPhone, and I hate the battery life on my iPhone. Being able to buy a new battery for my Nook and installing it myself seemed luxurious to me. Plus, the Nook holds approx 1.5k books (that is a LOT of books), but if you need even MORE room than that, you can buy a microSD card for extra space.

    I love the interface, it's sleek and clean and not cluttery at all. It's the perfect size for my purse. :)

    If there's one thing I had to complain about, it's the keyboard thing. It types out my letters really slowly; I feel like I'm typing on a slow computer. But other than that, I'm happy with my Nook purchase. :)

  2. Thanks so much for answering! Yeah, right now I'm really leaning towards to Nook. It looks so much nicer than the Kindle.

  3. I agree with Kristina. I don't know much about the Kindle, but I love my Nook too.

    I've only had it for a few weeks now (3), and I don't see anything wrong with it. I read somewhere that the page turning takes a LONG time, but although I've never had that problem, BN is releasing an update this month that should fix a lot of bugs.

    Another plus with the Nook is the ability to lend books that you have bought from BN's ebook store with other Nooks, I use my Nook for library books and NetGalley, so I'm not sure how that works.

    Let me know which one you buy though :)
    Hafsah @ IceyBooks

  4. I'm watching this topic with interest. I've not yet committed to an ereader, but as I get into more books I've realized rapidly that theres a vast wealth of untapped potential reading material out there, and like Hafsah, I also use NetGalley. I'm not sure if there's any difference for an international user though, especially as I've never used Barnes and Noble.

  5. I have both ereaders, and greatly prefer the Kindle. The reasons: lighter weight, better contrast, MUCH better battery life, faster function performance, functions are easier and quicker to use, more intuitive controls, larger ebook selection, Amazon customer service and Kindle support is AMAZING (B&N's is pretty bad regarding the Nook), the ability to return an ebook (B&N does not allow this), nobody prices their ebooks lower than Amazon, easier access to your NetGalley books.
    The ONLY thing that the Nook does better than the Kindle is that it is more compatible with library ebook rentals.
    I definitely, definitely recommend going with the Kindle. The Nook looks shinier, but it doesn't function nearly as well.

  6. Nook! you can download library books to it for free while you cannot do so with the Kindle.

  7. I'm guessing you're in the USA? I would have liked either, but both of them are pretty persnickety about where they'll sell e-books to. If that issue didn't exist, I'd go with the Nook because you can read library books on it. But if you're not into the library, then that might not be a problem for you.

  8. To address a couple of things that people mentioned:

    You can change the battery in your Kindle yourself - there is a kit to do it. But the battery will last for over 5 years before it needs to be replaced.

    Kindle is adding the Lending feature in the next firmware update. But the Lend Me thing is pretty crappy as far as features go. Hardly any of the publishers enable it on their books, and you can only lend each book out once. Ever.

    The Nook has had many updates that are meant to address the slowness of the device, but it still cannot keep up with the Kindle's speed.

    The Nook's ability to easily accept library ebooks is it's one redeeming quality. But unless your library carries a lot of ebooks that you are interested in - and most have a poor selection - this isn't enough to make me in good conscience say that it's a better product.

    I'm not trying to sway you even though it may sound that way lol. It's just that I haven't seen anyone else post yet who has actually extensively used both devices and knows enough about both of them to say which is better. Since this is a pretty important purchase decision, you should know as much as you can learn before buying.
    The Nook is a good ereader. It is better than other options such as the Sony or Kobo. The Kindle is better overall.

    This video comparison is great for viewing the functions on each device. The Kindle in this video is the Kindle 2, but the controls work the same way. The Kindle 3 is even faster with 50% better contrast.

  9. Wow, thank you everyone who has posted, I really appreciate it! I'm really weighing everything you have said heavily, and this is really helping me make a decision. THANK YOU! :)

  10. I have both.

    Honestly, I hate my Nook. It's much harder for me to transfer the books and I have to calibre them.

    I love my Kindle, everything is so much easier! I can email my NetGalley books directly to my Kindle and when I order an ebook on Amazon I just click buy and it sends it directly to my Kindle. And their library has a much better selection. Plus I'm an Amazon addict, so yeah lol.


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