EReaders to the Rescue – Kindle vs. Nook

Since Amazon released the first Kindle in 2007, eReaders have been extremely popular. In fact, it was difficult for stores to keep them on the shelf. Two years later Barnes & Noble released the Nook, another very popular eReader. The concept is brilliant – one technology instrument that can hold hundreds, maybe even thousands of books that you can have at your fingertips at all times. You can search every conceivable genre; find many books for free; experience new authors and relish in the works of experienced writers. the eReader has revolutionized how we read books, newspapers, and magazines. We will take a look at today’s eReaders and take on the Kindle vs. Nook challenge.

Kindle E-reader – Black

This Kindle is the newest in a long line of Kindles. This one comes with special offers, which means there will be advertisements (special offers) that come up when you are not reading and your Kindle is sitting dormant, like a screen saver of sorts. These special offers are usually about books or Kindles or something “Amazonian”. Because of the special offers, the price is lowered saving about $40. The special offers do not bother this writer; it is worth the price break. Let us look at some other features.

Features

  • No glare – easy to read screen with built in screen protector
  • Touchscreen
  • Lightweight, thin design; 5.7 ounces
  • Dimensions: 6.3″ x 4.5″ x 0.36″
  • Black or White
  • Battery lasts up to weeks on a single charge
  • Charges in about 4 hours
  • Storage: 4 GB – holds thousands of books
  • Cloud storage also available
  • Wi-Fi supports public and private hotspots and networks
  • Adjustable font, margins, and line spacing
  • Supports more software programs like AZW, AZW3, PDF, TXT, MOBI and PRC
  • Free apps available to read on other devices
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Price: $79.99

Nook GlowLight® Plus

Following on the heels of Kindle, the Nook appears to be just as popular. The Nook has many features that one looks for in an eReader.

Features

  • GlowLight® illumination for easy reading
  • High-resolution text
  • Dimensions: 6.4″ x 4.7″ x 0.34″
  • Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Black or white
  • Battery lasts up to 6 weeks on a single charge
  • Storage: 4 GB – holds thousands of books
  • Cloud storage available
  • Wi-Fi – free at Barnes & Noble and at over 30,000 AT&T hotspots
  • Supports software such as ePub, PDF, Adobe DRM ePub and PDF
  • Free apps available to read on other devices
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Waterproof, seamless aluminum body
  • Price: $119

Kindle Overview

Kindle has been tried and tested. It seems each version comes out with something that is a little better than last time. It has an excellent screen with great readability. The size is not too heavy and can easily be handled.

Amazon offers several programs for Kindle owners. One is for Amazon Prime members – the Kindle First program; this program gives you a free book each month. The reader gets to choose a book from a variety of genres. Typically the selection will be in line with the genres the reader reads most. Kindle Unlimited is a subscription program that gives you access to over 1 million books and thousands of audiobooks. The price is $9.99/month. This is a great deal for avid readers or those on the road who like to listen to books.

Nook Overview

The Nook also is a great product, built to withstand being read in a lot of environments. A screen that is easy on the eyes. A great option on the Nook is you can borrow books from your local library – read the books you enjoy without having to purchase them.

Nook has special programs such as Free Fridays, where you can peruse what is offered on a particular Friday and choose one book to read for free. App Buzz highlights new apps available for Nook. The Nook blog highlights posts from recognized authors.  The #GiveMe5 program highlights 5 books within a certain genre and allows the Nook owner to sample the first chapter to determine if it is a book you would like to read. Finally, the Nook Offers give the reader plenty of options for rebates on new purchases, trade-ins of older models, subscription deals and more.

Kindle vs Nook Bottom Line

In my experience, you are either Kindle or Nook, just like some folks are Coke or Pepsi. It is just a matter of preference. But there are some advantages to each. The Kindle has excellent features including changing font size, which is wonderful for folks who do not see so well. The Nook does not have this feature. The Nook offers a free book each Friday, where the Kindle only offers one per month to Amazon Prime members. Screen size is virtually the same in both eReaders. Both have long charging life and storage. There is a difference of about $40 in price. So, it may come down to personal choice in the battle of Kindle vs. Nook, pick one and it will be the “real thing”.

 

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EReaders to the Rescue – Kindle vs. Nook

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