Please read the Kindle 3 vs Nook review – It compares the new Kindle 3 against the Nook and is the most relevant Kindle vs Nook comparison.
For a detailed comparison of Kindle 2 and Nook please read the updated Kindle vs Nook review – It’s written in April 2010 and based on Nook’s third software upgrade.
Let’s jump into a Kindle Vs Nook Review. Since the announcement of the Nook, Kindle PDF support has been added, Kindle for PC has been released, and Amazon has made other enhancements.
- You can get the Kindle at Amazon.
Kindle Vs Nook – Where Nook Wins
- Lending Books with LendMe – You can lend out your Nook ebook to a friend for up to 14 days. They can read it on their iPhone, computer or Nook. Publishers have the option to turn this off.
- The Nook to Nook lending feature is really cool if it means you can share with another Nook owner.
- Nook works with Overdrive Library eBooks (range of eBooks at Libraries is usually limited). Use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer to Nook.
- 3.5″ Color Touchscreen to browse covers and navigate.
- A great browser – though it only works on WiFi.
- WiFi 802.11 b/g and Free WiFi in Barnes and Noble Stores.
- Micro SD memory expansion slot.
- ePub Support.
- Custom Screensavers and other personalization like back covers.
- Replaceable Battery.
B&N took their time and cherry picked common Kindle owner complaints i.e. memory card, replaceable battery, and lending.
The big negative for B&N is that their main value proposition was the LendMe feature and Publishers limited the feature.
Android has a lot of potential - However, the videos don’t show any special use of Android.
Kindle Vs Nook – Where they Tie
- eInk Screen – They both have the exact same screen.
- PDF Support – Kindle added PDF support on Nov 24th, 2009.
- $9.99 Price on Bestsellers – Impressive that B&N matched this. Guess they realize this is one of Amazon’s huge advantages. Note that apart from the bestsellers Kindle prices are generally cheaper. So check the prices for books you intend to buy at both Kindle Store and B&N eBooks store.
- $259 Price – Again, matching a significant Amazon Kindle strength. Note: Amazon has consolidated Kindles into the International Kindle and cut its price to $259.
- Will Nook have frequent free book offers like Kindle does? It seems so since the list of titles they are promoting includes books like Maximum Ride that Kindle had for free.
- PC Support – Kindle for PC has arrived with multi-touch goodness and XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Support.
Kindle Vs Nook – Updated Items
- You are now able to browse complete ebooks at B&N stores – 1 hour per book per 24 hour period. Selected books and not all books.
- B&N’s claim of over 1 million books - most of these are free public domain books from Google.
- Battery Life of Nook is shorter - especially now that Kindle 2 International battery life with wireless on has been boosted 75%.
- The Nook is more compact but the Kindle is thinner and lighter - Not a very significant difference.
- Audiobooks – Nook doesn’t support Audible audiobooks (only mp3s).
- One Handed Use – The dual screens and the touchscreen makes one-handed use a bit tougher – not enough to create a clear Kindle advantage.
- Nook has covers from Kate Spade, Jonathan Adler, Tahari while Amazon has Cole Haan.
- Sharing of up to 6 Kindles on an account. Nook will also allow multiple Nooks on one account – exact number is not specified.
- Nook supports Sony Store eBooks – Not significant as Sony eBook Store has high prices.
Not sure how much of a difference B&N’s retail presence will mean. They do have 1,300 stores – You have to think that people will go online and read up on the Kindle before deciding.
Kindle Vs Nook – Where Kindle Wins
- Speed – The Nook is slower than the Kindle. This used to be the main disadvantage Nook reviews have pointed out. B&N have fixed some of this though Nook is still slower than Kindle and not as easy to use.
- Free Wikipedia Access. All over the world.
- Read To Me Text To Speech Feature.
- Ease of Use. The interface is not that intuitive and having two screens is a bit confusing. Some of the menus are terrible.
- International Availability – Kindle ships to 176 countries. 81 countries have WhisperNet and free Wikipedia.
- A physical keyboard for people who prefer it over a touchscreen keyboard.
- Cheaper Books – This only applies to non Agency Model Publishers. These books are often more expensive at the B&N store (as compared to in the Kindle Store).
- More newspapers and magazines on the Kindle.
- Free Internet.
- Nook has a 14 day return period and charges a 10% restocking fee. Kindle has a 30 day return period and no restocking fee.
With the International Kindle you can buy books outside of the US. With Nook you cannot buy ebooks when outside the US. Newspapers and Magazines you can – they are delivered free if you can find WiFi for your Nook.
Conclusion – Kindle Vs Nook is exceedingly close
The Kindle and Nook are pretty much in a tie - Kindle at $189 with Free Internet is an incredible value proposition. The Nook with WiFi and its great browser is also an incredible value proposition. Both are very good ebook readers.
- If Wider range of eBooks or Faster User Interface or Free Internet or the Read To Me feature or International WhisperNet and Wikipedia is important to you, then the Kindle is a clear winner.
- The Nook has a great browser, memory extensibility, ePub support, WiFi, a replaceable battery, and support for Library eBooks - making it better for you if those are more important to you.
Kindle vs Nook has fluctuated with the Nook and the Kindle edging each other. At the moment it’s really close. In my opinion the Kindle is a bit ahead – However, please decide for yourself.
Check out my painfully detailed Nook Vs Kindle Review for more insights (Note: not updated since 2009).
At the moment Kindle Vs Nook is extremely close with your preferences determining what’s the better choice. Kindle vs Nook comes down to the factors that are most important to you.