Nov 25th Update: The Kindle is $259 now, supports PDF, Kindle for PC has been released, and Kindle is available in 176 countries (81 have WhisperNet and Free Wikipedia).
There’s no question who wins Kindle Vs Nook in terms of Press Coverage -
It’s worth nothing that the same blogs and newspapers that were writing 100s of articles about imaginary download limits and 1984 comparisons are now ignoring a very real international kindle release. The Kindle just can’t seem to get any love.
Why is Nook getting so much more coverage?
Here are the peak number of stories covering 3 eReader related stories from the last 2 days -
- 150 (at Peak) Covering the Nook. Total is 783.
- 20 Covering the International Kindle. Total is 100-something
- 15 covering Plastic Logic announcing what the name of their eReader will be (and nothing else). Total is 100.
The main reason is that the Nook is the first worthy competitor to the Kindle. Nook is to Kindle what Palm Pre was to iPhone (we all know how that went ;) ).
At some level people are scared of the Kindle and how well it’s doing. Just like everyone is desperate to find an iPhone killer, people are desperate to find a Kindle Killer.
Nook is the great hope for publishers (including newspaper publishers) scared of Amazon.
Here are a few more reasons Nook is getting a lot of love -
- The Nook offers countless story-lines i.e. kindle killer, android OS
- The sharing feature has captured people’s imagination.
- There are 250-300 journalists who attended the B&N’s Conference and live-blogged and wrote articles. It seems you pretty much guarantee a ton of coverage if you set up a fancy Press Conference.
- It’s Barnes and Noble’s formal entry into eReaders.
- A lot of people love joking about the name.
- The ability to read ebooks free in B&N Stores.
- It’s US centric.
The story lines are perhaps the most compelling aspect -
It’s about Barnes & Noble’s survival. It’s the once-giant taking on the now-giant.
It’s about Google working its way into more and more of books.
It’s about sharing. It’s about openness. ePub and PDF are supported.
Where it gets amusing is when certain sections of the Press start anointing Nook the new best eReader.
No has actually used it or read a few (or even one) book on it.
Nook already being declared better than Kindle, Apple Tablet, Sony Reader
You can make a case that Nook excitement is valid given all the storylines.
However, no one has even read a single book on the Nook – Shouldn’t we wait until people have actually owned a Nook and read on it.
There is enough wild optimism (not to mention blatant mistakes) in the Press to make you wonder -
- Gartner Inc. analyst Allen Weiner goes as far as to say that the Nook will affect Apple’s iReader/iTablet (really?) -
The Nook, its new ereader that should not only throw a scare into Amazon but also put somewhat of a damper on the ereading capabilities of planned tablets/devices from Apple and Microsoft.
- John Biggs at TechCrunch put up a chart with the Kindle 2 listed for $299 (it’s actually $259). He also claims that Nook battery life will last longer than the Kindle (because 10 is greater than 14).
- ZDNet thinks Nook brings together all the best features of Kindle and Sony without mentioning Free Internet Access and Text To Speech.
- No one seems to mention the tiny detail that a lot of Publishers haven’t agreed yet to support LendMe.
- PC World gives 5 reasons Nook is a Kindle Killer. Here’s reason 5 -
Android: (Bonus reason) The Nook is an Android device. I am not sure that matters today, except for “cool factor” but it may be important in the future.
- Everyone is so taken by WiFi. Ladies and Gentlemen, there is no browser on the Nook. The only thing WiFi does is let you buy books.
No one minds if PC World or TechCrunch think the Nook is better – However, at least mention the areas where Kindle or Sony or Apple have an advantage.
A balanced review and a fair comparison – Is that too much to ask?
Here’s the Nook intro video -
This isn’t the second coming of Christ.
It’s a good eReader with a 3.5″ touchscreen for shopping and a virtual keyboard, a good LendMe feature (that’s not guaranteed yet) and some good features. It also has flaws like no Free Internet and no Browser and no Wikipedia Access and no Read To Me.
This SF Chronicle article points out that Authors are already worried about the Nook’s LendMe Feature and that a lot of publishers might not agree to participate in LendMe.
Plus it’s 40 days from being released. So could we please stop saying Nook has killed the Kindle and Apple’s iReader.