Kindle Vs Nook – Press love Nook

You can check out my Kindle Vs Nook Review if you have questions about which is better. This post covers the amount of press coverage each is getting (or in case of the Kindle, not getting) and why.

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 –

Nook getting all the Love
Nook getting all the Love

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 –

  1. 150 (at Peak) Covering the Nook. Total is 783.
  2. 20 Covering the International Kindle. Total is 100-something
  3. 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 –

  1. The Nook offers countless story-lines i.e. kindle killer, android OS 
  2. The sharing feature has captured people’s imagination. 
  3. 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.
  4. It’s Barnes and Noble’s formal entry into eReaders.
  5. A lot of people love joking about the name.
  6. The ability to read ebooks free in B&N Stores.
  7. 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 –

  1. 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. 

  2. 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).
  3. ZDNet thinks Nook brings together all the best features of Kindle and Sony without mentioning Free Internet Access and Text To Speech. 
  4. No one seems to mention the tiny detail that a lot of Publishers haven’t agreed yet to support LendMe.   
  5. 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. 

  6. 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 – [youtube=]

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.

0 thoughts on “Kindle Vs Nook – Press love Nook”

  1. Quiet now! No bringing common sense into this. I’m hoping Amazon gets scared and reacts with a huge price cut on the Kindle.

  2. Haha. Great observations. But maybe people are excited about NOOK because #1.) it looks cooler than the Kindle and #2.) they’ll be able to see smell and touch it at a local B&N in a few weeks. Ok. November 30th.

    Love your blog. Good stuff.

  3. “It also has flaws like no Internet ”

    I’m confused where you get that idea.. According to the product web page it supports both 3g (served by ATAT) and WiFi internet access. As to wikipedia.. well.. I wonder if it supports that as well.

      1. Its Android. The base OS comes with a browser. So it may be there, just not enabled most likely due to agreements with ATT. The Kindle is also moving to ATT, however unlike Android browser that is actually a more full featured browser the bandwidth being eaten by Kindle’s browser is virtually nonexistent and so will probably be left alone. As I said before though. The browser is virtually useless on about 70% of the sites that I’ve ever tried to use it on.

      2. Because you know, I don’t want a e-reader to read, I want one to surf the internet….

        1 million books available for the Nook, 360,000 for the Kindle.

        Give me the Nook.

        1. Most of the 1 million books are free public domain books you can get anywhere (google, gutenberg,, etc.) and might not be your first choice.
          In terms of new books Nook at the moment has just 100,000 or so.

      3. I couldn’t get a direct answer from B&N regarding how many commercial titles are available on the Nook. There first response was “Books are Books!”. They then said that the Public Domain titles available were above and beyond the 1 million available titles, but I didn’t find that to be true in searching I did on the Nook side-by-side with the Kindle. In fact, out of every test I ran for books in certain categories (“Mystery” … which was suggested by the Nook salesperson) or containing titles like “ASP.NET” or “C#” (my current area of interest), the Kindle results absolutely blew the Nook results right out of the water.

    1. I wonder why people would care if there is or isn’t access to Wikipedia. Don’t people realize that Wikipedia is a nice idea that became ill-advised and unrealiable? I have seen so many inappropriate bits of information in Wikipedia articles that I discourage students from its use! Who cares about Wikipedia?

  4. And then there’s the Murdoch factor. I wonder how many print editors have been briefed to pray for true Amazon competition. Is this too cynical?

    Or perhaps taking potshots at the winner is just a better story.

  5. “It also has flaws like no Internet and no Wikipedia Access and no Read To Me”

    Internet was a joke from minute one anyways. Seriously. 70% of any websites I’ve ever wanted to go to on my Kindle 2 doesn’t format worth a dang. Wikipedia is cool and all, however the ratio of smartphones to traditional dumb phones is getting to the point where most people who are on the go have their phone and as such have access to either internet or a wiki app.
    Finally read to me. Nice. However everyone I know who has a kindle doesn’t use it for this. Its like touting the MP3 player capability. This isn’t that big of a deal. I’ve used Read to Me on several books. The tone and inflection in the voice is jarring enough that I just couldn’t even get through a quarter of the book. That said I was never a books on tape fan either. I like reading, not being read to.

    By and large no one cares about hardware. Its a pissing contest for now, but in the long term its a book. Pre and simple. This hardware is nice, but at the end of the day its going to be the store experience that matters most. While Amazon has done a reparable job at building their store and making it easy to find what you want and what might be interesting……IMHO Amazon has already gotten a black eye with the whole 1984 thing. I don’t care what press releases they put out. And how they claim this will not happen again unless they are forced by court order or some such nonsense. I stopped buying books on my Kindle after that. The ability to yank a book should never have been even built into the software, and that it was shows that there is very much a publisher first mentality instead of customer first and that bugs me. Its a feature that will always be “out there” something I’m not happy with.
    I’m going to be taking a serious look at the Nook when it comes out and will definitely be checking the fine print before ever diving into a new e-book reader.

    1. Why do you care so much if it has internet?? Its called a E-book reader not a net-book, its meant for people who love to read and don’t feel like carrying tons of books around…..if you care so much for internet get an ipad, its as simple as that(The end)

  6. Thank you for this post. My birthday’s coming up…my mom asked what I wanted and I said I liked the Kindle a lot. She ordered it right away…Literally later that night I heard about the Nook. I immediately had buyer’s remorse and started considering sending the Kindle back and waiting for the Nook. I was caught up in the hype.

    I don’t think the LCD screen is worth the loss of battery life and I think I’d use Wikipedia fairly often.

    I liken the Kindle’s DRM to the original iPod. People made a big stink about iTunes’ DRM and how you didn’t really own your music..blah blah. I still got a 3rd gen iPod and bought most of my music from iTunes. My reasoning was, I’ll most likely always have an iPod so who cares if I can’t play these songs on a Zune?

    I think I’ll hang on to the Kindle.

      1. I dont buy my music from itunes. too expensive, i buy the same music from other sites starting at 20 cents a song and 1 dollar for a whole album

  7. Buying an e-read for my husband
    Nook may actually be the better device with the addition of a color screen.
    But Amazon has more the books my husband like to reads and at a lower price.

    Amazon got bad rep for the 1984 thing.
    But B&N is being sued by Spring Designs over the Nook.

    So Nook is a much more cool e-reader but right now Amazon has the books we want.
    Plus appears we can add a kindle to account and share the library on the account while
    the Nook only allows 14 day, one time, book lending.

    Luv the look of the Nook, but after my research the Kindle2 is the best buy for us.

  8. Thanks for the info. MY wife wants to get me a Kindle for Christmas to get rid of the clutter of the books that I accumulate. The Nook looks interesting, but the intro date and the lack of a sample in the store to handle make me hesitant to take the chance. I think I’ll stick to the proven device. I also notice that the protective covers for the nook are more designer and pricey than functional.

  9. Your review makes you sound like a Kindle salesperson. I have 2 questions for you. Have you actually used Nook? Do you honestly believe the text to speech feature on Kindle is anything but grating on the ears after 2 or 3 pages. Give me an audio book anytime instead of a computer generated suto-voice. Text to speech is at best a gimmick rather than a feature. As far as Wikepedia is concerned, as an elementary school teacher I ask, who cares. My students are not allowed to use it when researching a paper.
    In the end, spec and tech comparisons are all fine and good. But no one really knows much of anything until they actually get to hold one in their hand and give it a test run.

    1. I own a Kindle, but am a gadget junkie so I’m interested in finding out more about the Nook. I did want to respond to your post regarding the grating text to speech. I don’t find it grating at all. Its not computer-sounding, like many gadgets (GPS etc). You can also choose which voice you want to hear – woman or man, both sound like professional book readers. I don’t know how that compares to Nook, but I would not mark it as a negative for Kindle. Its a positive point, especially for people like my father who is disabled. He can use it with one hand, can enlarge the text, and when he gets tired of reading, he turns on the speech, which he enjoys.

    2. Be fair. He hasn’t misrepresented a thing. If the truth makes him sound like a kindle salesman, that ought to be good news for amazon. Just because you personally don’t like a feature doesn’t mean it is irrelevant.

      I personally love Wikipedia (as a feature), and don’t really understand why a source that has been shown to be as accurate as encyclopedia Britannica is forbidden kids- but that’s neither here nor there. I am not an elementary school student, and am free to use it as much as I like.

      Finally- I apologize for being uptight, but as an elementary school teacher you should know that pseudo isn’t spelled “suto”.

  10. Imteresting that BN won’t be able to deliver any Nook’s for Christmas.. BAD marketing people. I bought my wife a Kindle. The product is better.. why? Because it exists.

  11. Thank you for the breakdown. I’ve been trying to decide between a Kindle 2 and a Nook. I wish I could try out a Kindle. I did pick up the Nook at B&N the other day, but I found it confusing and difficult to figure out. I will give it another try the next time I’m at the mall. I think the sales person was having an off day and didn’t want to help me or answer my questions.

    For now, I’m leaning toward a Kindle. I bought a first run car once and it turned out to be a lemon. An eReader might not be as expensive as a car, but I think the lesson still holds. Often it’s better to go with something proven than something shiny and new.

    1. I had the same indifference of the Barnes and Noble staff to the Nook. I also tried it out about 2 weeks ago and it seemed to be quite slow when you went to another page. Compared to seeing a Kindle today, the display on the Nook seems to be rather less clear.

      I will go with the Kindle 2.

  12. After much internal debate (the Nook looked cooler, and I liked the lending feature) I went with the tried and true Kindle. Every person I know who has one is very, very pleased. I love Amazon anyway, and have never had a bad experience with them. I want something I can depend on, and which has the the widest variety of reading material. Also, I was a little put off to find that someone was suing B&N over the Nook idea, and the more I debated, the longer the wait for the Nook got. So far I am happy with my Kindle and still rate Amazon as one of my top websites to order from!

  13. You mention that the lending feature isn’t universally adopted by all publishers for the nook. Isn’t the same true of the Kindle and the text to speech feature?

  14. When will Europe start to see some of that ebooks readers, specially the non English speaking ones, I’m from Portugal by the way.

    I would love to buy one nook or even a Sony reader, unfortunately only be available on February 2010 and they are thought and made for the US public.

  15. Editorial Note: This comment is not verified. Kindle Store books have DRM and DO NOT work on other eReaders. Please check yourself by buying 1 Kindle Store book from a Publisher or wait for an update in this comment thread.

    Just wanted you all to know that I’m doing some research on the nook and found out that you can purchase ebooks from other ebook sites, i.e.: amazon. You just have to save it in the my documents folder on the nook. The only negative is that your library account won’t be able to hold the book. With the ability for extra storage the nook has over the kindle I don’t forsee this as a problem. So whether one site has more ebooks than the other, it doesn’t matter with the nook–you can get ebooks from both sites. Hope that helps. I’m leaning towards the nook.

    1. Jen, Kindle Store books almost always have very specific DRM and those books will NOT work on the Nook.
      Rarely, a Kindle Store book doesn’t have DRM and then it might work.

      What books from the Kindle Store worked on the Nook? Were any of them Big Publisher books (except O’Reilly)?

  16. I haven’t bought the nook or tried to do this yet, but found this on the B&N site: “Do I have to buy eBooks for my nook through Barnes & Noble? No, but there are advantages to doing so. One advantage is the large selection: over 1 million eBooks and ePeriodicals. A number of nook features apply only to eBooks you purchase through Barnes & Noble and that are stored in your online digital library: bookmarks, highlighting, notes, lending, rating, recommending, and cross-platform reading. You can read other eBooks on your nook by placing them in the my documents folder using the USB connection to your computer. See our nook Tech Specs page for a list of nook-supported ePub, PDB, and PDF files.”
    I looked at the tech specs page and they support EPUB (Abode DRM) but not AMZ (Amazon). So it could be a possibility or perhaps you can grab eBooks from other sites that it supports. To me it’s worth a try, but as of now I can’t for sure tell you it works, it’s just what I read. Sorry if I steered anyone the wrong way.

  17. I just want to thank switch11 and everyone posting on this blog for a refreshing and informative blog! It is so nice to see an intelligent discussion where people don’t degrade into personal attacks and take offense at others’ comments. I’m still researching and comparing the Nook vs the Kindle and this site was very helpful. Thanks again everyone!

  18. I don’t usually read all the blogs on a given subject, or reply for that matter. However i am wanting to purchase a e-reader for my wife and found all the comments quite helpful and interesting. It gives me a lot to ponder over. At least we can go to a B&N and try a e-reader to see if she even likes them. I am wondering if i shuold wait for the improved Kindle 3, depending on when it might arrive on the market. A great discussion without personal attacks or subject changing is refreshing.

    1. Frank – no idea on when Kindle 3 comes out. However, would definitely recommend waiting till end of February.

      Also, try the ‘See a Kindle in your City’ section at Amaozn’s kindle forums to get a kindle owner to show you a kindle.

      1. Thanks Switch 11 that would also helo in comparing. Guess the wife will get somthing else for valentines day, and she has to wait until her B-bay but better to get it right the 1st time. Thanks again.

  19. If I have a Kindle 2 and a Kindle 3 comes out is true that I would not be able to transfer my books to a newer version of Kindle as with Kindle 1 to 2 because the book is to the kindle’s serial number? I am looking to buy a Kindle.. but I am not sure if I should wait for a 3? or just go ahead and buy a 2. also.. the fact that you can’t skip ahead in the kindle is kind of a bummer if you are trying to look up a certain information you have to keep pressing “next page” an x amount of times.. which can be tiring i imagine… Also…. another question to Kindle owners.. do you ever get afraid since Amazon if effectively licensing not selling a copy to you. Like what happens if Amazon the company is no more one day? or your account is accidently gone… I mean the kindle is great and all.. but its kind of like.. you want to keep what you invest in ya know? will i have these books for twenty years thirty or 50 years? i mean if you are a casual reader maybe it is no difference to you but if you spend money and invest so much every month eventually I will top hundreds or thousands of dollars with the amount of reading one could do. I want to buy one soo bad. i just want it to last forever like a real book would in my possession.. help! i want one. hehe

    1. Desiree, you can transfer books across kindles – no problems.
      You can search for information if you know what words it is using the Kindle’s search function. You can also search across all books.
      You have the books as long as Amazon is around. Unless you do something very major like fraud your Amazon account isn’t going anywhere.

      the lifespan of kindles is pretty long. There’s no way to know how long since the original kindles were released 2 years 3 months ago – so can’t know for sure until a year or two whether kindles last 3-4 years.

  20. I actually own a nook and I find it quite nice. I haven’t tried the kindle but I can definitely vouch for the nook. The store has had every book I’ve tried to find(except graphic novels-_-) and I like the fact that you can find different versions of every book, some of them even free. Someone earlier said it was confusing but it only took me about a half hour to get it completely customized and working, with my own ebooks from other sources on it. I don’t mind the lack of text to speech because it’s not something I would use anyway. As for the lack of Wikipedia and browsing, smart phones pretty much make that unnecessary in my opinion. My friends recommended the kindle, but I got a nook instead, I haven’t been disappointed yet

  21. I would have preferred a Kindle, as there are more books available via Amazon for what I personally read, but I bought a Nook. The reason I bought the Nook is that I do field biology work in remote locations. The memory chip available with the Nook will allow me to store reference documents and books and will significantly lighten my load. If Amazon’s books were compatible, I would buy from them.

  22. I bought the Kindle rather than the Nook due to the text to voice feature. While it is not as pleasant as listening to an audio book, I appreciate being able to listen in my car when I am really caught up in a book. An audio book is far more expensive than a Kindle book (which I have already paid for). Many publishers do not allow the text to voice feature so I search for books that do so I can listen while driving and read the books without the feature when not I am not commuting or traveling.

  23. I actually have a Kindle (latest generation)I own a Kindle 2 but considered selling it to buy a Nook (I like the touchscreen). Went into B&N this weekend to compare the two and the Nook had several glitches in the 15 minutes I was looking at it – if froze 2 times, the highlight feature wouldn’t work without resetting it 3 times and is much more cumbersome to get to than simply using the toggle on the Kindle (it’s 3 steps just to highlight. This for me is a problem – I’m a big highlighter and wouldn’t want to interrupt reading flow for 3 steps each time You can’t highlight sections or paragraphs easily – you have to move the cursor word by word as opposed to outlining your desired passage and hitting the toggle). Very slow page turning and most importantly we took it outside to check glare and in direct sunlight it prevents the pixels from displaying – leaving it UNREADABLE. You have to turn the screen facedown away from the sunlight on each page turn to see the pixels load in a readable format. Forget about Kindle vs Nook screen glare -IT”S UNREADABLE OUTSIDE

  24. Hi, I am getting ready to either purchase the nook or kindle. I have to say the kindle is more of a classic where as the nook is new and exciting! Can someone please tell me if the touch screen on the nook is all its cracked out to be? And compare the way you purchase books!

    1. There’s not that much difference in how you purchase books. The touchscreen is a little awkward to use and it is a touchscreen. So unfortunately those two factors aren’t really a deal decider for either the Kindle or Nook.

  25. I was happy to see that I am not the only one who had problems with the Nook freezing up. I bought my Nook on May 11, 2010. On May 12, it froze up once. On May 14, it froze up 4 times. On May 16, I took it back. The sales person put the udates on it and said that should fix the problem. On May 18, it froze up twice and the second time all of my books disappeared. I know I can put them back on but as my fellow book lovers know, if you are somewhere without internet access and you want to read and can’t, it’s frustrating. I will take it back for a refund today, May 19. I was very disappointed. According to my friends with Kendalls, they have never had problems.

  26. I had noticed my mother was not reading as much as she used to (she had been an avid reader all her life) and after asking her she finally confessed that she was having a problem reading the print in most books. Because of her age (90) holding the larger books with large print wasn’t much help. I decided to try the Kindle. She got it for her 90th birthday. She really didn’t want it at first, telling me she was too old to try to learn the new technology, but after playing with it a day or two she fell in love with it. She says not only can she read the print, but has found she can read for longer periods of time without tiring. That made me think. Both my sons are dyslexic and reading has never been on the top of their list of fun things to do. Their doctor had told me years ago that one of the factors that makes it so hard for dyslexics to read is the black ink on stark white paper. This is hard on the eyes for the average person over a period of time, and can cause letters to start swimming for dyslexics. Because the ink technology used by Kindle (and Nook) is really a dark grey on light grey, I had wondered if that is why it was easier on my mother’s eyes. I decided to buy another Kindle for my youngest son. He has had his now for about 9 months. He has fallen in love with reading and reads on it daily. Our family now has 4 Kindles. I had considered buying a Nook, thinking it would open up more options on ebooks. I decided against it for several reasons. This was their first version therefore it will have kinks that have to be worked out. Plus, we can share our ebooks across the 4 Kindles that we have because they are all on one account. You can’t do that with a Nook. My mother and I share books all the time. My two sons share their books. I would surely miss that on the Nook. As far as the touch screen at the bottom, if it turns out to be that much better than what the Kindle offers I’m sure Amazon will work it into a later model.

  27. thank you for your review, your personal experience with the Kindle. Now I know which E-Reader to buy and fell confident that I’ve made the better choice. With a Kindle I’ll be able to share books with my sister, which is a great thing since we do like some of the same authors. Plus, it’s not being challenged for patent infringement issues and is far more likely to continue to exist two years from now. Again, thanks for such a great set of info!

  28. I’m getting the kindle and the price went down to 189 so I was happy and out of all the review and research I’ve done most people have said that kindle is better in the freezing area. Also the nook can have Internet because a friend of mine was on yahoo messenger on the nook,but it’s not as global. The only thing the nook is better at is the contrast of light and therefore not much as a big deal. And the article only pointed out details that are not always useful to the nook. The kindle is for big readers and way better. So if u like reading get the kindle if u like other stuff that are not important and not always useful with little books get the nook

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