It’s time for a detailed Nook Vs Kindle review.
Amazon added PDF support to the Kindle, increased its battery life by 75%, and added landscape mode - Did they just win the Nook Vs Kindle contest?
Let’s take a look - Please keep in mind that this is based on Nook Reviews from the Internet – I don’t have one yet.
My Kindle Vs Nook Review was a tie and it stayed a tie even when Amazon added Kindle for PC and cut the price to $259.
Will Kindle PDF support tilt Nook Vs Kindle in Amazon’s favor?
Let’s take a look. First we’ll look at areas where each eReader wins and assign points, and then we’ll look at the results.
Nook Vs Kindle – Nook still wins several areas
- 3.5″ color touchscreen to flip through covers.
- ePub support.
- LendMe – Although this is limited to one rental per ebook, and some Publishers are opting out, it’s a good feature.
- Library eBooks – Although libraries currently don’t have many eBooks this is an important feature.
- Micro SD memory expansion slot.
- WiFi Support. Supplemented with free WiFi in B&N stores. Not as meaningful as you can do nothing except buy books.
- Browse complete eBooks at B&N Stores (1 hour per book per 24 hour period) plus physical books to browse.
- BlackBerry and Mac Support.
- Replaceable battery.
- B&N’s 1 million free Google Books.
- Better looking.
Not listing support for Sony Store eBooks as an advantage for the Nook because the Sony Reader Store has terrible eBook prices.
Nook Vs Kindle – Areas that they tie
This list has grown substantially since Amazon is making improvements to the Kindle service regularly -
- eInk Screen – Same 6″ eInk screen.
- $9.99 price on bestsellers - Please note that B&N prices are higher for non-bestseller books.
- $259 Price – Amazon matched this.
- Kindle for PC, Nook for PC - Amazon matched this.
- Mac Reader – Amazon is saying this will arrive soon.
- PDF Support – Amazon matched this today (November 24th, 2009).
- Free Book Offers – Both B&N and Amazon have these.
- Organization – Amazon have said they will support Kindle Folders in 2010. Nook doesn’t have folders at the moment.
- Family Sharing – Sharing of up to 6 Kindles on one account. Nook will allow sharing – exact number not known.
Notice how a lot of these are updates Amazon has recently made – competition is great for us book lovers.
Nook Vs Kindle – Kindle now wins several areas
- Best range of new books and lower prices – Do check prices for books you want to buy (check books you want to buy, not just the Top 100).
- Free Internet. Nook does not have a browser at the moment. Free Internet for Kindle is going to be extended to all countries that have WhisperNet.
- Wikipedia Access - Free all over the world (81 countries).
- Faster – The Nook is sluggish as the OS hasn’t been optimized fully for the eInk and LCD screens. A fix is due in January 2010.
- Read To Me – Text to Speech feature. Publishers sometimes switch this off – However, it’s there for some books and all personal documents and all public domain books.
- International Availability and International WhisperNet (81 countries). Great for travelers and people in other countries.
- Better battery life now that there is a 75% boost for when wireless is on.
- WhisperSync that synchronizes your notes and highlights across devices.
- Physical Keyboard.
- Nook have only a 14 day return period and charge 10% re-stocking fee. Kindle has 30 days and no restocking fee.
- Being in Stock – Of course this will change on January 4th. Till then Kindle has a big advantage. Kindle had stock problems the last two seasons and they scaled up production to be ready for this holiday season.
- Landscape Mode – Allows for more flexibility.
The Kindle narrowly edges out the Nook in my opinion
Kindle PDF support does indeed tilt Nook Vs Kindle in Kindle’s favor – the Kindle for $259 is excellent value, especially the Free Internet.
To be on the safe side -> Please assign points to the listed advantages of each eReader according to what features you value and figure out what is better for you.
Amazon have really responded to the Nook and given all the recent enhancements they have, in my opinion, taken the lead. Nook being slow also plays a big part.
Kindle PDF Support, 75% more battery life, Kindle for PC, $259 price, landscape mode, Kindle Folders (announced), Kindle for Mac (announced).
Competition is doing great things for readers and eReaders.
Nook Vs Kindle Review – The Reading Experience Review
The Kindle 2 Review uses a rather different approach to reviewing an eReader – it’s worth trying out the same approach for our nook vs kindle review.
This is based on the first few Nook reviews available online.
Here’s a stab at what the reading experience will be like (on Nook, Kindle).
Nook Vs Kindle – the indispensable eReader functions
Being able to get Books -
- By adding wireless downloads, the Nook matches the Kindle’s biggest advantage. However, the Kindle still beats it on book prices and range of books.
- Being able to browse books in the B&N stores is great – However, you can do that at any store. Some people will like being able to browse covers in color.
- By adding support for OverDrive Library eBooks B&N increases options for customers. It also supports Sony Store eBooks although those have high prices.
The Kindle has better range of new books and better prices. B&N adds support for Library eBooks and Sony Store eBooks via Adobe Digital Editions. It’s a tie.
Being able to read Books -
They both have a 6″ eInk screen. Kindle’s longer battery life is balanced out by the Nook’s touchscreen navigation.
This is a tie.
Nook Vs Kindle – the hugely important eReader functions
- Screen Quality and Size - A tie as they have the same eInk screen.
- Ease of Use – The touchscreen would have given Nook the edge – However, the bad Android implementation slows down the Nook. Kindle wins.
- Portability – Nook is a bit smaller and has a memory card. Kindle has better battery life. A tie.
- Reference – Kindle wins hands down as it has Free Internet and Free Wikipedia.
- Search – A tie at this point though if Amazon keep improving Kindle search they might win.
- Content Rights and Content Portability - Nook wins because of ePub support and Adobe Digital Editions support which lets you read Library eBooks and books bought from Sony Store (although Sony eBook Store has terrible prices).
- Annotations - Nook wins this as the touchscreen makes note taking easier – although the sluggishness of the UI is painful here too.
- Font Size – With the addition of landscape mode the Kindle has a very slight edge – let’s consider it a tie.
- AudioBooks – Kindle wins as Nook does not support audible.com audiobooks.
- Easy to Use Store - A tie. The Kindle Store is easy to use. Nook’s color LCD screen and cover flow make it a good store too.
- One Handed Use - This is a tie.
- Time and Date - A tie although with the Nook you can only check time on the Home screen.
- Language Support – Both Nook and Kindle are limited.
Nook Vs Kindle – nice to have features
- Looks – Nook wins easily thanks to the dual screens and color LCD.
- Free Internet Access – Kindle wins.
- Color Screen – Neither has color eInk. Does Nook’s 3.5″ color navigation screen qualify? Perhaps – so let’s say Nook wins this.
- Text To Speech Feature – Kindle wins.
- Journal - Neither has this.
- Extensions and Utilities – Neither.
- Games & Diversions – Unknown. Kindle has Sudoku and Tic Tac Toe via Kindle Store Books and MineSweeper and Gomoku in-built. No idea what Nook will have.
- Personalization – Nook wins because of custom screensavers and back covers.
- Background music – Think both support this so a tie.
- Device Lock and Lost and Found feature – Unknown so a tie.
Who Wins according to this reading experience review?
You tell me. It’s almost too close to call.
- Kindle and Nook tie on indispensable eReader functions.
- Kindle has 3 wins and Nook has 2 wins in hugely important features.
- Kindle has 2 wins and Nook has 3 wins in nice to have features.
In terms of reading experience Nook Vs Kindle is exceedingly close – the Kindle probably barely edges out Nook. The Kindle is in stock and Nook isn’t till February 1st, 2010.
Again, please consider what factors are important to you and rate them accordingly – What’s important to you decides who wins Nook vs Kindle.