Kindle vs Nook 2011

With Nook 2, B&N has left the Kindle behind and temporarily won the Kindle vs Nook contest.

Please Note: This Kindle vs Nook review will be updated when the Nook 2 actually ships and I get my hands on it.

There are basically two Kindle vs Nook comparisons now -

  1. Kindle 3 vs Nook 1 in the Dedicated eReader with 3G category. Kindle 3 wins this easily. Please check my Kindle vs Nook Review for a Kindle 3 vs Nook 1 comparison.
  2. Kindle WiFi vs Nook 2 in the $139 Dedicated eReader category. Nook 2 easily beats Kindle WiFi here. This post looks at Kindle WiFi vs Nook 2.

Kindle vs Nook in 2011 – Areas Nook Clearly Wins

  1. Value for Money – For the same $139 price, you get nearly all the features of the Kindle WiFi plus a touch screen.
  2. Touchscreen – While Sony made a hash of how it used touchscreen in an eReader, B&N has focused on making things simple. It seems to have worked.
  3. Compactness – Nook 2 is just 6.5″ by 5″ by 0.47″ which makes it small enough to fit in your pocket. Kindle WiFi is 7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.335″ which makes it less compact (it’ll fit a jacket pocket but not a pant pocket).
  4. Better Battery Life – Battery life for Nook 2 is supposedly two months with WiFi off. Kindle WiFi has 1 month battery life with WiFi off. B&N uses the criteria of half an hour of reading per day – not sure what criteria Amazon uses. Note: With wireless on, both have the same battery life of 3 weeks.
  5. Memory Expansion – Memory Card Slot that takes up to 32 GB memory cards.
  6. Smoothness & Less Flashing – Screen flashing happens only every 5th or 6th page when turning pages. If the screen flash bothers you then this is a definite plus. B&N also claims smoother page turns. Note: This might be all software and Amazon might be able to match this quite quickly.
  7. Faster Page Turns – Waiting to see how it is in person. It sounds very promising.
  8. Library Book Support – Amazon has promised to add this later in 2011. For now, B&N’s Nook 2 has a clear advantage as it supports library books.
  9. Personalized Screensavers – A nice personalization touch.

Kindle vs Nook – Areas Nook is slightly ahead

  1. Weight – Nook 2 at 7.48 ounces is slightly lighter than Kindle WiFi at 8.5 ounces.
  2. In-Store Extras – Free WiFi and some special offers when you go to B&N Stores. You can also browse through books for free (for up to an hour per day per book). B&N staff to help answer questions.
  3. ePub support – Lets you read books bought at other stores that use ePub with Adobe DRM.
  4. Possibly Better PDF Support – The scrolling in PDFs is really quite good. Waiting to try it out in person and see what else is supported. This might end up being a big Nook 2 advantage.
  5. Social Aspect – Nook Friends in-built social network with ‘Liking’, recommendations, contact lists, and more. Kindle WiFi is limited to Facebook and Twitter updates.
  6. FastPage – Apparently this feature lets you hold down the page turn button and quickly get to anywhere in the book. Will have to test this – it sounds really good.
  7. Simplicity – The touchscreen makes things like highlighting easier on Nook 2. Never thought Nook would become simpler to use than Kindle.
  8. Cover View – Organize your books into shelves that show book covers, browse using cover view.

Kindle vs Nook – Areas Kindle WiFi & Nook 2 are in a tie

  1. Screen – eInk Pearl screen optimized for reading. 50% better screen contrast than previous generation eReaders (Kindle 2, Nook 1). Black/Graphite casing to further enrich contrast.
  2. WiFi – Both ship with WiFi connectivity. Both have free WiFi at AT&T hotspots.
  3. Focus on Reading – Both are dedicated reading devices (Thankfully).
  4. Font options – Kindle has 8 font sizes and 3 font types while Nook 2 has 7 font sizes and 6 font styles.
  5. Retail availability – Both are available at numerous retail chains including Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart.
  6. Price – Both are $139.
  7. Reading Apps – Reading Apps are available for both Kindle and Nook owners for a variety of platforms including iPad, iPhone, PC, and Mac.
  8. Accessories – Kindle has a lot more accessory choices but Nook has some pretty interesting options like Nook Totes.
  9. Easy to Hold – B&N touts its contoured back but the Kindle WiFi’s back is easy to hold too.

Kindle vs Nook – Areas Kindle is slightly ahead

  1. Software Dependability – Both Nook 1 and Nook Color have suffered massively from glitches. Until Nook 2 is in readers’ hands and working well (without lots of bugs) the Kindle is a safer bet.
  2. AdKindle Option – You can get AdKindle for $25 less. It’s a version of Kindle WiFi with sponsored screensavers and an ad on the Home Page. 
  3. Landscape Mode – Kindle WiFi offers reading in landscape mode which is very useful for web browsing and for PDFs.
  4. Physical Keyboard – While it increases the size, it also makes it easier to type notes.
  5. Looks – While Kindle WiFi looks sharp and svelte the Nook 2 looks a little boxy and chunky.
  6. WhisperNet – Kindle comes with lots of Cloud based services like seeing popular highlights for a book you’re reading and accessing your notes and highlights online. B&N has begun to catch up and has promised a MyNook portal.
  7. Amazon.com Site – Easier to navigate and use than B&N’s website.

Kindle vs Nook – Areas Kindle is clearly better

  1. Kindle has Text to Speech. While some Publishers disable this feature it’s still present in 40% to 60% of books. Plus you get text to speech for all documents and public domain books you add yourself. 
  2. Web Browser. A big feature especially as the browser is relatively decent.
  3. Book Range and Prices. Kindle Store has more books available. For books other than Agency Model books (which are the same price everywhere) Kindle Store tends to have slightly better prices. Note: B&N counts Google’s free public domain books and claims it has more books – That’s patently false as public domain books are available for Kindle too (Google Books PDFs work, as do Internet Archive’s 1.8 million free texts).
  4. Kindle App Store – You now have 70+ Kindle Apps for Kindle WiFi. Nook 2 does not have apps (they are only available on Nook Color).
  5. Kindle WiFi comes with 4 GB of memory of which approximately 3 GB is available to the Kindle owner. Nook 2 only has 2 GB memory of which only 1 GB is available to the Nook owner.
  6. Customer Service – Amazon really puts effort into providing great customer service.

Overall Conclusion – Kindle vs Nook goes to …

Nook 2.

  1. Nook 2 wins several key areas – value for money, touch screen, compactness, battery life, memory expansion, less flashing, faster page turning, personalized screensavers, and library book support.
  2. Nook also edges Kindle slightly in the following areas – weight, in-store extras, ePub support, possibly better PDF support, simplicity, Nook Friends social network, and Cover View.
  3. Kindle edges Nook 2 slightly in some areas – software dependability (might turn into a big advantage), cheaper AdKindle option, physical keyboard, landscape mode, looks, WhisperNet, and website.
  4. Kindle clearly wins some key areas – Text to Speech, web browser, Range and Price of books, Apps, more in-built memory, and customer service.

Nook 2’s touch screen, its compactness, its library book support, and its faster and smoother page turns are probably the four key differentiators. Amazon has to find a way to match or counter these. It has promised library book support but it only means something when it arrives.

Engadget has a Nook 2 video and some photos that very clearly show the Nook 2’s strengths.

Unless Amazon drops the price of the Kindle WiFi by $39, and adds some big software improvements, B&N is going to increase its market share in eReaders significantly. Nook 2 is the clear winner in the Kindle vs Nook comparison.

40 Responses

  1. The Kindle vs Nook debate mostly concerns those who have not purchased either one and are trying to decide which suits their purposes, rather than those of us who have already made their choice. I have a Kindle and I’m satisfied with it, so am not even remotely interested in the features of the newer versions or the Nook. I certainly don’t need more than one ereader, nor will I throw my Kindle away for something with more features – that’s just wasting money.

    • Agreed. I wouldn’t recommend any Kindle owner to update to Nook 2. Certainly not given your entire library is locked into Kindle format.

      For a new person choosing between eReaders it becomes a very, very tough decision. Kindle offers a better store and better customer service. However, Nook 2 offers a 2011 eReader.

      • and also only if you live in a part of the world where both are available. I live in the uk – which is apparently the 2nd largest ebook market in the world and the nook is not available here. Is this market to tiny that b&n should just ignore it? If they ever enter this market how easy would it be for them to get people to switch away from the kindle?

  2. A couple of arguments regarding how you consider things:

    “Touchscreen – While Sony made a hash of how it used touchscreen in an eReader, B&N has focused on making things simple. It seems to have worked.”

    I feel that this is going to become a major arguing point between the Kindle and nook camps. I personally do not think that a touchscreen is an advantage. For one reason, it is less accessible to the vision-impaired. The Kindle has made big strides in this area in the latest generation by having the menus work with text-to-speech and ultimately physical keys are better for the vision-impaired than a touchscreen ever will.

    For another reason, ergonomics. Right now with the physical page-turn buttons on the Kindle, I can hold it one-handed in a comfortable position and turn the pages with only small movements of my fingers. Will this be possible with the touchscreen on the nook? Likely no, since a swiping motion or a tap on the edge of the screen will be required. This also doesn’t match with the symmetrical page turn buttons on the Kindle, which allow a user to use either side of the device to turn the pages.

    Finally, the old argument of fingerprints. Why would I want to be smearing finger oil on the screen that I’m trying to read? It’s bad enough on my smartphone.

    “Better Battery Life – Battery life for Nook 2 is supposedly two months with WiFi off. Kindle WiFi has 1 month battery life with WiFi off. B&N uses the criteria of half an hour of reading per day – not sure what criteria Amazon uses. Note: With wireless on, both have the same battery life of 3 weeks.”

    Without knowing what standard Amazon uses to measure its month-long battery life, this is impossible to compare. Half hour a day of reading? I think B&N shot for a low time here so that they can inflate their battery life against the Kindle’s. The matching battery life with the WiFi on suggests that the batteries are probably a lot closer than it seems, and the difference is just from incompatible measurements.

    “Simplicity – The touchscreen makes things like highlighting easier on Nook 2. Never thought Nook would become simpler to use than Kindle.”

    Until the nook is actually in our hands and the interface tried out, this is a hard claim to make. I for one can argue that the 5-way controller on both the Kindle 2 and Kindle 3 offers greater precision and handling. Which is easier? Hard to say until both can be tried side by side.

    “Social Aspect – Nook Friends in-built social network with ‘Liking’, recommendations, contact lists, and more. Kindle WiFi is limited to Facebook and Twitter updates.”

    What about shared and popular highlights on the Kindle? Amazon also has recommendations built into their Kindle store.

    “FastPage – Apparently this feature lets you hold down the page turn button and quickly get to anywhere in the book. Will have to test this – it sounds really good.”

    And jumping to a location or page number isn’t a quick way to get anywhere in a book? If not precise enough, you can always search for what you’re looking for.

    You make a very bold claim at the end that unless Amazon drops their price and adds improvements, B&N is going to gain a lot of marketshare. If Amazon is successful with their library lending, this will single-handedly destroy one of the strongest features in favor of the nook and other ePub-reading eBooks – especially since it’s likely that the Kindle will have the advantage of saving bookmarks, notes, and highlights. Also, there are rumors floating around that Amazon may be adding support for ePub, which will again be directly attacking their competitors’ strong points. Amazon already holds a commanding lead in the marketshare, and I don’t think the nook 2 is going to make much of an impact against that.

    • You can’t be serious.

      1) Social Aspect – there’s an instant Nook to Nook social network. That’s a lot more valuable – you connect with other like-minded people and can share book recommendations and such.

      2) Simplicity – Yes, because touch makes things easier for highlighting and looking up words and moving around. Sony did it strange ‘separate modes’ approach and messed it up. From the videos its clear that B&N has made it simple.

      3) Touchscreen – Doesn’t matter to some people. Does matter to some people. I am of the keyboard camp but it’s easy to see why it appeals to so many people to have a touchscreen.

      There are very solid additions. If anything, due to running a Kindle blog, I’d be inclined to be a little biased towards Kindle. However, Nook 2 is very impressive. Amazon clearly has to play catch up. For reference, Sony’s 6″ touch screen reader was $229. Don’t know how on earth B&N managed to come in at $139.

      If we assume Amazon has 50% to 60% eReader market share and Nook has 15% or so. That leaves a lot of room for Nook to grow.

      • I just wanted to note here that physical pageturn buttons are in *no* way incompatible with a mostly-touch interface. There have been ereaders before with many ways of turning pages, all to choice.

        In particular, the Nook 2 according to one video has physical page turn buttons (the ridges at the side bezels) that are turned off in software settings unless you desire them — they don’t advertise them but they exist for diehards.

      • Ah, found my source, finally.

        http://thisismynext.com/2011/05/24/barnes-noble%E2%80%99-nook-hands-on/

        It’s not in the video, but in the text:

        “While the device is primarily touchscreen, there’s a physical power button on the back and a Nook menu button under the display. Flanking the screen are rubberish vertical page turn buttons — apparently you can decide to power these on in the Settings menu. There doesn’t appear to be a headphone jack, but there is a micro-USB cable for charging.”

        This may be a misundersanding by the reporter — they do say they haven’t played with it hands-on at all, just like the rest of the world — or it could be real. I guess we’ll only know for sure on release date.

      • It’s very real. Have seen pictures and discussion of this feature on other blogs.

  3. An Amazon rep once told me that Amazon measures battery life in terms of “page turns,” as that’s the only thing that draws much power from the battery.

    Thus, how long your battery holds up is a function of how fast you read and what size font you use.

    I am a fast reader — a very fast reader. I use my Kindle 3 between 2 and 4 hours a day and am a compulsive button pusher (checking to see the page number, battery meter, etc.). My Kindle 3 goes 8-9 days between charges w/ minimum Wi-Fi use.

    Sounds bad? Not really, At 3 hours a day that’s 24-27 hours, not much less than the 30 B&N claims for the Nook 2.

    I’m also impressed with the Nook 2 but I’m happy with my Kindle, don’t particularly like touch screens and would rather complement what I have with either an Amazon tablet or perhaps a Nook Color.

  4. “8. Cover View – Organize your books into shelves that show book covers, browse using cover view.”

    I suggested this to Amazon, via kindle-feedback@amazon.com , in an e-mail of May 16 titled “New-Feature Suggestion: A Cover Slideshow.” I wrote:

    “A cover slideshow would allow the user to show off his library to visitors, and to savor it himself.

    “Maybe the user could set the pause length. And certainly select in or out the collections to be displayed. (And/or maybe individual books could be flagged as “Don’t Display.”)

    “By clicking on any cover, the show could be stopped and the book opened.”

    What does it take to get an idea through to those guys? (This was only my latest of dozens of new-feature suggestions that I have reason to suspect have been thoughtlessly round-filed.) Pay them? I’d be willing. The frustration of enduring their sins of omission is killing me.

  5. My first ebook reader was the Sony PRS-300. To have Pearl eInk, I bought a Kindle 3 only to regretfully return it. Amazon has the best ebook selection and prices, not to mention outstanding customer service.

    At only 5 feet tall, my hands are small, and the Kindle 3 was uncomfortable to hold. Since I don’t miss WiFi, I replaced it with the pocket Sony PRS-350, not for the touch screen, but for its compact size.

    Owning a Sony touch screen ebook reader, here’s how I think it compares with the Nook 2.

    Smaller and Lighter: Each device gets thinner and more pocket-able. Notice the evolution of cell phones. However, Nook 2 is clunky and not as sleek. Sony ebook hardware is hard to beat.

    Navigation: Sony isn’t horrible, but Nook 2’s interface appears easier to use.

    Left and Right Page Buttons: With only 10% of the population left-handed, it’s a mystery why Sony placed the forward and back buttons on the left side of the device. Nook 2 ‘s buttons are on both sides. Perhaps Nook 2 will be easy to hold one handed. Sony is not.

    Stylus Pen: Since you have a touch screen, you may as well provide a free stylus pen for note taking. Sony wins here.

    Price: If Nook 2 had been priced just a bit lower, it would have been nearly impossible to beat for first time buyers. At $119.99 (Best Buy), the Sony PRS-350 is cheaper, but you lose an inch in screen size.

    SD Card: The Sony PRS-350 doesn’t have one; Nook 2 wins. (SD cards are very useful when playing audio files. Neither play audio files, but should.)

    Battery Life: Sony gets about 2-3 weeks, and it doesn’t have WiFi. I don’t believe the two month B&N claim will be accurate.

    Fingerprints: The Kindle board bloggers are really upset about this. I have cleaned my Sony’s screen only once in six months, and it didn’t really need it. I bought an iPod Touch to read my Kindle ebooks, and I wipe the screen every day. I understand fingerprints. If we’re honest, we should admit that the Kindle 4 will most likely have a touch screen. While previous Kindle owners may miss their physical keyboards, a messy screen is not a factor.

  6. A downside to Nook is the unavailability outside of the US. Or perhaps that has changed with Nook 2? There are readers outside of the US so to my mind, Kindle wins because I can use it! All the advantages don’t matter if you can’t even access the product.

  7. From what I have read so far the Nook 2 has a marginal edge based on user preference. If you are a fan of touch screen then go Nook 2 or Kobo 2. If not, then the current Kindle models are fine.

    I read somewhere that the Nook 2 will not be able to access public WiFi, but can access ATT hotspots. Can you confirm?

    Also, you mentioned text-to-speech but forgot that the Kindle can play mp3 files and has Audible support.

    • I’ll try to check on the ‘cannot access public WiFi’ – that seems a really strange restriction.

      Good point on the Audible support and mp3s. That’s a big advantage for people who like audiobooks or background music.

  8. By the way, after Amazon and Kobo reviewed how B&N calculated their battery life they reported that it was not how they traditionally report. Amazon/Kobo had previously used the 1 hour per day use with WiFi off which is more realistic.

    Using B&N’s 30 minutes per day use with WiFi off both Amazon and Kobo reported they would also get 2 months of battery life.

  9. I think the comparison among the three readers (Nook 2, K3, and Kobo) on various things – such as weight and size – is critical. Also, why would someone with K3, look elsewhere? May be that’s needed.

    – Nook 2 for Kindle 3 users: Why or Why Not?
    – Why buy K3 (over N2 or Kobo)?
    Etc.

    • Nook 2 for Kindle 3 user – No, no point at all.

      Kindle vs Nook vs Kobo comparison – soon.

      • Okay, alright, thanks much.

        I also wonder if Amazon will do the following this summer:

        – Reduce price of K3 wifi (by $25) to: $114 (or Amazon discount card for $25)
        – Reduce price of K3 special offers to: $99

        OR

        – Introduce K4 -> K3 with touch (no keyboard) <- this July just before schools starts.

        THEN

        – Introduce a tablet (K-T) in October.

        What do you think?

      • How about Nook 2 for a Kindle 3 user whose Kindle 3 broke down out of warranty? (but now we’re getting silly).

        My prediction is that when these two actually come out is the week that Kindle 3 gets its price drop (both previous Kindles got a price drop before the introduction of the newer model, didn’t they?)

  10. Thanks for the link to the video. Couldn’t help but notice that on a couple of occasions the demonstrator had to stab at the screen more than once before getting a reaction.

  11. Interesting that Amazon is now putting out a $164 Kindle 3G with special offers. Don’t think it will matter much.

    • Agreed. It’s not like the Nook 1 is much competition. The really interesting stuff is going to happen in the $100 to $139 range.

    • “Don’t think it will matter much.”

      That $25 cut is 7.5% off the original price. I suspect it will boost sales of the 3G by the same percentage–or more. (Amazon will probably give us a clue in a few months.) If Amazon’s main goal is shifting from seeing the Kindle as a book-selling gadget to a deal-delivery device, Kindle sales volume would be more important than margin.

      And Amazon has another goal: keeping its customers happy. Customers were requesting this feature on the 3G.

      More subtly, I suspect Amazon delayed the release of the 3G version until it was requested by customers, in order to avoid the appearance of “pushing” ads on the public. (Well done.)

  12. 32 GB memo card is very useful, especially when Nook has no MP3 or audio-books support :):)
    And no web-browser…
    I think B&N guys hope hackers will do their job?

    Myself I have Kindle and do not plan to go for Nook, BUT Nook 2 and Kobo 2 are good competitors for 3rd Kindle and that’s good for the market!

  13. Any chance you can devote a post to Nook 2 vs the new Kobo? That’s a more meaningful comparison than to Kindle 3, which is now last generation’s device, and is also from the other ecosystem, to my mind — I suspect I may well end up having a Kindle *and* an ePub reader for as long as they make both of them.

    • Perhaps. First I want to do a Kindle vs Kobo vs Nook 2 comparison review.

      I wouldn’t call Kindle 3 a last generation device. Adding touch doesn’t make Nook 2 a new-generation device because touch has very little to do with the act of reading.

      • Perhaps not, but the software improvements that lead to less intrusive page turns are, to my mind, a major upgrade. It remains to be seen whether these are *just* software (and Kindle 3 gets an update) or that the eInk controllers are slightly different to support it.

        I would argue though (especially the way I burn through books now that I have a Kindle) that library management is actually a core function of an ereader device, as are note taking. Both of those are extremely well served by Touch. And physical form factor plays into it as well — losing the large qwerty is a major step forward there.

        With many ereaders (the “other” category in particular) library management is something that can be done only painfully, if at all, on the device, not to mention you have to go off-device to purchase books, download them, load them.. urgh. That is the really unique selling point of Kindle, and its later business-model clone Nook, being able to do that usefully on-device.

        On balance, speaking for myself, I’m okay with calling the Kindle 3 a last-generation device. I’m not planning to abandon mine anytime soon (or those of my family), but I really can’t see Kindle 4 as being hugely different, hardwarewise, from Kobo Touch & Nook 2. I’m hoping for kindle 3 style good-quality physical page turn buttons plus touch and then I’ll be buying it in a heartbeat.

      • JJ said:
        “I would argue though (especially the way I burn through books now that I have a Kindle) that library management is actually a core function of an ereader device ….”

        Agreed. Therefore the Kindle should, for example (at user option in Settings):

        1. Sort books into four major categories within collections: Reading, Yet-To-Read, No Longer Reading, Read. (Amazon already allows the user to categorize his books thusly on its website.) This would make things less of a jumble. (Each of the categories might be preceded by a heading line, and/or each item in a category might have some iconic special-character at its start.)

        2. Provide the user with a list of predefined category-names (taken from the booksellers’ standard set of categories) each of which he could instantiate at a click as his own collection.

        3. Provide subfolders (if not technically difficult or complication-inducing).

        4. Provide the equivalent of the Nook-2’s “cover view”: i.e., provide the user (at his option) with a dozen (say) cover-thumbnails per page and allow him to open them by clicking on them. Also provide full screen slideshows of covers. (Books lacking covers would be shown with their titles imposed on a blank cover.)

        5. Allow users to insert their own chapter markers into books that lack them, allowing the user to skip forward and backward from chapter to chapter by pressing his 5-way. This makes reviewing his collections’ contents more manageable.

        “… , as are note taking.”

        Agreed. The Kindle should therefore:

        6. Give notepad-type apps APIs to import the user’s book-notes.

        7. Allow the user to view his book notes only, isolated from bookmarks and highlights.

        8. Allow the user to connect an external keyboard (or keyset) for faster note-taking. And/or include a speech-to-text capability.

        “And physical form factor plays into it as well — losing the large qwerty is a major step forward there.”

        Agreed. The Kindle should therefore:

        9. Perhaps incorporate an 8-key (say) chorded keyboard on its back to provide a more compact device. (It would be operated by touch alone. It takes a bit of training.)

        10. Provide a half-height DX with a hinged screen and a detachable keyboard, or a chorded keyboard on its back.

        (The above 10 are just “thumbnails” of the full suggestions, which I’ve e-mailed to Amazon over the past eight months.)

      • Bluetooth support, while batterydraining, would be able to support both external keyboards as well as wireless headsets, for the audio functions. I’m slightly worried that is edging more into “computer” or “tablet” mindspace than it is “no fuss ereader” mindspace, though.

        I think chorded keyboards are too niche for something like Kindle as a whole, but you could maybe implement it via the already existing, externally accessible serial port in the smart cover holes. If you allow third party access to that kind of interface you get lots of niche products.

      • JJ said:
        “I think chorded keyboards are too niche for something like Kindle as a whole …”

        10% of the Kindle user base is 1 million today, 2 million next year, etc That’s massive enough to pay for mass production.

        “you could maybe implement it [a chorded keyboard] via the already existing, externally accessible serial port in the smart cover holes.”

        (Facepalm) Thanx!

        Hmm. The chorded keyboard could be located within the inner-front cover (the part that is the outer-back cover when it’s opened) of a special / premium cover. The keys would be only thin sensors. They’d be inactive when the cover closed.

        Thus there’d be no need for a niche Kindle, only a niche cover.

      • PS: Of course, a keychord keyboard addition to the current Kindle wouldn’t provide the benefit of eliminating the space taken by the qwerty keyboard. But it could serve as a pilot project to test the appeal and workability of such a keyboard. If buyers liked it, then a no-qwerty version could follow.

  14. I am still somewhat confused as to which e-reader would be right for me…
    I hope someone can help-
    I don’t want to pay a monthly service fee, I don’t care about color or touch screen unless it will enable to do something that I would actually use, I am not picky about how long it takes to “turn a page” unless one takes 30 seconds vs a couple seconds (I could see that being annoying after awhile if the lag is that slow), I would like to get any versions of e-books out there and I am not sure if any of the e-readers allow that…, The battery life wouldn’t be a big issue because my habit would probably be to plug it up every night just as I do my cell phone- (It would matter what battery life is overall, I don’t want to have to buy a new battery after a year due to it not charging,etc), Apps could be good depending on what they are- I am not a gamer, I am a reader although I enjoy puzzle book games occasionally (sudoku, number puzzles, crosswords, etc)- , I am also not “terribly” old, I see well enough and carry a variety of sizes in purses so size overall is not a huge issue for me either- (I actually love the feel of a book in my hand and am still wondering if an e-reader would be a good option for me) I don’t have a lot of room for physical books and I do own a lot of books with trips to the bookstores at least once a week- the e-reader would allow me to get books from wherever I am I understand and not worry about where to store them etc after I read them…
    I am also not planning to leave the country so US based is fine for me as long as I can read what I already have if we were to say, take a cruise or whatever…
    Another thing, can any e-reader be used safely while taking a bath?- (of course I wouldn’t submerse it in water but a drop of water or so… would that be bad if I could wipe it off?)-[this is not a deciding factor]

    Overall, price, features, and inventory (even having more than one source to find e-books for the “version” I get will be my motives for buying…

    Also, wondering if a smart phone with kindle app would suffice for what I need- granted again- without additional fees…

    Would be great to have one device that does it all and be able to sell off anything I have repeated- No more monthly fees/charges!
    Anyone with tips, hints, thoughts… Thx a lot!

    ~Luv

    • There is no monthly service fee with any Kindle.
      You get free 3G internet browsing only with kindle keyboard.
      Kindle Touch has touch. None of the Kindles have color. Kindle Fire is a Tablet and Amazon really should have named it something else or called it ‘Kindle Tablet’.

      You will have to get iPad or iPhone to get books from all stores. Kindle doesn’t work on Nook Color or Nook and Nook doesn’t work on Kindle or Kindle Fire.

      Battery life is similar for all devices.

      If you like puzzles then kindle keyboard or touch are better. Don’t get kindle 4 (one with neither touch nor keyboard).

      The 3G models are very good for when you want to travel.

      Yes, a smart phone with kindle app would be sufficient. Whether or not you get a data plan is up to you. Most phones work with wifi.

      • Thanks so much for giving me some more information. I have been intrigued by the e-readers since they came out (starting with the kindle). I have just been entirely confused by the exact features and the fact that technology is moving much too fast for me now.
        The Kindle keyboard sounds great but now I am curious about the Kindle Fire- I will be reading up on that one and really wish it would be released before Christmas, but, oh well…
        A tablet would be great for various other things but again- I am not looking for an additional bill per month… I have a phone w/ data plan but it is not considered to be a true “smart phone” as I can not get many apps yet. I can upgrade again in November. However, I don’t like the uncertainty of cell phones for additions such as a kindle app due to battery life of the phone itself. None have great battery life between charges if you use wifi often as well as streaming video, pics, etc and then the actual life of the battery (different than between charges) – I am not looking forward to having to buy a whole new battery for a cell phone because it is being drained more quickly than average use- AND I read A LOT! I actually read very fast which an average novel lasts me a day to a day and a half and that is with 5 kids and a job…
        Would it be worth it to wait for the Kindle Fire to come out or should I not risk possible bugs and go ahead with the kindle keyboard version? OR again… would the nook 2 be a better option?

        Thx again!

        ~Luv

      • Kindle Fire has no bill. It’s WiFi only. It releases November 15th so you can wait for Kindle fire reviews.

        You should wait and see

        1) Kindle Fire
        2) Nook Color 2
        3) Kindle Touch reviews.

        Then choose between these three and Kindle 3. Leave a comment if you need more information then. I’ll add a Kindle Fire review of my own.

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