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"Nook or Kindle?"

  • Pennylane
    Posted: Nov 18, 2009 07:45 AM
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    Nyack, NY
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    I am considering buying my husband an e-reader for Christmas and was hoping to get advice about which is better, the Nook or the Kindle? Are their killer applications that one has over another? Is one easier to read than the other? Thanks!


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    Posted: Nov 19, 2009 08:16 AM
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    One of the newest, most talked about products this year is the e-reader. Barnes and Nobel’s Nook (due out later this month) and Amazon’s Kindle are the two main competitors battling it out in the e-reader arena. Both let you download books on line to read from these small, portable devises. Both the Nook and Kindle list at $259, with books running about $9 each. I intend to purchase an e-reader this year and have been researching both models. Which to buy depends on the features that are most important to you. Both are about the same size with a similar screen. The pros of the Kindle are its text to speech feature and a free web browser, including Wikipedia. Also, the Kindle’s battery life is reported to be about 40% longer than the Nook (14 days vs. 10 days.) The Nook has a color touch screen (Kindle is B&W, with keyboard.) I personally prefer a keyboard over touch, but the color screen is nice. Nook also has LendMe, a feature that lets you lend books you’ve purchased to friends for free – but no one knows how many titles publishers will make available to lend. The Kindle allows you to put up to 6 people on one account, but no lending. Nook also supports PDFs and has a replaceable battery. It may ultimately come down to which titles are available, after all, who wants an e-reader that doesn’t offer the e-books you want to read?

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