Whether you’ve got an e-readers at the top of your holiday list, or you’re shopping for one as a gift for someone else like I am, with so many to choose from it can be…well, hard to choose. So we decided to compare two of the hottest e-readers – the Nook and the Kindle – in a good old fashioned mom-moderated smackdown.
We’ve found that comparing these
two e-readers, the newest of which both have wi-fi (and 3G for more
money), are sort of like comparing apples and oranges; the best choice really depends
on your own personal preference and how you’re going to use your e-reader. Both the Nook and the Kindle use e-ink technology which is easy on the eyes. But here’s a quick
rundown on what’s cool about each, so you can decide which one is the
perfect one for you.
It seems like
there are a ton of versions of Amazon’s Kindle, with the newest one starting
at $139 and even an oversized version now. But even folks with the old version seem very happy with its
You’ll find no shortage (as in, millions and millions) of e-books from Amazon, that you can download right from the website, as well as from other sources. You can also
download books, pdfs, whatever, from remote locations, no computer
necessary. At least with a special email address. So for a few cents you can send the download from your phone, and it pops up right in your Kindle. So convenient for
Another benefit to the Kindle is the physical
keyboard, which many folks prefer over the touch-screen kind. While both
e-readers might take a second or two to respond, at least with the
physical keyboard you know you touched it, so it’s less likely that
you’ll keep tapping away until you realize that you just moved your book
forward about 10 pages accidentally.
And if you have an iPhone
and the Kindle app, your books will sync up, so you can read an e-book from your
phone and then start right back where you left off on your Kindle when you’ve got it in hand.
That’s a huge convenience right when you’re on the last chapter of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and you realize you left your Kindle at home.
The nook is Barnes and
Nobles’ wi-fi enabled e-reader which features a touch-screen LCD keyboard, and
starts at $149 for the black and white version, or $249 for the new
Color is phenomenal when you’re reading magazines, or particularly children’s picture books, but be warned that because the screen is backlit, it can be
a little tough on the eyes after awhile.
Similar to the Kindle,
you’ll have access to over 2 million Nook titles at Barnes & Noble. There have been a few Nook exclusives, but for
the most part, the selection is fairly equal.
One benefit that’s exclusive to the Nook: It allows you to borrow
books from the library. And if you happen to frequent Barnes & Noble
stores, you can browse in person and download books while you’re there, and even
score special deals. Last week, our Associate Editor Delilah flashed
her Nook at the barista and got a free Frappuccino.
Due to the
color display at the bottom of the Nook, even on the black+ white version, the battery life may not be as great as the Kindle.
definitely is a nice way to view your book covers and browse titles.
Just know that you will have to plug your Nook to a computer to download
books that aren’t purchased at Barnes & Noble, which can be a bit
of an inconvenience if you’re traveling and want something fast. – CMT staff, with contributions from Cool Dad and e-reader expert, Bill Gookin
tell us – which one do you have and why do you love it?
purchase the Kindle onine at our affiliate Amazon.com and the Nook and new
Nook Color at Barnes & Noble, or try them both out in person at your
local Best Buy, a current CMT sponsor, and compare to see what’s really right for you.