Print media has been facing new challenges in the digital age. Some people prefer the speed and ease of digital reading while others assert they need a book or paper in their hands. The response from technology innovators was tablet e-book readers. The goal for tablet e-book readers was to simulate the experience of reading off a page while providing the storage and downloadable ease of technology. The most competitive products in this area come from the two giants left in the book selling industry: Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
In order to understand which tablet may be right for you, it is important to compare the qualities of each. Lets start with what they have in common: Both devices have six-inch screens, although the Nook is slightly wider and thicker. Each has Wi-Fi and 2GB of storage. The Nook is able to account for extra storage using a microSD card slot. Additionally, although both devices have significant battery life, the Nook has a slightly longer life. You can also use each to check e-books out of your local library.
However, that is where their similarities end. When it comes to pricing, the Nook consistently costs less than the Kindle equivalent. That being said, the prices don’t differ by more than $25 at any given point. The Kindle can also read certain texts aloud while the Nook cannot.
Both devices use E-book stores from their respective companies. Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer well over a million titles. If you are a member of Amazon Prime, you are allowed to download books from their Lending Library, of which the Nook has no equivalent.
Kindle and Nook have apps available for download on smartphones and tablet computers. However, only Amazon offers apps for Windows Phones and Blackberry devices as well. Amazon’s app also provides slightly smoother functionality with regard to looking up word definitions and googling related information.
In the end, the decision between which E-book reader to acquire may simply fall to which store you most commonly shop from, Amazon or Barnes & Noble. While the Nook offers more bang for your buck, Amazon brings a competitive edge with their content and design.