Kindle vs Nook

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I’ve decided to take the plunge: I’m buying an eBook reader. But the hard part about this is deciding which one to buy. In my mind, there are 3 main competitors: Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

iPad is immediately struck from my list. Why? (1) It’s too expensive. (2) No E Ink technology, and the major reasoning behind purchasing an eBook reader for me is to save my eyes from reading eBooks on a computer screen or on my iPhone. (3) It’s brand new technology (well, the parts of it that aren’t a giant iPhone, anyway), and with brand new technology comes glitches from hell. (4) I don’t need all the extra non-eBook stuff. I already have an iPhone for that.

So that leaves Kindle vs. Nook. I asked for some feedback on Twitter and Facebook this week about Kindle vs. Nook, and here’s what I got:

  • 3 votes for the Nook
  • 5 votes for the Kindle
  • 3 votes for the iPad (because people have no regard for the actual question)
  • 2 votes for “neither, read a paper book” (smartasses)
  • 1 response of: “The Nook on display at B&N had a cracked screen.” (Okaaaaay.)

Reasons people liked Nook:

  • expandable memory
  • ability to lend books
  • WiFi
  • it’s hackable

Reasons people liked Kindle:

Reasons people liked iPad:

  • They’re Apple zombies, and will buy whatever Steve Jobs tells them to buy. Haha, ok, not really. No one gave me a reason why they liked the iPad because NO ONE HAS SEEN ONE YET.

So what did I gather from this exercise? A few useful tidbits, but mostly that lots of people have a Kindle, the Nook is cooler but newer, and when you ask for advice on a specific subject, you shouldn’t expect to get specific answers, especially if your friends have smart mouths.

In my mind, here are the pros and cons of each.

Nook

Pros:

  • Free 3-day shipping
  • eBook lending (although I don’t know anyone with a Nook, so not sure how useful this would be, at least at first)
  • Expandable Micro SD slot
  • Exclusive content & discounts in B&N stores
  • Supports ePub, PDB, PDF
  • In-store support (which I’ve heard is actually kind of a joke, because the B&N employees kind of look scared and run away if you approach them with a Nook in hand)
  • WiFi

Cons:

  • A little heavier than the Kindle
  • A little thicker than the Kindle
  • 10-day battery life (with wireless off)– slightly less than Kindle
  • New, slow, & glitchy

Kindle

Pros:

  • A little lighter than the Nook
  • A little thinner than the Nook
  • 14 day battery life (with wireless off)
  • Text-to-speech
  • Whisper-sync, which means that if I don’t have my Kindle with me, I can read on my iPhone and pick up from exactly where I left off
  • Reads DOC, TXT files (wirelessly for a fee, boo; but w/ USB for free)
  • Instapaper integration
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Simple web browser

Cons:

  • This one’s a little touchy-feely, but Amazon.com has a tendency to be evil or play hardball now and then, especially, it seems, with regard to romance authors. If I buy a Kindle, I have to buy books from Amazon.com, and I’m not sure I’m ok with that.
  • Can’t read ePub books; only Kindle format and PDF
  • Memory not expandable
  • No WiFi, only 3G

Help me, internets. What am I missing in my lists? Which one would you buy? I had been leaning toward the Nook, but the glitches really make me afraid, and Kindle is a proven technology that people love. What do you think?