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
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- A little lighter than the Nook
- A little thinner than the Nook
- 14 day battery life (with wireless off)
- 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
- 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?