Kindle vs. Nook: Which is Better?
Writing an article of this magnitude—dare I say e-readers are a magnificent addition to humanity—can be a daunting task. How does one pick which e-reader is better than the other, especially when they both are fantastic products? It comes down to the fine details. While I have my opinion on which is the better product, I hope to give you just a little insight into why each is better than the other. Is there an answer to the question of which is better? Only in your opinion.
To begin with, the devices are very similar. The Nook is a little shorter and thicker with an extra ounce of weight on it, but that’s not much of a difference when comparing it to the Kindle 2. So, when it comes to size, it really doesn’t matter.
What is important, though, is the screen. The Kindle has a shorter screen and a keyboard. For whatever reason, Amazon felt it necessary to include a keyboard—perhaps they intend on allowing you to send messages to other people on your Kindle, I don’t know. All I know is that it seems like wasted space. The Nook, though, has a little eye candy in the form of a color control strip to flip through your library. This is just a little something to appreciate.
The downfall, though, for the Nook is that it is slow. The Kindle loads up much faster and the pages turn much quicker. If the Nook wants to dominate, this is going to have to be corrected because no one wants a slow product, especially when we’re used to lightning fast.
Finally, the Nook has the ability to have a micro-SD put into it to add even more books and newspapers. The Kindle does not. This makes storing all of your books easier and, if you run out of space, you don’t have to start deleting books. Just buy another micro-SD and store it on there. Then again, who is ever going to have over a thousand books on their Kindle? It takes me a week to read one book.
The Lending Feature
The biggest advantage to getting a Nook over getting a Kindle is the 14 day lending feature that the Nook has. If I own a book on my Nook and you want it, I can lend it to you for 14 days. You have 14 days to read the book. While you are reading it, I can’t read it; I don’t have access to it. But, once the 14 days are over, it comes back to me and I can’t lend it out to you again.
This is a feature that gives me control of property that I’ve bought. When I go out and buy a hardcover book, I can give it to a friend afterward to read. In the digital age, I can’t do that. I can’t give an e-book to someone else to read. That is, until this feature came out. This is what makes the Nook really great. My sister-in-law just got a Nook. So, I can send her a book and she can read it in two weeks. Or, if she buys a book, she can send it to me and I can read it in two weeks. It would be in Amazon’s best interest to allow Kindle users to do the same thing.
In the end, the device you get is entirely up to you. While I prefer the Nook, some prefer the Kindle. Shop around and determine which has the better specs for your needs and wants. Perhaps you’ll find that the Kindle is right for you or maybe you’ll find that the Nook is right for you. Shopping around is important when buying a product of this magnitude.