Monday, June 28, 2010

And in This Corner: The e-Reader War

So... both Kindle and Barnes and Noble's nook have slashed their prices, and just in time for my birthday this week. I've been dying for an e-reader, but now I'm more confused than ever. Many of you must be in the same boat as I am: trying to figure out which is the better e-reader for my needs.

Love the fact that nook has a replaceable battery and allows for extra memory. But when I went to play with one in the store, I wasn't sure if I liked the way the screen flashes when you turn the page. Maybe I'd get used to it, though, but I've never seen a Kindle (which is about an ounce lighter, and thinner) in person, so I'm not sure if its page turn function is any clearer.

Then there's nook's touch-screen versus Kindle's buttons, but I was able to figure out how to navigate nook pretty quickly. Of course, it's this touch-screen that limits battery life.

I like how the non-glare screen looks, so I don't think eye-strain will be a problem, and I'm pretty sure that's the same for both brands.

I'd be interested in the 3G+WiFi nook, and I hear that the selection of books is actually greater through B+N than Amazon. But the Kindle, having been around for longer, is probably less buggy, right? But do you have to send the thing back into amazon if the battery dies? Is B+N support any better than theirs? Do I REALLY need more than 2G of storage? And what about transferring pdf files from my pc?

These are the questions I've been mulling over all weekend. I'd love to hear from anyone who has either, or any other e-book.

Bring it!


~Be sure to tune in tomorrow, when I'll announce a Special Birthday Giveaway!~


Susan R. Mills said...

Haven't seen either of them. I want one too, so I'll have to stop back by and see what everyone has to say about them.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I'm holding off on buying an e-reader so I'm no help, but I will be interested in what others say.
But on the other news: Happy Birthday Week to you!!!

Elle Strauss said...

I'm also not of much help as I'm asking the same kind of questions as you.

Happy Birthday!

Lydia Kang said...

I still don't have one yet! I'm being stubborn about reading books. Thanks for the comparison though, so I'll be ready when the day comes!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Well, add another "no help" comment to the list. I don't have one yet, would love to get one, and can't wait to see what others have to say. :-)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Dude, I am going to stalk your comments section, because I've been struggling with the same debate, and I don't have the answer!

Tere Kirkland said...

LOL, we should form a club. ;)

Anyone heard anything that would make them wary of purchasing one or the other?

For me, it's the fact that the Kindle's rechargeable battery is not replaceable (except if you send it away to amazon to replace, is that right?), BUT I've heard the Kindle is less buggy than nook.

Decisions, decisions!

ali said...

LOL, I eagerly read the comments hoping you got some answers. Nada! Sheesh ;)

And see? I'm no help either. But *hopefully* someone who DOES know will pop in and clear everything up. Until then, I'll be haunting the internet trying to make my own decision on this very topic. Of course, there's the Sony reader too. They have a pocket one that's bigger than my iPhone, but still small enough I could slip it in my purse. So that's tempting too. And they have a bigger one too. Oy.

Happy Birthday Week to you though!