Barnes and Noble Nook


Amazon Kindle 3 Pros:

  • Most Advanced E-Ink Display Technology - "Pearl"
  • Long Battery Life, up to 1 month with wireless off
  • Lightweight at 8.7 oz

Barnes and Noble Nook Pros:

  • Supports EPUB files
  • Color Touch Screen
  • User replaceable battery


Amazon Kindle Cons:

  • Only supports Amazon proprietary AZW files for ebooks
  • No expansion slot for additonal storage
  • Sealed battery that is only replaceable by sending it back to Amazon

Barnes and Noble Nook Cons:

  • Comes with less storage capacity, 2GB
  • Shorter battery life, 1o days with wireless off
  • Heavier weight at 11.2 oz

Full Review

The Barnes and Noble Nook vs Amazon Kindle is an ongoing debate between two popular ebook readers. Which one is best? Both are in a very tight race with each other with feature upgrades and pricing, but there are a few differences between the two.

If you will primarily be using an ereader to read books, then the first feature you would want to examine is the display. Both the Nook and Kindle 3 use E-Ink technology. Basically, it's high-tech digital ink that is the closest thing to looking like paper in an electronic gadget. One notable difference is that Amazon, being the tech leader in the ebook reader world, uses the latest generation of E-Ink, called Pearl. Barnes and Noble uses an older version on the Nook. However, I wouldn't be surprised if this is upgraded in the future.

The next thing you would want to consider is the types of files you can download and read on your ereader. Both can read pdf, mp3 and various photo files such as jpg, gif and others. The main difference is with ebook files. The Nook can read EPUB files, which is the standard public format. The Amazon Kindle, on the other hand, can only read it proprietary files with the AZW extention. Now it's not like you are going to run out of books to read on your Kindle. Amazon has over 700,000 titles in the library and thousands of free popular public files. But if you absolutely have to read EPUB files, then you may want the Nook. It would not be surprising though if there is some sort of software out there that will convert AZON files to EPUB.

Now that we got the biggest issues out of the way, we can discuss the little things that may not matter as much. First, what about storage? The Kindle 3 comes with 4GB of storage which is about 3,500 books. The Nook comes with 2GB of storage which they say is up to 1,500 ebooks. However, the Nook does have an expansion slot which allows you to add to your storage capacity. The Kindle currently does not have an expansion slot, but you are getting 2GB more of storage from the start.

Another difference is battery life. The Kindle 3 battery lasts way longer than the nook. Up to a month with wireless off, ten days with wireless on vs ten days with wireless off and two days with wireless on in the Nook. But, the Nook does have a user replaceable battery whereas the Kindle battery is sealed and has to be replaced by sending it back to Kindle.

The Kindle weighs a little less than the Nook at 8.7 ounces vs 11.2 ounces which is not that big of a deal unless you will be carrying everyday in something like a purse or other tote. Amazon, being the competitor it is, has its Kindle 3 WiFi model priced $10 cheaper than the Nook WiFi model currently at $139 and $149, respectively. Both manufacturers also have a WiFi + 3G model as well. The Nook has also come out with their Nook Color version, which at the time Amazon has yet to respond with a similar product. Ereader comparison charts that show side by side details for the Nook vs Kindle vs Sony Reader vs iPad and others are one of the best ways to see what each model has that other do not.

In Closing

When it comes to the Nook vs Kindle debate, it really comes down to personal preference. Do you need to be able to read EPUB documents? Or do you need longer battery? Prefer a touch screen? But as ebook readers, each have superb technology and really would not disappoint most people.