Now that Amazon has introduced the Kindle WiFi, a.k.a. the Kindle 3, to compete with the Barnes and Noble Nook WiFi, let’s take a look at Kindle WiFi vs Nook WiFi to determine which is the best ebook reader to choose.
The good news is that you can’t go wrong with either, they’re two of the best ereaders on the market, and choosing one just depends on a few different factors. They both cost about the same price, the Kindle is $139 and the Nook is $149. And if you need an ereader with 3G wireless, then consider the fact that Amazon and B&N also offer both of these ereaders with free 3G wireless from AT&T for $50 more each.
The Advantages and Disadvantages are directly comparing Kindle WiFi vs Nook WiFi, meaning that the advantages for the Kindle are features that the Nook doesn’t have and vice versa.
Kindle WiFi vs Nook WiFi: Kindle Advantages
- New Pearl screen has 50% higher contrast than the Vizplex screen used on the Nook.
- Amazon has more content: Over 630,000 total ebooks available in the Kindle ebook store.
- Almost 200 newspaper and magazine subscriptions available, compared to B&N’s 35.
- Now supports collections (folders) for organizing ebooks.
- Better PDF handling and more features for PDFs.
- More memory: 4GB compared to the Nook’s 2GB.
- Available to over 170 countries.
- The Kindle’s battery life is much better at 10-30 days, compared to the Nook’s 4-10.
- Several exclusive free ebooks added monthly.
- 30-day return policy vs Nook’s 14 (unless you buy the Nook from Best Buy, which has a longer return policy of 30 days).
- Text-to-speech (if approved by publisher).
- Audio Guide reads menus aloud for the vision impaired.
- Compatible with audiobooks from Audible.com.
- Keyboard more functional for typing and adding notes.
- Amazon’s proprietary ebook DRM isn’t compatible with other ebook readers.
- Doesn’t support EPUB without conversion and doesn’t support PDB format like the Nook does.
- Not compatible with free ebooks from libraries.
- No memory card slots.
- The Kindle Store has limited sorting options.
- No images of book-covers on home menu’s book list.
- No in-store promotions.
Kindle WiFi vs Nook WiFi: Nook Advantages
- Supports Adobe EPUB and PDF DRM, meaning ebooks can be purchased from many websites other than B&N.
- Compatible with Overdrive.com for free ebooks through local libraries. How to »
- Color LCD touchscreen pane for navigation, typing, etc.
- Lend a purchased ebook one time for 14 days (if approved by publisher).
- Can view book covers and browse by book covers.
- B&N’s ebook store is easier to browse through and there are more sorting options.
- No large keyboard; uses a virtual keyboard instead.
- Micro SD card slot.
- In store ebook promotions for free ebooks.
- User replaceable battery.
- Personalize screensavers.
- Games: Play Chess and Sudoku.
- Android operating system is hackable.
- Android has more versatility and potential for future apps and improvements.
- Not available internationally.
- Limited ebook organization options, no customizable folders.
- Notes, highlighting not very functional.
- Misleading ebook selection saying they have over 1 million; subtracting the free ebooks, B&N has 166,119.
- No text-to-speech.
- Poor PDF support.
- Battery life is less because of color screen.
- No landscape mode.