questionswhat's the best e-reader? nook? kindle?


I have a Kindle, and like it very much. But have not spent any time comparing it to other readers. What will you be using it for?


I'm biased to the Kindle because I've bought kindle books for my iPad, iPod, and Android phone, however, the Nook Color can be hacked to be a good Android Tablet, that could possibly run the Kindle App and the B&N Nook App on the same device. If you want ePaper, then either is fine, but more people seem to go for the Kindle.


If you think you might want to do more than just read, I'd go for an iPad (and use the free Kindle software). But (if I didn't already have one) I'd wait till the new ones are likely to be out in April.


In the poster's defense, in terms of technology, those questions discussing e readers are fairly old.

I've briefly played around with both an ipad and a kindle, I would have to say if the purpose is just for reading books then something with the back lit screen is better, however, for functionality for things beyond books one might consider an ipad. With an ipad in mind though, one might also consider a tablet netbook for half the price.

Tablet netbooks even come up on woot every once in a while for somewhere between $200-300, which is cheaper than the ipad and had increased functionality (they run flash)!

Each have selling points, I know someone who has a nook and loves it too, so it's mostly personal preference and what you will be really doing with the items.


@twerp02: There's one from a MONTH ago. That's not old. In addition, not that much has really changed from the basic questions. Do you want color? Then no e-ink. Anyone who wants an iPad is going to get one, and they don't really even compare to the other two (considering their price). My daughter has one (Santa Mother gave it to her for birthday/xmas), but then, she's an apple fanatic (although her phone's an Android, and she's on the second one).

I looked at both of them (Kindle and Nook). I spent quite a while trying them both out, and deciding what worked for me. The OP needs to do the same. They're comparable, and it's mostly a matter of personal taste.

The OP hasn't been back since this was posted anyway.

[Edit] In addition, the OP didn't ask about the iPad, just the Nook and the Kindle. It's truly apples and oranges if you bring in the iPad.


@shrdlu: A month in terms of technology could be considered somewhat old. Additionally, a lot of times things change post holidays and I don't think there is a better time to ask about any product after people have been recipients of these items as gifts. Plus, announcements/leaked technology information comes up all the time and perhaps the OP will decide to hold out for a new product.

I don't think we should be so quick to crucify people for asking a question which has come up before...also considering that since deals.woot's inception, the community here has changed a lot in terms of the members, perhaps get a fresh opinion as I'm quite certain that a fair amount of members (myself included) don't go back a month to post an opinion on a topic.

Plus, new questions keep for a fresh look and encourage involvement from members, something which has been rather lacking compared to the beta days and months after deals.woot was new.


@twerp02: Actually, no one crucified the OP. The OP hasn't even been back, after asking the question. I posted a reasonably helpful link to all the previous times something similar had been asked, and added a one word commentary that you've taken exception to. Tech doesn't change so much in a single month that reading through some of those questions wouldn't be helpful on. In addition, one of the MANY reasons there is less interaction than there used to be is the loss of the collegial atmosphere that used to be here.

New questions that are interesting have had plenty of involvement. I've seen several that went to Popular in just the last 24 hours. The first page of Popular has multiple questions, some of which are still garnering comments and involvement. I'd like to say that there was plenty of involvement and interaction LONG after the beta was over, and until the offtopic thing happened.

I can see I'm annoyed here, so I'll stop.


I bought a Nook Color for myself and rooted it. Its running Android, so I now have a nice Android tablet for $249.

I also bought the latest Kindle for my mom for Christmas. Very nice. Lightweight and easy to read. Monochrome.


Can anyone tell me why they think the Kindle is better? I have a Nook and the primary reason for getting it over a Kindle was because just about any book I wanted is available from the library and the Kindle cannot use books from the library. Why would you want a device that you have to PAY for all the books? And nook has just as fast page loads, an internet browser, and millions of about the same books that Amazon has for free. I love Amazon and all (I do most all of my gift buying and more from them), but I do not see a single advantage, and one HUGE disadvantage (library books). By the way, here is where I got mine awhile ago;


@jcogar23: You know, you DON'T have to pay for every kindle book. I'd be willing the bet there are more free books on my Kindle than those I've paid for. At least 3 free books to every purchased book at the very minimum and their readability doesn't expire in three weeks. I'm sure that Kindle/Amazon and Adobe will be working to smooth out the kinks in the library loaner issue soon. However my local library offers this work around:
1. Click on the Gale Virtual Reference Library, These e-book PDFs may be saved to your computer or laptop, than transferred to your Kindle. No special software is needed.
2. Click on the Project Gutenberg link. Any of those books will work on your Kindle. Again, no special software is needed.
3. Click on the NetLibrary link. These are older publications, but worthy of a look. You will need to go to a library location to set up your account, but after that you can download at home.


@lavikinga: Yes, they both have literally millions of free books, and both amazon and B&N have specials they run that give books for free weekly, however they are usually smaller titles or older and rarely new, popular releases. As opposed to the library I can get new books whenever I want. And setup was nothing for the nook. I just create an account to let me access virtual items from home and now I never have to go to the library or EVER buy an book. So I just don't see paying the same price for a device that does less.


I have a mid-level Sony Reader (PRS-650) and really love it. It's a bit pricey, but has a great hardware design, with an aluminum case and everything controlled by touchscreen so there is no awkward keyboard hanging off the bottom. It also reads the standard ePub format, so you aren't locked in to one seller the way the Kindle locks you into Amazon - I've bought books from the Sony Readerstore, and other websites as well. I get the Wall Street Journal on it as well, and love it.


@jcogar23: I'm not sure why you wouldn't be able to use ebooks from the library on a Kindle. The Kindle supports far more file formats than the Nook does (note, I am referring to the Nook, NOT the Color Nook). The supported file types on the different devices are as follows:



* Requires conversion using an email-based service provided by Amazon. Sending the converted file to your email address is free.

When it comes to file support, the Nook can't hold a candle to the Kindle. Beyond that, the Nook doesn't have any features that really stand out as better than what is offered by the Kindle. I consider the touch-screen on the Nook to be a non-feature...its only reason for being there is to be different. I found it to be more annoying than useful, and it shortens the battery life of the Nook.


@teufelaffe: If you look at your local library site, it states that Kindle is NOT a supported device. Something to do with DRM and the Kindle. Amazon just sells the Kindle to make money on the ebooks.


@jcogar23: That would mean that your library is using DRM on their ebooks, as the Kindle supports DRM-free files of all the types I listed. Sounds like a problem with your library, not the Kindle. :)


@teufelaffe; Libraries across the country use a company called "Overdrive" for their digital distribution. It is standard everywhere. The Kindle uses a DRM key only for books bought from Amazon. The Sony and B&N ebooks use a more standard DRM key, from Adobe I believe. This allows for reading books from the library because they are mostly in Adobe ePub format. This is why I believe the Nook is superior. ;)


well - between my wife and I - we have 3... the nook, kindle, and the sony (prs-300)

The nook unfortunately is on its 3rd replacement due to freeze-ups. 2 nooks before this one have frozen (on different books) irrecoverably, even with a hard/battery reset. the current one locks up every now and then but not permanently.

In terms of comfort, feel, etc... the nook gets high marks, but until they can send me one that works i can't recommend them.

The kindle is okay. its reliable but the most restrictive with formats, and most "annoying" to get books on to. its a bit slower to load the menu and refresh the pages. Im not sure if this is still a problem with the current gen (mine is the one they sold on woot with the amazon buyout - so late last gen)

The sony has zero features... no wireless, 3g, nothing fancy at all. But its my workhorse, and i find myself reaching for it time and time again. I actually dislike most sony products - but have enjoyed this one greatly.


P.S - the fanboy mentality in the e-reader community rivals the xbox vs. playstation crap.

if someone thinks their choice is better for them than the one you endorse.. don't sit there berating or demanding them to quantify it.

Any would be a good choice, as long as B&N has their QC under control now, and the new kindles aren't as restrictive as the old ones. Regardless of how each model looks on paper - it comes down to how it feels in your hands, and how well you read their screens.

For me - the lack of wifi/3g on my sony wasn't a deterrent. I get amazing battery life, and its smaller size is preferred... to ME. others may disagree, and thats why you really need to handle them to make a decision.


$140 is chump change, and not to much if I leave my Kindle behind, drop it in the water in the pool, or leave it in the porch during a storm. Not to mention I can read those same Kindle based books on my Droid, from my computers, etc.

Regardless of whether or not you buy a Kindle, at least use the Kindle Store (or App) for purchasing your actual books. I'd stay away from the Nook or Border's version, only because they are cannibalizing their own business, and when they go, their product will likely too without the same sort of success as Apple, Kindle or even Sony.


@goatcrapp: Yeah, ditto. I said, yesterday (and also in other posts), that to choose, you needed to go pick them up, look at them, and decide for yourself.

It's such a personal experience. My daughter went with an iPad; I love the Kindle. I have friends that love their Nooks, and at least one that has the same Sony reader that you probably do. I don't get the people who insist that you can't like the one you like, you have to like the one THEY like. Nertz to them, I say.


I prefer my Toshiba Tablet to them other toys. With Calibre and Foxit installed I can read almost anything. Plus it's a whole real computer, with wifi. Yes it's a little bigger. But how many separate devices are you going to carry? I can just carry one. With a good sized screen. And as I look at LAX CList, I see an Acer Aspire for $275. I'd get that instead of a nook.


I MEANT to say: up to $275! There are quite a few under $200. It wouldn't be much to stick a GPS on it, and use it for traveling, as well as everything else a PC can do. Including feeding my radio MP3s.


For those that need to read library books on a Kindle, and don't want to break the law doing it, read Tip #3 at

You need to find a supported library, but I did it, so can you.


The main difference I've experience is that the kindle is much more friendly on the eyes for reading a book. The screen isn't backlit(so you're not staring into a light for hours) and is very high in contrast. Reading books, often for a long time at a stretch, is the primary feature of interest for me. For my needs the kindle is superior even outside of the cost difference.

The downside to not having a backlit screen is that you need an external light source to read using it. The kindle screen also has an abysmal refresh rate, and it is not suitable for games and apps in the same way the ipad is. If games, apps, and reading without a light source are important to you, then a kindle is probably not the right device for your needs.


My wife bought me a Cruz ereader for my birthday and I like it pretty well, it will read all formats that I know of and can get books from amazon. It is useful to get on the internet with as well. It doesn't have the absolute greatest battery life but I haven't found it to be a real hindrance and I would recommend picking one up especially if you can grab one for $99 like we did at Best Buy. You also get numerous older books for free from Borders ebook store.


I have a Sony PRS-505, and my girlfriend has a PRS-300. Both are really good, durable readers. Right now, you can get the Kobo Reader for a hundred bucks, which by default uses the Kobo ebook store, but is a Adobe Digital Editions device so you are not just limited to Kobo. I'd recommend that over the Kindle or the nook.

Most ebook readers use Adobe Digital Editions for its rendering engine, which is nice because it lets you buy from many places. Kindles can only really buy from Amazon. If you use the Apple iBooks store, the books bought there can only be used on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), not even on your computer. The nook is somewhat better. Right now, books bought via Barnes and Noble can only be used on the nook, but support is being added in to other devices for it, since it is in ADE (B&N and Adobe worked out a deal, and so ADE devices are getting support added in later). The nook can use ADE books, so you can buy pretty much anywhere.


LOVE love love my Sony Reader. I have the small pocket edition and it goes with me everywhere.

Love the partnership with Google Books and the free public domain books available for Sony. There is so much free and good content available! Honestly, there is so much out there for me to download at once that I don't miss having wireless capability at ALL. I just don't need it.

The size of the Sony PRS-350 pocket reader is perfect for me. The hardware is well-constructed. I did a lot of research before buying an e-reader and I made the perfect choice.

Haven't tried borrowing e-books from libraries online yet, but that is such a cool idea and is available for Sony readers.


I have the latest Kindle, my daughter has the Nook. We both like the devices very much. My Kindle was a gift, so I did not have the option of selecting it, but I am quite pleased with it. My Kindle has the 3G as well as Wi-fi. I can use the web browser (under the Experimental menu) to look up something when needed, but it is not very easy to use. My daughter's Nook does not have 3G, only wi-fi. The biggest advantage for her that I see is the ability to get text books published by B&N that she may need for college. The biggest advantage of the Kindle for ME is the ability to sync Kindle books on either my Kindle OR my iPod Kindle reader. With the sync capability I can read my Kindle in ordinary light and switch to my iPod in low light settings.
Either option is good, you must decide which features are important to you. I like the lighter, thin feel of the newest Kindle.


I agree with most posters-it is personal preferance and you need to go to a store and try them out. I opted for the Nook Color and yes I rooted it. Granted I have experience rooting has been over 4-5years since I last did it but it was very easy!!! XDA gives you clear cut instructions. I love my new tablet!!! Very easy to use, Android apps and books from my library, Amazon, B&N and a slew of other resources since I am running Android! Easy free internet and give it some time and there will be Blue Tooth for those who want it and willing to Root. With a memory card...I have movie player, MPS player, internet browser. I LOVE IT and could not imagine anything else. Also reading in the dark is pretty good, but I work on ocmputers all day so backlit screens are a norm for me and my eyes do not get tired as long as I adjust the brightness. As for screen glare-it's winter time where I am so no going outside to read-but from daytime car trips w/ direct sunlight-not bad!


+1 on the Sony pocket edition. It doesn't try to be a bunch of different things. It has one job: display eBooks, and it does that job very well. It holds a ton of books. Battery life is great. It has a clean physical design. An easy to use interface. And it has the ability to get books from the library which is a huge plus for me.

I don't read any newspapers or other daily's with it, so I don't miss the lack of wifi or 3g.


@jgmcgowan: good for you that $140 is chump change... to a lot of people (myself included) it is not.

my wife and her brother both have a nook wifi and both are very happy with them.

from my experience trying to load their nooks with free/cheap ebooks, you can NOT (easily/legally) download them from amazon.

and as far as the kindle apps argument, there is also a nook app that i have on my ipod touch and laptop that works just fine.

all said, it should come down to personal preference, availability, and price.


I have a Nook Color. Some people are worried that the LCD screen will cause eye-strain problems. I sit in front of a computer for hours at a time, so maybe I've just adapted to it, but with the brightness turned down (the default was distractingly bright), I haven't had any issues with that.

If you want to read magazine, newspapers, or children's books, I would recommend the Nook Color, just because it has color. I don't think there are a lot of other graphics-heavy books available.

The only sort-of-issue with the Nook Color is the battery life, only 8 hours. But I'm never actually reading for 8 straight hours. The only time I could see this might actually be an issue would be a long international flight where I might actually go 8+ hours without access to a power source.


@teufelaffe: Where are you getting your Kindle format information from?

Native support is very limited on Kindle. Most formats must go through their conversion. This is non-trivial compared to putting a file on a USB drive. A user (like myself) that is heavily invested in personal content will have a much tougher time using a Kindle.

-------- first-gen:--------------
documents: Kindle (.azw), text (.txt), Mobi (.mobi, .prc)
music: MP3 music format (.mp3)
Audible: (.aa)
* Files containing digital rights management software will not be readable.

-------- latest-gen:--------------
# Documents: Kindle (.AZW, .AZW1). Text (.TXT), Unprotected Mobipocket (.MOBI, .PRC)
# Audible: Audible (.AA, .AAX)
# Music: MP3 (.MP3)

PDF is listed separately. (Complex PDF support is mediocre for all readers.)
P.S. I like Sony readers. Nooks seem ok.


I like Sony interface and screen - no wifi - no 3g - just a reader and memo keeper. Bought refurbished Nook last year for son and textbooks. Screen on Nook is good but personally I find the menu system awkward but mainly because I'm used to the Sony interface. Though I do like the Sudoku game on the Nook while watching the telly.... :>)
Friend has the Kindle and she loves it. We compare the reader periodically but not to be competitive - more of information trading.


The Best e-reader from Kindle or Nook is Nook. Three reasons, first is that the Nook runs Android which is being constantly updated. The Kindle runs their own version of Linux which they only update only after a new version of the Kindle is released. Second, the Kindle cannot read any other ebook format other their their own, so the result is that any Public library lending ebooks out in EPUB(the universal Open-source format) cannot be read by the kindle. Finally, Kindle also only has 800 thousand books to choose from. Nook has over 2 million to choose from and you can upload any ebook of your choosing through your computer outside of the Nook store, unlike the Kindle which only has their site & and other locations they own linking your account.

A final note. the Nook can be backed up locally to any computer with the added advantage of the expansion card, the Kindle is solely locked into your amazon account without the expansion slot or battery change capability.


We purchased the Nook because we could download ebooks from our local library and the Kindle didn't use the same software as the library. It also has a free Soduku.


The Nook is the only e-reader so far (unless Kindle added it recently) that allows you to upload local library e-books. So I bought one for my sister. She never goes anywhere without it, it's her favorite electronic. Pretty sure she uses it more then her cell phone. I think it looks nicer than the Kindle too.


Can any of the e-readers out there input text comments, like writing in the margin of books? I am a teacher, so it would be really useful for me to be able to insert comments into texts that I could return to easily when lesson planning or even during class to read aloud, etc.