Choices, choices- when I finally broke down and decided that it was time to buy and ereader, I was faced with picking sides in the Kindle vs. Nook war. First, I must say that I love my MacBook Pro, and I’ve been an Apple fan for years, but the iPad is simply not an option in my mind. Price difference aside… well, no, let’s not put it aside. I’ve had plenty of “ooh, shinny” moments in the Apple store, and if it were the same price as other ereaders, I’d probably buy the glossy, sexy iPad. But, starting at $499, it simply priced itself out of this conversation. So, that leaves me with the two frontrunners and plenty of questions. And, let me begin this by saying that electronic gadgets I and are not a match made in heaven. I haven’t the faintest idea how most of the applications on my phone work, and I need the most user-friendly version of every technological tool (hence my love for my MacBook). However, I love books, and I am warming to the notion of having many of them in my possession at one time, buttons, scroll bars, and LCD screens aside. So, here is my amateur assessment of which ereader would be best for me.
According to this lovely and helpful website, the Nook has more aesthetic appeal with its color navigation screen. Plus, consumers can go to any Barnes and Noble and play with one in person. Also, it has a major bookstore behind it, as opposed to an impersonal website. As someone who has cozied up to the genius bar at my Apple store, I can tell you that taking a product to the store when it’s not functioning ideally has its benefits.
However, for me, it’s about the books. I don’t need games or other applications for my ereader. I have a laptop, and iPod, and an Android phone, which all have many delightful features. I just want the books. That’s enough for me. And, I’d like the size to be as close to a paperback as possible. I’m sure after I’ve had one for a year or two, I’ll be more excited about some of the features of the Nook. At this point, however, I’m of the mind that I really don’t need another computer. Part of this feeling, I’m sure, is the reluctance to switch mediums, still tugging at my logophile, book-lover soul.
The hands-down winner for me is the Kindle. The newest version of the Kindle 3G is 7.5″ by 4.8″, weighs 8.7 ounces, and… wait for it, holds 3,500 books. That’s more than I have in my house… for now. It’s priced at $189, and in order to achieve better capacity with the Nook, I would have to buy the Nook Color at $249. Because that improved capacity is 6,000 books, I’d consider it if it weren’t for one other factor. The Kindle supports 12 formats compared to the 7 that the Nook supports. At this point, I must say that I’m not really clear on all those formats, but I feel confident that having more would be better, as opposed to being able to play games on it. Another factor to consider is that the Nook Color weighs nearly twice as much and is slightly bigger. I plan on carrying it around with me a lot, so the weight matters. I imagine that other factors and features matter differently to other people, and I’m curious what you think. Chime in and tell me what ereader you prefer.