Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kindle vs. Nook - Which do you prefer?

I have a Kindle 2 and absolutely love it. My co-author and brother, Dave, has a Nook. Which is better? Following is a list of each ereader's attributes.

Kindle Wi-Fi

Display Size
6" diagonal
6" diagonal
Display Type
E Ink Pearl
E Ink Pearl
7.5" x 4.8" x 0.335"
7.5" x 4.8" x 0.335"
8.5 ounces
8.7 ounces
3,500 books
3,500 books
Battery Life (Wireless Off)
2 months
2 months
Battery Life (Wireless On)
3 weeks
10 days
Books in 60 Seconds

Free 3G Wireless

Global Wireless Coverage

100 countries and

Native PDF Support


Worry-Free Archive


Portrait & Landscape View

(includes Special Offers)

(includes Special Offers)


Current page

$249 Wi-Fi Nook Color

Nook and Case

In the Box

  • NOOK Color
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Power Adapter
  • Rechargeable Battery

Slim, Light & Portable

  • Height:
  • Width:
  • Depth:
  • Weight:
  • 8.1 inches
  • 5.0 inches
  • 0.48 inches
  • 15.8 ounces*

  • Color Touchscreen Display
  • Stunning 7 inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen shows more than 16 million colors on the best-in-class IPS** display.
  • Incredibly clear, sharp text and images from an unsurpassed high resolution display at 1024 x 600 delivering 169 pixels per inch (PPI).
  • Reduced glare and optimum brightness for reading indoors or outside.
  • Backlit for easy reading day or night.

Customized Experience

  • Adjust the font to fit your reading style. Choose from 6 text sizes.
  • Select font styles, background colors, line and margin spacing.
See a demo of our 6 text sizes

Expandable Storage

  • Want to add your own pictures, music or other personal files? Slip in a micro SD card and customize your NOOK Color.
  • 8GB***(up to 5000 ebooks) built in memory.
  • Expand your memory up to 32GB with microSD™ memory card.

Enhanced Web and Media Player

  • Enhanced web browsing with Adobe® Flash® Player for mobile video and interactive experiences.
  • Watch videos in AAC, MP3, MP4 or Adobe® Flash®Player format.
  • Use NOOK Color to play audio.
  • Built-in mono speaker.
  • Universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack.
  • *Adobe and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

Supported File Types****

Load these popular formats for eBooks, graphics, audio, and other file types from your computer or microSD card.
  • EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM)
  • PDF
  • Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Audio: MP3, MP4, AAC
  • Video: MP4
Not Supported: LIT, AMZ (Amazon), LRZ/LRX (Sony)

Powerful Battery

  • Read for up to 8 hours***** without recharging with wireless off.
  • Installed Rechargeable Battery.
  • Charge from a wall outlet using the in-box Power Adapter and USB Cable.
  • Charging time: approximately 3 hours from wall outlet.

Built-in Wi-Fi® Wireless

  • Get books, magazines & newspapers in seconds.
    Surf the Web and check email.
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n).
  • Free Wi-Fi in all Barnes & Noble stores.

Personalized Wallpaper

  • Customize your NOOK Color quickly and easily.
  • Load your own photos to create personal wallpaper.
  • Keep a gallery of cherished pictures on your NOOK Color.

Pre-Loaded NOOK Apps™

  • Email - organize all your web mail in one inbox
  • Pandora® internet radio, Chess, Crossword, Sudoku, Media Gallery
  • NOOK Friends™


  • Universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack.
  • Charging port
  • NOOK microUSB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • $139

Ultra-Light and Super Thin

NOOK is lighter than a paperback.
  • Weight:
  • Height:
  • Width:
  • Depth:
  • Resolution:
  • 7.48 ounces*
  • 6.5 inches
  • 5.0 inches
  • 0.47 inches
  • 800x600
  • 35% lighter, 6% thinner and over an inch shorter than NOOK 1st Edition™--overall 21% more compact

Longest Battery Life

Extra-long battery life
  • Battery can last up to 2 months with Wi-Fi® off**
  • Installed rechargeable battery
  • Charge via USB to a computer or power adapter
  • Charging time: 3 hours from wall outlet

Just-Like-Paper Reading

Crisp, clear text and images
Most advanced E Ink® Pearl Display
16-level gray scale for greater detail
  • High contrast screen-50% greater contrast than NOOK 1st Edition™
  • Read in bright sun with no glare
  • 80% less flashing and Fast Page™ for immersive reading (see demo)

Quick wireless downloads

Download books in seconds
  • Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi® (802.11b/g/n)
  • Free Wi-Fi® in all Barnes & Noble stores
  • Free Wi-Fi® at over 20,000 AT&T® hotspots nationwide


  • 2GB***—Holds up to 1,000 books
  • Slip in a micro SD card to add your personal files
  • Expandable microSD† card up to 32GB


MicroUSB connector charges your
battery and connects to your
  • Micro USB connector

Supported file types

NOOK supports these popular formats:
  • ePub
  • PDF
  • Graphic: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP

Compare The All-New NOOK to Kindle

See why the All-New NOOK is exceptional