In the showdown between the Nook and Kindle, this article will focus on the original generations of each e-reader. This applies to the Touch and black-and-white version of Barnes and Noble\’s Nook, and the Keyboard-and-Touch edition of the Kindle. These devices will be featured because they were the first editions to be released by their respective companies, and they contain the simplest features of each device. Now let\’s get to the main event: the Nook vs. Kindle debate.
Concerning the reading aspect, Amazon is well-known for its innovation. The Kindle quickly gained fame due to its lack of an LCD screen. On the contrary, it was the first famous electronic device to use \”E-Ink\” technology. This means that under its screen are actual particles of ink that are rearranged continually in order to create the pictures and words that appear on the screen. While the device does, of course, use electricity, it is only when pages are being turned or loaded.
According to scientific studies, LCD screens can affect the production of melatonin in the brain, which interferes with the ability to fall asleep. Also, this applies to televisions and computer screens as well; not just handheld electronic devices. This is a very popular advantage for Amazon\’s e-reader over Barnes and Noble\’s, which does use an LCD screen. Staring at an LCD screen for hours on end is also known to cause eye strain. This is not an issue with E-Ink devices like the Kindle.
Another important characteristic to consider is Wi-Fi capability. While it is a feature of both devices, the Nook\’s web browser is inferior to the Kindle\’s. Its former browser often did not work properly, and when it did, often produced very slow loading times; as a result, it was removed from later generations. Therefore, internet lovers will probably be more drawn to Amazon\’s e-reader.
Another internet-related advantage for the Kindle is 3G connectivity. This means that the device can establish a Wi-Fi connection from any location; it need not be in a \”Wi-Fi area\” such as an internet cafe or in one\’s home. Barnes and Noble\’s e-reader does not have 3G connectivity.
A widely-known disadvantage of using Barnes and Noble\’s e-reader is that the company is known for poor customer support, both over the phone and online. Combined with a few of the Nook\’s recurring problems, such as connectivity issues and Wi-Fi glitches, it has left many customers both frustrated and unsatisfied. Many believe there is a connection between inadequate customer support and the company\’s financial problems.
Barnes and Noble is currently, among major chains of bookstores, the \”last chain standing\”. Many blame their financial problems on their overpriced books; customers all over the country have expressed outrage over the store\’s unusually-high prices, and have often cited this as their main reason for finding other ways to buy books, especially e-books. With so many customers putting their money into other businesses, Barnes and Noble\’s success continues to slope downward, and the company is now fighting for its life.
Amazon\’s e-reader, overall, seems to have many advantages over Barnes and Noble\’s. Also, their selection of e-books is cheaper (in general) boasting almost a million titles that are priced at ten dollars or less. They provide better internet connectivity and online customer support, the Kindle uses far less electricity, and only needs to be charged – on average – about once a month. In this ongoing debate of Nook vs Kindle, Amazon has significant edges; in customer support, finances, product durability, prices, and selection of e-books. Still, feel free to do your own homework on which device best meets your needs.