Kindle or Nook – A Win-Win Dilemma for Ravenous Readers

If you are exploring ways to enhance your reading pleasure, you may have experienced the Kindle or Nook eReader dilemma. Which of these wireless reading devices will best satisfy the reader in you, the Amazon Kindle, or the Barnes and Noble Nook?

Good question, not at all easy to answer. Of course there is no one right answer. They are both great little eBook reader devices. You can’t go wrong with either one, in fact. And they do share a number of wonderful features, such as ease of use, low cost, Wi-Fi connectivity with an option for 3G coverage, and E InkĀ® technology, which presents text and images on the display as crisply as a clear, clean printed page.

Given their many similarities, there are enough differences in the two latest versions of the products to warrant a comparison. Here are the two main areas where the Kindle 3 and the B&N Nook offer buyers different options that might factor into your buying decision:

How many eBooks can you handle?

For the purposes of perspective, imagine that you read a lot of books, say a couple of books a week. That’s a lot, easily more than most people can handle (who’s got that kind of time, right?), but we’ll go with that, roughly 100 books a year.

At that rate, it would take you 35 years to read all 3,500 books you could fit onto your Kindle 3! And it would take you 15 years to complete your Nook library of 1500 books! And that’s reading two books a week for all those years!

We’re talking about storage capacity out-of-the-box. Is that enough for you? The Kindle certainly seems to provide enough storage for most people. And probably, so too the Nook. If you want more from the Nook, you can purchase a memory card to double, triple, and even quadruple the amount of storage space.

Why would anyone want to do that, especially since you will probably upgrade to the latest and greatest eReader on the market in a few years? Well, for one thing, you may want to listen to music on your Nook, and this extra space would be able to accommodate lots of audio or video files.

Where do you want to get your books from?

Again, how much is enough, or how much is too much? This difference between the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook is enough to sway some people toward the Nook.

Amazon, which made its name by selling books online, has evolved into arguably the most trusted and convenient online shopping stores not just for books, but for just about anything imaginable. But it made its mark by selling books.

To complement its book-selling business, Amazon developed the Kindle, the first electronic book reader, or eReader. Amazon could now take its vast depository of books, convert them to an easily downloadable electronic format, and make them available almost instantly (less than a minute) to readers, eliminating shipping and handling time and costs. Not only does it make available a collection of nearly 750,000 books from its Kindle Store (most for $9.99 or less), the Kindle can also be used to read another 1.8 million out-of-copyright books that you would otherwise have to pay for if you wanted the hard copy versions.

The issue for some persons is that the Amazon Kindle Store offers its eBooks in a proprietary format, rather than the open eBook format, ePub, which is used by the Nook, the Sony Digital Reader, and public libraries. Some persons like to have the option to borrow eBooks from their local library, and for them this is a consideration.

Amazon’s massive collection of books does include the majority of the most popular and in-demand books, it should be noted.

So, which is it, Nook or Kindle?

The Kindle and Nook are both top-of-the-line eReaders that will satisfy most book lovers and avid readers. Either one, the Kindle or the Nook, is a great choice for most readers.

From our experience, the differences in storage capacity and access to books are the most significant factors for most prospective buyers and what may determine which of the two best fits their needs.

There are several other factors that should also be considered, of course, such as battery performance and replaceability, and the ability to sync your reading across multiple devices (i.e., read books from your eReader library on your iPad, blackberry, laptop, and so on).

Other features to consider include the option to lend your books to someone else, web browsing, background music while you read, text-to-speech capability (have your eReader read the book to you while you do something else), and numerous others that distinguish the latest Nook and the Kindle 3.