We’ve decided to compare and contrast two formidable devices from the e-reader sector, Amazon’s Kindle 2 and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Sure, e-readers can be alike in specs and size, but we think choosing an e-reader is definitely more of a personal preference then an epic battle of devices—but there are some features and factors that you should consider before purchasing an e-reader. Before buying an e-reader you should think about how much you read, what you read and where you read it. When it comes down to the Nook and the Kindle 2, the Kindle 2 has a much more utilitarian interface design while the Nook has a less intuitive interface [or at least it does right now] but more aesthetically pleasing design.
The Kindle 2 is probably the best of Amazon’s e-reader devices to be in comparison with Barnes & Noble’s Nook—it’s the more compact Kindle. In October of 2009, Amazon revamped the Kindle 2 and took it overseas. The latest version of the Kindle 2 provides wireless reading in the US and Internationally. This new “global wireless model” now runs on AT&T’s network, but still sports the same Kindle 2 design and features—aside from the non-removable battery pack, and the power button and headphones jack being moved to the top of the device. The price is $259 and available from Amazon.
In our review of the Nook, we remind e-reader enthusiasts to be a little wary of the new device, it seems to have pushed out into the market before some of the kinks were worked out of it—but we do have faith in the big B&N that it’ll get consumer-ready soon enough. The Barnes & Noble Nook is a great idea for a couple of reasons: It has in-house [aka bookstore] support, because it’s a bookseller it has more titles to choose from, and in-store browsing of full-text books. The Nook should be a modern day bookworm’s dream come true, but when the device was initially reviewed it did not get very good feedback. The price is $259 and available from Barnes & Nobles.
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