For the purpose of this post, when referring to the nook, we mean only the eReader, not the nook for iPad or Android, iPhone, Mac or PC.  By now we suspect that if you don’t already own an eReader you are probably pondering which to purchase.  As such, we decided to do a comparable analysis between two of the biggest e-book readers are the Kindle (Best Buy 0.5% Cashback) and the nook (BN.com 3% Cashback), due in part to being from two of the biggest names in selling books. Kindle is an Amazon product while the nook is from Barnes and Noble.

nooksmallLooking at the hardware, the nook has a color screen, but only the bottom part of the screen that also serves as the main input device. Instead of having a physical keyboard like the Kindle, the nook uses a software keyboard that you can use when needed (for all you touch junkies.) Although some users prefer a keyboard, the nook’s LCD is a huge plus since it can be used for a lot more things like thumbnails. Some users are not big fans of the LCD screen though as it does consume a lot more power, it’s a case between quality and quantity (graphic images tend to look better on an LCD, in our humble opinion.)

Another positive feature for the nook is the microSD card slot and user replaceable batteries. This gives the user ability use external storage to store other files, virtually making limitless the storage capacity of the nook. You can purchase a battery and add in when the battery of your nook dies; unlike the Kindle, which you need to have serviced in order to replace the battery since the device needs to be opened up which makes for a cumbersome process. The nook also allows using spares despite being largely unnecessary due to the extremely long battery lives of these devices.

One of the best features that the nook has is the LendMe feature. A digital age book sharing system, this allows you to ‘lend’ a copy of a book to someone else’s nook for up to a week. The Kindle lacks this feature but you can always lend your Kindle to a friend if you want to; but it’s more like lending and entire library than a book. We have now identified two reasons for you to be without your Kindle for a period of time, replacing the battery and lending it to a friend.  We like to keep our digital toys with us?

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Kindle at Best Buy

0.5% Cashback

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nook at BN.com

3% Cashback

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