My father has the Kindle and my mother-in-law has the Nook, and I have played with both of them. There are advantages and disadvantages to both:
With more contrast, the Kindle's screen looks crisper. It also seems to be a bit faster when turning pages, but not much. Navigation seems a little easier on the Kindle, and it just feels a bit more comfortable in the hand.
Now the reason my Mother-in-law got the Nook was because it has the ability to show e-books that she downloads from her public library. This is something that the Kindle cannot do unless you hack the DRM and convert it to the Kindle format, which is not encouraged. So if you are looking to download free Library e-books then I would go with the Nook. You can also download books from the new Google ebook store, http://books.google.com/ebooks. You cannot do this with the Kindle. Google also provides a great list of free books. One thing that my mother-in-law was disappointed in was the lack of audible.com support. She has an older ipod that works with Audible, so it's not a huge deal, but it would have been convenient to not have to carry around both.
All-in-all both readers are very nice, and if I got either one in my stocking I would not be disappointed. However, if I had to spend my hard earned cash on one, I would choose the Kindle. Its sharper looking screen, better hold, and Audible.com support wins out for me.
Hope this helps. Good luck on your purchase!
jasoned (rep: 8.9k) posted Dec 10, 2010
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