Barnes & Noble Compares Nook to Kindle 2: Biased But Fair

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Though Barnes & Noble has pulled down its Nook site until the official product launch, we've got all the info plus a few extras, like this spec comparison chart of Nook and Kindle 2:

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As you can see, Barnes & Noble boasts a lot of Nook's on-paper advantages, not just a second screen and Wi-Fi, but native PDF support, an SD card reader and a replaceable battery. B&N also points out that brick-and-mortar means try before you buy. Lending between friends is downright awesome, if it works. And a huge advantage is being able to read books on your PCs and Macs. I own Kindle books, but as I currently don't have a Kindle, the ownership concept is a little bit abstract.

There are some more vague advantages: What exactly does an Android OS do for the user in this split-screen unique device? Surely apps or "user-generated improvements" are out of the question. And what early adopter really sweats the dilemma to go with colorful back covers or not?

Not much here makes Nook look bad, though there are no major specs missing. It's a little thicker than Kindle 2, but it's also substantially shorter, which may be a more significant physical advantage. Max battery life is 10 days, rather than Kindle 2's 14, but we still need to know what that means for the LCD screen. There's no text-to-speech, but maybe B&N just wanted to avoid the lawsuit Amazon got hit with, because the text-to-speech wasn't accessible to blind people. And darnit, no support for Word documents. Guess you'll have to Save As... PDF.

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Meh, I'm not excited about ebooks at all. I am, however, excited about Kindle on my iPhone (I'm into my third book read exclusively from the phone), because I don't have to buy or carry any new devices, and I'm not buying a device that is locked to a certain provider's ebook list. Heck, I'll toss the B&N reader app on there too if it has a book I like that Amazon doesn't.

What I don't want to do is get into a situation like HD DVD vs Blu Ray where whatever device you buy can only play a portion of the media available, then later on one wins and the other becomes history, but you are stuck with equipment and libraries in both formats (like I am). #nook