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Which is better Kindle Touch or Nook Touch?

 
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chrisbean4



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:54 pm    Post subject: Which is better Kindle Touch or Nook Touch? Reply with quote

I am finally getting an e reader! I know so many of you have these so it would be wonderful to get some advice on which of these brands are better. I narrowed it down to the kindle and nook touch (because I def need touch screen) and they are the same price ($99) which is all I have in my budget right now. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance.
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LeeB.



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I have a Nook Tablet so am not sure how different it is from a Nook Touch, but I really really like it. The screen is very clear for reading.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have either so I can't answer your question, but I wanted to let you know that rumor has it Barnes and Noble is coming out with a new e-ink reader this spring. If that's the case, I think it's possible the prices on the Nook Touch and perhaps even the Kindle Touch will drop when the new eink reader debuts. So it might be worth it to wait a little longer.

You can read more about the rumor here:

http://venturebeat.com/2012/01/30/new-nook/
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Linda in sw va



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried both but it was the Nook Simple Touch that was best for me! Try them both if you can, that's the way to go, IMHO. You can return the one you like the least. They're both good readers but personally I liked the feel of the Nook Simple better and the fact that I can arrange my library with the covers, like picking books from my own shelf at home. It's a pleasure to hold and to read on!

I didn't realize a new one was coming out, if so then likely a new Kindle not far behind, they seem to go by that. It's a good tip, I always see the prices go down before a new release.

Linda
ps - I also have a Nook Tablet which I LOVE!
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CG



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also have a Nook (first generation) and I wish I would have gotten a Kindle simply because I've found that Amazon's customer service far exceeds B&N. It also seems that Amazon has more freebies and deals than B&N. And a few self-pubbed titles that I really wanted to read were only available thru Amazon (I'm lookin at you Darlene Marshall).

Just a few things you might want to consider beyond the device itself.
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CD



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CG wrote:
I also have a Nook (first generation) and I wish I would have gotten a Kindle simply because I've found that Amazon's customer service far exceeds B&N. It also seems that Amazon has more freebies and deals than B&N. And a few self-pubbed titles that I really wanted to read were only available thru Amazon (I'm lookin at you Darlene Marshall).

Just a few things you might want to consider beyond the device itself.


That's very true but you also need to consider that the Nook reads epub formats which is a universal format that's used by all major ereader devices except Kindle. That means if if you should want to change devices to, for example, a Sony - you would be able to transfer all your books over with no problem.

However, if you get started with Kindle, it only reads amazon's proprietory format so you're basically stuck with it forevermore as you won't be able to read your books on any other device unless you strip off the DRM. This is possible but a pain and technically illegal. Also, the DRM issue means that you're only able to shop at Amazon for most books and can't shop around other ebook stores.

I suppose in the end, it depends how much this bothers you. Kindle is probably the most user-friendly device by all accounts.
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Mark



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I added a Kindle Touch to our 3 Sony Readers a couple months ago. I find the Kindle table of contents MUCH more awkward than the Sony--very difficult to page through and with a flaky search, making it hard to get to a specific book if you have more than a few downloaded. I also find the Kindle process of downloading individual titles more cumbersome than the way I've loaded titles onto memory cards for the Sony Readers for years. I don't have any experience with the Nook to compare.
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ChrisReader



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I just wanted to pop in and clarify because the different types of ebooks can be confusing if you are not familiar with them.

Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble sell books with their own DRM on them.

What this means is that ebooks bought from Amazon ONLY work on the Kindle (unless you strip the DRM off) and ebooks bought from Barnes and Noble ONLY work on the Nook (unless you strip the DRM off).

The Nook also reads books in epub format with Adobe DRM on them if you register with Adobe (which is free and easy) which is how Nook owners can borrow library books. This was a big advantage until Amazon teamed up with Overdrive (who manages most libraries ebooks) to make a way for Kindle owners to borrow library ebooks. Now both Kindle and Nook owners can borrow ebooks from libraries (until publishers completely destroy that- but that is another story).

Because the Nook can read Adobe DRM Epub books and open Epub books you can buy books in this format from other sellers (such as directly from Harlequin itself etc.)

I cannot compare functionality on the Nook because I only have a Kindle, Kindle fire and ipad but I feel a big part of the decision is not just the device but where you plan to shop as once you commit to Barnes and Noble books or Kindle books you are locked into buying from them as neither supports the other's format.

I went with Amazon because I buy my books and everything from them and find they have the biggest selection and best prices and IMHO the best chance of being around in the long run. If reading Adobe Epub books is important to you and/or you are mainly a Barnes and Noble shopper then you would be happier with the Nook. If you plan on stripping the DRM (which is technically illegal) or just want to read open books without DRM (which are much much fewer) it doesn't matter which one you pick.

Good luck!
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LCM



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Kindle Keypad and my husband has the Kindle Touch. We are both very happy with our Kindles. I like the ability to group books into collections and actually prefer that the covers do not show (I think most covers are ridiculous, so prefer not to see them Very Happy ).

ChrisReader made some excellent points on how to choose. I just want to add that the non-DRM mobi format is available from most non-Amazon sellers. I have purchased or downloaded several books from Smashwords and Baen that I have added to my Kindle. The downside, which I imagine is also true for Nook books purchased from other sellers, is that they need to be 'side-loaded' to your Kindle.

Basically, take a look at both and decide which you like better. I doubt you can go wrong, you will probably like whichever you choose. I do agree that Amazon has excellent customer support in my experience.
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CD



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChrisReader wrote:
What this means is that ebooks bought from Amazon ONLY work on the Kindle (unless you strip the DRM off) and ebooks bought from Barnes and Noble ONLY work on the Nook (unless you strip the DRM off).

The Nook also reads books in epub format with Adobe DRM on them if you register with Adobe (which is free and easy) which is how Nook owners can borrow library books. This was a big advantage until Amazon teamed up with Overdrive (who manages most libraries ebooks) to make a way for Kindle owners to borrow library ebooks. Now both Kindle and Nook owners can borrow ebooks from libraries (until publishers completely destroy that- but that is another story).

Because the Nook can read Adobe DRM Epub books and open Epub books you can buy books in this format from other sellers (such as directly from Harlequin itself etc.)



ChrisReader - thanks for correcting me. We don't have Barnes and Noble (and therefore not the Nook) in the UK so I didn't realise that they put their own special DRM aside from the normal Adobe DRM on their books. God, that's annoying... Can't stand those retailers who lock you into a device and format forevermore as soon as you sign up with them - I find it quite dishonest as this is not made explicit.

However, as you've mentioned, it's still the case that you can shop around more with a Nook as it can read Adobe DRM epubs from places like Books on Board and (in the UK) Waterstones etc.

And hooray for Smashwords and Baen! Don't people realise that not pissing off your customers is good business? I've bought multiple copies of the same book from Baen because of this.
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