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Subject: Nook Color vs Kindle
Date Posted: 8/22/2011 11:20 PM ET
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This has probably been answered previously, but please give me your thoughts on the Nook Color compared to Kindle. My Sister showed me her Nook Color yesterday and I want one. The color on screen was so easy to read. I will use for books, as well for checking email.



Date Posted: 8/23/2011 12:25 AM ET
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They are completely different devices. The NC is back lit while the Kindle is not. Personally, I'd go with the Nook Simple Touch over the Kindle or NC any day. Easier on the eyes than the NC and better battery life and page turns than the Kindle.

Date Posted: 8/23/2011 2:18 AM ET
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With Kindle I can go on the Internet Check Email PBS and anything else I want to do!  & Have 3 WEEKS of reading.   

Date Posted: 8/23/2011 11:26 AM ET
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The main difference would be the backlit vs. E ink and which you would prefer.  If you read mostly outdoors, you want E Ink.  If you read mostly indoors, the Nook Color (or a tablet) would be more fun.

Date Posted: 8/23/2011 3:05 PM ET
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Nook Color and Kindle are completely different beasts.  NC is a stripped down tablet with a backlit screen.  It is hard on the eyes if you're reading for any length of time, regardless of indoor or outdoor.  It's better for magazines, for illustratons, charts, pictures.  But if you are mostly reading books, and reading for longer blocks of time, then you don't want to do that reading on a NC.  It's just too hard on the eyes.  As a tablet, it's a poor tablet (although half the price of a "real" tablet, and no monthly payments, so ... not bad at all for the price).  As an e-reader, it kills the eyes. 

If you don't spend much time on a computer or other backlit screen, maybe reading on NC wouldn't bother you too much. Hard to say.  But if you DO use a computer a lot, I wouldn't even consider NC.  The debate would be between Kindle and Nook Touch.   Nook Touch is the superior product right now -- smaller and lighter with the same screen size, faster page turn, longer battery, same screen and e-ink.  But it's only a matter of time before Kindle comes out with a new one with these improved features plus ... others, of some kind.  Then Nook will have to play catchup, and they'll go back and forth.

I recommend going to Best Buy, or somewhere else that sells both, and just play with them.  After doing that, I went with Nook Touch.  Eventually I might get a tablet of some sort, but it would be to replace a laptop, and not as an e-reader.

Date Posted: 8/23/2011 3:05 PM ET
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Yes, what they said, though I prefer the Kindle over the Nook Touch.

Date Posted: 8/23/2011 3:16 PM ET
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I received a Kindle for my birthday last year and I LOVE it.  I've had no issues with it thus far and I would definitely recommend it.  A friend of mine got a Nook Touch for Christmas, and she's had many issues with it.  I can't say much other than I'm happy with my Kindle and I don't think I'd go with a Nook.  But everyone's preferences are different, so that's just my opinion. =)

Date Posted: 8/23/2011 4:36 PM ET
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I've had no issues with my NST and I don't use my reader for the internet anyway. That's why I have a laptop and a smart phone. The battery life of the new Nook is better than the Kindle, no matter how you slice it.

Date Posted: 8/23/2011 6:00 PM ET
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Jennifer - your friend must have a Nook Classic, the Touch was introduced this Spring.

My mom and I have had the opposite experience as Jennifer. My Nook Classic has had zero problems, however my Mom is on her third Kindle. Amazon has replaced it twice since Christmas, both times with a refurbished model. I was not happy with the last replacement because there is a noticeable scratch on the screen.   She also had to buy a new cover because the one we bought her for Christmas caused her Kindle to lock up. Luckily I discovered this cover defect before we sent it in as broken. It would have been nice if Amazon had notified everyone who bought the defective cover that it would cause the Kindle to lock up.

I played with the Nook Touch at B&N last week. Very nice. I like my Mom's Kindle too but I am a little disappointed with the problems she has had. DH has a Color Nook and he likes it a lot. He reads in bed at night so the backlit screen is a big plus for him. He watches at lot of videos on it too.

Date Posted: 8/24/2011 12:14 AM ET
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I just want to add that the Nook Touch released in June 2011 is far superior to the Nook Classic--as it should be to warrant the new release.  I had played with the Nook Classic a couple weeks before the Touch came out, back when I was comparing just a basic Kindle v Nook, Amazon v B&N.  I would choose a Kindle over a Nook Classic, but not over the Touch.  The Kindle got pretty far ahead of the Nook Classic while Nook was developing the Color, but B&N came storming back with the Touch.  I adore my Touch. 


Date Posted: 8/24/2011 10:46 AM ET
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I have had a Nook original, Kindle 2 and now a Nook Color.  I much prefer my Nook Color.   The Kindle I had nothing but problem with and ended up selling it at a loss.    The Nook Color has to many features, it's hard to pass up.   But as someone else said - play with them all and see what fits your needs.

Date Posted: 8/24/2011 2:21 PM ET
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I agree that it's really up to you and your preferences.

FWIW, Barnes & Noble has a 14-day return policy, so if you get a Color and decide you'd rather have the Touch, you can return it within that window.

When I got the Color, I wasn't sure about it at all, but I asked about returns and they told me about the policy. It didn't matter. I've moved completely off my original Nook and only use the Color now. I LOVE it, and as long as I take a moment to adjust the screen brightness, I don't have problems with eye strain as I had originally expected.

Date Posted: 8/24/2011 7:27 PM ET
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I've tried kindle, nook, nook color, sony and ipad. If I was buying an ereader, I'd get the nook touch.

We had the kindle DX at work and I sneezed and bought a book. I've two patrons who are old, with shaking muscle issues, they tell me they have bought books too on the DX by their thumbs cramping and locking.  Poor dears.

I prefered the Nook, the way the store was set up to buy books, the way the books were displayed and search functions.

BUT the best way is to try them out, target has kindles and B&N(or walmart) has Nooks. What I like wont be what others like.