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Topic: Nook Touch vs Kindle Touch Review 05 Jan 2012

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Subject: Nook Touch vs Kindle Touch Review 05 Jan 2012
Date Posted: 1/6/2012 6:06 PM ET
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For those still looking, here's an interesting review.


Date Posted: 1/7/2012 7:26 AM ET
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Very nice comparison, though it seems a little biased. I do like the look of the nook touch's black bezel much better. There are two points that, if emphasized, make a huge difference between the two devices:

1. Most of the onboard storage is reserved for B&N content. Only 1% (if I recall correctly) is available for side loaded documents. Not a big deal for someone that only buys their content from B&N, and you can add an SD card for side loaded content. So it is an acceptable trade off.

2. The huge difference, and what is most important to me, and in my opinion is extremely superior, is the ability to add content wirelessly to the Kindle. This is HUGE. Any small advantage of the nook touch that may be perceived is completely negated by this one ability. Want a library book? Want to add books bought from allromanceebooks or fictionwise? want to add a shopping list? A couple of clicks with the mouse and you are done. No connecting with wires. No fiddling with Adobe ADE. And now Amazon even backs up the personal content to their cloud services, and you can sync it between your devices. The Kindle is the clear winner here. 

The Sony T-1 may have some of the wireless capability that the Kindle has. The only wireless capability that the nook touch has is to d/l books from B&N. Not a problem if that's all you ever want to do. But compared to the Kindle, quite limiting.


Date Posted: 1/7/2012 8:54 AM ET
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I'm a Nook owner and I did agree it seems a little biased, but I think way to much emphasis is being placed on the non-B&N capacity issue. I have about 50 non-B&N sideloaded books on there and I have only used roughly 20% of the capactiy, so in theory a reader would have to have about 250 full sized sideloaded books before even needing to think about adding an SD card and then could add up to roughly 32,000 full sized books with a 32G SD card, so for a regular casual reader, the storage thing is really a moot point.

My one complaint with the NST is that the shelving is crap. If you think about the shelving with physical books or the shelving on the original Nook, if you pile all your books on the floor and then add a bunch to the shelf, they disappear from the pile on the floor and appear on the shelf. You get done shelving and the pile still on the floor is "unshelved" and the original Nook functioned exactly that way. You could see instantly what still needed to go where and could then go to the appropriate shelf and find what you were looking for. Not so with the NST. You still have shelves, so you can go straight to Romance and find what you put there, but if you go to the general library, all your books appear and there's no way to tell if you have a book you forgot to shelve.

Right now my workaround on that is this: For the books I've read and finished, the B&N purchases, I archive them on the B&N site. For my sideloaded content, I delete if off the Nooka d n have them saved in ADE and backed up on a flash drive.

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 1/7/2012 10:11 AM ET
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I wondered if I was being a little defensive thinking that the article was biased cause I so like my kindle (not a touch tho,  I have a 1 & 3).  Glad someone else thinks so.

I do think the details they provided were pretty good, but I think that basically these readers are almost exactly the same...... How important the few differences are to you is what makes the difference.  And I actually like the look of the kindle a little more.  And I do think once you choose B&N or Amazon it becomes easier to stay with the.  The one thing B&N used to have that I wanted, amazon now has -- library lending.  I do think they were a little inaccurate about the getting content from other sites.  Most offer many formats so it is not as big a problem as they make it seem.

The items I think they missed discussing was ease of use of the website & its management of your books (rather than on the device) and the customer support.  I see people posting saying how great amazon support is and people posting saying they are having issues with B&N.  I dont have a nook so have not tried ebooks ordering on their site, but when I was looking for paperbacks I always found amazon website easier to use.

Date Posted: 1/7/2012 11:58 AM ET
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Nancy, that's good to know, as far as the space usage goes. I really can't compute any of that. But 32,000 on the card? Wow. A life time's supply! Not too shabby! Very attractive ereader. That shelving issue sounds strange, hopefully they will update the software and improve it. You should be sure to file a complaint.

I have read of people hacking the Nook Touch, not sure why they want to, but sounds interesting. (My 11 yo son is playing with my rooted Nook Color, first time he's used it and I think he's addicted lol. I got a ton of free apps from Amazon and put them on the NC)

I delete books I am done with from my ereader too, Nancy. No need to keep them on the device, in most cases.

Ronda I bought a nook book and the process was very easy. (I had to put the Nook for PC reader on my desk top to open it.) If I should need another from them I will send it to my new Nook Color. (I bought a book for my kid that was only at B&N. My son & my mom read it together. She said it was full of errors--the author self pubbed it, though his 1st three were printed by a real publisher. Odd).

Date Posted: 1/8/2012 2:15 PM ET
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I found that a very useful comparison.  I decided to go with the Nook Touch over the summer, and when the new Kindle Touch was announced I wondered if I should have waited.  I've played the Kindle Touch a bit in stores and it didn't seem to have anything on the Nook.  This article confirms my impression.  I much prefer the Nook device, although it's probably partly because that's what I'm accustomed to.  The rest of it, really, is between B&N and Amazon.  So far, I've only downloaded one book from somewhere other then the B&N site. I'm only now starting to figure out ADE and Calibre before going hunting for old, obscure OOP books in the public domain.