E-Reader Guide: Kindle, Nook, iPad and more

I have memories from when I was younger every Saturday morning being taken into town so that my mother could change her library book. Without fail we would be in there, myself sat in the children’s section pouring over the works of Roald Dahl while my mother sourced her next murder mystery.

As with most of us books have played such a large part in our lives, right through school and into adulthood. But with technology increasing at an almost abnormal rate are we starting to see the beginning of the end for our paper enveloped companions?

With the introduction of e-Readers from the likes of Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble with it’s Nook and of course the ever present iPad from Apple, are places like libraries going to become things of the past. This question has been pondered by Michael Hiltzik of the L.A.Times.

Out of the three the iPad stands out as more of an entertainment device, with it’s huge range of applications, web access and ability to play movies and music, it doesn’t really lend itself fully to the concept of a reading device. Don’t get me wrong it copes very well but as Hiltzik mentions, the distraction to divert from your novel can be all to easy.

Bringing the Nook into play and we find some similar issues that are suffered by the iPad. While cheaper and lighter than the Apple device, the screens back-lit display can be too bright for a long session. Barnes & Noble recognise this by highlighting the suitability for children’s books, where pictures and color have more impact.

So that just leaves the Kindle from Amazon, possibly the most dedicated of the e-readers. With the matte black-and-white E Ink display, the letters float on top with sharpness that can make reading easy on the eyes. You wont be distracted by 101 apps or the temptation to carry on watching the latest downloaded film title. Kindle promotes itself to dedicated readers and although has it’s little niggles, with the advances in E Ink displays and e-books more and more will be switching to e-readers.

Let us know if you have been converted into the electronic age on books, or are you still an avid page turner?

  • http://www.ReadAloudDad.com Read Aloud Dad

    I'm not yet a convert, but am following the market to check when will good read-aloud options be available for reading to kids. Nook Color seems to be a new thing, but I'm waiting to see how the children's book shop plays out.

    Anyhow, for the time being – I'm still reading my hardcover/paperback picture books!

    Read Aloud Dad

  • http://www.facebook.com/TalkAngling Simon Young

    Yes, was looking into these for a potential christmas pressie for the wife as she always has a book in her bag. Can't decide though as I think the trouble is that if I buy one it may be obsolete by the middle of next year! Would also like the read aloud function for the kids as a bonus.

    Simon
    http :www.talkangling.co.uk

  • Gary

    Why would I buy the more expensive Kindle. What do I get for the additional cost? I am buying for a teen grandson.

  • Brian

    I love the Kindle. I've had one for over a year now and I take it wherever I go. I'm always reading from it. The screen technology means its just like reading a real book. I think the thing Ive found the most interesting about myself and my time with the Kindle is the new types of books I'm reading. Kindle has such an amazing amount of work that is free to download that I often find myself delving into new genres or topics that I probably would have no interest reading if not for the fact that it is free, and the ease of getting it.

  • joinin

    Nook wins. It allows to lend books for 2 weeks to friends or to your other devices that run B&N app. Barnes & Noble allows (when you walk in with the Nook to B&N store) to read any available eBook for free while in the store via free provided in the store Wi-Fi. With Nook, while in BN store you get exclusive articles from top authors, and great offers including cafe treats and unique deals.
    – Nook (unlike Kindle) can be used for library ebooks.
    – Nook (unlike Kindle) can be used for renting text-ebooks.

  • joinin

    – Nook Color is better as a color e-Reader than Kindle simply because it has color and Kindle is black and white. Content that greatly benefits from color – such as kids books and magazines – looks much better and sharper on Nook Color's screen. Nook Color is better as an e-Reader in general than iPad. It has a new generation screen which is anti-glare coated and is better performing in sunlight than iPad's. Also, as it's smaller in size than iPad, the text appears sharper on Nook's screen. Also it has 12,000 (more soon) kids books that are built as a game with feedback.
    Overall, Nook Color is more than e-Reader as you can also watch video and use Android applications on it. It's a hybrid device, much more than just an e-Reader but not a full tablet as it doesn't have a camera. If all you want is to read novels, Kindle (or the original e-Ink Nook) might be better for you. If you want something more from your device at half of the price of iPad or Galaxy tab, then Nook Color is your best bet.