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        Ereader Comparison 2010


        

Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device
Wi-Fi
Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device
Free 3G + Wi-Fi
Amazon Kindle DX
(U.S. Wireless)
nook by Barnes & Noble
Wi-Fi
nook by Barnes & Noble
Free 3G + Wi-Fi
Sony Reader
Touch Edition
PRS-600
         Display 6" diagonal 6" diagonal 9.7" diagonal 6" diagonal 6" diagonal 6" diagonal
         Resolution 600 x 800 pixels 600 x 800 pixels 1200 x 824 pixels 800 x 600 pixels 800 x 600 pixels 800 x 600 pixels
         Gray Scale 16-level 16-level 16-level 16-level 8-level 8-level
         Size 7.5" x 4.8" x 0.335" 7.5" x 4.8" x 0.335" 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38" 7.7" x 4.9" x 0.50" 7.7" x 4.9" x 0.50" 6.9" x 4.8" x 0.4"
         Weight 8.5 oz 8.7 oz 18.9 oz 11.6 oz (328 grams) 12.1 oz (343 grams) 10.1 oz
         Storage 4GB internal
(3500 eBooks)
1.4GB accessible
Not expandable
4GB internal
(3500 eBooks)
1.4GB accessible
Not expandable
4GB internal
(3500 eBooks)
3.3 GB accessible
Not expandable
2GB internal
(1500 eBooks)
Virtually unlimited expansion using Micro SD expansion slot;
16GB card holds up to 17,500 eBooks
2GB internal
(1500 eBooks)
Virtually unlimited expansion using Micro SD expansion slot;
16GB card holds up to 17,500 eBooks
512 MB internal
(350 books)
380MB accessible
Expandable up to 16GB
         3G Wireless U.S. U.S. & International U.S. & International U.S. U.S.
         Wi-Fi/802.11b/g Wi-Fi Free 3G + Wi-Fi Free 3G Wi-Fi Free 3G + Wi-Fi
         Touch screen          (Color)          (Color)
         Text-to-Speech
         Font Sizes 8 adjustable font sizes 8 adjustable font sizes 8 adjustable font sizes 5 adjustable font sizes 5 adjustable font sizes 5 adjustable font sizes
         Audio 3.5 mm Stereo Audio Jack
Rear-Mounted Stereo Speakers
3.5 mm Stereo Audio Jack
Rear-Mounted Stereo Speakers
3.5mm Stereo Audio Jack
Built-In Stereo Speakers.
Stereo Audio Jack &
Built-in Mono Speaker
Stereo Audio Jack &
Built-in Mono Speaker
Headphone jack
         Battery Life on
         a Single Charge
3 weeks (wireless on)
1 month (wireless off)
up to 10 days (wireless on)
1 month (wireless off)
7 days (wireless on)
2-3 weeks (wireless off)
2 days (wireless on)
10 days (wirless off)
2 days (wireless on)
10 days (wirless off)
2 weeks
(7500 page turns)
         Media
         Formats
         Supported
Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
EPUB and eReader Formats

PDFs, MP3s and graphics load to your nook from your computer or micro SD card.

Image: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
EPUB and eReader Formats

PDFs, MP3s and graphics load to your nook from your computer or micro SD card.

Image: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
DRM Text: ePub (Adobe DRM protected), PDF (Adobe DRM protected), BBeB Book (PRS DRM protected)

Image: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP

Unsecured Audio: MP3 (Non encrypted), AAC (Non encrypted)

Unsecured Text: ePub, BBeB Book, PDF, TXT, RTF, Microsoft® Word, (Conversion to the Reader requires Word installed on your PC)
         Case colors Graphite only White, Graphite Graphite only
Replaceable
color back cover
5 Color Choices
Replaceable
color back cover
4 Color Choices
Black (PRS-600BC)
Silver (PRS-600SC)
Red (PRS-600RC)
         Price $139 $189 $379 $149 $199 $159
         Purchase


How to Choose Which e-Reader is Right for You? Consider the Following:

  • 3G Wireless Connectivity: nook and Kindle
  • Wi-Fi: nook and Kindle
  • Text-to-Speech: Kindle only
  • Expandable Storage: Sony Reader Touch Edition and the nook
  • Touch Screen: nook (first color touch screen) and the Sony e-readers
  • Price: With Amazon's recent price-drop, the Kindle is the least expensive, at $139.
  • Built-in Speakers: Kindle (stereo) and the nook (mono)
  • Supported file types: Sony and Barnes & Noble realize that open formats are more preferable than proprietary ones. By supporting the ePub format for Sony's e-readers and B &N's nook, they are essentially guaranteeing that your digital library will always have a home. Stick with Kindle's proprietary format, and you're forever a slave to Amazon's device.
  • B & N's Bricks-and-Mortar eBook Advantage: Barnes & Noble has something Amazon and Sony cannot replicate: 1,300 or so physical locations (including college stores) across all 50 states. Every Barnes & Noble has free Wi-Fi, and if you go into a Barnes & Noble with a nook and get on their network, you can browse any e-book there for free.

Additional Unique Features of the nook by Barnes & Noble:

One important new feature of the nook is the ability to lend out e-books you've purchased to friends for free for 14 days. You will be able to send e-books to a friend's nook, iPhone, or iPod Touch, select BlackBerry and Motorola smartphones, as well as Windows or Mac PCs that have the Barnes & Noble eReader software installed on them. However, not all e-books will be available for lending.

With the free Barnes & Noble eReader app, you can also read your eBooks across a wide range of devices in addition to your nook, including: iPhone and iPod touch, BlackBerry® smartphone, or Windows® and Mac® laptops and desktop computers. And the eBooks purchased from BN.com will sync between your nook and other reading devices with the Barnes & Noble eReader app, so you always return to the last page you read.

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