Since I’ve had over a month to break in my new Nook Touch (with Glowlight!) I received for my birthday, I thought I’d add my two cents to the ever-going Nook versus Kindle debate. This will be very personal and subjective, so if you’re looking for a technical, feature-by-feature comparison, I would recommend you to the detailed review of the Nook with Glowlight at Dear Author.
Not that I didn’t do a little reading myself in preparation for this post. This article, where the Kindle Touch beats out the new Nook Touch with Glowlight by a smidgeon, is one of my favorites. I agree with most of the potential downsides of the newest Nook. The e-ink to screen contrast isn’t as defined (something I NEVER would’ve noticed until someone pointed it out) and the syncing is nothing near the accuracy of a Kindle. But the reading experience on a Nook Touch is far superior to the Kindle. The weight, shape, size, and feel are all more pleasing and book-like. Instead of the cold, hard, I-am-an-electronic device plastic of my Kindle, the Nook’s rubberized velvety coating simulates the soft cover of your favorite trade paperback. The e-ink to screen contrast, while dimmer, looks less like a computer screen and more like ink on paper. With no headphone jack or speech-to-text function, this is not a multi-use device. But that’s why I love it! It’s dedicated solely to reading. And need the brilliance of the Glowlight even be mentioned? It’s nothing like the severity of a backlit computer, tablet, or smartphone screen, it’s adjustable to countless degrees, and it forever eliminates the bright lamp or annoying clip-on light. At night when I curl up in bed to read a print book, I almost wish I was reading it on my Nook instead, just for that handy Glowlight. Now I am resolved to never read on my phone again. As long-time Nook user Angie once said to me, the fundamental difference arises from the fact that Nooks were designed by and for readers. Now that I’ve become a Nook owner myself, that couldn’t be more true. While I’m glad to have BOTH a Kindle and a Nook now, the ereading experience on my Nook is much more enjoyable, and I’m more inclined to eread and purchase ebooks. Plus I get to support Barnes and Noble in the process. All good things.
Does anyone agree with me? Disagree? Weigh in on the debate in the comments.