eReader Face-Off: Amazon Kindle 3G vs. Barnes & Noble Nook

Of all the eReaders we’ve reviewed, few have earned four stars. Our top picks currently include the Amazon Kindle 3G and the Barnes & Noble Nook (thanks to the most recent firmware update), both of which offer access to bestselling books and a wide range of other content. With the price difference between the two devices being almost negligible–the Kindle costs $189 ($139 Wi-Fi only), the Nook $199 ($149 Wi-Fi only)–choosing the right eReader is no easy task. So, we decided to pit the two gadgets against each other in multiple rounds, including hardware, software, and features, to help you determine which eReader is best for you.

Kindle 3G vs. Nook

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  1. Kermit Says:

    What about battery life?

  2. Deb Stanish Says:

    Battery life is an important question. Another (one that is never, ever addressed) is how does the software interface with the user? The books or documents don’t come pre-loaded so ease in loading new content and how that content is organized is really important.

  3. K. T. Bradford Says:

    In both cases the eReaders last a long time on a charge, though the Kindle 3G is rated to last longer with the wireless off: 1 month. The Nook can go around 2 weeks without needing a charge, depending on usage.

    In the case of software, do you mean the software on the device itself?

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