Kindle 3 vs Nook: Which one is better?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by leomac08, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    So my sister wants an ebook reader. She really likes the Barnes and Noble Nook and the new Amazon Kindle 3, but she is also interested in the other things that the ebook readers could do. Especially the web browsing. She was wondering if they have decent web browsers that could search google, yahoo, facebook, etc...

    In addition can these ebook readers play MP3's, music etc...?
    What other interesting features do they have other than reading books and articles?

    If you guys would recommend either, which one would you choose? The kindle or Nook? Thanks!:)

    (she is a grad student and a school secretary and loves to read books! :D)
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Web browsing on either one is going to rudimentary at best. I have a Kindle 2 and love it. The Kindles can play mp3s that don't have DRM, they have text-to-speech (however, I don't really care for it, sounds too machiney) I would recommend the Kindle 3.
  3. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    Norman, OK
    I personally love Kindles (I have a Kindle 2). I really dislike the Nook, the interface seems clunky and I find the bottom color screen tacky.
  4. comictimes macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    Berkeley, California
    I've got a Nook, and love it. My dad has a Kindle and I've used it a bit and, while it is just as enjoyable to read books on, I hate navigating with the little joystick thingy. I find the touch screen much easier to use, even if it doesn't have the smoothness of an iPhone. There is a larger library for the Kindle, but there are still plenty of books available for the Nook.

    Web browsing is tough, but doable (I've checked facebook on my Nook, and it does work), and they do play MP3s (at least the Nook does... the Kindle does too, I believe?). They also read .pdf's as well as ebooks (at least I think the newer Kindles do?), so if you happen to have any books in .pdf format, like I do, you can read those.

    Really the main difference is the bookstore and whether you prefer to have a physical keyboard or easier navigation. I much prefer having an easy and versatile interface, and so went with the Nook.
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I personally own the Kindle 3 and I love it, it's great. I've checked out the Nook before but I didn't like the interface as much and the battery life is significantly better for the Kindle.
  6. leomac08 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looks like the kindle is a favorite among users.

    I think she might lean towards the kindle 3 wifi model.

    Thanks for the input!
  7. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    You also want to keep in mind that the nook uses an open book format, whereas the Kindle one is proprietary (but can be cracked). This is important if you ever decide to switch devices and want your content to go with you.

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