I was super lucky this week and got my Christmas present early, mainly so I could use it on our upcoming trip to Hawaii. I am now the proud owner of a Barnes & Noble Nook, so now I can read on the beach while sunning! And I can take a ton of books around with me everywhere! Now that I’ve played with it for a few days, I’m totally sold. There are so many free books available on the bn.com website, including classics, some good murder mysteries and Outlander #1.
Reasons I chose a Nook over the Kindle:
- Uses epub files, so I can find more free books and texts online (epubbooks.com, googlebooks, etc). Pretty easy to load my own documents to read, including pdfs. This is especially nice now that I work in public health and read many scientific papers.
- Because of the epub files, it has compatibility with library ebook loans. This was the biggest selling point, as I borrow from the library constantly. I’m pretty sure my late fees pay for at least one librarian’s monthly salary.
- Expandable memory. Very simple to pop in an SD card.
- Android operating system. This is the bomb diggity! I already love my android phone.
- Lending system. I can lend out certain titles to friends for two weeks. They don’t have to have a Nook, they can just have the free Nook app on their phone or pc!
- Replaceable battery. I can get another one from bn.com and change it myself without sending the unit in.
- Better design look in my opinion. I like sleek and uncluttered. Which goes along with…
- No external keyboard. I’m a klutz and would probably be accidentally pushing buttons all the time.
Just to be fair, things the Kindle still has an advantage over Nook:
- Slightly lighter
- Can read doc and html files, but it's pretty easy to turn doc files into pdf, so maybe this is moot.
- Slightly longer battery life due to no touchscreen
- Some say page turning is faster, I haven’t notice the Nook being too slow.
All in all, I'm incredibly happy with my new toy. For anyone else who is an avid book reader, I definitely recommend it!