Affordable E-Book Readers: Should you pick the Nook or the Kindle?

With everything going virtual these days, including books, an e-book reader becomes quite a prized possession for us bookworms. If you are planning to invest in an e-book reader and are confused between the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle, read on to help you make the choice.

There’s a reason why the Kindle has managed to establish a name for itself in the e-book reader space, even though technically, Amazon’s not exactly a bookstore, more of a book broker. Sure, the purist in you would lean towards the B&N Nook, because after all, Barnes & Noble is a bookstore, and quite a large one at that.

But in terms of variety, the Kindle will give you far more, with over 200,000 exclusive titles and many more e-books to offer than the Nook. Both these e-book readers start at $79 for the basic versions, but while the basic Nook is ad-free, you’d have to shell out an additional $20 to avoid ads in your Kindle.

The next versions are the Kindle Paperwhite and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, which cosr $129 and $119 respectively. The former has a slightly higher resolution, as well as better specs overall. Both these devices have 6-inch displays, but we lean towards the Kindle for not having any physical buttons and for letting us turn the page with a simple tap on the screen.… Read the rest

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Apple iPad Mini Vs Amazon Kindle: Amazon Has Risen Up On The Hill Leaving Apple At Bottom

While loyalists still swearing by Apple iPad Mini, we have better reason to bank on Android– across its Google and non-Google avatars. With the latest figures from the fourth quarter of the fiscal that just ended, we know that Amazon has risen to the higher rungs! Perhaps, the Amazon Kindle has kindled this furious rise up the rank board.

 

Hear it straight from IDC, “Overall tablet market saw big growth for the holiday quarter, up 75.3% year-on-year and 74.3% from Q3.” Stats reveal that Amazon saw a hike in share by about 11.5 per cent that could be achieved with 6 million Kindle(s) shipped in the fourth quarter.

 

However, before you see this rise as the fall of Apple—let us make it clear—Apple has seen shoulder matching from Amazon but is still at top. Just that, it now needs to take care of remaining up there. Microsoft fans were a tad disappointed that the Surface did not equip it with power to gain a slot among the top 5.

 

With Andy marching fast, Apple could be in for a tight match.

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