Kindle vs Nook vs Sony Daily Edition

Kindle Advantages

  • Basic web browser with free internet (US, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Japan).
  • Over 400,000 ebooks available with the best prices generally. Research
  • Over 135 newspaper and magazine subscriptions available.
  • Available to over 170 countries.
  • Free wireless in over 100 countries.
  • Several free ebooks added monthly, plus discounted ebooks. Link
  • 30-day return policy with no restocking fee, just return shipping.
  • Text-to-speech (if approved by publisher).
  • Built-in speakers and headphone jack.
  • Compatible with audiobooks from Audible.com.
  • Generally known for having helpful customer service and good warranty service.

Kindle Disadvantages

  • Amazon's proprietary ebook DRM, which can't be used on other ebook readers.
  • Doesn't support EPUB without conversion.
  • Not compatible with ebooks from libraries.
  • No memory card slots (except Kindle 1).
  • No folders for organizing ebooks (folder firmware update pending).
  • The Kindle Store has limited search options.
  • Doesn't come with a cover/case.

Sony Daily Edition Advantages

  • Supports Adobe EPUB and PDF, meaning ebooks can be purchased from many websites. List
  • Compatible with Overdrive.com for ebooks through local libraries.
  • Free wireless connection to the Sony Reader store.
  • Comes with a soft cover, travel case, AC adaptor, user replaceable battery, stylus.
  • Larger device: 7.1-inch E Ink touchscreen.
  • On-screen note-taking, highlighting, drawing, keyboard.
  • Gesture-based touch navigation.
  • 2 page landscape view.
  • SD and Pro Duo card slots.
  • Decent PDF functionalities with larger screen size, zoom, crop margins, re-flow, hyperlinks, landscape view.
  • Faster than Kindle and Nook to open menus, turn pages, load ebooks, etc.
  • Rated with a battery life of 12,000 page-turns with wireless turned off.

Sony Daily Edition Disadvantages

  • No web browser or free internet.
  • Can't download free public domain ebooks from Google or library ebooks via wireless. Requires PC.
  • Touchscreen increases visible reflections.
  • Few periodical subscriptions currently available.
  • No built-in speakers, just headphones.
  • No text-to-speech.
  • Costs $140 more than Kindle and Nook, but to be fair it comes with several more accessories, is larger, and has an interactive touchscreen.

Nook Advantages

  • Supports Adobe EPUB and PDF, meaning ebooks can be purchased from many websites. List
  • Compatible with Overdrive.com for ebooks through local libraries.
  • Free wireless connection to B&N's online ebook store.
  • Color LCD touchscreen pane for navigation, typing, etc.
  • Wi-Fi, plus free Wi-Fi at B&N stores.
  • Adjustable font type.
  • Web browser using Wi-Fi.
  • Micro SD card slot.
  • New innovative design.
  • Several free ebooks added monthly. Link
  • Download free ebooks via wireless.
  • User replaceable battery.
  • Slightly lighter text background.
  • Built-in speaker and headphone jack.
  • Lend a purchased ebook one time for 14 days (if approved by publisher).
  • Android operating system is hackable.

Nook Disadvantages

  • No page jump.
  • Notes, dictionary not very functional.
  • Slow operation, although improving with firmware updates.
  • The claim of 1 million ebooks is laughable most are free public domain titles through Google, and are not exclusive.
  • No text-to-speech.
  • Poor PDF support.
  • Battery life less.
  • No landscape mode.
  • New product with plenty of glitches to work out, rushed release.
  • Doesn't come with a cover/case.

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