I’m sure you all have heard the latest buzz—it’s hard not to—over Barnes and Noble adding a new player to the eBook reader game. The Nook is touted by B&N as the world’s most advanced eBook reader. Let the games begin! As someone who has yet to purchase an eBook reader, I’ve been watching the emergence of this new technology with great interest. From a purely objective perspective, I would have to say the newly introduced Nook will give Kindle a serious run for the money. I say that because of the greater volume of eBooks, eNewspapers, and eMagazines available to users. Also, as a visual person, I like the color touch screen, the no glare no backlight clarity, and the choices of font sizes and bookmarks. The cost of the Nook is $259 which is the same as Amazon’s newly lowered price for the Kindle.
When I flip the coin and look at the Kindle, I have to say there are a few features that really standout to me. Quick and easy downloads of free sample chapters is an awesome way to try before buying. With this feature, a reader can read a bit of the novel and determine if the book will interest them before investing in the expense. Also, I like the idea of the read-to-me feature, which converts text to speech, and allows you to listen while the device reads you your books, magazines, etc.
I’m just curious…do any of you have an eBook reader? If you do have one, which one did you purchase and how do you like it?
I’m waiting until the cost comes down below $200 before I consider the investment. Since this technology is the wave of the future, I’ll be keeping an eye on how the market progresses.