Kindle vs Nook: how Amazon's e-book reader can win the battle
- — 20 June, 2011 07:02
The Amazon Kindle 3.
The latest Barnes &Noble Nook e-reader is getting a lot of positive buzz, and for good reason. It's thin and light, has a touchscreen interface that's easy to navigate, and is priced the same (US$139, Wi-Fi) as Amazon's industry-leading Kindle.
Not sure which e-reader to buy? Read our comparison of the Amazon Kindle vs. The Barnes & Noble Nook Colour.
PCWorld's Melissa Perenson gave the second-generation Nook (the new one) four out of five stars in her recent review, and Consumer Reports says Barnes & Noble's e-reader is even better than the Kindle.
What's Amazon to do? Well, in my role as armchair pontificator, I feel compelled to offer Amazon a bit of unsolicited advice. Here are five ways that Amazon can regain the competitive edge in the e-reader race.
But how about an e-Ink reader with a backlight that you can turn on or off? Kindle's E-paper screen is easier to read outdoors than a glossy backlit display--a fact Amazon stressed in a TV ad last year--but it's nearly impossible to read in low-light environments. An optional backlight would be a competitive advantage, even if it makes the Kindle a bit pricier than its competitors.