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Initial post: Jul 24, 2013 10:59:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2013 10:59:35 PM PDT
S. Cho says:
Stuck choosing between kindle paperwhite and nook HD? can you give good reasons on choosing one over the other? I am an avid reader and college student.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 11:12:57 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
you're likely to get pro-Kindle posts here, but:

1. Amazon Customer Service is better
2. 7 day return period for books
3. Nook HD is backlit and probably won't be readable outdoors (Paperwhite is readable in all light conditions)
4. Nook is a tablet and thus can show videos, play musice (no audio on Paperwhite) and play games

why aren't you comparing the Fire HD to the Nook HD - they're more the same product type?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 11:14:58 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
If you are only looking for a device on which you can read eBooks, the Paperwhite is the better choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 11:39:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2013 11:45:22 PM PDT
SavageLove says:
I have the Kindle keyboard and I was able to rent some of my textbooks from Amazon as e-books that were very inexpensive. You set how long you want the book and then you pay for that time. You can even extend that time if need be. And, those that I could not rent I bought as e-books since they were much cheaper than the physical copies were.

For example, this is the book I rented a while ago Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry. It was so much cheaper to rent it than buy it as an e-book or as a physical book.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 1:56:53 AM PDT
Amazon is still making Kindle. B&N is no longer making Nook. If you want service, repairs, or replacements, you won't get them for Nook, but will for Kindle. If you accidently order a book on Kindle, you can return it for cash refund. If you do so on Nook, you can only keep it, or exchange it for something of equal, or greater, refunds.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 3:03:08 AM PDT
LJA says:
B&N is in it's death throes, nuff said.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 9:09:24 AM PDT
Wondering says:
It all depends on what you're wanting the device to do - seriously. With one being an eink device and the other a tablet, comparing them is a bit like comparing apples and broccoli. Perhaps you were thinking of the Nook Simple Touch w/Glowlight instead of the Nook HD? It's an eink device like the Paperwhite. Or the Kndle Fire instead of the Paperwhite? It's tablet like the Nook HD.

Having said that ..... The Paperwhite is an eink reader with a built-in light source. It can be read outdoors easily, but it basically only reads books. It has no audio capabilities so you can't listen to anything with it (audiobooks, music, videos, etc.) & while it says it can also interact with the internet, I have no idea what the experience would be like. The Nook HD, on the otherhand, is a 7" tablet device that multitasks. It has an LCD screen like a computer or smartphone so it's not great for reading outside. (You can manage to read outside under some conditions as long as you're not in direct sunlight, but the experience usually isn't the best. Eink devices are much better for reading outside.) It does however do more than reading books. You can listen to audiobooks on it, watch videos, browse the internet in color, listen to music, etc.

Bottom line: Between the two choices you've presented, if you want to do anything with the device other than read, the Nook HD would be the one you would want simply because the Paperwhite isn't designed to really do anything else.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 9:22:42 AM PDT
Wondering says:
Erin J. Argast: Amazon is still making Kindle. B&N is no longer making Nook.

Just to keep the record straight - according to their press release last month, B&N plans to keep making and developing eink Nooks in house but outsource the making of Nook tablets from here on out. Businesses often seem to change plans and directions at the snap of a finger so how long that will last is anyone's guess.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 9:25:47 AM PDT
Dittie says:
First decide if you want a tablet or an e-ink reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 9:54:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2013 9:55:16 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
Sorry, but this time you are the one using old information. As of July 9th, the B&N CEO William Lynch resigned, leaving the chairman and founder Leonard Riggio in sole charge of the company. Riggio has long clamored for the return to brick and mortar stores, and was the chief foil to Lynch's insistence on entering the e-book reader market. It is thought in financial circles that this spells the end of the Nook platform.

To quote Yahoo finance:

"Users of the Nook, what few there are, should continue to get support for existing hardware but they probably shouldn't plan on buying the next generation of the product."

"CEO Lynch has been replaced as the head of Nook by Michael Huseby who previously served as the company's Chief Financial Officer. CFO's are best suited for disposing of assets, not turning them into moneymakers."

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 10:01:37 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
More dire news for the Nook:

"The Nook business had an operating loss of $475 million for the fiscal year ended in April, more than it lost in the previous 12 months."

"The company hasn't announced its plans yet, but it will probably sell the e-reader business or shut it down. Barnes & Noble's Nook misadventure may look like one of those inexplicable unforced errors businesses make from time to time, like New Coke or the Edsel."
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