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Comparing e-Readers: iPad vs Kindle vs Nook

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Updated July 17, 2012

With the new iPad, Apple has solidified its presence on the e-reader device market, a market that had previously been the domain of Amazon, with its Kindle, and Barnes and Noble, which offers the nook.

Those devices are dedicated e-book readers, while the new iPad packs an e-book reader in along with its other features, such as web browsing, multimedia, and App Store support. But that versatility doesn't necessarily make it a better product. Devices that do one thing really well can also be appealing.

This chart doesn't compare user experience or book price. It simply stacks the three devices up against each other from a hardware and cost perspective to help you make a purchase decision.




e-Reader Comparison: iPad vs Kindle vs nook

  3rd gen. iPad KindleKindle Fire nook/
nook Tablet
Sony Reader
(3 models)
Kobo
eReader Touch
screen (inches)/ resolution 9.7/
1024x768
LCD
6/
600x800
E Ink
7/
1024x600
LCD
6/800x600
E Ink/
7/1024x600
5-7.1/
800x600 -
600x1024
E Ink
6
E Ink
color yes 16 shades gray yes 16
shades gray/
16 million colors
8/16
shades gray
16 shades gray
storage 16GB-64GB 2GB 8GB 2GB /
8GB or 16GB
512MB (expandable) 1GB (expandable)
connectivity Wi-Fi/3G Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 3G Wi-Fi
connectivity cost optional, US$15-
$50/month
free free free free free
ebook format ePub,
Kindle,
PDF
Kindle,
PDF, MOBI
Kindle,
PDF, MOBI
ePub & PDF/ePub, PDF, Doc, ePub, PDF,
TXT, RTF,
DOC,
BBeB Book
ePub, PDF,
MOBI, TXT, RTF
web browser yes limited yes limited/ yes no no
audio/video? yes audio yes audio +
images / yes
audio +
images
no
games yes no yes yes no no
size (in.) 9.56 x 7.31 x 0.34 6.5 x 4.5 x 0.34 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 6.5 x 5.0 x 0.47/
8.1 x 5 x 0.48
varies 6.5 x 4.5 x 0.4
weight (lb.) 1.3-1.35 0.37 0.89 0.47/ 0.88 0.485-0.798 0.44
price US$499-$829 $109 $199 $99/ $199 $169-
$349
$129
reviews 3rd gen. iPad review Kindle review Kindle Fire review nook Color review Sony Reader review 1st gen. Kobo review
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