Nook vs Kindle who has the edge, the Nook Simple touch or the Amazon Kindle 3?

The biggest ereader battle is the Barnes and Noble Nook vs Kindle from Amazon.


Kindle has taken a big lead in the market but Barnes and Noble’s innovative eBook readers are slowly gaining market share.

Both of them share a couple of similarities. First, they are produced by two of the giant book retailers in the world today, though Barnes and Noble has long been a player in the industry (the first store was opened in 1917).

Amazon, on the other hand, has ventured into other niches, such as home improvement and consumer electronics. Both the Nook and Kindle are lightweight and small, making them extremely portable.

In fact, they both are almost alike and you may not be able to tell the difference at first glance. But each product tries to distance itself from the other.

Barnes and Noble Nook Simple touch reader

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

Surely, if Barnes and Noble can turn back the clock, they’d certainly wish they had been the first to come up with an e-book reader. Somehow, it should have been expected from them. They’re the oldest bookstore and the biggest in the United States. They have millions of book titles and a very strong following. They may be late, but that doesn’t mean they’re far behind. Though Kindle has already placed itself well in the market, Barnes and Noble is catching up, especially in the Nook vs Kindle war.

For the sake of comparison, we are going to take a look at the latest Nook, the Nook Simple touch reader. It is the perfect competitor against the Amazon Kindle 3 because of its look and performance.

Nook is fully touch screen with a diagonal size of 6 inches and a height of 6.5 inches. Simply put, there’s no physical keyboard unlike in Kindle 3. It weighs 7.48 ounces (212g) and has a battery life of 2 months (wireless off, and depending on your use). It uses the latest E ink® Pearl display technology with 50 percent contrast for easier and comfortable reading experience. Barnes and Noble currently offers over 2 million titles for this Nook, while its memory can be expanded up to 32 GB with its microSD slot. It is powered by Android and supports PDF and certain image formats. It currently is only available with Wi-Fi and no 3G. 

Kindle 3

Amazon Kindle 3G, Kindle 3 in hand

Of course, it isn’t a Nook vs Kindle war if the other side isn’t factored in. Kindle 3 is the latest instalment in the Amazon Kindle reader family. It is bigger than Nook at 7.5 inches and weighs 8.50 ounces (241g). It has a battery life of 1 month. Unlike Nook, it doesn’t have touch-screen capability, for navigation, it uses 5-way toggle buttons and a physical keyboard. For connectivity, it provides users two options: Wi-Fi and 3G Wireless. Internal memory is 4GB and allows readers to view books in both landscape and portrait orientations. It doesn’t have a microSD expansion slot, limiting you to the internal memory. It does sport a web browser and supports PDF files. 

Which One Is Better?

Both actually receive mixed reviews; further fuelling Nook vs Kindle debate. Some touted Kindle 3 as the best eBook reader while others claim that the title belongs to Nook’s latest edition. Which one is best depends on the factors that truly matters to you. 

Size and weight

For the Nook vs Kindle comparison, let’s talk about the dimensions first. While the former has a dimension of 6.5 inches by 5 inches by 0.47 inches, the latter is 7.5 inches by 4.8 inches by 0.34 inches. At initial glance, Kindle 3 appears bigger and bulkier. But if you haven’t noticed it yet, it’s also a lot thinner. Nevertheless, Nook wins in terms of weight. 


The Nook Simple touch reader is the hands down winner in the battery life category. With a battery life of 2 months it lasts twice as long as the Kindle 3 which still impressively lasts 1 month. In both devices battery life will vary of course depending on usage. The max life can only be achieved with Wi-Fi turned off. 


Nook and Kindle use E ink® display, which attempts to imitate a real book, with its black letters and white background. However, when it comes to contrast, it’s won by Kindle 3. This simply means you’ll see the letters a lot clearly even if there’s a strong glare in Kindle 3. Further, though both allow font adjustments, you can increase the font size to 8 with Kindle compared to only 7 by the Nook Simple touch reader. The only advantage of Nook is it offers more font styles.

In the Nook vs Kindle battle, the Nook Simple touch reader takes over Kindle and perhaps slams it hard on the ground with its touch screen feature. It is very responsive—in fact, much better than the touch screen display of some Tablet PCs. Physical keyboard and toggle buttons are two things you won’t miss in here. The menus are also very sleek and better organized. 

Extra features

Nook also kills the Kindle with its Lend Me feature. You can decide to not purchase the book but borrow it for 14 days without any cost. You can also expand the eBook reader’s memory to 32GB, something Kindle cannot do since it is limited to the 4GB internal storage. 


Now let’s go to title choices. There’s no doubt that Barnes and Noble has thousands of them, but Amazon doesn’t back down either. Amazon also has magazines and periodicals just like Barnes and Noble—and, as it turns out, much more. A lot of the titles can be found in Amazon but not in Barnes and Noble. But Barnes and Noble compensates by making it so easy for you to share quotes and excerpts in social networking sites, such as Twitter and FaceBook


Nook vs Kindle—it’s a tough battle indeed. Kindle may sit comfortably in its throne, but unless it doesn’t upgrade itself soon with a more responsive and well-organized screen and switches, as well as improve its sharing and lending features, it won’t be long before Nook takes the lead by a mile. The decision might just come down to which company preference you have.