Nook Beats Out Kindle

Barnes & Noble e-reader boasts touch screen, lighter weight, two-month battery
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2011 2:00 PM CDT
Consumer Reports Says Barnes & Noble Nook Better e-Reader Than Amazon Kindle
A screen grab of the new Nook from Barnes & Noble's site.   (BarnesandNoble.com)

(Newser) – If you’re looking to do some e-reading on the beach this summer, Consumer Reports is advocating something other than the Kindle for the first time: Barnes & Noble’s Simple Touch Nook finally has beat Amazon's offering. Unlike the Kindle, the Nook has a touch screen; it’s also lighter weight, turns pages quicker, and has a battery that lasts two months. All this, notes the Christian Science Monitor, and the Nook’s price is competitive with the Kindle’s.

Still, there is “one downside” to the Nook, writes Megan Wasson. It can’t access Amazon’s giant e-bookstore, nor can it read Kindle-format books. Still, “the days are over when you needed to consider only two names to make the best choice for you: iPad and Kindle,” notes Consumer Reports’ electronics editor. Read the magazine’s e-reader press release here. (Read more Barnes & Noble stories.)

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