Kindle vs Nook & Sony Reader

Sony, in its latest attempt to compete head-on with Amazon's Kindle's  and Barnes & Noble's Nook success is attempting to open a storefront online of its own. In spite of a previous failure at a similar venture back in 2005, is Sony ready for a comeback? And if not, does Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook win in this year's Holiday Sweepstakes?

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UPDATE- January 6, 2010 : Sony's Daily Readers are now available at Amazon. After the holidays, I posted the following updates- "Kindle, Sony, Nook vs Apple, Google, Microsoft - One Trick Ponies vs Multimedia Devices" and  "Kindle, Nook and Sony - E-book Reader Comparison Reports".

UPDATE- February 9, 2010: This posting talks about how the 'tablet' devices might overtake the e-Readers "Tablet Wars: iPad vs HP Slate vs JooJoo vs Dell Mini 5 vs Archos7 vs Notion Ink Adam"

UPDATE- April 8, 2010: Kindle and Nook go retail - Kindles will now be available at Target Stores, while the Nooks are on sale at Best Buy - " Kindle vs Nook, Target vs Best Buy - eBook Readers Go Retail!"

UPDATE- May 2, 2010:
Kindle adds new differentiators to compete with iPads and Sony Readers. Is it enough? - "Kindle's New Features OutPad The iPads & OutRead The Sony Readers?"

UPDATE- May 18, 2010:  Kindle goes multi-plaform by adapting to Android, following iPhone, iPad and Blackberry versions - "Kindle Stars On Android After Successful Guest Appearances On iPhone, iPad & Blackberry"

UPDATE - May 30, 2010: 
Kindle's next-generation scheduled for August, 2010 - "Kindles Might Be Getting Thinner, But No Color, Nor Touch-Screen?"

UPDATE - June 22, 2010:  E-Reader Wars are heating up with price-slashing! - "E-Reader Price Wars Pit Kindle vs Nook, While iPad Holds Ground"

UPDATE - July 1, 2010:  Kindle DX comes out in 'black' to compete with you-know-who? - "Kindle DX vs The Lord Voldemort of Tablet Device"

UPDATE - July 20, 2010:  Kindle sales exceed traditional hardcover sales - "Reports Of The Death Of The Kindle Are Slightly Over Exaggerated"

UPDATE - July 29, 2010: Kindle needs to reduce their price-point to $49 - "The $49 Kindle Was The Only Question Not Asked By Charlie Rose"

UPDATE - October 12, 2010:  E-Readers added to Libraries lending programs - Kindles, Sony & Nook e-Readers Allowing Libraries To Thrive In Information Age?

UPDATE - November 7, 2010:  Kindle has been found to scale the "Great Firewall" of China - Social Media Leaps The "Great Firewall" Of China With Kindle In Black Market

UPDATE - November 11, 2010: Amazon criticized by social media for releasing objectionable books in print and on Kindle - "Social Media Outraged By Amazon's Objectionable Titles"

UPDATE - December 27, 2010 - Check out all of the resources for free Kindle Books - "Kindle Gets Booked On Several Counts Of Free Content"

UPDATE - February 8, 2011 - New Kindle features update - check it our here- "Kindle's New Social Media Features Sends Message:'You Are What You Read'"

UPDATE - November 9, 2011 - Sony still trying to compete - "Sony Reader Wi-Fi Touch VS Kindle Wi-Fi"

UPDATE - November 22, 2011 - Kindle is on fire - find out why? "Kindle Fire Review: 5 Things Amazon's New Tablet Is Missing"

UPDATE - November 23, 2011 - Nook Tablet expanding its functionality - "Nook Tablet is Kindle Fire’s worthy foe"

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While Sony will link its products to its vast library of digital content, the biggest difference with Amazon and Barnes & Noble is that in addition to selling product,  according to a Money Times report at Sony's online service will permit visitors to tap into their preference for social networking by allowing them to  create an account where they can upload their videos, photos and other digital content.

Unfortunately a Business Week article indicated the store will not make the holiday deadline and will open some time first quarter in 2010.

Another set-back for Sony are the number of reports flooding in, that the company cannot guarantee its new Daily Edition Reader will reach online buyers in time for Christmas.

Sony is currently taking pre-orders on its site for the $399 Daily. But it's telling buyers that the device will ship between December 18th and the first week of January. And the product won’t reach physical stores until January.

This is unfortunate, since Sony's success with their e-Readers was gaining significant traction in recent months (read my previous blog, "Sony Reader vs Amazon's Kindle - Battle For e-Readership!")

Barnes and Noble experiencing similar issues says that pre-orders of its stylish new Nook e-Reader have exceeded expectations and the company has sold out its initial supply. Anyone promising a friend or loved one a Nook for Christmas will have to provide them with a gift certificate and an apology. Barnes & Noble says the earliest that customers will receive their devices is January 4.

Amazon had similar problems in previous years but now appears to have figured out how to meet the demand for Christmas 2009. That leaves the Kindle as the most prominent wireless e-Reader available for the holidays, although Sony is still selling two non-wireless Readers, The Pocket and The Touch, which must be plugged into PCs to download books.

See some of the feature enhancements of this year's new Kindle 2 in this CNet video...

Also if you're a graphic novel fan, comics have made their way to the Kindle library in a big way! Out of hundreds of adaptions, see the "Top Ten Graphic Novels for Kindle."

So it looks like Amazon's Kindle is the big winner this holiday season! And perhaps to rub 'salt into the wounds,----> this just in from Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener - referring to the Nook, he wrote, “Kindle is 40 percent thinner, 10 percent lighter, with 2 times the battery life. It’s the best-selling, the most wished-for, and the most gifted product on Amazon across all product categories — not just electronics. Kindle manufacturing is humming, and the latest generation Kindle — just released in October — is in stock and available for immediate shipment today.”

Santa BezosSanta BezosSo hats off to Santa Bezos, even if he did steal the name of his online store from some folks in South America.

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Jan 25, 2010
by Anonymous

Sony vs. Nook

I have a friend that is interested in buying the sony reader. I told her that the Nook is better. But, after reading all the comments, I am a bit curious what the Apple e-reader and the Alex e-reader has to offer. I am wondering if these would have better features, since the e-readers have been out for a while, so its posible that some of the features that the Sony, Nook, Kindle & Kindle 2 lack might be put on the Alex and Apple e-readers. Please give me some advise. I think my friend will be buying a e-reader for her mother in May.


Jan 29, 2010
by Anonymous

All commentaries still largely miss the point

Many commentators write as if the only reason for the e-reader is to read other people's books. No! I am a student and a writer. I want to be able to read my school notes; my own writings, store pieces of information I have gathered from various sources, listen to music, watch videos and see pictures. The most important function I want to see in any e-reader is the ability to download pieces of information from my computer onto the device, not to be forced to buy e-books from anyone. Buying e-books comes far in the second place for me. It is keeping my own choice of information in that e-book that is my priority. I can think of a thousand things that I can do with my e-reader other than reading books bought from retailers. Given my priorities, I am looking for an e-reader that supports the doc, PDF, TxT and picture and video formats, and which allows me to download this info from my computer. Additionally, having a slot for an external memory would be very advantageous. Which is the best e-reader that can do these things for me?

Jan 29, 2010
by Anonymous

Quick comparison of Sony eReader, Nook and Kindle

The Sony eReader supports PDFs, Word documents, plain Text files, JPEG pictures, ePub books (from local library or Google Books), Sony proprietary eBooks and MP3 audio files. It also has an SD slot so its memory can go up to 16 GB. However, only the most expensive Sony eReader has built-in wireless connectivity ($400 for the Daily Edition).

The Nook supports PDFs, JPEG pictures, ePub books, B&N proprietary eBooks and MP3 audio files. It also has an SD slot so its memory can go up to 16 GB. All Nooks have built-in wireless connectivity.

The Kindle 2 supports PDFs, Audible audio books,Amazon proprietary eBooks. Amazon provides a service to convert Word documents, HTML, GIF, PNG and BMP pictures (you are charged a download fee of $.15 per megabyte) . No Kindles have SD slots, so you are limited to the 2 GB of storage in the Kindle. However, all Kindles have built-in wireless connectivity.

I haven't used any of these. That information is what I could glean from the vendor's technical specs pages. Personally, I'm leaning towards the Sony because it supports Word, PDF documents via conversion and supports ePub library books, but its document conversion doesn't cost anything, and the device has an SD slot, unlike the Kindle.

Jan 31, 2010
by Anonymous

sony ereader

yes, I have the sony touch screen ereader prs-600 with the light accessories and a
fifty dollar gift certificate too buy and download ebooks from the Sony ereader site or the google site or use your library card to download books from that site also.I got it for
Christmas . I have no problem with it.

Feb 8, 2010
by Anonymous

Nook vs. others

I bought the Sony Touch but the battery would not hold a charge, bought a Nook to replace the Sony because it has a replaceable battery. I have had many problems with batteries lately and having the ability to replace a defective or worn out battery myself is a big plus.

Feb 12, 2010
by Anonymous

Netbooks are not good for

Netbooks are not good for reading, they are backlit and very tiring on your eyes after reading. I used to read books on my PocketPC and then my tablet pc (probably the only direct comparison to a netbook) and found myself reading more 'real' books or not reading as often. I bought a sony eReader and I read way more now because the eInk is very similar to an actual printed page.

This is the same reason why the iPad will not survive as a portable reader device.

Feb 13, 2010
by Anonymous

Comparison of the Nook and Sony

I just received a Nook for my birthday. I was under the imprssion that the pages would light up while you read. Well the Nook allows the bottom screen to light up but not the area that reveals the pages of a book. Can anyone tell me does any of the electronic books provide this feature or am I ahead of myself?

Feb 13, 2010
by Anonymous

Any books purchased for your

Any books purchased for your kindle are stored both on your kindle and on the website, so if you lose your kindle or have more than the 1500 books that it stores, you can swap them out from your backup storage on the website.

Feb 16, 2010
by Anonymous

To the person who wrote the comment titled "Don't Do It!"

Your comment about the Barnes & Noble nook not being able to download & immediately view eBooks is an outright LIE! I happen to do technical support for nook and in doing so use nooks in our office all of the time. I can assure you that nook is QUITE capable of allowing you to browse the store, purchase eBooks, download them and view them in seconds. Also, yes, nook is capable of downloading photos (see below).

In response to the comment "Comparison of the Nook and Sony":
The upper display, called the eInk Display, is not designed to light up. You can increase or decrease the contrast (16 shades of gray), but eInk Display is NOT designed to light up. It is designed to simulate an actual, printed sheet of paper and is actually easier on your eyes to read depending on how much ambient light is available. It's not a design flaw, per se, as much as a design decision based on stated user preference, likely obtained from market research.

In response to the comment titled "Any books purchased for your"
This is true, and nook does this as well. However, I have HEARD that Amazon retains the right to remove books from your library if they are discontinued by that book's publisher - even if you've PAID for that title! I have had more than one customer call in or write to us via e-mail with this concern. Thankfully, Barnes & Noble does not do this. Once you purchase a book, it is yours forever. Even if you delete the book from your nook and want to go and download it many years later after the publisher has already pulled that book from our shelves, you will STILL be able to re-download it because we will be obligated to keep a digital copy of that book in case you want to re-download it.

As far as what file formats nook supports:
IMAGES (wallpapers/screensavers) - JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

Feb 16, 2010
by Anonymous

e-book question

Okay, I'm not really sure I understand all the lingo.
I tend to buy self-help type e-books from individual websites (Not B&N, Amazon, etc.). Right now I have to download them on to my computer & print them out to read. I hate printing out a hundred pages then carrying around a stack of papers to read.

Can I download these ebooks onto any of these devices?


Feb 18, 2010
by Anonymous

Your dumb, I actually think

Your dumb, I actually think most universities would agree, Just sayin', your dumb.

Feb 21, 2010
by Anonymous


Lets get the information right. Even Kindle first generation has an SD slot.

I own one and use it constantly.

Feb 21, 2010
by Anonymous


Sorry you felt my submssion was SPAM. I was commenting on the e-reader that I had decided to buy based on many of the reviews from this site. If that is not suitable, again, I am sorry.

Feb 24, 2010
by Anonymous

eReaders that can read to you

I am not tech savvy so please bear with me. I'm trying to decide which eReader to purchase from among Sony pocket edition, Kindle or Nook. I think both Kindle and Nook have the capability of switching to voice and reading to me (I love to read but have eye problems). I can't find any mention of what the reading voice sounds like. Somewhere between the sound of a computerized reader and an audio-book reader? That would be a big difference. Can someone tell me what the reading voice is like?