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How Do E-Readers Stack Up With iPad In The Mix? Use Our Chart As A Guide

How Do E-Readers Stack Up With iPad In The Mix? Use Our Chart As A Guide

 

Apple iPad

Amazon Kindle 2

Amazon Kindle DX

Barnes & Noble Nook

Sony Daily Edition

Plastic Logic Que proReader

Link

iPad

Kindle 2

Kindle DX

Nook

Reader Daily Edition

Que

Available

March (WiFi only)
April (WiFi/3G)

Now

Now

Now

Now

Mid-April

Price

WiFi: $499-699 3G/WiFi: $629-829

$259

$489

$259

$399

WiFi/4GB: $649 WiFi/3G/8GB: $799

Size

.5 inches thick

8 x 5.3 x 0.36 inches

10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 inches

7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches

8.13 x 4 x 19/32 inches

8.5 x 11x .33 inches

Weight

1.5 lbs.

10.2 oz.

18.9 oz.

12.1 oz.

12.75 oz.

17 oz.

Screen Size

9.7 inches

6 inches

9.7 inches

6 inches

7.1 inches

10.5 inches

Display

Backlit IPS Color

Grayscale

Grayscale

Grayscale reading,
color nav

Grayscale

Grayscale

Touchscreen/Rotate

Yes/Yes

No/Manual

No/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes

Battery Life

11 hours

7 days with wireless Whispersync on

7 days with wireless Whispersync on

10 days

7 days with wireless on

N/A

Storage/Expandable

16GB; 32GB; 64GB/No

2GB/No

4GB/No

2GB/Yes (microSD)

1.6GB/Yes (Memory Stick Duo/SD)

4GB; 8GB/No

Input

Touchscreen/Soft keyboard (wireless keyboard available)

Keyboard

Keyboard

Virtual keyboard

Stylus/virtual keyboard

Touchscreen/Virtual Keyboard

Wireless/Bluetooth

3G through AT&T/WiFi3G plans: up to 250MB, $15; unlimited $30. No contract.

Units sold through Oct. 22, Sprint 3G; Now 3G/roaming through AT&T/NO

3G (Whispernet/Sprint)

3G (AT&T)/WiFi

3G (AT&T)/WiFi

3G (AT&T)/WiFi/Bluetooth

International

No deals yet; 3G unlocked

3G Roaming (AT&T)

3G Roaming (AT&T)

No

No

N/A

Native Formats

EPUB; Audible; Kindle (through app); iTunes;additional formats NA

Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC; Native PDF

Kindle (AZW), Native PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC

EPUB, eReader, PDFs, MP3s, JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP.

EPUB, PDF, JPEG, BBeB, TXT, RTF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP , MP3, AAC

Native PDF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, ePub, and TXT; Will work with Office, HTML via Que software

Platform

Open to approved third-party developers

Closed now but SDK has been released for upcoming beta and store with approved third-party developers

Closed now but SDK has been released for upcoming beta and store with approved third-party developers

Closed

Closed to developers; open in terms of multi-format, non-DRM use.

Closed

Browser

Safari

Yes in U.S., Japan. NA in most countries.

Yes

No

No

No

Available Content

Number of iBookstore titles N/A; Kindle Store; iPhone apps

400,000-plus books, more than 130 newspapers & magazines, 8,000 blogs (Numbers vary internationally)

400,000-plus books, more than 130 newspapers & magazines, 8,000 blogs (Numbers vary internationally)

350,000 books for sale, public domain; about 30 newspapers, magazines. Google Books brings titles to 1 million

Includes public domain, access to public libraries through OverDrive

350,000 books for sale, public domain

Bookstore

iBookstore

The Kindle Store

The Kindle Store

Barnes and Noble eBookstore, Google Books

Sony eBook Store (converting to EPUB this year), Google Books

QUEreader.com (powered by Barnes & Noble); periodicals from Dow Jones, others.

Book Sharing

N/A

Between devices, Kindle apps on same acct.

Between devices on same acct.

14 days on many titles

No

No

Microphone/Speakers

Yes/Yes

No/Yes

No/Yes

No/Yes

No/Yes

No/No

Archive

Apple

Amazon

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Sony

Plastic Logic

This chart was first published Jan. 29 and was last updated at 10:30 p.m. ET Jan. 31. // Edited by Staci D. Kramer. Based on manufacturer information, additional reporting.

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