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This chart’s a lot bigger than it used to be. Each brand here has introduced at least one new e-reader in the past six months, and Kindle, N…

Comparing E-Readers -- And Tablets | November 2011
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This chart’s a lot bigger than it used to be. Each brand here has introduced at least one new e-reader in the past six months, and Kindle, Nook and Kobo are all launching tablets this month, in competition with the iPad and with each other. Barnes & Noble gave us a preview of the trend when it launched the Nook Color in 2010, but that device is primarily a glorified e-reader with color. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet aim to be true media tablets, combining video, web browsing and apps with e-reading functionality, while the Vox is reminiscent of the Nook Color in its focus on reading over other forms of media consumption. It remains to be seen whether consumers will consider the Fire, Nook Tablet and Vox to be e-readers and tablets in one, or if they’ll save their serious book time for dedicated e-readers, whose prices are dropping by the day.

Kindle

Kindle Touch

Kindle Keyboard

Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader

Barnes & Noble Nook Color

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Sony Reader WiFi

Kobo eReader Touch

LINK

Kindle

Kindle Touch

Kindle Keyboard

Kindle Fire *

Nook Simple Touch

Nook Color

Nook Tablet *

Sony Reader WiFi

Kobo eReader Touch

AVAILABILITY

Now

Available November 15, 2011. (Originally available for pre-order for November 21, 2011)

Now

Available now. (Originally available for pre-order for November 15, 2011)

Now

Now

Available for pre-order for November 18, 2011 release

Now

Now

PRICING

With Special Offers: $79
Without Special Offers: $109

WiFi with Special Offers: $99
WiFi without Special Offers: $139
3G/WiFi with Special Offers: $149
3G/WiFi without Special Offers: $189

WiFi with Special Offers: $99
WiFi without Special Offers: $139
3G/WiFi with Special Offers: $139
3G/WiFi without Special Offers: $189

$199

$99

$199

$249

$129.99. Readers can get an additional $50 off by trading in any brand e-Reader for a new Sony Reader WiFi through December 31, 2011

$139.99

SIZE

6.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.34″

6.8″ x 4.7″ x 0.40″

7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.34″

7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″

6.5″ x 5″ x 0.47″

8.1″ x 5.0″ x 0.48″

8.1″ x 5.0″ x 0.48″

6.61″ x 4.68″ x 0.38″

6.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.4″

WEIGHT

5.98 ounces

WiFi: 7.5 ounces
3G/WiFi: 7.8 ounces

WiFi: 8.5 ounces
3G/WiFi: 8.7 ounces

14.6 ounces

7.48 ounces

15.8 ounces

14.1 ounces

5.9 ounces

7.05 ounces

SCREEN SIZE

6″ (diagonal)

6″ (diagonal)

6″ (diagonal)

7″

6″ (diagonal)

7″

7″

6″ (diagonal)

6″ (diagonal)

DISPLAY

E Ink Pearl

E Ink Pearl

E Ink Pearl

Vibrant Color IPS

E Ink Pearl

VividView Color Touchscreen

VividView Color Touchscreen

E Ink Pearl

E Ink Pearl

TOUCHSCREEN/ROTATE

No/Yes

Yes/Yes

No/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

BATTERY LIFE

1 month

2 months

2 months

Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with WiFi off.

WiFi off: 2 months

WiFi off: 8 hours

WiFi off: Up to 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video

3-4 weeks with WiFi on. Up to 5 weeks with WiFi off

1 month

STORAGE/EXPANDABLE

2 GB/No/Free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content

4 GB/No/Free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content

4 GB/No/Free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content

8 GB/No/Free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content

2 GB/Up to 32 GB (microSD)

8 GB/Up to 32 GB (microSD)

16 GB/Up to 32 GB (microSD)

1.3 GB/Up to 32 GB (microSD)

2 GB/Up to 32 GB (microSD)

INPUT

Five-way controller

Touchscreen

Keyboard

Touchscreen

Touchscreen

Touchscreen

Touchscreen

Touchscreen; stylus; buttons

Touchscreen

3G/WIRELESS

WiFi

3G through AT&T/WiFi-only option

3G through AT&T/WiFi-only option

WiFi

WiFi

WiFi

WiFi

WiFi

WiFi

DEVICE AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY

Yes/Yes

No/No

Yes/Yes

No/No

No/No

No/No

No/No (U.S. only)

Available in Switzerland; Italy; Spain; Belgium; Denmark; Finland; Norway; Sweden; Australia; New Zealand; Japan; Russia (launch planned in this coming winter)

Available in Canada, U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and for pre-order France

NATIVE FORMATS

Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible, MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

EPUB, PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP

EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MP4

EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, AMR, WAV, OGG, MP4, Flash

EPUB, PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TXT, MP3, AAC

EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, MOBI, CBZ, CBR

AVAILABLE CONTENT

Over 1 million books; 1.8 million public domain books; newspapers; magazines; blogs

Over 1 million books; 1.8 million public domain books; newspapers; magazines; blogs

Over 1 million books; 1.8 million public domain books; newspapers; magazines; blogs

Over 1 million books; 1.8 million public domain books; newspapers; magazines; blogs; 11,000 videos free for Amazon Prime members $79/year; movies, TV shows, apps, games, songs

Over 2.5 million titles

Over 2.5 million titles, magazines, Nook Book Enhanced Collection, kids’ books. Apps, e-mail, Pandora, some games, some websites.

Over 2.5 million titles, magazines, Nook Book Enhanced Collection, kids’ books. HD Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, e-mail, apps, some games

Over 2 million titles

Over 2.2 million titles. 1 million titles are free. E-books are available through OverDrive (Adobe format)

BOOKSTORE

Kindle Store

Kindle Store

Kindle Store

Kindle Store

Nook Book Store

Nook Book Store

Nook Book Store

Sony Reader Store

Kobo Store

FREE E-READING APPLICATIONS

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

Android, PC, Mac

iOS, Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac

BOOK SHARING/LIBRARY LENDING

14 days on eligible titles. Can also borrow Kindle boooks from 11K-plus local libraries through OverDrive.

14 days on eligible titles. Can also borrow Kindle boooks from 11K-plus local libraries through OverDrive.

14 days on eligible titles. Can also borrow Kindle boooks from 11K-plus local libraries through OverDrive.

14 days on eligible titles. Can also borrow Kindle boooks from 11K-plus local libraries through OverDrive.

Yes/Yes. Read any Nook book in B&N stores free up to 1 hour/day

Yes/Yes. Read any Nook book in B&N stores free up to 1 hour/day

Yes/Yes. Read any Nook book in B&N stores free up to 1 hour/day

No/Yes

No/Yes

SOCIAL NETWORKING FEATURES

Share passages via Facebook and Twitter; view other users’ annotations and notes

Share passages via Facebook and Twitter; view other users’ annotations and notes

Share passages via Facebook and Twitter; view other users’ annotations and notes

Share passages via Facebook and Twitter; view other users’ annotations and notes

Nook Friends reading recommendations and activity feed

Nook Friends reading recommendations and activity feed; can see what B&N readers “like” when shopping on Nook Color

Nook Friends reading recommendations and activity feed; can see what B&N readers “like” when shopping on Nook Color

No

Reading Life technology with Facebook and Twitter integration, badges and awards; ability to share passages with friends via Kobo Pulse

PAIDCONTENT COVERAGE

Kindle

Kindle

Kindle

Kindle Fire

Nook

Nook

Nook

Sony

Kobo

YOU SHOULD KNOW

The ad-supported version is Amazon’s cheapest Kindle (and cheapest e-reader on this chart); no touch or keyboard, just buttons

The newest Kindle, and the first ever with a touchscreen

The only Kindle with a keyboard

Comes with a free 1-month Amazon Prime title, good for testing Prime Instant Video offerings

A free software update this month allows for faster page turns, crisper text

More of a color e-reader than a tablet, now getting a price drop and some more “tablet-like” features as a free update

More storage space than the Kindle Fire, but there’s no Barnes & Noble store for video or music

Since Pottermore postponed their e-book store launch until 2012, the first book download coupon is not currently available, as was previously planned.

Kobo focuses on social features, “gamification” of reading

* Although the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet are tablet devices, we’ve included them in this e-reader chart to see how they compare to the other Kindle and Nook devices as well as other e-readers.

* * For features and specs on the Kindle DX, check out our previous e-reader chart from October 2011.

Source: Based on company information, additional reporting.
Produced by: Amanda Natividad
Edited by: Staci D. Kramer
Additional Reporting by: Laura Hazard Owen
Published: November 14, 2011 // Last updated: 2:15 PM ET, December 2, 2011
We’ll update the chart as warranted.

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