So, as some of you may have heard me mention, our 6th wedding anniversary is quickly approaching this weekend. And, with that, I've had to finally make the long awaited decision on which eReader to gift to my wife on this occasion. For yes this is indeed the gift I have decided upon. Like me, she reads a LOT of books on her spare time and eReaders can store thousands of books at a time. Seven hells!
Now to be clear I realistically only have to choose between two options: the Amazon Kindle (Generation 3), or the Barnes & Noble Nook (Simple Touch). Yes, I know there are other eReaders out there from other companies. But let's get real here: these are the only two that matter in the e-ink arena! Yes, e-ink technology is important to me. Or, rather, to my wife who can't stand reading on a backlit screen like I do with my iPhone 4. So that naturally rules out the Nook Color or the iPad 2 as possible choices, since both utilize backlit screens.
And then there were two. So once more I'm left to decide between these options:
Ha! Well, the joke's on you . . . I've already decided! Yes, after much deliberation, I've gone with the one on the right -- the Kindle. Some of you might be surprised by this choice. After all, the Nook is clearly smaller and more streamlined. It has no buttons and keys messing up its nice smooth facade, and what's more -- it has a touch screen! True, it's the same sized screen as the Kindle's, but everyone loves touch screens, yes?
Well, not necessarily. I've had multiple opportunities to try out both readers in stores, and for some reason the old-fashioned button technology of the Kindle felt more responsive than the Nook's touch interface. Also, even though the Nook has a memory buffer to keep refresh jitters down to every sixth page or so, the Kindle refresh happens in a blink of an eye and you barely even notice it. Not so once you reach that 5th or 6th page on the Nook. For me it was just too jarring.
Add to all this that my wife and I are certified Amazon.com junkies. I mean, we buy damn near EVERYTHING from that online mecca of trade! I myself have been buying the "Lannister's share" of my books, music, and movies from there since 1998 -- no joke. And I can say that I've never, ever had a bad transaction with them. You heard right. Never. So needless to say I trust them explicitly. Also, up until this new Nook came out recently, the Kindle was pwning the eReader industry left and right. It's still the number 1 standard right now, but the touch screen on B&N's latest version is quickly closing that gap it seems.
Whatever. I shall wrap this gift up and present it to my wife on Saturday (shhh, don't tell!). And we shall see how she responds.
Hell if she doesn't like it . . . then I suppose I'll have myself a new eReader, hey! :)