From: Danville, IL
ORIGINAL: Adam Parker
Ok, So now which one is better?
1. The DX has a 9.7" screen so is more real screen estate important to you?
2. How long will Barnes and Noble be around? I sadly heard they were in financial trouble. Is this now old news?
3. Which company's e-store currently has greater access to the type of books that you like?
4. Most books are B&W, therefore is color really important to you?
5. Do both products run efficient download services to your area?
1. Matter of user preference for certain
2. Even if they go bankrupt, their reader is open source. My wife regularly buys e-books from Barnes & Noble, Borders, and sometimes direct from the publishers themselves depending who has the best deal on a particular book. She didn't want the Kindle version because it looked like their book format was proprietary and she wanted to be able to choose who she bought a book from.
3. Amazon has a large library, but kindle is proprietary. Most of the other readers (Nook, Kobo, Sony, etc) are open source and can read pretty much every format e-book except for Amazon's format. VHS vs. Betamax.
4. If color is not important to you, definitely get the black and white reader as they are cheaper. However, you can use the web to browse the internet, check webmail, read magazines, e-zines, color pdfs, and yes, color books. Face it, the world is in color and most future readers will also be color readers. Think back to the early PCs. Your choices were green screen, black/white, or orangish screen. All monotone. The only time we still see these might be at work where we have old machines in the warehouse or factory. Everything is in color these days.
5. Pretty much all readers are wi-fi enabled so as long as you can access a wireless network, you are in business. Some of the top end black and white readers are also 3G equipped. Essentially the 3G allows you to download at modem speed anywhere that you can get good cell phone access. However, the 3G link usually works only back to that company's website and nowhere else.
I will add that it is worth it to pick up the protection plan if you buy a reader. The one for the nook includes damage from drops, spills, etc.