I love competition.
Amazon introduced new Kindle models to stay on par with Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
Here’s the breakdown:
- $139: Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi
- $149: Barnes & Noble Nook Wi-Fi
- $189: Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi + 3G
- $199: Barnes & Noble Nook Wi-Fi + 3G
Note that Amazon has introduced a *new* version of the pricier Kindle. It now has a black case and… did you catch it? It now has Wi-Fi in addition to 3G as opposed to originally only having 3G. I’m not convinced the black case is a step in the right direction but I’m open on that point.
So bottom line the 2 devices are now essentially the same feature-wise.
Unfortunately since the last time I posted about Kindle and Nook, my enthusiasm for Kindle has wained greatly due to “KindleGate” – see here and here. Essentially it boils down to this: Amazon allows publishers to set the number of times a book can be download after purchase. So the more Kindle devices you buy, the more likely you’re going to hit this. Oh wait – there’s all those Kindle apps for PC, Mac, iPhone/iPod/iPad, Android, etc. Apparently it’s pretty easy to hit with anyone reasonably tech savvy.
ATTENTION AMAZON: You’ve lost a Kindle customer. No more Kindle purchases for me. Here’s how it should work: I buy a book, it’s tied to my Amazon account, I can download it and read it on any Kindle device or reader forever.