September 21, 2010 § 3 Comments
The bus driver caught in Portland reading his Kindle while driving his bus originally peaked my interest, because I read my Kindle all the time when I’m driving. I didn’t see what the big deal was until he turned the page. This was a dead giveaway that the bus driver didn’t have a clue how to use his Kindle. If you are going to drive and read, let the Kindle read to you with its text to speech function, then when you are done driving, you can just start reading where the text to speech voice left off. It turns the pages for you, so you can drive.
Maybe Amazon can do that for the next commercial — How To Safely Read Your Kindle and Drive At the Same Time.
September 20, 2010 § 2 Comments
I bought a Nook this weekend so I could compare it to a Kindle and so I could review the books we will be publishing in both formats. All in all, I still prefer the Kindle.
- Touchy Touch Screen. My biggest beef with the Nook is the touch screen. Oddly enough, when I was buying the Nook, the sales person at B&N tried to convince me that the Kindle had all these buttons that were easily pushed and made stuff disappear. I’ve used the Kindle now for two years and haven’t had a problem, ever. The touch screen on the Nook was so touchy that I lost an entire Sudoku game, just as I was about to finish it. My fingers were too big/clumsy to type as quickly as I can on the Kindle, plus I had to keep changing the keyboard to access numbers, which made typing in my WiFi password a monumental pain.
- The Digital Toggle v. A Real Toggle. The other thing the sales rep told me was it didn’t have Kindle’s annoying toggle switch. Yet, I had to push about four buttons on the touch screen just to get to a touch screen toggle on the Nook.
- Ease of Purchase. I guess if you are trying to conserve your book purchasing dollars, the Nook might be better for you, because it takes a bunch of clicks to find and buy a book. I’m into click conservation and the Nook is click heavy. Amazon is evilly brilliant in its ease of purchase.
- Color Touch Screen. I’m offended by the Nook’s implication that I need color. As a reader, color isn’t high up on my need list. The clarity of print is in the black and white, I’ll go to the meaning of the words for color, ambiguity and depth. I’m a reader and I have an imagination. If I want color and computer graphics, I’ll buy an iPad. I don’t need the smell of a book, I just don’t need distractions on my reader. I guess that makes me a traditionalists out of the eBookers.
- Selection. The selection of Amazon blows B&N away. I know they say they have a million books, but that is only thanks to Google Books which gives everyone a million books, including the Kindle. I ran a few quick searches and for what I was looking for I was glad I had the Amazon store.