Amazon Kindle News June Digest
Competition in the world of eReaders stepped up significantly this June. The Kindle, long dominant over the market, is suddenly faced with challenges from a new streamlined touchscreen competitor that has clearly taken a few pages from Amazon’s book when it comes to creating an enjoyable reading experience. In addition to this, the app market promises new and interesting situations for the Kindle Platform.
Most importantly, the new Nook Simple Touch Reader brings the first major competition to the Kindle in a very long time. Not only did Barnes & Noble update their display and do away with the second LCD that the original Nook offering was so proud of, they seem to have gone through a list of the Kindle’s best features and adopted them all.
Between impressive battery life, E Ink Pearl screens, light weights, and uncluttered interfaces, there isn’t a lot to distinguish one device from another unless you have a preference for touchscreens or have strong feelings toward one of the providing companies. This means that the Kindle Platform as a whole gets to stand out on its own for a change rather than being bolstered by superior hardware. So far it seems up to the challenge.
The Kobo eReader has also received a facelift, a new touchscreen display, and a fair amount of interest. Unfortunately, with the Kindle and Nook doing so well, the Kobo’s stripped down reading experience simply loses too many of the features that readers take for granted to be truly competitive. The $10 savings over Kindle or Nook isn’t quite enough to justify the purchase. See review by Laptop Magazine or our Kobo touch review for more details.
One of the long standing advantages that the Nook line has had is library lending compatibility. Apparently that changes now. Amazon has been working with Overdrive Library, the leading provider for eBook lending software in libraries across the country, to get Kindles access. After a long wait and loads of consumer impatience, we are told that we can expect Kindle Library Lending later this year. This negates the only significant advantage that other dedicated eReaders have been able to hold over it so far.Continued on the next page