Kindle Paperwhite vs NOOK Simple Touch
Latest news about Kindle Paperwhite and NOOK Simple Touch:
11.05.16. Amazon released Kindle Paperwhite USB Audio Bundle. Amazon unveiled a new USB audio bundle that allows Kindle e-Readers to give audio prompts when clicking on menus and text to speech functionality for listening to e-books. VoiceView for Kindle, which uses Amazon’s natural language text-to-speech voices also lets visually impaired customers read Kindle books. The USB audio dongle connects to headphones or speakers, which then allows the ability to listen to and navigate the user interface, in addition to listening to books. The only e-reader the new adapter is compatible with is the latest generation Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon says they are looking to make it available on other units in the future, such as the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis.
22.06.15. New $119 Kindle Paperwhite will be easy on your eyes. Amazon has announced a new $119 Kindle Paperwhite e-reader with a 6-inch 300ppi display and a new font and book layout system that will make it easier to dig into The Martian during summer vacation. The reader will ship on June 30 and is available for pre-order now. The reader is essentially the same as the previous Paperwhite – a bright, almost white glare-free screen inside a nearly featureless slab of black plastic – but this model has “twice as many pixels” as the previous version and will display “laser quality text.” Font nerds will rejoice because Amazon has created a new typeface, Bookerly, that they claim is easier to read. They will also add a new “typesetting engine” that will improve book layout even at larger font sizes.
15.11.14. Kindle Update for e-readers lets enables sharing books with your family. Amazon brings new update to Kindle e-readers, so that the new e-reading features of the Kindle Voyage were available for older Kindles. The new features include Family Library (which gives people with Amazon accounts linked to family members the ability to read books a family member has previously downloaded), Word Wise (a feature that makes definitions for difficult words automatically pop up above them), Enhanced search (which now pulls results not only from your library, but also Goodreads and the Kindle Store) and About This Book (which provides information like author bios and other titles in the series as you start to read). The update will be supported by Paperwhite 2nd generation, Kindle Voyage and the most recent low-end Kindles.
19.08.14. Kindle Paperwhite gets twice more internal storage. Amazon quietly updated Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation hardware. The latest model is identical to the version released last year, except with doubled internal storage. The international product page for the Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite started sporting a banner earlier this summer pointing to a “current version” product page. Kindle fans on the MobileRead forums have confirmed the new page is for a 4GB Paperwhite, which was previously only available in Japan. Amazon states that this isn’t a new product — it’s the old Paperwhite, but with more storage.
12.03.14. Amazon adds Goodreads integration to Kindle Paperwhite 1. Amazon is pushing out the software update for first-gen Kindle Paperwhite that bring Goodreads integration and other new functions to the e-reader. The currently available Paperwhite, a second-generation model, already has Goodreads support, gaining it last November. The update also includes Kindle FreeTime, which curates books for children and lets parents block time for them to read, Cloud Collections for organization and Page Flip for scanning content without losing your place. The Bookmarks, Highlights and Notes feature can now be accessed more quickly. The update will roll out over the next few weeks to devices in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
2013. Barnes & Noble slashes Nook and book prices for Black Friday. Barnes & Noble is slashing the price of several Nook devices for Black Friday weekend. It's offering Nook Simple Touch at its lowest price ever of just $39 (down from $79). Barnes & Noble is also offering at least 50 percent off hundreds of best-selling Nook books. Also on Black Friday, Barnes & Noble will discount a number of "hot" Nook books to $2.99, including Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich, The Cider House Rules by John Irving, and Crewel by Gennifer Albin. If you're in need of accessories for your Nook, Barnes & Noble also has you covered. The company offers a $10 Industriell cover for Simple Touch and Simple Touch GlowLight devices, and 25 percent off other Nook HD accessories through Dec. 1.
2013. Kindle Paperwhite will nudge kids to read more. After the software update for the Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon announced an upgrade for the Kindle Paperwhite e-Ink e-readers. The most ineteresting enhancement is the goal-oriented feature to nudge kids to read more. Parents now can encourage their children to read more by setting daily and long-term reading goals on the Kindle Paperwhite. Progress reports are available for parents and kids get satisfaction by earning achievement awards based on goal and reading progress. Besides, as well as the Fire-tablet, Kindle Paperwhite gets Goodreads integration. You can see what titles your Goodreads friends are reading now and set a Goodreads rating after finishing a book. You can even share passages to Goodreads directly from a book. And all your Amazon book purchases, either print or digital, can now be imported to a Goodreads account.
2013. Amazon announced new faster Kindle Paperwhite. The second-generation Kindle Paperwhite will cost the same as the older version — starting at $119 for a Wi-Fi version with ads — and offers a higher-contrast display, a better light and a faster processor. It also includes some software improvements that could eventually be rolled out to older Kindles: Kindle PageFlip (lets readers skim through a book without losing their place), Vocabulary Builder (lets users quiz themselves on the words they had to look up while reading), Smart Lookup (integrates a full dictionary definition with other reference information about a word, character, topic or book via X-Ray and Wikipedia). The new Kindle Paperwhite starts shipping on September 30.
2013. Barnes & Noble giving away free E-Reader with tablet purchase. Barnes & Noble is in trouble. In its last fiscal quarter, B&N reported that Nook sales, which include sales of digital content and accessories as well as devices, fell 26% from the same period a year ago. So the company uses every opportunity to attract new customers. It's now offering a free Nook Simple Touch e-reader with the purchase of its Nook HD+ color tablet, a sign that sales of one or both devices aren't so hot right now. The Nook Simple Touch is the company's entry-level, black-and-white eInk e-reader, which retails for $79 following a $20 price cut in December.
2012. Nook Simple Touch plays pricing catch up with Kindle. Barnes & Noble has reduced Nook Simple Touch price from $99 to $79. This entry-level model competes with $69 Kindle 5. Both devices have 6-inch black-and-white screens, Wi-Fi connectivity and 2 GB of storage. The Nook is slightly wider, thicker and heavier than the Kindle, but the Nook wins out with two months of battery life, doubling Amazon's e-reader at one month. Also Nook Simple Touch has microSD card slot and comes with a charger (unlike Kindle 5). Besides, the Kindle displays ads on its screensaver (without ads and with charger it costs $99). But probably the device price becomes less important in the competition. The main factor is books availability and pricing.
2012. Kindle e-Readers sales make no profit to Amazon. During his interview to BBC Amazon chief executive manager Jeff Bezos said that the company sells the Kindle e-readers and tablets at their production cost and doesn't earn anything on their sales. "We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy them" - he said. That's a much different business model, than Apple, which has built up a huge cash pile through the profit margins on its mobile products. Recall, the price of the latest model Kindle Paperwhite starts from $119 for the Wi-Fi version, and Kindle 5 - costs $69. To be fair, we note that Amazon earns not only on selling books and media content via Kindle, but also on advertising, which is shown during the Kindle sleep mode.
2012. Amazon unveils Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle 5. The e-reader arms race never stops these days. Today Amazon has unveiled two new e-ink e-readers - cheap Kindle 5 and "frontlit" Kindle Paperwhite. Of course, the second model is going to compete with the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight and Kobo Glo. All these e-readers allow to read books in the dark, but it seems, Paperwhite surpasses the competitors. The screen looks almost perfectly white while the Nook still has a tinge of grey. And Amazon has also improved the battery life, claiming eight weeks of use even with the light on (compared to the Nook’s month). Kindle Paperwhite has a touch screen - actually it replaces Kindle Touch in Amazon's e-reader family.