Consider the Nook Simple Touch or Kobo eReader Touch for your ebook gifts

Consider the Nook Simple Touch or Kobo eReader Touch for your ebook gifts

Summary: In addition to the Kindle Touch, there are two lower priced alternatives that offer more open support for the EPUB standard and are compelling pieces of hardware.

TOPICS: Hardware, Mobility

If you are looking to get someone a device for the best ebook reading experience then nothing beats the latest touch eInk devices. While the Kindle Touch may be what you think of first, keep in mind there are competitors out there that offer the same experience with a bit more openness and support for the EPUB standard. I previously looked at the Kobo eReader Touch and Nook Simple Touch and think you can't go wrong with either of these.

The Nook Simple Touch is now just $99 with no ads, making it the lowest priced touch-enabled eInk reader. I own one and enjoy using the device, especially with the physical buttons on each side of the display. My only gripe with the device is that it is a bit too wide to comfortably fit in one hand for extended use.

I have primarily been using the Kobo eReader Touch for the last couple of months because the form factor is the best I have ever seen in a touchscreen eInk device and Kobo keeps on updating it and making it better. I just connected to WiFi to sync up my bookmarks and found that version 1.9.12 is now available with the following updates:

  • Make notes within a book while you read
  • Browse and edit your notes with Annotations list
  • Customize how you tap on the screen to turn pages, including left-handed
  • Full German dictionary now included
  • Faster highlighting within books

You can buy an ad-supported Kobo Touch for $99.99 or one with no special offers for $129.99. For comparison you can buy an ad-supported Kindle Touch for $99 and one with no ads for $139.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • Note for Lefties:

    Nook is also set up so left-handers can easily use the side buttons without crossing over anything else or moving their hand. Neither the Kindle or the Kobo are set up this way, you have to stretch your thumb past the "page back" area.
    • RE: Consider the Nook Simple Touch or Kobo eReader Touch for your ebook gifts

      @Buzzbum Actually, a recent update for the Kobo Touch added support for left handers. That's one of the nice things about the Kobo is that new features are continually added.
    • Kindle has page buttons on both sides

      The non-touch version of the Kindle has page forward / back buttons on both sides of the device. Are you talking about the touch version of the Kindle?
  • RE: Consider the Nook Simple Touch or Kobo eReader Touch for your ebook gifts

    Hi, Matt. Here's a public service warning about dealing with Kobo. I bought the Kobo Vox directly from the company through their pre-order system. Wasn't crazy about it so I decided to return it. Turns out Kobo has no system in place to deal with returns. In fact, they acted like it was a strange request. After four emails and one weird phone call they elevated my request to "Tier 2 Customer Support" before they finally sent me the address to return the unit. Since they're in Canada shipping cost $25 or so. Truth is, I have no confidence that I'll get my money back without further hassles. Botton line: buy from a retailer, not directly from the company.
  • RE: Consider the Nook Simple Touch or Kobo eReader Touch for your ebook gifts

    Enough with ePub already. There is nothing in ePub you can't get for a Kindle in Amazon's format or MobiPocket format. Continuing to tout it as some sort of advantage for non-Kindle eBook readers is doing a disservice to potential buyers. Full disclosure: I have a Kindle AND a Nook. I like them both.
    • RE: Consider the Nook Simple Touch or Kobo eReader Touch for your ebook gifts

      @datrappert On the contrary, the ePub format is an open format and can be implemented into devices without restriction if the developers so will it.<br><br>Of course, the individual books may have DRM, but DRM or non-DRM, the books can technically be converted to and from the Kindle (mobipocket) format.<br><br>The Nook can read ePubs. Actually, the books from the B&N Store ARE ePub format, albeit with DRM protection. The Kindle could support ePub if the developers so chose to allow it (A firmware update should be able to include such a feature). Why don't they do it? It locks you in to buying only from Amazon. B&N is, IMO, a lot more ethical concerning this. They don't eliminate competition. You're free to buy books from whoever you want as long as they offer DRM-free, ADE, or other "compatible" DRM service. B&N only wins against these competitors by making it a lot more convenient to buy from themselves. Very fair.<br><br>What does this mean? The advantage and service to buyers for the ePub format is that it can be commonly used across various devices. Support for it means you don't have to be "locked in."<br><br>So please, continue with ePub. (:
  • RE: Consider the Nook Simple Touch or Kobo eReader Touch for your ebook gifts

    My wife and I love our new Kindle Fire. It's lightweight, easy to use and has a great interface. The first thing I recommend anyone with a new Kindle do is install the nook app. We got our instructions from through google.

    It basically unlocks all the Android marketplace apps and unlocks the device. I am one very happy Kindle owner!