Nook vs Kindle (2022) comparison: Pros, Cons, and Verdict

Comparing the Nook vs Kindle is the hottest debate between ebook enthusiasts. In 2021, eReaders, or electronic readers, as they are commonly known, are hot sellers. People love having the ability to carry around a virtual library, loaded with dozens, possibly thousands of books on a slim, easy-to-carry device. And, when it comes down to reading books on an electronic device, the Nook versus Kindle is the ultimate battle.

Since it looks like both devices are going to be around for quite a while, we decided to compare Barnes and Noble Nook vs Amazon Kindle.

Nook vs Kindle: Comparing ebook readers

nook vs kindle comparison

Like any other match-up between Nook vs Kindle, both have strengths and weaknesses, so let’s take a look at the strengths of each to get started.

Product
Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 3 eReader - 6" Model - New - 8GB
International Version – Kindle Paperwhite – (previous generation - 2018 release) Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage - 8 GB
Screen & Display
6 inches, 300 PPI screen resolution
6 inches, 300 PPI screen resolution
Storage Space
4 GB / 8 GB
8 GB / 32 GB
Battery Life
up to 50 days
up to weeks
Size
H 6.9" W 5" D 0.34"
H 6.7" W 4.6" D 0.36"
Weight
6.9 oz
7.2 oz
Wateproof
Wifi & Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi + Cellular
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Product
Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 3 eReader - 6" Model - New - 8GB
Screen & Display
6 inches, 300 PPI screen resolution
Storage Space
4 GB / 8 GB
Battery Life
up to 50 days
Size
H 6.9" W 5" D 0.34"
Weight
6.9 oz
Wateproof
Wifi & Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Check price
Product
International Version – Kindle Paperwhite – (previous generation - 2018 release) Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage - 8 GB
Screen & Display
6 inches, 300 PPI screen resolution
Storage Space
8 GB / 32 GB
Battery Life
up to weeks
Size
H 6.7" W 4.6" D 0.36"
Weight
7.2 oz
Wateproof
Wifi & Connectivity
Wi-Fi + Cellular
Check price

The two most popular electronic readers are the Kindle, from Amazon and the Nook, from the folks at Barnes & Noble.

Both the Nook Glowlight and the Kindle Paperwhite are competing for the top spot, but people want to know which is the best. Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble know that the payoff for being the top dog in the electronic reader industry is huge.

As people are just beginning to realize how powerful and convenient these devices are, more and more customers are buying them every day. And while some naysayers have predicted that tablet computers will phase e-readers out, experts in the electronics industry all agree that there is a strong customer base of electronic book fans that will keep the industry humming along for many years to come.

Barnes and Noble Nook: Key Features

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  • High pixel density screen.
  • The warm and adjustable light makes reading amazingly better at night. No eye strains.
  • Light bleeding from the top is drastically improved from previous models.
  • The screen is more than you can wish for, and the battery life is huge.
  • The size is just right and pretty light in weight.
  • Easy to customize.
Nook
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Nook
  • Read comfortably at any time of day
  • Seamless day-to-night reading with Night Mode
  • Soft touch finish on front and back for easy grip
  • Page-turning buttons for faster reading experience

Amazon Kindle: Key features

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  • Perfect size and shape. You can easily hold in hand with a perfect grip.
  • The backlight looks also great. The screen is very beautiful. You can read even outside in direct sunlight or in complete darnkess.
  • Battery life is just great, up to weeks on a single charge.
  • The price is just right, affordable for the majority of users.
  • Access to the enormous Amazon’s book library. Over 6.000.000 book titles.
Kindle
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Kindle
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet—with a flush-front design and 300...
  • Now waterproof, so you’re free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or...
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and...
  • Now with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your...

Nook vs Kindle: In-Depth Comparison

nook glowlight vs kindle paperwhite

Barnes and Noble Nook vs Amazon Kindle comparison.

The B&N Glowlight, unlike the previous model, is not waterproof, but it has a lot of growing things going for it and it has a comfort-light screen system. It also has the highest screen resolution, ebook reader device media on the market, that BarnesNoble is ever released.

Its 300 PPI screen makes the reading experience pretty impressive. As storage space it has only 8 GB of internal memory and people might say, you know, when they hear it, that’s not enough, but the truth is that’s all fine and well.

Even if you are limited for side-loaded content the Glowlight 3 is very well partitioned and you can load at least a thousand books.

The Paperwhite ebook reader, unlike de Glowlight, is IPX8 waterproof. It also has an internal storage of 8 GB but it can extend up to 32.

The most important aspect you have to keep in mind when considering buying a Paperwhite device is that you can access Amazon’s online library with well over 6.000.000 book titles.

This alone makes Paperwhite, a must-have device for reading purposes.

Kindle vs. Nook: Design

If we compare Nook versus Kindle Paperwhite and we look at the overall picture, we see that these 2 devices are actually pretty similar in terms of design and dimensions.

They are both rectangular-shaped and great for holding in one hand. The grip with one hand is very good.

Kindle vs. Nook: Screen and Display

Both devices come with a 6-inch glare-free screen size packed with 300 PPI (pixels per inch) and a built-in light.

The Paperwhites screen has 5 front light LEDs and the device is waterproof, IPX8-rated so if you want to read outdoors this might be handy.

The Glowlight has color-changing front light that goes from blue to yellow.

In my day-to-day tests, the Amazon e-reader is better for reading outside. On the other hand, the Glowlight is better at reading at night or in complete darkness.

The light of the screen is more distributive at the Paperwhite but the Barnes and Noble tablet can be a lot brighter when pushed upon the highest light setting.

Both devices have ANTI-REFLECTION COATING.

Kindle vs. Nook: Size and Weight

The Glowlight 3 weighs 6.9 ounces while Amazon’s Paperwhite is slightly heavier at just 7.2 ounces. However, the difference when reading is barely noticeable.

The B&N Glowlight e-reader is slightly wider than the Paperwhite with 5 inches in width and a little bulkier.

The Paperwhite looks a little longer than the Glowlight because of the thin edges.

Ebooks and Audiobooks

Being one of the biggest book companies in the world and a major player in the e-books market Barnes Noble ecosystem offer over 2 million e-books in their local library.

On the other hand, Amazon’s ecosystem is hard to beat. Not only that they offer the biggest variety of e-book titles but also the e-books tend to cost a little cheaper in Amazon’s book store.

Also, audiobooks grew fast in popularity in the last few years. With Kindle, you can listen to audiobooks via headphones or Bluetooth.

The Glowlight 3 doesn’t support audiobooks.

Book format

What ook format do Nook and Kindle use?

The e-reader uses Kindle Formats(AZW3), (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI, and also HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, PRC.

The B&N ebook reader supports ePub, PDF, Adobe DRM ePub. It also supports PNG, PDF, BMP, JPG, GIF.

Kindle vs. Nook: Battery Life

Which one has longer Battery Life: Nook or Kindle?

Battery life is almost the same on both devices.

B&N says that their e-reader battery charges in 3.5 hours and the battery last up to 50 days on a single charge.

On the other hand, Amazon claims that the Paperwhite battery fully charges in 3 hours and has a battery life of weeks.

From our tests, Amazon’s device indeed charges faster but the Nook’s battery lasts a little longer.

Connectivity

Both devices have Wi-Fi. As a bonus Amazon’s Paperwhite has a search browser and a cellular mode.

Kindle vs. Nook: Pricing

What is the price of a Nook or a Kindle?

If the price is the deciding factor for you then we have bad news because their price is pretty similar. Both offer different models at affordable prices.

The price range for the Amazon e-reader models ( like the Paperwhite, Oasis, etc) is between 100 $ up to 250 $ depending on which model you would like to go with.

B&N also offers some great alternatives like the Glowlight or the Glowlight Plus whereas prices start from 99 $ up to 199 $.

Both Glowlight and Paperwhite tablet ebook readers worth the money.

However, if you are looking to make this investment in the long term then the Paperwhite e-reader is the better choice over the Glowlight because the Kindle Store tends to be cheaper.

The other models of B&N are Android tablets and they compete against Amazon’s Fire series tablets. This being said it’s fair to compare tablets from the same class as the Paperwhite with the Glowlight 3.

Read also the comparation between BarnesNoble and Amazon tablets version.

Barnes and Noble Nook: Pros and Cons

  • Better Illumination.
  • The Night Mode on the tablet.
  • Design.
  • You also get Free Lifetime In-store Support.
  • Small memory space (4GB).

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Pros and Cons

  • VoiceView screen reader.
  • Amazon’s largest high-resolution display.
  • Great for one-handed reading.
  • You get free cloud storage for all your Amazon content.
  • Does not have an external memory slot.

Kindle vs. Nook: Conclusion

Some people love the fact that Amazon continues to offer exclusive deals and extra money off to customers who buy the Kindle. While others enjoy the fact that the Nook is seen as somewhat of an underdog choice when it comes to e-book readers, and they seem to be willing to pay a higher price to be in a more exclusive club.

The differences between devices are slight, but overall the Paperwhite is cheaper and has better access to its intended use, with millions of books available to read.

The Glowlight has a better screen and its customizable light makes the Nook an opponent hard to beat and not to go with, but all in all the Paperwhite has all the resources an ebook reader needs.

Only time will tell which of these e-book readers will come out as the reigning champion. People who like to have the best quality images, and who want the most potent memory for their e-reader, will probably enjoy the Nook and find that it offers a bit of a technological edge. While others, who want ultra-fast book delivery, along with a lower price tag, will probably say that the Kindle is the best.

One thing’s for certain, though, both e-book readers are light years ahead of where people thought these kinds of devices would be, just a few years ago. And since technology keeps advancing at rapid rates, it’s likely that we’ll see more improvements to both of these top models in the next few years.

Last update on 2021-12-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API