Battle of the eReaders

robots2Just last month, Barnes & Noble announced their new eBooks platform, explicitly seeking to take their share of the eReader market currently dominated by Amazon.com’s Kindle.

David Pogue, The New York Times’ Personal Technology writer offers a good side-by-side comparison of the two platforms in this video. Key differences:

  • The Kindle is priced at $299 for a basic model; the eBooks platform is free to download
  • Kindle’s exclusive reader software can also be used on iPhones and iPod Touch, while B&N’s eBooks can be downloaded to any PC, Mac, iPod, Blackberry, iPhone
  • Amazon’s library covers over 345,000 titles; Barnes & Noble offers 700,000

So, who are you betting on in the battle of the eReaders? Will electronic books replace printed editions and maybe stem the decline in reading for pleasure?

Hot off the presses – another player enters the fray: Sony just announced the launch of their own electronic reader, timed for the holiday gift season. Sony’s touchscreen-enabled reader, dubbed the Daily Edition, will retail for $399; a partnership with the New York Public Library will allow 21 day access to over 29,000 titles.

The games are on!

One Reply to “Battle of the eReaders”

  1. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Nintendo gets into the eReader wars. It seems to me that the Wii phenomenon makes them a perfect candidate especially for the younger and even older set who are Wii fans.

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