I have had both and the Kindle is the better buy. Barnes and Noble has very little free and purchases are very expensive. Amazon has a much better app store and offers a ton more free apps. The one advantage of the Nook is that you can use a SD card to expand the memory but I haven't had to do that yet and I have a ton of books on it. I would choose the Kindle if I had to choose.
I am a fan of Kindle...not the device...but the store! If you buy your books on Kindle, then you have your choice of devices (Kindle app is available for Android and iOS or even your PC!)...my recommendation would be the Galaxy tablet...great android OS, lots of power! Not stuck with Amazon for what apps they offer! Only benefit for an actual Kindle is the readability of the screen in full sun...but I often don't sit on the beach and read a book...even a paper book the glare is too harsh!
I absolutely love my Nook! I've never used a Kindle, so I can't say which is better, but with Barnes and Noble's new partnership with Microsoft, I can't imagine I'll be switching to anything else. I bought it originally just so I could play Angry Birds, but I use it for other games, reading, work, and so much more now. And I can read all my books on my computers, too!
Amazon has a much larger Kindle library with heaps of free books. Amazon is the gorilla in the living room. Kindle Fire is terrific for color and ease of use. Consider SMASHWORDS.COM as another site for books and downloads. For more, go to Monterey Bay Forum www.freedomOK.net and check out categories that are relevant.
I have a Nook and am have ordered the new Kindle HD tablet. I found plenty of free or low cost books on Barnes & Noble. Go to their sites, download their app onto your computer and search for the kind of books you like. Compare who has the best versions, lowest cost, items you want. I think Staples has both up and running in a display.
I own a Nook tablet and love it. The quality of the device is excellent. The Fire is very nice as well. My sister owns one and loves it. Either will work for an ereader. If I had to purchase again, I would buy the Nexus 7. It's $250 and outperforms them all. B&N and Amazon have their ereader apps available for download for free. This means you can still buy and read books from either or both! B&N has a small amount of apps available for it and charges premium prices. Even with books that should be free there's a 99 cent charge. I get those from project gutenburg. It's a website that posts books in several formats where their copyright has run out. You won't find 50 Shades of Grey there, but you'll find some great classics. The Amazon app store and Play store are king for apps. I even read a recent article where they put the Nexus 7 against the iPad3. The iPad won 1 out of 3 categories and that was because of the Retina display. If you're still intent on a Nook or Fire, I would go Fire if you want cheaper books and apps. Nook will just cost you more in the long run.
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I own both and I actually think that actually both are good, if you take a closer look, you could see that Kindle have an active content which is very useful and sometimes entertaining. Kindle doesn't have comic books but Kindle have periodicals, Kindle Serial, New york times bestseller. Nook and Kindle, both have very similar price design are more or less the same and Nook doesn't have e-ink apps. Nook Simple Touch costs $99 and Kindle Touch costs $174 so in this point Nook is cheaper. From my point of view, both are the same. It's a very personal decision so it will be best to decide everything. e.g. money, features/functions and more.