Amazon's Kindle caught a big break when its main e-reader competitor, Barnes & Noble, said it will unlikely be able to fulfill holiday demand for its Nook e-reader.
But buying an e-reader is a long-term investment. Here are five reasons why shoppers would be wise to pass up the Kindle and wait until after the holiday selling season to get their own Nook.
The Nook Has Lend Me Technology
Since it was introduced, one of the chief complaints about the Kindle has been that users can't transfer book titles to other users. In other words, you can't lend the book when you're done with it, a hand-me-down practice people have done with books for centuries. Barnes and Noble has included its own LendMe technology into the Nook, which allows you to transfer an electronic title to another Nook, iPhone, iPod touch, Blackberry, PC or Mac.
The Nook Has More Books
Amazon touts more than 360,000 books available in Kindle format, but Barnes & Noble says it has more than 1 million titles for the Nook, including more than 500,000 free eBooks.
The Nook Has A Color Screen
While both the Kindle and the Nook utilize black and white main screens, the Nook has included a secondary, full-color touch screen at the bottom (that doubles as a keypad) where users can browse titles by their full-color covers.
The Nook Has Built In Wi-Fi
The Nook and the Kindle have 3G technology embedded in order to download books wirelessly (though they have different carriers: AT&T for the Nook, Sprint for the Kindle), but the Nook also has Wi-Fi built-in, which allows users to download books in areas where they can't get a good 3G signal.
The Nook Has Memory Expansion
Both devices have 2GB of internal memory that can store up to 1,500 books, but the Nook includes a memory expansion slot that can hold up to a 16 GB Micro SD card to hold 17,500 eBooks.