Kindle Touch vs Nook Touch vs Kobo Touch eReader Comparison

Here we provide a Kindle Touch vs Nook Touch vs Kobo Touch eReader Comparison. These are the hottest selling eBook Readers on the market for a reason. So let us not waste your time on any other second tier eReaders and focus on the Nook, Kobo and the Kindle right off the bat!

We have made 2 eReader Comparison Tables for your perusal

  1. The MINOR eReader Comparison Chart
  2. The MAJOR eReader Comparison Chart
Don’t forget to check out our Videos comparing certain features between the Kindle and the Nook – there are 5 of them on this page!

The first comparison chart considers minor features

That’s right! In other words, you shouldn’t pick the Kindle over the Nook because it is 0.7 ounces lighter. You should find a better reason and we help you with that on the bottom section. The top table is just to make the picture complete!

  • Price

  • Pearl E-Ink Display

  • Screen Size

  • Dimensions

  • Weight

  • Storage capacity

  • Expandable memory

  • Battery Life

  • Font styles

  • Font Sizes

  • Screen Grey-Scale

  • Screen Resolution

  • Entry level Kindle

    Entry Level $79 Kindle

    • $79 (Wi Fi only)
  • Yes

  • 6"

    • 6.5" x 4.5" x 0.34"
    • Smallest of all
    • 5.98 ounces
    • Lightest in weight
    • 1,400 books on 2GB on device
    • Extra Free cloud storage
  • NO

    • 1 month
    • 30 mins/day X 1 month
  • 3

  • 8

  • 16 levels

  • 600 x 800 pixel

  • Amazon Kindle Touch

    Amazon Kindle Touch with Wi Fi and 3G

    • $99 (Wi Fi only)
    • $149 (Wi Fi + Free 3G)
  • Yes

  • 6"

    • 6.8" x 4.7" x 0.40"
    • 7.5 ounces - Wi Fi only version
    • 7.8 ounces - Wi Fi + 3G version
    • 3,000 books on 4GB on device
    • Extra Free cloud storage
  • NO

    • 2 months
    • 30 mins/day X 2 months
  • 3

  • 8

    Watch video on how to change font sizes, font styles etc. here

  • 16 levels

  • 600 x 800 pixel

  • Simple Nook Touch

    Simple Nook Touch from Barnes & Noble

    • $99 (Wi Fi only)
  • Yes

  • 6"

    • 6.6" x 5" x 0.47"
    • Largest of all
    • 7.48 ounces
    • 1,000 books on 2GB on device
    • Extra Free cloud storage
  • up to 32 GB with micro SD card

    • 2 months +
    • 30 mins/day X 2 months +
  • 6

  • 7

  • 16 levels

  • 600 x 800 pixel

  • Kobo Touch eReader

    Kobo Touch eReader

    • $99 (Wi Fi only)
  • Yes

  • 6"

    • 6.5" x 4.5" x 0.4"
    • 6.5 ounces
    • 1,000 books on 2GB on device
    • No cloud storage
  • up to 32 GB with micro SD card

    • 1 month
    • 30 mins/day X 1 month
  • 7

  • 17

  • 16 levels

  • 600 x 800 pixel

How to change font size, font style and spacing

The video below shows how to change font size and font styles on the Kindle Touch and the Nook Touch. There are TWO ways of changing font size on the Kindle thanks to its more advanced multi-touch-screen functions. Changing the font size with pinching of the screen is very convenient than going through the menu bars.

Kindle Touch or Nook Touch? Can you make a decision yet?

We think you shouldn’t YET! Does it really matter if one stores 1000 books and the other 1400 books? Your purpose is to read and not to store the books so that you can read them one day when you retire :) Amazon claims 2 months of battery life for their Kindle Touch while Nook Touch claims 2 months + Now does this matter?

This is considering half an hour/day of reading – so if you’re reading continuously, that’s about 60 X 30 mins = 30 hours = 1.3 days!! That’s pretty distant from 2 months, you’d agree! May be one month of battery life (that’s 0.65 days) vs 2 months battery life (1.3 days continuous reading) would matter if you went camping often and had no access to power! Otherwise, these tiny winy details would usually not matter to the average user who’s looking to buy an eBook Reader.

Following is the more important eReader Comparison.

The real eReader Comparison Chart you should be looking at is this one

  • Connectivity

  • Touch Screen

  • Touch Screen Features

  • Audio Features

  • Read in portrait or Landscape modes

  • 5-way-controller

  • Support EPUB Books

  • What is our RANKING?

  • Entry level Kindle

    Entry Level $79 Kindle

    • Wi Fi
    • USB cable
  • No

  • N/A

    • Nope!
    • Yeah baby!
    • Can be a good thing
    • Turn the Kindle by 90 degrees and your screen is suddenly wide-angle!
    • Yes
    • Can be a little messy!
    • Did you ever think how you're going to type things if it doesn't have a keyboard or a touch screen? Well you have to type if you're going to search for eBooks and when you make notes/highlights etc. right? So how do you do it? You get a virtual keyboard and then you have to use your up, down, left, right controller to type L--E--T--T--E--R--S - see what I mean? Can be time consuming! But then again, you're not going to be writing essays on this thing.
    • But we recommend that you make the investment of that extra 20 bucks because the Touch screen of the Kindle Touch will give you a lot more convenience when navigating around and typing things! But it's really your call depending on how you plan to use your new ebook reader
    • No - this is probably the biggest setback of the Kindle eReaders
    • What's EPUB? A format of ebooks offered by many libraries
    • There are 2 workarounds

    Use the free 3rd party application on http://calibre-ebook.com/ to convert DRM free ePUB books to a format that Kindle supports (MOBI format). The ePub book converted to Kindle Mobi format allows highlighting, annotating, and font-size adjustments etc.

    More than 11,000 US libraries now have Kindle Edition ebooks. You can borrow them to your Kindle via a wireless connection – you can read about how to borrow Kindle Books from your local library here.

  • It's the BEST value for money at $79. Landscape mode is cool too!

    Click Here to Learn More on this Kindle

  • Amazon Kindle Touch

    Amazon Kindle Touch with Wi Fi and 3G

    • Wi Fi
    • USB cable
    • Optional 3G - One time $50 payment and FREE 3G for life
    • Why would anyone need 3G? (OPENS in new tab/window)
  • Yup! Everything else has a touch-screen these days, so why not your eReader?

  • Kindle Touch touch-screen is more advanced than the touch-screen of the Nook Touch. Tapping on most part of the screen will turn pages forward, tapping on the left hand-side will turn pages backwards and tapping on the top part will bring up the tool bars.

    The Kindle Touch screen also lets you zoom in and out/change font sizes with a 'pinching' gesture with your fingers. This is more convenient than going to the menu/settings everytime you want to change font size. This advanced gesture is not offered on the Nook or Kobo.

    Check out this video that compares turning pages on the Kindle Touch and Nook Touch

    • Yup! Check out our video here
    • Listen to Audio books (Many FREE audible books out there)
    • Doubles as a stereo MP3 player
    • Auto text-to-speech narration - feeling tired? Lay down, close your eyes and let it read to you! (check out this video on text-to-speech auto-narration
    • Only portrait mode
    • Touch-screen takes care of things, no 5 way or gazillion way controller necessary!
  • Same as for the basic Kindle

  • #1

    Because of audio features (music, audible books and text-to-speech), optional 3G, large built-in-memory and potentially better touch-screen, the Kindle Touch is our BEST eReader

    Click Here for More info on the Kindle Touch

  • Simple Nook Touch

    Simple Nook Touch from Barnes & Noble

    • Wi Fi
    • USB cable
  • Yes!

  • Touch-screen is not as advanced. It used to be pretty bad at first. But after a software upgrade, it's much better now, but you have to swipe if you want to turn pages on the Nook Touch using the touch screen. You also can flip pages without using the touch-screen by tapping at either edge - probably the more comfortable/practical way to do the job!

    • Nope!
    • Only portrait mode
    • Such a controller not necessary! Touch-screen takes care of it!
  • Yes

  • If you already have a bunch of Nook Books, you're a regular visitor to your local B&N store and prefer the expandable memory and ease of reading EPUB books over the more advanced touch-screen, audio books, text-to-speech etc. of the Kindle Touch, the Nook Touch suits you best

    Click Me to go to B&N

  • Kobo Touch eReader

    Kobo Touch eReader

    • Wi Fi
    • USB cable
  • Yes!

  • Touch-screen not as advanced as on the Kindle Touch. You can turn pages either by swiping or tapping on the left and right edges. But tapping on the middle portion brings up the bottom menu bar. This is not a BIG DEAL, but if you are holding the Kindle with your left hand, you can tap the middle of the screen with your thumb to go forward and tap the left edge with the thumb to go backwards. Unless you have giant hands, your thumb won't be long enough to reach the right side edge (to go forward). This is where the Nook or Kobo can be a slight pain sometimes. You have to either hold it with both hands if you want to go backwards as well as forwards. But if you're only going forwards, this is not a big issue. Just a minor point!

    • Nope!
    • Portrait mode for regular eBooks
    • Landscape mode available for PDFs
    • Same as Nook Touch and Kindle Touch
  • Yes

  • If you prefer the expandable memory and ease of reading EPUB books over Audio features and the more advanced touch screen of the Kindle Touch, you may want to go with the Kobo Touch.

    Get your Kobo Touch here

    Kobo Touch eReader

Here are some more videos showing you various comparisons that we talked about above.

The MP3 player of the Amazon Kindle Touch (the Nook or Kobo doesn’t have one)

This can be a really handy feature!

Without an MP3 player on your eReader, you miss out on all the audio/audible books available.

Turning pages on the Nook Touch and Kindle Touch

‘Turning’ pages on the Kindle Touch is much easier because tapping on most part of the screen takes you forward. Thus you can easily hold it with your left hand and flip pages forwards and backwards easily. But that’s NOT the case with the Nook because tapping on the middle part doesn’t flip pages, but instead brings up menu bars. So flipping pages both forwards and backwards while holding with one hand can be challenging (unless you have really long thumbs). There are a couple of ‘ridges’ that you can press to flip pages, but that seems like a ton of work compared to tapping on the touch-screen. This is a strong point you need to take from our ereader comparison, although it may not look very important!

Text-to-speech (auto-narration) of the Kindle is also nice

Ain’t the sexiest voice on earth, but gets the job done if you want to listen to a book.

What eReader did you decide on?

  1. Click here if you decided on one of the Amazon Kindle range of eBook Readers
  2. Click here if you decided on the Nook Simple Touch eBook Reader

Downloading Free eBooks takes just a few clicks on both the Kindle and Touch

Now you’ve seen all the details on the Kindle Touch and Nook Touch eReader. Have you heard about the Kindle Fire? That’s a completely different beast and we highly encourage you to check it out if you can pitch in with that extra dough!

Hope this eReader comparison was indeed helpful to you. We believe it’s one of the most unbiased and detailed comparisons out there. But let us know what you think! We obviously are human beings and humans make mistakes. We are all ears! Let us know if there are mistakes or if you liked it, we would love to improve our ereader comparisons based on your feed back. Please let us know! Did we do good? Thanks in advance!

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AKStrohl

I would like to see the note-taking functions on both of the baser touch screen models. Thanks!

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Admin

Note taking functions? Can you elaborate what you mean pls? Making notes? Annotating? Is that what you meant?

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Sonny

It’s unfortunate that you didn’t review the Kobo Touch here. It think in a number of ways, it is just as good, if not better that the offerings from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Reading Life social app definitely adds to the eReader experience. Also, being able to get free eBooks from my local library makes it a worthwhile device.

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Admin

Yes we’ve been meaning to do that, but haven’t had time. You can borrow local library books with the Kindle too. The Kobo has a smaller on device hard drive (2GB vs 4GB of the Kindle Touch), shorter battery life and no audio features which means no audio books, no text to speech and no music while reading. So in our book, the Kindle Touch at the same price, $99, is way more bang for your buck than the Kobo reader!

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Mary

Excellant comparison chart. Just one question… are any of these readable in the dark (no lights on to read in bed)?

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Admin

Nope! Sorry! Either you have to have external lights or an ereader with an LCD screen like the Kindle Fire or iPad!

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Mary

Thank you!

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Robin

Actually I researched a bit and there are various converters out there. Calibre is one and open sourced, getting by on donations. Have downloaded it and it looks to be quite good. Kindle looks to be the better choice. I want a reader mainly for reading. For travel a netbook with cameras for Skype makes a lot of sense, but I doubt would be a good chioce for reading.

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Admin

Aha! I see you already found the answer!
The answer to the 2nd part of the question – yes you can read on other devices like your computer or iPad or iPhone just by using the Kindle app!
Yes I agree, if you want to use those functions (camera, Skype), a Netbook/tablet would be better. But how much do they cost? Too bad the Kindle Fire didn’t have one :(

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Robin

Can you read Epub format on Kindle? And can you read Kindle format on any other reader?

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Ray Ornedo

Thank you for posting this entry. It is really useful for me.

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przemo_li

Add category of “targeted markets”. Both ereaders are conined to USA-only at the moment :(

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Rick

Why is 3G in your review so underrated…some people don’t have Internet!
The one thing missing on any of the keyboard devices is email.

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Corrina

Thank you for a wonderful review. I too think you guys did an unbiased detailed comparison. I especially love the way you divided into the minor and major differences. A lot of reviews I have seen only talk about the battery life or the font styles etc. which really don’t mean much!

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