eReaders in Schools?

Based on my own experiences, as well as attached info, I'm prepared to recommend the B&N Nook WiFi ($149) for school district use. Here's why I think it's the best choice (over the Amazon Kindle):
  • Nook works with Calibre, a free tool for managing and converting content to work on the Nook
  • The Nook is compatible--like the iPad--with the standard ePub ebook format (other tools like Kindle are not).
  • It's much less expensive than iPad which also reads ePub with Stanza
  • Hundreds of Classics, required reading content are available in a format viewable on the Nook
  • WiFi version lacks an internet browser
  • Single function device (reading, audio)

What am I missing?

eReaders in Schools
KINDLE 2 WiFiNoOK WiFi (Recommended)
Price$139.00$149.00
Dimensions8x5.3x0.367.7x4.9x.5
Weight10.2oz11.2 oz
WirelessWiFiYes only WiFi
ConnectivityUSB 2.0USB multiple syncs
Screen Size6" 16 level gray scale6"  16 level grayscale
Resolution800x600480x144
Touch ScreenNoYes
KeyboardYesNo
MP3 PlayerYesYes
Memory2Gb (1500 books)2Gb Flash
SlotsMicroSD
Battery Timeup to 2 weeks10 days
Supported ebook FormatsAZW,txt,mobi,prc,aa,mp3PDF, EPUB, eReader, PDB, JPG, GIF, PNG, MP3

Other formats supported with Calibre (free) Converter: LIT, HTML, MOBI
Additional FeaturesBrowser,
Kindle allows owner to check email and news,
Non replaceable battery
  1. Can be unregistered
  2. Not allow shopping in bookstore;
  3. No Browser
  4. MAC or PC  
  5. Only allows shopping in B&N store
  6. Can turn off WiFi or place in Airplane mode.
  7. Replaceable battery





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Comments

Will DeLamater said…
Excellent chart, Miguel. I don't think you are missing anything. The problem arises when schools commit to a closed system like Amazon's; the flood of epub material coming in the next few years just won't run on a Kindle. Now the Nook is an inferior device--no question--but it opens a window on the widest horizons of ebook use in education, while the Kindle cracks a window onto what Amazon supports with its proprietary ebook format.
Dennis McElroy said…
Unfortunately, I think it is short sighted to look at a single purpose ereader. It is much more cost effective to look at a device like the iPad which provides approximately 90% of a laptop's functionality at a fraction of the price and with better performance. An ereader is just that...a one hit wonder. Think of all of the other things we could have students do with a much more versatile device. I also wonder if the ereader in question meets ADA guidelines. The Kindle does not. The iPad does. Schools need to be very careful about this as Arizona State found out. A lawsuit was filed there over the use of the Kindle.

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