NOOK Tablet vs. Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire was announced several weeks ago and today Barnes & Noble announced the NOOK Tablet.  Both begin shipping later this month.  Let’s see how the features compare.

 NOOK Tablet  Kindle Fire
NOOK Tablet Kindle Fire
$249 Price $199
7″ Screen Size 7″
8.1″ x 5.0″ x 0.48″ Dimensions 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″
14.1 oz. Weight 14.6 oz.
1GHz Dual-Core Processor Processor Dual-Core Processor
16 GB (plus Memory Slot) Memory 8 GB
Up to 11.5 Hours Reading Battery Life Up to 8.0 Hours Reading

Both devices run on the Android operating system and connect using Wi-Fi. Screens have the same 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi.

Regarding ebooks: B&N claims 2.5 million available titles to’s over 1 million ebooks.

Tablets and Their Uses in Libraries

iPadALA TechSource recently held two workshops on tablet computers and their uses in libraries.  Part 1 gives some background history on the tablet computer and some current tablet models with specifications.  Reasons the presenters give for using tablets in libraries:

  • E-reading
  • Engaging users
  • Suporting research
  • As assistive technologies
  • Providing new services
  • Delivering new content
  • Productivity enhancement
  • Professional development

Part 1 also gives some examples of libraries that have implemented tablet lending.

Part 2 gives more practical examples as well as a brief overview of apps with many screenshots of useful ones.

Part 1: Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services
Part 2: Integarting iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services, Part 2