Nook preferred for picture books by WSJ
Which format is better for picture books, Nook from Barnes and Noble, Kindle Fire from Amazon or iPad from Apple? The Wall Street Journal recently reviewed the three formats and determined Nook the winner.
The decision was not based on the hardware features. It was not based on the price. It was not based on the operating system ease-of-use. It was based on e-book selection.
Simply put, Barnes and Noble offers more, better picture e-books for kids. Why? Nook has been available as a color e-book for longer than Amazon.
Not all picture books are the same when it comes to e-books. Here's how The Wall Street Journal puts it:
Take "Go, Dog. Go!" for example. On the Kindle Fire, drawings barely fill the screen. The iBookstore edition most resembles the print experience, with pages displayed like an open book. The Barnes & Noble edition has sound effects (cars vrooom, pool water splashes) and simple animations.
The article implies that Amazon and Apple consider the picturebook genre an "afterthought." That's a little harsh. After all, it's the publishers who provide the content to the e-bookstores.
But more publishers have been creating colorful picturebooks for B&N for longer than the other two, and the pickings are richer for the consumer.
So when choosing an e-reader for your kids this holiday, don't just look at the hardware. Look at the content.