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Saturday, March 23, 2013 marked the seventh year that people around the world participated in Earth Hour. From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., businesses, individuals and governments around the globe turned off the lights, computers, and TVs.
Hundreds of millions of people in 7,001 cities in 153 countries across the continents participated this year! With people on all 7 continents pledging to do their part and create a sustainable future, we can reduce the energy footprint on Earth.
Did you and your family participate in this year’s Earth Hour?
A bunch of you are probably thinking: “But wait! You’ve already done a review of the Barnes and Noble nook.” But this review is going to be a little bit different. I’m going to compare two of the top e-Readers: The Barnes and Noble nook and Amazon’s Kindle.
First up is the nook. I’m going to bounce back and forth between nook and Kindle, and I’m going to ask the same question for both. I interviewed my Dad for the nook because he has one. And I interviewed my friend Noah who got a Kindle for Christmas.
REED: How do you control everything?
DAD: There’s a small touch screen at the bottom of the nook. This is where you push and slide-around to find everything you need – sort of like an iPhone or iPad. The touch screen controls everything on the larger screen above, including your shelves of books, selecting what you want to read, as well as the B&N store, games and web browser that are all on the nook. There are two buttons on each side of the nook so you can turn the pages forward or backward and use whichever hand is most comfortable. Probably the coolest feature of the touch screen is that you can slide your finger forward or back to turn the pages instead of using the buttons.
NOAH: You have a keyboard, two buttons to turn the page, there are four arrow keys, one for up, down, and side to side. There is a button in between the arrow keys to select stuff. Like the nook, the Kindle has two buttons on the side to turn the page. There is no touch screen.
REED: What options do you have from the main menu?
DAD: From the nook’s main menu, you can get to your library of books and magazines, a selection of daily blogs, the nook store, Sudoku and Chess games, a web browser and all of your device settings, like turning on and off wireless.
NOAH: You have the option to turn wireless wifi on or off. You have a web browser. You can get small board games. You can buy books on the Kindle from either Kindle.com or Amazon. It depends on which Kindle you have. You can also share your books with other Kindle users.
REED: Is there a nook/Kindle app for the iPod, iPhone or iPad?
DAD: Yep. You can access your nook library from any device, including iPod (REED: I use the nook app on the iPod Touch I got for Christmas!), iPhone and iPad as well as Blackberry phones (which I sometimes use), and your desktop computer.
NOAH: Yes. It isn’t as good as the actual Kindle.
All in all, I think both of these e-Readers are very good and are neck-to-neck. Barnes and Noble probably has a slight advantage due to their new Nook Color. I can’t tell you too much more because I don’t have one. I would recommend the nook because it’s very simple and the touch screen makes everything easier.
Thank you guys for reading this. I hope you enjoyed this blog. This was a very fun review for me because I got to interview Noah at school. If you want to see another interview, check out when I interviewed the famous kids author Gary Paulsen. You can read it here.