Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Color vs Libre Pro

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from reviews.cnet.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Barnes & Noble NOOK Color 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color  based on its display and bookstore.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Color

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Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (ePaper) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Noticeably bigger screen 7" vs 5" 40% bigger screen
Higher resolution screen 1024 x 600 vs 640 x 480 2x higher resolution screen
Front view of Aluratek Libre Pro

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Significantly thinner 9.5 mm vs 12.2 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Significantly longer battery life 24 hour vs 8 hour 3x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly lighter weight 213 g vs 422 g Around 50% lighter weight
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (ePaper) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK Color  vs
Libre Pro 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 640 x 480
Screen size 7" 5"
Pixel density 169 ppi 160 ppi
Screen type LCD ePaper
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes N/A
Text to speech No No
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser Yes No
Evernote integration Yes No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Parental controls No No

storage

Memory 5 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 127 x 205 x 12.2 mm 108 x 152 x 9.5 mm
Weight 422 g 213 g
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

NOOK Color  vs
Libre Pro 
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Document support
FB2
XLS
DOC
PRC
PDF
XLX
TXT
PPT
RTF
ePUB
CBZ
MOBI

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore NOOK Book Store None
EBookstore size 3.27 M book N/A
Free content free content 1.84 M books N/A
Customer loyalty program No N/A
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 N/A
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 N/A
Reader-to-reader lending Yes N/A
Cloud storage Yes N/A
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac N/A
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books N/A
Has retail store locations Yes N/A
Barnes & Noble NOOK Color
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