Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of HD vs Libre Pro

Display

How do the screens stack up?

NOOK HD
5.8
Libre Pro
3.6
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

NOOK HD
9.5
Libre Pro
2.6
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?

NOOK HD
1.9
Libre Pro
4.4
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

NOOK HD
7.3
Libre Pro
7.6
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and pcmag.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

NOOK HD
6.1
Libre Pro
4.7

Winner
Barnes & Noble NOOK HD 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Has an app store NOOK Apps vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Has a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
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
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 640 x 480 Around 4.2x higher resolution screen
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Front view of Aluratek Libre Pro

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Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (mini-USB) vs Yes (30-pin port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port mini-USB vs 30-pin port 100% better Input/Output port
Significantly longer battery life 24 hour vs 10.5 hour More than 2.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (ePaper) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Thinner 9.5 mm vs 11 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 213 g vs 315 g More than 30% lighter weight
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK HD  vs
Libre Pro 
Screen resolution 1440 x 900 640 x 480
Screen size 7" 5"
Pixel density 242 ppi 160 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight None
Screen type LCD ePaper
Touchscreen Capacitive None
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 64GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 8 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm 108 x 152 x 9.5 mm
Weight 315 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

NOOK HD  vs
Libre Pro 
Input/Output port 30-pin port mini-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None

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 HD
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