Lately I have been thinking a lot about the merits of purchasing tablets as opposed to e-readers. Many of tablets such as the iPad or the Kindle Fire seem to offer everything that the basic e-readers do and more. The iPad has apps available for both Kindle and Nook books and can be an amazing classroom resource. After looking at the Apple website, I am excited about all the different things available on the iPad.
As I said before though, a lot is dependent upon what purpose the e-reader will be serving in the library. Some people do not enjoy using the tablets for reading and would much prefer a reader with the e-ink screen.
Fortunately, the school I work for has a lot of iPads as well as five Nooks so I can check them out firsthand. I have been trying to find the time to sit down with both devices to compare them. If only the students didn't always have the Nooks checked out... (not really! I think it's great that they are so popular!)