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Barnes & Noble Unveils ‘Nook’ eBook Reader

Barnes & Noble unveiled their new eBook reader called “Nook“.

Some of the features and specs of the $259 device include:

  • The ability to download eBooks, magazines and newspapers over AT&T’s 3G network or via any B&N store’s free Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Read any eBook for free in a Barnes & Noble store
  • An E Ink reading screen
  • Navigation via a color touchscreen (separate from the book display from what I can see in the video, which also shows some slow page-turning and screen flashes)
  • Sync your eBooks to your iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Mac or PC
  • Lend eBooks to friends for up to 14 days.
  • Based on the Android Operating System
  • 2GB Internal memory/storage (up to 1,500 eBooks) with additional storage via its SD Expansion slot (for books and pictures)
  • Try before you buy with free book samples

See also: How it compares with Amazon’s Kindle 2. From a B&N perspective, of course!

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8 Comments on Barnes & Noble Unveils ‘Nook’ eBook Reader

  1. I think it’s a shame that there’s no Wikipedia or text-based Google search (let alone a full web browser).  Especially when I’m reading non-fiction, I’d like to be able to look somthing up quickly from time to time.  The hardware supports it, give it the features B&N!

  2. I’ve been staring at articles about this thing all morning, and am REALLY intrigued. They’ve got some really smart features in there, like being able to read any eBook for free while in a Barnes & Noble. that’s SUCH a good idea.

    And I love the feature I saw somewhere else, where you can “lend” an eBook to friends for two weeks, when it’ll then revert back to you. Another great idea.

    but the big one for me is the cross-device compatibility. Every night, I wind up sitting in a dark bedroom waiting for my son to fall asleep. So I read on my iPhone (where I already have the Barnes & Noble Reader software – I’ve been reading Pride and Prejudice, if you’re wondering). I LOVE the idea that I could be out in the living room reading on my Reader. And then it’s bed-time. So I put him down, sit in the corner of the dark room, go into my iPhone and it finds my place in the text. I read in there for awhile, on my phone. And then he goes to sleep, and I come out here and resume from my new place on the Reader.

    It’s when devices show up and I start seeing logical uses for them around the house that I get interested. 

    One advantage, to my mind, that they’ll have over Amazon is that I’m sure they’ll have demo units in the Barnes & Nobles around the country. Being able to fiddle with a demo unit is always a very useful thing with new technology. It certainly helped me think about eBook readers, when my local Target started carrying demo units of the Sony eBook Reader. 

  3. I looks very good. Its support of epub and PDF is a definite huge plus. And it runs Android as well. I love the idea of lending others books.

  4. Whoa I think you missed a feature I found very interesting, if not compelling.  There is some way to share an eBook you bought with a friend (I assume they also have to have a Nook.)

  5. Er, look again: “Lend eBooks with friends for up to 14 days”, although that should be “to” friends. Changed.

  6. Doh!  That word “lend” threw me, I was looking for share :).

  7. Lending will work across Nooks, Iphone/Touchs, Blackberries, and computers (according to the B&N Nook’s website). If you have it on your Nook, but another person has a computer or above devices, you can lend it to them (they need the B&N software).

  8. To me, “share” makes it sound more permanent than it is.  Of course, that depends on the person you’re “lending” your stuff to.  🙂

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