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Barnes & Noble publicly announces Nook e-reader

Barnes & Noble publicly announced its electronic-book reader, setting the stage for its $259 e-reader to compete with the Amazon Kindle during the 2009 holiday shopping season.

The B&N Nook has a color navigation panel, Wi-Fi, 2GB onboard storage with expansion slot for up to 16GB, and can play MP3s and PDFs.  In addition, the e-reader uses the Google Android operating system and is supported by the AT&T 3G wireless network.

Using the B&N reader software, Nook owners can share books to other Nook owners, Apple iPhone or iPod Touch owners, smartphones, and PC users.

The device is a bit bulkier than the Kindle, has lower battery life than the Kindle, and doesn't have the text-to-speech feature.

"We asked our customers what they wanted in an eBook reader, and specifically designed Nook to be the most full-featured, fun, stylish and easy-to-use eBook reader on the market," B& President William Lynch said in a statement.  "With our nationwide footprint, Barnes & Noble customers can see, touch and hold Nook."

Even though the Kindle leads the e-reader industry, the Nook may have a drastic advantage now that it can be shown in thousands of B&N bookstores across the United States.  The Kindle can be purchased exclusively through Amazon, and has been difficult to find elsewhere.

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Who wanted this?
By Alexstarfire on 10/20/2009 9:47:23 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously. Apart from being able to share with others it seems to be worse than the Kindle in every other way. I'm sorry, but this looks more like a PMP than an eReader.

RE: Who wanted this?
By The0ne on 10/20/2009 10:39:33 PM , Rating: 4
PMP's don't display books like this. Firstly they lack the screen size to properly read anything more than what it has as menus. Secondly, readers aren't that portable as PMP's due to it's size. Third, why wouldn't Amazon, Sony or B&N put more features into the unit? They do sell movies, music, books, etc? You could bring your reader, sit down at the store and just spend the whole day there reading, listening to music, having a cup of something and hopefully meet someone nice while at it ^_-

RE: Who wanted this?
By Alexstarfire on 10/21/2009 1:09:02 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, but please don't call it an eReader. At that point, it's no longer an eReader, it's a PMP. In function, perhaps not in form.

RE: Who wanted this?
By quiksilvr on 10/21/2009 3:45:40 AM , Rating: 3
I don't see why you're complaining. It has PDF support, you can read books for free while you are in a Barnes & Noble, you can share for free. And further more you get a nice slick UI without having to deal with eInk touchscreens. A PMP is only a PMP if you can watch videos on that giant screen. The small touch screen is there to make the experience easier, to make navigation easier. Its primary purpose is reading, but on top of that it has a lot more functionality.

I say bring this price to $199, don't tie it down to AT&T and we got one hellova eReader.

RE: Who wanted this?
By VitalyTheUnknown on 10/21/2009 7:01:24 AM , Rating: 3
" seems to be worse than the Kindle in every other way"

"Alexstarfire" You're just trolling, aren't you?

RE: Who wanted this?
By theapparition on 10/21/2009 8:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
Add to it that this has a library of books of approx 750k, where the Kindle only has 350k. 500k of the B&N readers library is from Google books.

I have a Kindle, but the open developement and platform on this make it very appealing. Think I'm going to pick one up.

RE: Who wanted this?
By theapparition on 10/21/2009 8:50:40 AM , Rating: 2
Who cares if it's tied to AT&T. It's not like you have to pay them monthly for access.

RE: Who wanted this?
By nafhan on 10/21/2009 9:13:21 AM , Rating: 2
Plus, we aren't comparing ATT to Verizon. We're comparing ATT to Sprint. Another point is that data rates needed for ebook readers are much lower than those needed by smartphones, and data transfer is normally asynchronous with usage (i.e. user spends most of his time reading pre-downloaded content).

RE: Who wanted this?
By scrapsma54 on 10/22/2009 2:32:57 AM , Rating: 2
The data plan on the reader is in fact free. So I would take the data coverage from then no matter who they are.

RE: Who wanted this?
By The0ne on 10/21/2009 12:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
It's an ereader whether you choose to call it or not. Just because it has more features that the company can utilize as I've already stated doesn't discount it from the category. Next thing you're going to tell me is that a tablet is also a PMP *roll eyes*, or worse yet a PMP is just a radio because really it has radio and the other "features" really doesn't make it a PMP in your interpretation.

RE: Who wanted this?
By kkwst2 on 10/20/2009 11:24:35 PM , Rating: 3
Well, having Android could be a big plus as it could open up development. I'm sure it's locked down baseline, but someone can probably fix that.

Also, removable battery, expandable storage, little touch screen and Wi-fi

Kindle 2 advantages seem to be slightly nicer form factor, and physical keyboard.

Not sure where you're getting the "every other way" from.

Seems like personal preference whether you would want the keyboard or touchscreen. Each would have their advantages. If you're trying to e-mail with it a lot, the keyboard would probably be a lot easier.

RE: Who wanted this?
By Alexstarfire on 10/21/2009 1:14:10 AM , Rating: 2
Dude, it's an eReader meant for reading books. Color is nice, but not necessary IMO, expanded storage is nice, but I don't even know how many books you could fit in just 1 GB of space. It's got to be quite a few since text is VERY compressible. Touch screen.... meh. Good feature, can be used to write notes and stuff which should be useful. WiFi.... what for? They got 3G on it and all you're downloading is text. Hell, even on 2G it should be quick.

RE: Who wanted this?
By The0ne on 10/21/2009 1:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
I hope you're wrong on this. We're just seeing the competition heat up and there's no doubt color will be coming. Trust me, no doubt.

This is because there are millions of books also sold to kids and children with PICTURES. Yes, don't be too surprise, kids are reading! And while you might not like the idea of touch screen or even multi-touch, it can play a very useful purpose in books with pictorial. I.G. A book where you can actually interact with the environment pop-ups. You can use your finger to move things around, flip the page, color in pictures, solve puzzles, etc. I don't know about you but I love those pop-up books when I was a kid :)

RE: Who wanted this?
By ET on 10/21/2009 2:04:26 AM , Rating: 2
You say "worse than the Kindle in every other way". Can you specifically mention a way or two it's worse than the kindle?

RE: Who wanted this?
By finbarqs on 10/21/2009 5:18:17 AM , Rating: 2
They keep saying color touch screen, which I'm thinking is only the bottom half is touch sensitive. Meaning no gesture based "turn the page" feature

By Motoman on 10/20/2009 8:13:52 PM , Rating: 1
If I want a movie, I buy the DVD.

If I want some music, I buy the CD.

If I want a book, I buy the book.

I don't have any interest in only "owning" digital copies of anything. Very unsettling to not have any physical copy of the item. Can't much imagine that I'll ever be interested in digital-only purchases of anything.

RE: Bah.
By Myrandex on 10/20/2009 8:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
meh, I enjoyed the fact that the last album that I purchased cost me $9 to download the MP3's in a HQ MP3 format rather than pay more to get it on a disc (and either pay for shipping, or pay to drive to the store to pick it up and not know if it was in stock or not before arriving there)...

RE: Bah.
By mcnabney on 10/22/2009 12:24:25 AM , Rating: 2
Can you sell your downloaded MP3 to someone else?

RE: Bah.
By Lord 666 on 10/20/2009 8:51:37 PM , Rating: 4
10,000 BC just called, they want their caveman back in his own time again.

RE: Bah.
By JoshuaBuss on 10/21/2009 12:10:47 PM , Rating: 3
I'm from 2011 A.D. and I'm here to tell you that the DRM system used for your music collection, movie collection, and book collection has been upgraded and no longer works with any of your media.

Plays for sure my ass.

RE: Bah.
By Motoman on 10/21/2009 1:19:09 PM , Rating: 2
3 months ago called - they want their Orson Wells e-book back.

How soon you children forget.

RE: Bah.
By reader1 on 10/20/09, Rating: -1
RE: Bah.
By GeorgeH on 10/20/2009 11:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you 100%. The only exception is games, because there is only a minimal chance of me “losing” a digital copy before the game is so old as to be essentially unplayable.

Also, when someone calls my cell it makes a goddamn ringing sound – and it always will. Now mod me down and get the hell off my lawn; I have to go kill a wildebeest for dinner.

RE: Bah.
By The0ne on 10/21/2009 1:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
That's why is nice to have around for games ^_-

RE: Bah.
By XtremeM3 on 10/21/2009 2:42:11 AM , Rating: 2
Fair enough...but remember, not too long ago that was:

If I want a movie, I buy the VHS.

If I want some music, I buy the tape.

You've obviously embraced change in those areas(depending on your age, maybe this won't apply), why fight it when it comes to new ways to distribute and read the written word?

Just a thought.

RE: Bah.
By Motoman on 10/21/2009 1:21:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's not the same thing. Buying a VHS at least still gave you the physical item. Buying a book still gives you the physical item. If you physically have the book, Amazon (or whoever) can't revoke it back from you (like they just did a little while ago).

If you physically have the CD, you have no risk of the digital service you're using going away.

Etc., etc. This isn't about another change in formats - it's about whether or not you actually own anything.

RE: Bah.
By XtremeM3 on 10/22/2009 9:22:22 AM , Rating: 2
I can see your point. And at this time, this is actually blurring the line between services and purchases. So while yes, I doubt anyone will show up at your house and yank the latest Dan Brown novel out of your hands while you're reading it on the "throne" also can't acquire new material when you're on the go as easily as you can with an e-reader.

Honestly, at this point...books and e-readers are 2 different markets IMO. To each his own. At the moment, I'm still strictly a book reader. However, I can see the market emerging for e-readers and know a few people that use them religiously.

I like it - great job!
By dblagent on 10/21/2009 7:57:28 AM , Rating: 2
Man some people should read the specs before jumping on this, it is bigger than the kindle in thickness, and only by 3mm. Battery life is 10 days vs the kindles 14. It is eink on the top half, the bottom is color. You can do gesture based page turns. 2gb is supposedly 1500 books, and you can expand up to 16gb more if needed. It also has a on screen keyboard on the bottom half as needed. Myself, I like it better in every way over the kindle except for battery life.

I was looking at the Sony eReaders but think I'll get one of these now. It reads .pdfs and epub files which is key for me to get one and the kindle does not support either one. It will come down to the sonys or this - my only gripe is the white color, I want options there. Surely they will release other colors?

RE: I like it - great job!
By Shadrack2 on 10/21/2009 10:52:13 AM , Rating: 5
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RE: I like it - great job!
By Mojo the Monkey on 11/5/2009 5:17:54 PM , Rating: 2
Is that you, Jesus?

and stick it up your YEAH
By OCNewbie on 10/20/2009 8:27:14 PM , Rating: 2
I did it all for the Nook e-reader

RE: and stick it up your YEAH
By keith524 on 10/20/2009 9:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
gives a new meaning to the phrase "I'm going home to get some nookie"

RE: and stick it up your YEAH
By FITCamaro on 10/20/2009 11:07:55 PM , Rating: 3
Damn. Beat me too it.

"Hunny you'll never guess what I bought today!"
"Nook e..."

Nook is Great for what it is.
By JordanDavis on 10/22/2009 4:17:14 PM , Rating: 2
When you think about it. There are two Major problems with the nook. 1. It's a single purpose device. 2. DRM technology.

Ignoring the two major issues above, the Nook blows away the Kindle.


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