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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

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