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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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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.

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