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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 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 :)

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