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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: 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.

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