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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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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
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