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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&N.com 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 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.


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