Say Hello To The Barnes & Noble Nook

November 28th, 2009

E-book ReaderBarnes & Noble has made a dramatic entrance into the e-book arena with a new reader called the Nook. The cost is $259. It’ll be available in stores sometime during the week of December 7th and is already so popular that pre-orders have exceeded the expected supply for the rest of the year. I had the opportunity to view a mock-up, and they’re pretty small. You can increase the font size, but I’m not sure this would be a good purchase for people with bad eyesight.

An advantage of the Nook is that it supports a variety of e-book formats, including ePub. This means books can be purchased from a wide variety of sources, most notably Google’s huge catalog of 400,000+ titles, and that these purchases will work on devices other than the Nook. Contrast this to the Amazon store which uses a proprietary format that locks the buyer into the Kindle. Also the Nook has more options for connecting to the Internet and a battery that can last up to 10 days on a single charge. To see how the Nook stacks up against the Amazon Kindle 2, here’s an admittedly biased comparison chart.

Link: http://arstechnica.com/…

2 Responses to “Say Hello To The Barnes & Noble Nook”

  1. [link]josh Says:

    I personally have issues with Kindle’s draconian DRM and the inability of me to lend or gift a book to someone else, which I can do with a print version. However, I did speak to a few Kindle owners last week and they loved their Kindles. It is a handy way to store all your current reading list plus a newpaper in a much smaller space plus a dictionary. If you travel a lot I can see the merit of such a device. eInk is very readable.

  2. [link]Jerry limonta Says:

    The Nook is certainly a great device but there are many others out there as well. In fact we feature over 20 of them on our community http://www.ereaderuniverse.com

    Here’s a great new one: http://www.ereaderuniverse.com/page/astak-ez-reader

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