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Summary:

The much ballyhooed e-book reader from Barnes & Noble is now officially announced. The Nook is smaller and thinner than I originally thought and from the photos and promotional video is pretty darn nice. The 6-inch E-Ink screen is indeed augmented with a small color LCD […]

The much ballyhooed e-book reader from Barnes & Noble is now officially announced. The Nook is smaller and thinner than I originally thought and from the photos and promotional video is pretty darn nice. The 6-inch E-Ink screen is indeed augmented with a small color LCD touchscreen at the bottom. This screen is used to interact easily with the Nook, making it simpler to operate than other readers.

NookThe Nook has free 3G via AT&T which is used to shop for and download books to the reader. The Nook can be synced with other Barnes & Noble readers and devices, making it as versatile as the Amazon Kindle. Nook owners can lend e-books to friends for 14 days by “squirting” them to the friend’s reader, cell phone or computer. B&N is also touting the availability of free content available while in B&N stores.

The Nook can be pre-ordered now, but a firm shipping date has not been specified by B&N. The Nook is $259 with free shipping.

Specs:

  • Height: 7.7 inches
  • Width: 4.9 inches
  • Depth: 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 11.2 ounces (317 grams)
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G – AT&T
  • 2GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • MP3 player
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • internal mono speaker
  • USB charging, 3.5 hour charge time
  • Android OS

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  1. My big question is will it read my eReader.com purchased library of books? The new Barnes and Noble software will open them just fine (its really just the latest version of the eReader software with a B&N sticker on it). I dont know how you’ll sync them to the Nook though. Maybe sideload via the microSD slot.

    This is what’s kept me from buying a Kindle for my wife. The giant library of books she’s got in eReader format. Right now she’s using a old Palm TX which I was planning on replacing with an ipod touch but if the Nook will read them, that’d be the way to go.

    1. I have that very question in to B&N and will report back when I get an answer. Or they are welcome to chime in here, if they wish.

      1. I’ll be waiting to hear that answer too – ’cause the Nook is high on my wish list and if it can read ereader.com purchased content…whoo hoo!

      2. Anyone know if FictionWise purchases can be read on it since B&N owns them now?

    2. From the Nook blog- Nook can read any ebook format sold at B&N.com. Sounds like a yes, to me.

      1. I’m just wondering how you get the books on there. The B&N version of the eReader software wont download directly from an eReader account. Only stuff purchased through Bn.com. It will open the files if you’ve already downloaded them though.

        If only they pulled an Apple and they were available “Today”. Wife’s birthday is tomorrow and I’m not sure how well an e-mail pre-order confirmation would go over…

      2. @William
        I was thinking you’d put the ereader .pdbs on the micro SD card…

        But I was curious – not having bought any books from B&N.com for their iPhone ereader yet, if the ereader.com DRM would foul up the idea.

  2. weighs in at 1.1 ounce more than the Kindle

    it’s not much but it’s something.

  3. Looks nicer than a kindle and I bet it does read my ereader collection.

  4. And while i’m at it

    It has 30% less battery time.

    So it weighs more and has worse battery life but it has a snazzy color screen! (give me a break)

    I just want to read a book so i’ll skip all the glitz.

  5. continuing…..on (sorry)

    On the other hand, the DX has real problems and really needs something like the color screen as PDFs need to be browsed.

    But this device is too small for text books PDF’s so we just haven’t gotten there yet

  6. James Kendrick Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Just found this on the Nook blog- read any ebook for free at any Barnes & Noble store. Over that free Wi-Fi. Wow, that’s huge.

    http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Unbound-The-eReading-Blog/bg-p/Unbound;jsessionid=E05EBD5D4EF8107C07BC9528CCFF7CB3

    1. Yep, I just pre-ordered and the email shows shipping on Nov 30.

  7. This one looks very similar to the Alex. Basically, a kindle with an lcd screen replacing the keyboard.

    The only thing that might catch my attention on it is: can you use it’s AT&T 3G + wifi as a mifi type device :-}

    Otherwise, I’m still more interested in the Entourage eDGe as my Android e-book/tablet.

  8. New Releases pricing is comparable between B&N and Amazon but a quick check shows that older titles are a buck or two more expensive on the B&N site. Am I missing something?

    1. who knows.

      as it is, you can buy the exact same secure ereader version of a book on 3 sites (all owned by the same company) for 3 different prices:

      http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Born-Round/Frank-Bruni/e/9781101133453/?itm=1&USRI=born+round

      http://www.ereader.com/ebooks/b92381/?si=59

      http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b92381/?si=0

      this makes sense how?

  9. so is use of the android component free over 3G? if so this is huge.

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