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The much ballyhooed e-book reader from Barnes & Noble was officially announced today, as jkOnTheRun reports, and it has a good chance of giving Amazon’s Kindle a run for its money. The $259 Android-based Nook is smaller and thinner than originally thought, and has a small […]

The much ballyhooed e-book reader from Barnes & Noble was officially announced today, as jkOnTheRun reports, and it has a good chance of giving Amazon’s Kindle a run for its money. The $259 Android-based Nook is smaller and thinner than originally thought, and has a small color LCD touchscreen at the bottom that augments the 6-inch E-ink screen above it. The Nook comes with free 3G via AT&T, and launches the day after Spring Design’s similar device. You can find out much more about the impressive Nook here.

  1. One important thing to note, B&N does not include a web browser and has no plans to. So the “Free 3G” and “Free WiFi” are really only good for buying/transferring books, not for anything else.

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    1. ok. but is there something specifically stopping an android compatible browser from being installed? also will we have access to the android marketplace and all it’s apps?

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      1. I doubt the device itself contains much to work with ( pure Android build now a tangled, proprietary mess ), and its likely the packets are being sniffed by AT&T…

        So “no soup for you!”

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  2. The ePaper part probably has exactly the same contrast ratio as the Kindle. They all use the same spinning charged balls technology from the same companies.

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  3. “…The [ Android-based ] Nook comes with free 3G via AT&T…”

    Oh teh irony! ( Re: the whole Google Voice blocked by AT&T donnybrook )

    P.S. AT&T as dumb pipe!

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  4. I’m interested in the nook, I’ve wanted a Kindle for a while, but haven’t gotten one yet. It’s nice to have another option to consider.

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  5. [...] Most Flexible e-Book Platform. The looming battle between Amazon’s Kindle eBook device and Barnes & Noble’s Nook could “portend the next wave of Android disruption,” Joel West recently noted, hitting [...]

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  6. [...] The Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book Reader Is a Knockout - GigaOM [...]

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  7. [...] The Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book Reader Is a Knockout (gigaom.com) [...]

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