Barnes & Noble Nook is Official — Knocks the Kindle to the Curb

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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