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Barnes & Noble Nook Price and Release Date Announced

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Look out Kindle, there’s a new e-Book reader in town and it’s about to rain all over your electronic paper parade. Old-school bookseller Barnes & Noble is set to release a serious shot across the bow of Amazon’s Kindle with their new e-Reader, the nook.

barnes and noble nook e book

The Nook sets itself apart from the pack with an innovative dual display, one part electrostatic ink book screen, and the other part a thoroughly modern 3.5-inch full-color touchscreen for navigating between menus and book covers.

nook navigation

Much like the Kindle before it, the nook can download books via Wi-Fi or 3G connections, and it offers a high-contrast 16-shade E Ink display for reading books. Free 3G coverage is provided by AT&T, while you’ll get free Wi-Fi whenever you’re visiting a B&N store. And it can read open standard files like PDF and e.pub documents -yay! Did I happen to mention the Nook runs on Google’s open source Android OS? Ruh-oh. Kindle’s on the ropes now.

nook paperbacks

Barnes & Noble will even let you sample a little bit of each book before you buy – sorta like the music previews on iTunes. The nook even lets you “lend out” books to your friends for up to 14 days at a time. They don’t even need to have a Nook – you can share them to a cell phone or computer too. You can even sync your books own to your iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Mac or PC and pick up wherever you left off reading.

barnes and noble nook1

Barnes & Noble plans on offering over 1 million download-to-own eBooks, and a variety of subscription magazines and newspapers in its electronic bookstore, and the nook has enough storage on board to hold up to 1500 of ‘em. And if you’re a real bookworm, you can stick in a 16GB MicroSD card and carry around a your own mobile Library of Congress with up to 17,500 books.

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The nook will ship starting in late November, and will sell for $259.99 (USD). You can pre-order one now over at the Barnes & Noble website.





Comments (9):

  1. Sanoona says:

    WHY CAN’T YOU LET IT WORK OUT OF THE U.S. WITHOUT WI-FI?!?! IT’S NO USE!!! YOU’D GET MUCH MORE MONEY AROUND THE WORLD. SOME PEOPLE DONT HAVE WI-FI (LIKE ME) I AM AN ADDICTED BOOKWORM!!! I NEED IT!!! LET IT WORK OUTSIDE THE U.S. NOW!!! THERE IS NO HARM IN THAT IS THERE?!?!?

    • Robert says:

      …wow, all the yelling.

      This is a first-gen device, released specifically for testing purposes to determine what the majority want. All companies do this. Everyone who buys the first gen nook are what we in the biz call “early adopters.” Wait for gen 2 nook; I’m sure it will add everything everyone is asking for.

  2. Sydney says:

    what does it do besides read books?

  3. Sydney says:

    hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I think you should move

  4. david says:

    lol now that was funny

  5. jasmine says:

    does anybody thing that the kindle 2 is better than the nook. I can not decide between nook or kindle 2.

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