The Barnes & Noble nook launched a few months ago, but until now it has only been avaiable directly from this bookseller. Starting today, those who want this ebook reader can pick one up in a Best Buy store.
The nook went on sale from the B&N website last year, and debuted in B&N stores in February, so this isn’t the first time this device has been on store shelves.
An Overview of the Barnes & Noble Nook
B&N’s e-book reader has much in common with the Amazon.com Kindle 2. It differentiates itself by allowing users to lend books and connect to Wi-Fi networks.
This device has a 6-inch, grayscale E-Ink screen for displaying the contents of books, newspapers, and magazines, and below that is a smaller color Touchscreen that is used to shop for items, as a keyboard, and to perform other actions.
Users are able to purchase and download e-books directly on the Nook, either over a Wi-Fi connection or over AT&T’s 3G network. Those who want to access hotspots in B&N stores can do so for free.
The nook supports documents in a variety of formats: eReader, the open ePub standard, or Adobe Acrobat (PDF), and users are able to move files onto this reader — they don’t have to come from B&N.
This device has 2 GB of internal storage — that’s room for about 1,500 books — plus it includes a microSD card slot for additional capacity.
The most unusual feature of the nook is the ability to “lend” books; users are able to loan a text to one of their friends for up to 14 days for no charge. The receiver must have either a Nook or a compatible device — iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm, PC, etc. — with the free B&N eReader software installed.
Physically, this device is 7.7 inches by 4.9 inches by 0.5 inches (196 mm by 126 mm by 13 mm). It weighs 11.2 ounces (317 g).
Pricing & Availabity
The nook sells for $260, the same price as the Amazon Kindle 2 but significantly less than the starting price for the Apple iPad.
Source: Barnes & Noble