The Barnes & Noble nook launched a few months ago, but until now it was available only on this company’s website. Starting in the middle of this week, those who want this e-book reader will be able to pick one up in a B&N store.
This giant book retailer has been demonstrating the nook in its stores for quite some time, but customers had to order this device and wait for it to be delivered. In the next couple of days, people will be able to buy it and take one home immediately.
Customers can find which of this company’s 1,300 stores have this eReader in stock by going to www.bn.com/nook/instore. This page will be updated daily beginning Feb. 10.
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).
It 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