[LINK] Barnes & Noble Unveils Kindle-Killing ‘Nook’ E-Reader
kim at holburn.net
Thu Oct 22 01:38:50 AEDT 2009
Amazing when the ability to loan books to friends is a major selling
point. The simplest thing you can do with a real (non-virtual) book
and even this ability has severe restrictions on the Nook - you can
only lend to another Nook owner and only for 2 weeks? Still can't
sell them or presumably give them to someone else and B&N I assume
know exactly what you've bought from them. So much for privacy.
Nice reader though. I wonder if you can put other e-books on it (non-
Barnes & Noble books) like for instance books from the public domain
and read them?
(Must restrain myself from obvious jokes about this e-reader's name!)
> Barnes & Noble Unveils Kindle-Killing, Dual-Screen ‘Nook’ E-Reader
> If you just ordered a Kindle, stop reading now or you’re in for a
> giant dose of buyer’s remorse. Barnes and Noble unveiled a new e-
> book reader called ‘Nook’, and it is hot, both inside and out.
> Nook looks a lot like Amazon’s white plastic e-book reader, only
> instead of the chiclet-keyboard there is a color multitouch screen,
> to be used as a keyboard or to browse books, cover-flow style. The
> machine runs Google’s Android OS and it will have wireless
> capability from AT&T.
> The $260 Nook–same price as the Kindle 2-is expected to be on sale
> at the end of November.
> The Nook has the regular black-and-white E Ink display and a 3.5-
> inch color touchscreen. The latter allows users to browse books. The
> Nook also comes with built-in WiFi, 2GB of internal storage, MP3
> player and supports open formats such as EPUB. Nook users have
> features such as bookmarks, and the ability to share books with
> friends for up to a fortnight through other e-readers, smartphones
> or computers.
> Barnes and Noble has said Nook customers will have access to its
> online bookstore that includes books, newspapers and magazines. The
> Nook itself can hold up to 1,500 e-books.
> Gizmodo, first showed leaked images of the Nook last week. The blog
> said that B&N will be discounting titles heavily in their electronic
> format, which is as is should be (no paper, printing or shipping
> costs). The Nook will also be able to get books from the Google
> Books Project.
> Earlier Tuesday, Wall Street Journal, had a peek at an at ad set to
> run in The New York Times this coming Sunday. The ad features the
> line “Lend eBooks to friends,” and this has the potential to destroy
> the Kindle model. One of the biggest problems with e-books is that
> you can’t lend or re-sell them. If B&N is selling e-books cheaper
> than the paper versions, then the resale issue is moot. And lending,
> even if your friends need a Nook, too, takes away the other big
> advantage of paper.
> In fact, this loaning function could be the viral feature that makes
> the device spread. Who would buy a walled-garden machine like the
> Kindle when the Nook has the same titles, cheaper, and you can
> borrow? The Nook is already starting to look like the real internet
> to the Kindle’s AOL.
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