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October 21, 2009 / jadettman


Barnes and Noble unveiled their branded ebook reading device today and it’s called the Nook.

So, yeah, it has a silly name but what about the thing itself?

Looking over the features, I think that the Nook is a worthy entry into the ebook reader market. It has some clever features like the touchscreen for navigation and a second eInk screen for the book text. Really, I would have to play with one to see the practical use of it.

Rumor has it, though, that a color version of the Nook may be coming next year. It’s unlikely to be a color eInk screen so I’ll be curious to see how that effects battery life. Color is important, though. I’m interested to see who will win that race, what with Apple’s rumored color tablet coming next year too.

Exciting times for ebooks regardless of how you look at it.

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Full Disclosure: I’m not endorsing any particular product here. No one has paid me to bring any of this to your attention. However, I do work for Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. Take that for what you will.



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  1. Peter / Oct 21 2009 6:13 pm

    Yeah, it’s pretty darn cool. The only thing Kindle has on Nook is text-to-speech. I’m psyched – we just kicked Amazon right in the business plan.

    Full disclosure: I’m also an employee of Barnes & Noble. I AM endorsing the nook, but I’m not being compensated for it in any way, other than my normal salary. Nobody has asked me to, I’m just a geek and did my own research.

  2. J.A. Dettman / Oct 21 2009 10:21 pm

    I really want to play with one before I get too psyched about the Nook.

    I agree, though, that it looks pretty cool. The more I look at it, the cooler it looks. The specs make it sound a little too small for my tastes, though. Thus the wanting to play with it. 🙂

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