Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

Summary: Barnes & Noble unveiled an all-new, nearly buttonless version of the Nook e-book reader at its flagship store in New York City on Tuesday. The most surprising spec is the staggeringly long battery life.

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Barnes & Noble unveiled an all-new, nearly buttonless version of the Nook e-book reader at its flagship store in New York City on Tuesday. The most surprising spec is the staggeringly long battery life.

[Image Gallery: Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader]

[Image Gallery: Image Gallery: Nook e-reader with extra-long battery life]

Dubbed the "simple touch reader" for readers of all ages, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch said this pocket-sized version of the Nook was "inspired for readers turned off by buttons, keyboards and complexity." Lynch also boasted that this new version is the "easiest to use, most portable e-book reader ever."

Key features:

  • 6-inch touch screen e-Ink pearl display
  • 800Mhz processor
  • 7.5 ounces; can be held in one hand
  • Form factor contoured for reader's hand and long stretches of reading
  • Wi-Fi connectivity; Connects to 24,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots
  • Connects to B&N eBookstore
  • 50% more contrast, 15% thinner and 35% lighter than original Nook
  • Can hold 1,000 books with 2GB storage
  • microSD card slot (expandable up to 32GB)
  • Virtual keyboard
  • Supports Nook Friends lending app

The feature that garnered the most applause at the media event was that the battery life on this new e-book reader can last up to two months on a single charge based on an average reading time of 30 minutes per day. That means a reader could use the device starting now on a full charge until past the Fourth of July.

Priced at $139, Lynch touted the new Nook as the "best value in e-book reader market." Taking on Amazon's Kindle 3 head-on, Lynch argued that the Nook is "10% less bulky" and the Kindle 3 has 38 buttons - 37 more than the all new Nook.

The all-new Nook will be available for pre-order in stores and online immediately, and it will ship around June 10th. Additionally, the first generation of the Nook will be sold for $119 and $169 for the Wi-Fi and 3G editions respectively while supplies last. Software for these old models will not be able to be upgraded to the new platform that the upcoming Nook will run on. Books, of course, will continue to be compatible on all versions of the Nook.

Here's a snapshot of the additional take-away notes from the event:

  • The Nook Color is second overall in tablet sales to the iPad
  • Nook eBookstore hosts more than two million e-books and largest children's digital book store
  • B&N has direct relationships with over 50.000 digital publishers
  • Nook owners have already downloaded a million apps since Nook Apps launched in late April
  • First platform to launch digital lending with Nook Friends app
  • Digital Newsstand sales have exceeded 1.5 million magazines sold in six months (more digital sales than Apple or any other digital newsstand)
  • myNook personal e-reading platform launching next month
  • Millions of Nook-branded devices have been sold, but Lynch wouldn't reveal exact numbers again

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  • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

    Honestly, I think it's gotten to the point where battery life is irrelevant to eInk readers. If you can't be bothered to plug in your eReader once a month, then maybe you need to be doing something besides reading every second of every day.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

      @Aerowind

      One month with daily usage....lasts a lot longer if used less frequently.....I've been so busy recently that I haven't been able to do much reading, my nook was last charged in March...I checked it yesterday and it still has a 60% charge.....I was amazed I figured the battery would be dead already
      Doctor Demento
    • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

      @Aerowind
      Seriously. I don't even have a problem charging my phone every night, while I'm asleep.

      I can see the need to maybe last through a business trip (but really, is it so hard to pack a charger?), but two months is really overkill and unnecessary.
      Droid101
      • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

        @Droid101

        Overkill? I say the longer the battery lasts, the better.
        Doctor Demento
      • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

        @Droid101
        Apparently some people will just complain about anything. How can longer not be anything but better?
        Sure I charge my phone every night but would I prefer if it lasted longer? Of course.

        Sounds good. I don't personally like the eInk screen transitions myself though.
        haggis75
      • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

        @Droid101 Overkill? That presupposes that there's a downside to being able to achieve such a long battery life. To date, I have not seen one. The form factor of the device obviously did not suffer because they "had to cram 2 months of battery" into it. Functionality doesn't appear to have suffered. So what, exactly, is the "kill" in your reported "overkill"?<br><br>Besides, batteries today have a life of x number of cycles/charges. And even as lots of manufacturers tell you differently, we all know that in the real world, repeated charging begins to diminish how long a battery can hold a full charge (I don't care how many deep cycles you do). So, while charging is not really any big deal, the less you have to do it the better... for you, for your battery.
        csteinola
      • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

        @Droid101

        Note:The 2 months is based on average 30min use per day.. I tend to read for an hour or two when I do read so I would expect it to last only 2weeks to a month.. On the other hand that's more than enough time even reading continuously for hours.. Just charge once a week and you're good.. :P
        Xennex1170
  • Wow

    Now there's some numbers you can rejoice about. Two *months*?

    Not sure about the 6" screen but I like the pearl e-ink. And the price isn't bad either!
    wolf_z
  • The Android q.

    This is the first blog i've looked at on it, so maybe everyone else already knows ... but is it Android based? Can it be rooted?
    daboochmeister
    • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

      @daboochmeister if it uses the same OS as the Nook Color - and it seems to be implied in the article, then yes it is running Android. If the color could be rooted, this one will be as well. But I think B&N will do what they did for the color: open up the platform so that you can download apps etc.. I have not seen any mention of them limiting the device compared to its larger sibling.
      patbot
      • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

        @patbot
        It might be rootable but to what end? It's an eInk reader... They rooted the original Nook too but nothing ever came of it because the device itself is limited. NC on the other hand... mine is no longer a "nook" and instead an actual android tablet that I run the Nook and Kindle apps on. I get my books from the vendor that offers it the cheapest.
        brentroger
  • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

    Looks like that might actually be pretty cool. Wow.

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    ZogWee
  • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

    That's nice but I would prefer B & N to drop the price on the Nook color, because that's the ereader that I really want.
    miss_grundy
    • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

      @miss_grundy
      Increasing the processor on the NOOK color would be nice as well as a USB port
      rick@...
      • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

        @rick@...
        The... Nook... has... a USB port ?? Both the Color and the B&W. I'm not understanding your statement.
        The Color has an "expanded" USB port, which means it's got some proprietary leads connected that allow it to manage high-speed charging. But it's fully backward-compatible with a standard USB if you don't want to do a fast charge. Connects to my PC without issue, showing as an external drive.

        The Color also has an SD slot, so it's almost a non-issue. You can transfer over anything you could ever want using that.
        csteinola
      • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

        @csteinola

        I think what he means is a usb port to plug external drives so it would make the NOOK color a USB host and not just a client as it currently stands.
        Xennex1170
    • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

      @miss_grundy That's like saying "I wish, instead of this Kia, Mercedes would lower the price of it's SLK convertible... because that's the car I really want". Things cost what they cost. Maybe they'll lower the price on the Nook Color. But then they'll come out with the Nook Color 2 and you'll want that one instead... at the same price as the Color is now.
      csteinola
    • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

      @miss_grundy ---- The Nook Color is only $249. That's half the price of the lowest memory option (16GB?) iPad2. Since NC can be rooted and turned into a fully functional Android 2.2 tablet that's one heck of a deal.
      simul8guy
  • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

    Publishers need more of their "Technical" publications in e-book format.. the ones that have included "Book on CD" I have to copy to a micro SD so I have it with me
    rick@...
  • RE: Barnes & Noble intros pocket-sized Nook with two-month battery life

    A few comments and questions:
    1) Wouldn't it be nice if they would do the survey? I find most who read books sit down for more than 1/2 hour at a time. On an e-reader, I'd expect at least an hour, maybe two, a day. How about saying it can be used for 15 hours of reading. Of course, that doesn't sound a good.

    2) Will this new nook run apps like the nook color? My problem with the color was the backlit screen -- the entire PURPOSE of an e-reader is to save my eyes -- and the price. But if this runs apps...and has e-ink... what a win for the money!!!
    anzucker