Barnes and Noble e-book reader 'Nook' to be unveiled today

Barnes and Noble e-book reader 'Nook' to be unveiled today

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware

Credit: Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Nook

It may seem like overkill at this point, but Barnes & Noble is releasing their own e-book reader today: the Nook, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Although an official event and annoucement is scheduled for later today, most of the important information has already been leaked. Like Spring Design's Alex, it will run on Google Android OS. While it's roughly the same price as Amazon's Kindle, it's not really cheap, with a reported price tag of $259. But with some extra assets like a color touchscreen and e-book lending abilities, I find it a bit more of a deal. Amazon should start planning a major holiday bargain if they want to continue their control of the e-book reader market this winter.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • Barnes and Noble e-book reader 'Nook' to be unveiled today

    What is the difference between this and the Que?
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Barnes and Noble e-book reader 'Nook' to be unveiled today

    Well, the Kindle is still pretty pricy for me. I was in Toys R Us the other day and they had a Sony e-reader (1st time I've ever ACTUALLY seen one. I think it was 199.00 which is closer to my price range. This one is probably out of my ballpark since it's the same price as the Kindle.

    I'll get one eventually I guess, but I think the prices will still have to come down a little for me. Heck, you can get a netbook for less than the Kindle. I'll just keep looking!
  • RE: Barnes and Noble e-book reader 'Nook' to be unveiled today

    Well good for Barnes and Nobel. An e-book reader for what, approximate $250? Presumably they will also have some form of exclusivity that will require buying e-books from Barnes and Nobel. Price per e-book, who knows?
    It all sounds pretty pricey for this retired / fixed income reader. I suspect that I will remain a devout of the public library and those low tech books with real pages and bindings.
    • Low tech book source

      Check out the loca Goodwill stores. You sometimes can find great deals on publisher's edition hardbacks. Down here HBs are $1.00 (less the 10% senior citizen discount) no matter what the original price was.
  • RE: Barnes and Noble e-book reader 'Nook' to be unveiled today

    With the cost of gas, driving back and forth to the book store or the library will end up costing way more in the long run than buying an e-book. My wife has a Kindle2 and loves it. She is an avid reader and loves the fact that she can browse books on the Kindle2 or on her MacBook and then download a book to the Kindle2 and be reading it within minutes. This one from B&N looks like it might be better, with it's color screen. The one drawback of the Kindle2 is that the form factor isn't the best for newspapers and periodicals. The Kindle DX is better, but it is still a monochrome screen. I will be very interested to actually get my hands on a Nook and see what it has to offer
  • RE: Barnes and Noble e-book reader 'Nook' to be unveiled today

    I like the idea of owning my own Nook-e-Book.
    • wow

      ok,I'm contented with your article, carry on writing the same subjects, I'll feel contented to read extra stuff you.
  • Until I can use my ebooks on any device I own...

    I won't be investing in any eBook reader or eBooks. DRM and book pricing are the deal-breakers for me.

    Don't get me wrong, I really want to buy eBooks. I really want to own eBook readers, too. But, I refuse to buy either until I can use the eBooks I purchase on any device I own, whether it be laptop, netbook, smartphone, desktop, or whatever. I also won't let the publishers rip me off on eBook pricing. Printing and shipping paper books is expensive. Electronic distribution is dirt cheap by comparison. If I'm saving them those costs by buying an eBook, then they better not price the eBook higher than a paperback.
    • eBook pricing

      The pricing follows that of physical books, but less expensive. I'm not sure there's a set percentage less than the hard copy, though. I think it depends largely on the actual publisher, not the retailer. Yes, books that have just come out in hardcover will be less than the hardcover price, but usually not less than the mass-market paperback price. At least, not until it's out in mass market, generally a year or so past the HC pub date.

      B&N now owns a major eBook e-tailer, FictionWise. Books there are usually available in more than one format. Again, it usually depends on the publisher, not the retailer, what formats they're released in.

      What gripes me about FW, though, is that they call [i]everything[/i] an eBook, whether it's physically an entire book, or just a story, or a magazine. That new "eBook" at FW by your favorite author, that they have for just pennies? It's a story, not a whole book. I don't mind that they have stories. I just wish they'd call a spade a spade.

      If you like science fiction & fantasy, check out ; they have a free library of backlist titles. Most of their books are available in 4-6 formats: txt, html, Word, Mobipocket, MS Reader, and maybe PDF (to name most).

      Personally, I use my PDA for reading e-books; with its VGA quality screen, it's great. It's also color. I use both MS Reader (not as much) and Mobipocket, both of which are free.
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