Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

Summary: Barnes & Noble unveiled an all-new, nearly buttonless version of the Nook at its flagship store in New York City on Tuesday. Here's a hands-on look at the latest B&N e-book reader.

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  • The device sports a 6-inch black and white e-Ink Pearl display with only one button for power. Lynch boasted that this new version is the “easiest to use, most portable e-book reader ever.”

  • 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.

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  • RE: Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

    Who reads only 30 minutes per day besides Steve Jobs? The emphasis of battery life as a feature is a pale horse in today's world. I have never run out of a single charge in the cell phone arena or two (2) Kindles I use daily. BTW, just to check the NY Times takes more than 30 minutes. I must be a slow reader!
    dank105@...
  • RE: Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

    I really like my Nook Color. I know B&N brought this more basic model out to compete with the smaller Kindle, but I think if you buy the Nook e-reader, you'll eventually wish you had spent $110 more for color and for a functional tablet computer.
    rdowney14
    • RE: Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

      @rdowney14 I have a nook color, but i still want the new nook, coz i miss the e-ink of the original nook. backlit LCD is too tiring on the eyes when you read for long stretches.
      black_coffee_blue_jeans@...
  • Nook vs Nook color vs Kindle

    I just bought the Nook Color a couple of weeks ago, so still playing with it - pretty cool - almost a full feature tablet at a very cheap price ($249). But I also have the Kindle - and for READING, the Kindle cannot be beat, plus the month battery life is wonderful. The Nook is fun for color applications and things like magazines, surfing the net, watching YouTube clips, etc. Reading regular books is OK, but the Kindle is by far the most readable and useful - just depends on what you want from the devices.... I agree that this device appears to be competing for the Kindle market - for that I would definitely say just buy the Kindle and don't waste your money with a wannabe...
    paulettem
    • RE: Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

      @paulettem
      I have both NC and original Nook and have used a Kindle. My Nook stands toe-to-toe with the Kindle and I couldn't be happier with my purchase with one exception, the books at BN tend to be more expensive than on Amazon. Solution? Rooted NC running Kindle app... Best of both worlds!!
      brentroger
  • Not in Oz

    Unfortunately the Nook is not available in Australia so it does not even rate and we don't get to see it except in online pictures. Thank goodness Amazon has given us the Kindle. It is an awesome reader!
    Ed19kings
  • RE: Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

    not available world wide like Kindle? fail...
    jamaipanese
  • RE: Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

    It is not available in Canada either and we are just next door. Go Figure!!
    guelphguy
  • RE: Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

    "Holds for two months at 30 minutes a day," which begs the question: Does that mean it will run for thirty hours straight? At a long run time, perhaps half that (15 hrs) it would be an ideal purchase for reading one's way on long plane trips. Just be sure you have those books downloaded before you leave as word is it doesn't work outside the US. Guess the rest of the world doesn't have any AT&T hotspots.

    I'd say with its weight and size and microSD slot where you could store those e-books, it would be ideal for travel. Of course you'd also need foreign outlet adapters to repower it along the way. Sight unseen, I'd say it might be a good bet for the intrepid travelers amongst us.

    Before you lay out too much on e-books check the Gutenberg Project site for classics. They do not charge. Why pay for the Jane Austen Six, Dickens' selections, Mrs. Gatskell's Cranford, and other delicacies, when they're free to download? They even give you directions of what tool to use depending on what e-reader(s) you have.
    jayohem
  • RE: Hands-on with all-new Nook e-reader

    I have been trying to decide between the Nook color and the new Nook coming out. I compared the Nooks with the Kindle and found out I can't download ebooks from the public library onto the Kindle, since I am an avid library user this leave the Kindle out of my consideration.
    pweufp