Is Barnes & Noble’s Nook a Kindle Killer?

nook-224x300US bookstore giant Barnes and Noble jumped into the electronic book reader market dominated by Amazon’s Kindle, unveiling a week ago, a wireless touch screen device called the “nook.” This latest gadget may not be the first wireless ebook reader we’ve seen, but with its dual display, color touch screen, compact form-factor and Android OS, it is perhaps the most distinctive. Let’s talk about its features thoroughly, shall we?

nook, the first e-book reader to run Android, Google’s operating system written for mobile devices, features not only a 6-inch E-ink screen but a color touch screen that allows you to navigate content and also can turn into a virtual keyboard for searches. Nook is also the only e-book reader to offer both 3G and WiFi. In a neat trick that takes advantage of Barnes & Noble’s brick-and-mortar stores, the nook lets you read entire e-books for free in-store.

Meanwhile, you can also send your own copy of an e-book [which can be accessed through PCs or smartphones] to other users for two weeks at a time, using the LendMe feature. The nook will integrate with Barnes and Noble’s eReader app for iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry, saving not only your place in the e-book but showing any notation or markings you’ve left on any platform. Those notations can include bookmarks, notes from the on-screen QWERTY keyboard or highlighting.

With nook, you can also get endless shelf space. With 2GB of memory, you can store up to 1,500 e-books, newspapers and magazines. Need even more space? Just add a memory card for storage of up to 17,500. An entire library light enough to take with you everywhere, so you’ll never be without your favorites.

Priced at $259, the nook is expected to begin shipping next month, you can pre-order it now!

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  1. Unfortunately it looks like the Lend feature will end up being as crippled as the Kindles Text to speach, since publishers will be able to decide if it will be activated.

    Plus it’s a 1 time only per book lending, if you ever get to use it use it wisely, once lent, an eBook can’t be lent again. Of course you can’t read it while it’s lent as well 🙁

    I was really hoping the Nook would send my Kindle to Ebay, but I’m thinking not so much now. I think this generation of eReaders will fully illustrate how bad it is that the publishers have the control they do on the devices, just like the RIAA and media players.

    I had such high hopes for the Nook. My Kindle can breath easy 🙁

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