E-Book Readers are small enough to fit into your pocket and yet, they are large enough to carry the whole library for you. Barnes and Noble, known all over the world as giants in the bookstore fraternity, popped a pleasant surprise by releasing the Nook on the 30th of November 2009. And this new kid on the e-reader block has been termed a winner ever since. Known to be the king of connectivity and content, this sleek device was designed with the customer in mind.
The Nook happens to be the first electronic book reader to be based on Google’s Android platform. Some are of the opinion that this is torn right out of Kindle’s master playbook, and strangely, both are priced at $259.
With over a million titles to choose from, the Nook offers a far better reading experience and endless shelf space. Equipped with 2GB memory, it is good enough to hold up to 1500 books, which can be increased further with the help of Micro SD expansion slot.
The Nook features the path breaking e-ink technology and you really have to see it to believe it. It is this technology that makes the display look exactly like a real paper, and you won’t have the least problem reading from the screen even in bright sunlight. In fact, the feel is as close to a real screen as possible. The 6 inch color multi-touch screen allows you to navigate through the content, cover-flow style and in full color, just with the touch of a finger. The screen can also turn into a virtual keyboard. You can display photos, play music files and download books wherever you are.
The feature in the Nook which is expected to make it a cut above the rest, is the Lend Me facility. It does have the city library feature and you can lend a book to another Nook owner or an iPhone or iPod Touch owner, who uses Barnes and Noble software application. This however is possible, only with the publisher’s approval. Also, the book will disappear from your device during the two-week lending time period.
Do I have to buy my books only at Barnes and Noble? I am happy to give an answer in the negative. The Nook supports ePub and you can use e-books from many vendors.
Will it manage to steal some holiday cheer away from Kindle? It just might, what with WiFi compatibility, long-lasting replaceable battery and its ability to help you read entire books for free at any Barnes and Noble store.
If you are planning to wean yourself away from printed material, you sure have a Herculean task at hand. If you are planning to travel light and yet never be caught without your favorite novel, you are inching your way towards the e-readers. Everything you thought you might need is now available in a pocket size wonder, at the touch of a finger. You are being told that reading just got a lot easier.
From the Good E-Reader Blog