Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world's largest bookseller, have announced the launch of nook, the Barnes & Noble eBook reader, which marries technology and minimalist design with access to the company's digital store of over one million eBooks, newspapers and magazines.
nook features many industry firsts as it is the first Android-based eBook reader and the first to offer a color touch screen for navigation along with an E-Ink display for an immersive e-reading experience. For fast connectivity, nook is the first eBook reader to provide, at no additional costs to customers, both 3G wireless access on AT&T's mobile broadband network and access to Wi-Fi for Barnes & Noble in-store browsing.
With nook's LendMe technology, lend a wide selection of eBooks to friends free of charge, for up to 14 days at a time. Just choose the book you want to share and send it to your friend's nook or iPhone, iPod touch, select BlackBerry and Motorola smartphones, PC or Mac with Barnes & Noble eReader software.
"We asked our customers what they wanted in an eBook reader, and specifically designed nook to be the most full-featured, fun, stylish and easy-to-use eBook reader on the market," said William J. Lynch, President of Barnes & Noble.com. "With our nationwide footprint, Barnes & Noble customers can see, touch and hold nook. Our 40,000 booksellers are ready to help customers discover how easy it is to download and read eBooks on nook, and what a pleasure it is to have access to their favorite eBooks, magazines and newspapers any time and anywhere."
With "Reading Now," your virtual bookmark, nook brings you back to the last book you've read, right where you left off. And it works across a range of devices. If you forgot your nook at home, Barnes & Noble's free eReader software on your iPhone, select BlackBerry and Motorola smartphones or laptop lets you pick up where you left off, including annotations. And when you're reunited with your nook again, the Reading Now page will be updated and ready to go.
Each nook can hold up to 1,500 eBooks and other printed content, but users can use the nook's expandable memory slot to hold 16GB MicroSD cards, each holding up to 17,500 eBooks.
Barnes & Noble now offers subscriptions to more than 20 newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Barnes & Noble expects to offer, in digital form, subscriptions to every major U.S. daily.
Customers will also be able to browse complete eBooks for free on nook at any Barnes & Noble store, whether or not the actual book is in stock, beginning later this year. Plus settle into the café and get exclusive in-store-only content, free eBooks, special offers and much more using Barnes & Noble's complimentary Wi-fi, provided by the AT&T Wi-Fi network.
nook will begin shipping at the end of November with a price of US$259.00. Barnes & Noble is taking pre-orders now at nook.com and in stores.