Barnes & Noble’s “Nook”, Kindle Digging It’s Grave

Barnes & Noble has officially release their e-book reader, and it looks like the Kindle has already been beaten.

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The Nook has a six-inch 16-level E-ink screen with a color touchscreen underneath for navigation and settings, and — it’s running Android! You can lend a book to a friend, and there’s wireless on AT&T’s 3G network as well as WiFi — everything we saw earlier today. Pre-sales are live now at $259, and it’ll be shipping in November. All B&N stores will soon be getting a big crazy display unit that showcases the device and a number of cases from all sorts of designers. And what’s more, Nook owners can connect to B&N WiFi and browse complete ebooks in-store for free — just like a real book.

Other Notes:

  • They like Android, but they’re not doing open app development — they just like the optimizations for the small screen. It sounded like apps are a possibility, through.
  • There’s no browser, they think E-ink browsing is clunky.
  • The Nook has 2GB of built-in storage, but there’s an SD slot as well.
  • The WiFi will only work in Barnes & Noble stores at launch.
  • The in-store book browsing doesn’t download books, it “streams” them. Uh, sure — we’ll see about that.
  • The screen is capacitive touch — “just like the iPhone.”
  • They’re looking at an actual Android app for the future, no commitments made.
  • Nook will mount as mass storage over USB.
  • Only some books can be lended, and they’ll be branded with a LendMe logo on the ebook store. It’s up to the publishers, but B&N says they’re working to enable as many as they can.
  • They plan to support Windows Mobile in the future.
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