Vote 2020 graphic
Everything you need to know about and expect during
the most important election of our lifetimes

The New Barnes and Noble Nook: The Cheap Kindle Has a Challenger

Illustration for article titled The New Barnes and Noble Nook: The Cheap Kindle Has a Challenger

Barnes and Noble's new, second-gen Nook isn't a bigger, iPad-sized device. Nor is it a hybrid reader with dual, E-Ink and LCD screens. Instead, it's a small, cheap E-Reader...with a touchscreen and a battery that lasts TWO MONTHS on a single charge. Updating live...

Advertisement

The second-gen Nook weighs 7.5 ounces, has a 6-inch Pearl display, wi-fi, and will cost the same as Amazon's $140, wifi-only Kindle reader. The Nook is shorter than the Kindle, thanks to the lack of keyboard, and has a countoured, matte back which makes it easier to handle. As far as guts go, it doesn't have a capacitive touch panel, but rather an infrared ring around the screen which detects finger input (along the lines of the touchscreen Kobo or the HP Touchsmart all-in-one computers). The Nook runs on an 800MHz TI OMAP 3 processor, has 2 gigabytes of onboard storage (along with a MicroSD port) and is powered by Android 2.1.

The screen uses a new proprietary technology, which prevents the black/white flashing and ghosting found on other E-Ink readers, instead giving pages the effect of dissolving into each other when you turn pages. The touchscreen is not only used to navigate through a book, but also to access the Nook bookstore. You can also look up words, highlight passages and make notes using the on-screen keyboard.

Advertisement

And speaking of the bookstore, Nook launched a feature called Nook Friends, which lets you follow other Nook users you know, to see what they're reading and recommending. Plus, you can lend books to one another.

The Nook is available for pre-order online (and in stores) right now, and will begin shipping on June 10 for $139. The original wi-fi and 3G Nook will sell for $119 and $169, respectively.

Illustration for article titled The New Barnes and Noble Nook: The Cheap Kindle Has a Challenger
Illustration for article titled The New Barnes and Noble Nook: The Cheap Kindle Has a Challenger
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled The New Barnes and Noble Nook: The Cheap Kindle Has a Challenger
Illustration for article titled The New Barnes and Noble Nook: The Cheap Kindle Has a Challenger
Advertisement

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

kaisermachead
kaisermachead

I understand that for something like an ereader, storage isn't a huge concern anymore, but how much of the 2GB is actually available to the user? The K3 uses a 4GB flash chip, but from what I understand roughly 3 is actually available to use.

The lack of 3G is a turnoff. I paid more for the Kindle because of the Whispernet connectivity, and it's been handy so far when I've forgotten to load books from my laptop or when I've decided on a whim to buy a new book on the device itself (and open hotspots are rare in these parts).