screen_275.jpgHi readers. Thanks so much for the enthusiastic response to nook. We share your excitement! In fact, we're still on cloud nine from yesterday's launch event in NYC (and we'll be posting more on that event in a bit, so check back).


For now, we'd like to address the questions you've been asking about nook. We're happy to expand on nook's many features, but we'd like to get all of your questions (and our answers) centralized, in one place, so they're easier to follow.


We're going to answer some of your general questions here a little later on. But for now, visit our eBooks Help Board, where you can scroll through an ever-growing series of questions and answers about nook—and ask your own questions too. You should also check out the info we've provided on the nook FAQ page, as well as on the eBooks FAQ page. Then head over to B&N Studio to watch our nook videos, which provide even more information, along with some pretty cool visuals.


Thanks in advance for your patience as we tackle your questions.


And stay tuned for new blog posts right here at Unbound. Our digital journey is just beginning.

by sfraden on ‎10-21-2009 07:52 PM

Im about to purchase a reader, as I have a large collection already, the PDF format is necessary for me.  Kindle2 simply wont cut it as I have no intention of translating, so the nook is definately up there on my list.  I do have one issue however.  Other than normal reading for pleasure, I intend to use my reader for college, where I can download PDF books I purchase from my college.  I really need to be able to bookmark and highlight, but apparently your reader only allows that IF you buy them from B&N.  Seems to me like your purposely locking out features if we dont buy the books from you.


Since this is what I need and is an important feature, I may have to pass onthe nook in favor of the sony700 which allows touch screen bookmarking and highliting on anything.  Is this set in stone? I love every other feature you have except that one.

by juj1n on ‎10-21-2009 08:16 PM

My question mainly has to do with a pricing statement during a B&N Q&A.


"The Barnes and Noble reps stated they were comfortable with the $259 price for the reader, and didn't see that being adjusted for competitive reasons. They did announce their intention to be "competitive" on ebook pricing. Whether this means matching Amazon's $9.99 standard price for many books was not explicitly stated."


As an enthusiast and a prospective first time ebook owner I'm concerned, as well as many others are, about the differences in price between the B&N and Kindle book store.  I've found that most books are 5-10 dollars more expensive on the B&N store than the kindle store.  I'm sure I'm not alone when I say eBook prices are the one thing that's making me rethink whether or not I want to cancel my preorder and get a kindle for cost effectiveness.  Will there be competitive price matching to match the Kindle store or are the prices that will be offered on the nook?

by MrAnthrope on ‎10-21-2009 08:58 PM

On the main nook web page, if you select "Learn More" under "a better reading experience", the pop-up says that the nook has a 16-bit gray scale E-ink display.  Did you really mean that the nook can display 65,536 levels of gray, or does it really support only 16 levels of gray (i.e., 4-bit gray scale)?


If the nook really supports 16-bit gray scale, I am so going to pre-order one (I don't care what my wife says).

by BookWrym12 on ‎10-21-2009 10:21 PM

I am also curious about whether our not our Membership Discount will apply to ebook purchases. The website says that users in the B&N store can "see what pops up on your screen. It's as simple as that. You will get exclusive content, special discounts, and more."


Can you elaborate on the "special discounts" please?  And are they available only while you are in the store?





by Kevin on ‎10-21-2009 11:50 PM

Good evening, all ...


We see the questions, and will get to them. We'll also post links over to our eBooks Help Board, where it's a little easier to find questions (and answers) by headline and topic.


Some of your questions (international access, Wi-Fi access, and Fictionwise content, as examples) are already answered over there. ... Just click the link above, and you'll see the topics floated to the top of the board.


Thanks for understanding. We want to get your questions answered, but (as someone else noted in the blog here) it's a little hard to match question and answer in this format. ... The Help Board is much better at that.

by LouieLA on ‎10-22-2009 10:37 AM

Does the nook have the text to speach feature included like the kIndle from Amazon?

by Captain_Awesome on ‎10-22-2009 12:16 PM

Will I be able to borrow epub and pdf books through Overdrive from my library and view them on the Nook? I see the Nook is capable to viewing both formats but what about the licensing to view the books?


This is a real deal breaker for me if it isn't capable of this feature.

by Darkknife on ‎10-22-2009 12:21 PM

I am a college student and notice that the B&N college bookstores are included in your wireless option for connectivity.  Does this also mean that yall will be selling e-college books as well? 


I have tried to find my books on the website but cannot find them.  If I were to purchase a nook this would be a major selling point and I understand there are legal issues involved and to be decided upon and overcome.  Until B&N can guarentee these books in e-stock I cannot buy a nook.  Please let me know if this is an issue B&N is currently addressing or something being put on backburner until after the nook launch and eventual success or failure.

by muppetzinspace on ‎10-22-2009 01:34 PM

Hello! I think the nook looks stunning and can't wait to play with it at my local B&N store in November. I know you guys are flooded with questions right now but I would also like to know more about nook's ability to access library e-book and digital audio collections through I got excited when I heard this little rumor that nook would be able to access library collections the same way as Sony's upcoming e-reader can (if so, I'm going for the nook over the Sony). I know the format theoritically should be accessible since most of overdrives e-book files are pdf or ePub but would love to hear more.


I'd also like to know if nook has the text to speech feature the Kindle 2 has (or is working on it?).


Much thanks!

by ncaissie on ‎10-22-2009 03:05 PM

I have a bunch of scanned in comics that are jpg in side a .cbr file. I can extract them or print them to PDF if need be.

Will this display the images? And if so will is display them in Colour?




by wingedpower on ‎10-22-2009 03:10 PM

Got some questions:


- will an app store/sdk be available for the Nook's Android OS?

- will a larger version be availab? On par with the Kindle DX?

- video playback/histogram for mp3 on the color lcd?

- for authors, what considerations for PDF publishing?

- what level of PDF support is available? IE, text highlight/selection/annotations/notes/etc?


I second the interest of others on:

- cbr/cbz file support


by tHodges on ‎10-22-2009 03:17 PM

The following is copied from my blog:

Attention ebook designers- The technologies that would really sell me on an ebook are a solid method for highlighting and quickly jotting margin notes (preferably with a pen based interface so I can draw diagrams and formulas, but also handwriting recognition to make margin notes searchable (maybe a box that I tap with the stylus to switch between writing I want translated to text and writing I want stored as a graphic)) and also some kind of folder system to organise not only books, but also magazine and newspaper articles that I pull off the internet with either free archives, a paid subscription, or paid individual articles (preferably from an archive of magazines and newspapers going back to earliest issues, even if over centuries old). Also, a really cool feature would be a camera with which I could photograph a page (with a high contrast black and white camera) and have it translated into a text document (or stored as a graphic). Frequently I photograph pages from books, magazines or newspapers when I am doing research so that I can return to them later (or in a clandestine manner from historic archives that the holders don't want me to make copies of) so something like this I would find to be quite useful.

by Kevin on ‎10-22-2009 03:19 PM

Hi, everyone.

As promised last night, we've continued to update the eBooks Help Board with answers the the questions posted here and in other places across the site.

Here are some direct links to messages that answer some of the questions in this thread.

nook: Wi-Fi access

nook: Fictionwise and files

nook: "Are ther folders?"

nook: International access

Will there be a bigger nook? An international nook?

Click through for the answers. Trust us, it's easier than finding your answer on this blog.

by ZBook on ‎10-22-2009 07:06 PM

What kind of management software will it have for computers? I know nook can have numerous file types loaded on it, but is there somekind of management software that does this.  If there is, what are its features?

by jet6253 on ‎10-22-2009 07:47 PM

I had great intrest until I read it used AT&T 3G for download.  AT&T is already over stressed wioth iPhone and there 3G service (regardless what is in their comercials -read fine print) is very limited.  AT&T will be only compromise a good product - poor choice to partner with!