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 Techie_4Life on ‎10-21-2009 03:00 PM

Are there plans to compete with the Kindle DX in size? Also I would like to see comic and manga books published in eBook format. They look amazing on the ebook readers larger than 6 inches. I'm looking forward to try this out and maybe ditch my Kindle for it :smileytongue:.

by bic101 on ‎10-21-2009 03:02 PM

Pricing question: Will your e-book prices allow member discounts? Currently, after doing a random sample of 10 books, your prices are about 20% more than Amazon's for e-books. Will you be more competitive?

by bic101 on ‎10-21-2009 03:05 PM

Hardware question: Just curious to know why you went with a 6" screen, given that iRex, Sony, and PlasticLogic Que, are all between 7" and 10". It seems that's would have made the nook the most competitive product.

by lesaneace on ‎10-21-2009 03:26 PM

Does the Nook have the text to speech feature that reads the book to you?

by mattMP on ‎10-21-2009 03:35 PM

@kevin, Is the only way to put personal content on the device through a wired pc connection? Could I say... upload photos wirelessly from the home network, or is the only way to put photos on the the device from a cord connected to the pc?


@kevin, does it support RSS, or ATOM for reading content. Will we have to pay a fee for reading ALL syndicated content?

by Richard_J_Barbalace on ‎10-21-2009 04:35 PM

I noticed that the Nook is based on Google's Android OS.  Does this mean that Android developers will be able to produce applications for the Nook?  This could greatly expand its usefulness and value.

by Daithi on ‎10-21-2009 05:15 PM

I have over 1,000 books on my <competitor's product> and managing these books is a real pain. Does the Nook provide a better mechanism for managing your book? In other words, does it support something like folders or user generated tags/catagories that can be used to sort/filter our list of books?

by bpilgrim on ‎10-21-2009 05:15 PM

I have three initial questions I hope you can address in the blog:

I am a member of (Fresh Fiction) that B&N owns.  Can I use the books already bought through this service to the nook?


Will you be producing a competitor to the Kindle DX?  I like the size


Can I switch my New York Times and New Yorker paper subscriptions to the device?


by Daithi on ‎10-21-2009 05:29 PM

Your website on the Nook seems to indicate that a book can only be lent out once and no more. I'm hoping this is just poorly worded at that we can lend the book out again after the 14 day lending period has expired and the book becomes accessible to us again. Can someone clarify the lending policies?


This is what your FAQ says:

Can I lend eBooks from my nook?

Yes. With our new LendMe™ technology, you can now share from nook to nook. But it doesn’t stop there. Starting Nov. 30th, you can lend to and from any device with the Barnes & Noble eReader app, including PC, Mac OS®, BlackBerry®, iPhone™ and iPod® touch. All you need to know is your friend’s email address. You can lend many of your eBooks one time for a maximum of 14 days. When you use our LendMe™ technology, you will not be able to read your eBook while it is on loan, but you always get it back.

by Kevin on ‎10-21-2009 05:38 PM



Lending is a brand-new feature, unique to nook and the Barnes & Noble eReader software.


As the FAQ says, eBooks may be loaned one time, for a maximum of 14 days.

by toshac on ‎10-21-2009 05:59 PM

Is B&N considering a trade in policy for my Kindle books so I could put them on a Nook without having to repurchase?

by duals on ‎10-21-2009 06:21 PM

If I read the specifications for the device correctly, I beleive the Nook supports Adobe ePub books.  Does this mean that if our library supports ePub book checkout, that they will be accessible on the Nook?  For example the NY Public library has a site to check-out ebooks at, Can these books then loaded onto the Nook?

by DanaH on ‎10-21-2009 06:39 PM

I have a few questions about the nook.


1) I'm also wondering about content management. I have thousands of ebooks and I'm wondering if there will be a way to organize them using tags/folders. The cover view is nifty, but I don't think it's very efficient for large ebook collections.


2) Can annotations/highlights be exported and printed out? And if we lend a book with annotations, will the annotations also be sent with the ebook? Cause that would be a neat feature.


3) And I'm curious as to why the BN membership doesn't seem to apply to anything associated with ebooks. I can't use my membership for ebooks/the nook/accesories. I get why the nook isn't discounted, but I thought I could at least use the discount on accessories and ebooks. Does BN have plans to expand the membership programs to ebooks?


4) Can the LCD screen be turned off to save battery life?


5) Are there any plans to include a web browser?


Thank you!

by Daithi on ‎10-21-2009 07:04 PM

Just to make sure I have this right, because I am going to start posting it on other blogs, such as Mobileread, teleread, Kindleboards, etc., and I don't want to get anything wrong.


Once you lend a book out -- You can NEVER lend that book out again. Even after the 14 day lending period has expired, you can't relend it. You can't relend to the same person. You can't lend it to another friend. You can't relend it period. To be crystal clear, is that the policy?

by mwMJ on ‎10-21-2009 07:09 PM

What is the largest font size? Is there a text to voice feature? I am interested in purchasing this for a person with macular degeneration who needs large print books.