nook_front-view_200.jpgIf you’re someone who follows developments in the digital space, then you’ve probably seen and heard some reporting in recent days about Barnes & Noble’s new eReading device.
Well, we can officially confirm that it’s true. At an exciting launch party taking place now, we're announcing the debut of nook, the world's most advanced eBook Reader.
Those of us who have been lucky enough to actually hold a nook in our hands are just downright giddy about the special features desiged especially for readers.


nook lets you:


  • Download eBooks, magazines and newspapers in seconds flat
  • Enjoy eBooks on an incredibly readable E Ink® reading screen
  • Navigate your eBooks and other content on a color touchscreen
  • Sync your eBooks to your iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Mac or PC
  • Share eBooks with friends using one of our eReader clients
  • Read any eBook for free in a Barnes & Noble store
  • Get special content and promotions in any Barnes & Noble store

Full product details, videos and more are now available on our special nook site at or


nook arrives Nov. 30, but you can preorder it online now, or beginning Wednesday in any Barnes & Noble store. And come Nov. 30, you'll be able to test-drive nook in any Barnes & Noble store as well.

We're thrilled with nook, and can't wait to share it with you.


Please note ... This thread has gotten so large that it's kind of impossible to match questiosn to answers. We're making it read-only, and will  post answers as  needed. But we'd like to encourage you to post technical questions to the eBooks Help Board, where they're more easily found.

by jax2009 on ‎10-20-2009 07:56 PM

Does it have virtual keyboard features?  Half the reason I'd want one of these is to search poorly indexed academic books.  Or a plug-in real keyboard?  Can it USB or Ethernet to my current computer/router?  So far, the only ebooks I've seen are the Sony, and I was totally unimpressed by the "resolution", compared to any laptop color screen (ok, strictly speaking "resolution" is great, it's *contrast* that is lacking - and moots the resolution)  I understand color saps more power, even gets warm - and most of the academic books I'm interested in are all text, so I guess I don't need color ... but even so.  I guess I'd really want a full keyboard to make annotations.  I understand BN downloads can be read on a standard PC, I guess I can annotate there and sync with the Nook?  I think this all needs to be rather more thought out and explained to those like me.

by on ‎10-20-2009 07:58 PM

(raised eyebrow) I wasn't countering you. I'm mearly asking why it doesn't have rudementary access for browsing to free wifi at least. It should at least have a nominal fee ability worked into it's cellular net access.

by Night_Owl_Romance on ‎10-20-2009 08:00 PM

I'm wondering what a PDF purchased from outside of B&N...say from the publisher... looks like on the device and how does the cover show up? How does it index the title?


I buy lots of ebooks direct from ebook publishers and I want to know how those will work with the device.

by matts1050 on ‎10-20-2009 08:14 PM

I'm in-preordered my Nook today. Funny thing was I ordered a Kindle this morning and noticed in one of the Kindle blogs about the Nook. I immediately canceled my Kindle order. The Nook is a better fit for me as I want to put my tech manuals in it as pdf's. The conversion software for the Kindle messes things up when they're converted. Wish I didn't have to wait so long!

by cheebert on ‎10-20-2009 08:52 PM

I'm wondering what happened to the amazing 8.5" x 11" ultrathin eBook reader from Plastic Logic that everyone said B&N was going to carry. I really wanted something rugged enough to just cram into my backpack and go. That and an 8.5" x 11" screen would have been amazing....designed for business reading, this would have solved an amazing number of problems for me....


What happened?


/brian chee


by yonatron on ‎10-20-2009 09:18 PM

Hey Brian,


The Plastic Logic device is supposed to come out sometime in 2010 (I think maybe in the first calendar quarter), and they’re still partnering with B&N, but I don’t think it’s an exclusive relationship in either direction. They just announced a name for it, QUEreader, and you can catch updates about it on,, and their twitter accounts. Seems like they’re really aiming for the business market, and I bet it’ll cost a good bit more than this. But if you need the full letter-size layout and the MS Office document support, it may be worth it.

by yonatron on ‎10-20-2009 09:22 PM

Hey B&N people: can you tell us any more about how the nook handles PDFs? Will it store any metadata, so I can sort by author, publication, date?


Any chance it can show bits of the PDF (like color charts and figures) on the touchscreen? As a grad student, I download and store lots of PDFs, usually with color figures. So something that can help me manage and read them wherever—better than my phone or laptop—would be really awesome.

by Matt_Mello on ‎10-20-2009 09:31 PM

Awesome! Ordered a couple Nooks and can't wait to get them. Anxious to evaluate these in our eBook reader pilot we're conducting for students. Has huge potential to displace traditional textbooks in our school district.

The color touch screen is a real plus!


- Matt Mello, Director of Technology, Holly Area Schools


by Gino_Andolini on ‎10-20-2009 10:02 PM

Will you release an International Edition Nook?  When?


From the thousands of people who are delaying their Kindle International Edition purchases.

by Daithi on ‎10-20-2009 10:03 PM

Does the Nook support folders or some other means of navigating a large number of ebooks?

by Kevin on ‎10-20-2009 10:20 PM

@jax2009, nook will sync with other devices (including Mac and PC) using B&N eReader software. That includes your annotations. 

by Razer on ‎10-20-2009 10:25 PM

Will the Nook come in other colors besides white?  I presonally do not like this color and would take almost anything else.  Black, silver, red, blue, orange green - you name it and I'd take it over white.  I want a black one with the available orange back, now you are talking! 


Stupid I know, but I really do not want a white one.  Otherwise you knocked it out of the park on this device from what I see.  ePub and .pdf support is key and I was getting a Sony before this, now I want this!  Also, is this only available at B&N or can I go to Best Buy and get one at some point?

by Kevin on ‎10-20-2009 10:34 PM

A round-up of answers for early posters:


Web browsing: The E Ink display is great for reading, but we don't think the web browsing experience is there quite yet.


Android apps: We hear you. We haven't announced anything yet, but we understand the question. (You're not alone.)


Plastic Logic: We're excited to be the exclusive eBookstore for the IREX and Plastic Logic devices. We think you should be able to read your eBooks anytime, anywhere.


Finding your eBooks: The color cover flow is fantastic, but you don't need to use it to get to your eBooks. nook is designed to be easy to use, even for a tech novice.


Book lights: There's nothing built in, but we've got some optional accessories over at


I know there are more questions in here tonight ... We'll circle back with answers asap.


Thanks, everyone!

by Kevin on ‎10-20-2009 10:37 PM

@Razer, we've got a good selections of accessories -- including alternate back covers in multiple colors. You can see them over at

by Magickdawn on ‎10-20-2009 10:40 PM

Two years too late, Barnes & Noble.  I used to be a die hard customer, spending a couple thousand dollars a year on this website for paper books.  Then came Kindle.  Amazon gets 95% of my purchases now and I only buy what I can't get on Kindle from B&N. 


This formarly loyal B&N buyer is now completely invested in Kindle: several hundred books, skins & booklights & covers.  Too bad B&N was SO FAR behind, major business stumble.  Nook (silly name) will have to be 200% better than Kindle to get me to switch this late in the game.