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 JaxTJ on ‎10-21-2009 02:28 AM

OK, now I'm really confused.  From the FAQ:


Q. Can I use my nook while traveling abroad?

A.  Yes, when you travel abroad, you can read any files that are already on your nook. You can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots that do not use proxy security settings, such those commonly used in hotels, and download eBooks and subscriptions already in your online digital library. You cannot, however, purchase additional eBooks and subscriptions.


Q. Will new issues of eNewspapers and eMagazines be downloaded to my nook while I'm traveling?

A.   Yes, if you are traveling in the United States, or if you are abroad but connected to a supported Wi-Fi hotspot, new issues are delivered to your online digital library in both cases. When travelling abroad without Wi-Fi access, new issues are not downloaded to your nook (automatically or manually).


So, living abroad, if I have a subscription to an eNewspaper or eMagazine, I can get new issues if connected to Wi-Fi but would be unable to buy new books.  Is that really what I'm reading?  But if something is in my library that I have already purchased I can redownload it.  Does that make any sense?


I am becoming completely underwhelmed.

by Shemesu on ‎10-21-2009 04:14 AM

I am an european who will spend the christmas in NY and wanted to buy a e-book (in Barcelona they are trying to sell the discontinued sony 505 as the "NEW" thing at 350 €, so I'll buy in the states).


I would like to know if I can buy e-books on-line from B&N in Spain and use them in the nook (I don't care if wireless or connecting it to the computer) and will I be able to buy e-pub books (from Baen, for instance) and read them in the nook?


Thanks in advance for your answers.

by ET3D on ‎10-21-2009 04:18 AM

I've pretty much given up on e-books. Readers are getting better, but since I can't read my existing books or buy new ones, what's the point?


I've been a Fictionwise user from the early days, and I have quite a few books, but all DRM ones are in Mobipocket format, so I won't be albe to read them on the Nook.


Also, recently (in the past year or so) most books I want at Fictionwise started being limited to US buyers. If I buy a paper book, I can order it from B&N no matter where I am in the world. Same books at B&N, e-book format? Can't order it.


So even though the Nook looks like an attractive reader, I think the future for me is in print books. I enjoyed e-books when they were still fresh and free, but they're getting to be too proprietary and annoying for me.

by ET3D on ‎10-21-2009 05:20 AM

Not to mention that even if I lived in the US, for many books it'd have been cheaper to order the paper book rather than buy the e-book. And that's including delivery costs.


In a couple of years when e-book piracy starts becoming a problem, people will wonder why. Why? Because e-books have some technical advantages, but the corporate culture around them makes buying them a bad choice.

by chasuk on ‎10-21-2009 05:39 AM



You wrote:


"I know lets you do this but if B&N doesn't let you sell back your books, it might be a dealbreaker for me."


Amazon doesn't let you sell back your ebooks, either, and I don't see the problem with this. That would essentially make it a lending service, and not a store. Incidentally, the nook does allow lending, which the Kindle doesn't.

by chasuk on ‎10-21-2009 05:44 AM



You wrote:


"The wifi only works in B&N stores?!?!?!?!? I don't mean to be cynical, but uhhh what good is the WIFI then?"


No, Matt. Nowhere is it hinted, implied, or even wildly deducible that the Wi-Fi works only in B&N stores.

by matts1050 on ‎10-21-2009 07:51 AM

WOw! People are pretty rough here. I'm sure most questions will be answered soon. If B&N is looking for a beta tester I would cetainly be happy to help out :-)

by Gypsycat61 on ‎10-21-2009 07:53 AM

Oh My Gawd!!!  What marketing genius at BN came up with the name "Nook - E" reader???  Failure right out of the box kids.  Sorry folks, it's just too funny for words.

by Phocion_Timon on ‎10-21-2009 07:57 AM

Oh man, I've wanted an eReader for years but so far they are all far less than perfect.  I waited to see how the users of Kindle would like it and boy, am I glad waited.  The Kindle is a bust.


I am not tech-savvy; some of the questions on this blog are gibberish to me.  I will wait to see how everyone likes the nook.  If it fulfills its promise, I'm in.


One thing I do like, if I read the Spec section correctly, is the battery is replaceable by me.  I got rid of my iPod Nano because I had to send it back to Apple for a new battery.  The Kindle is of the same ilk.  I will not tether myself to a company for a simple thing like a battery.


A couple of bothersome items: (1)  DRM: the rules, regulations, and corporate management of DRM is messy and ridiculous and, at times, boneheaded.  One hopes B&N is better at it than most.  (2) An ebook, whose paper cousin is in paperback, will cost $10?  That is a bit over the top.


P. Timon

by LessPaul on ‎10-21-2009 08:24 AM

I need a bit of additional information the Nook that is not clear in the online presentation.


The video demo shows a Merriam & Webster dictionary in the book list.

Q: Does the Nook have a dictionary lookup feature (such as is available in the B&N eBook reader for the PC)?


Your FAQ says that I can currently only read English language eBooks on the Nook. However, the FAQ also says I can read standard EPub ebooks on the Nook. Since an EPUB book can be in any language, this is a possible contradiction.

Q: Which of the following is true?

A) The Nook cannot display foreign languages (including European characters such as "é ö ü ä ß")

B) The Nook can display foreign languages, but B&N is providing only English language content.


I have the technical savvy needed to configure a proper home network and server. I need to know if the Nook's Wi-Fi is locked to a proprietary server format.

Q: Can I use the Nook’s Wi-Fi to access books on my computer via a home network?


by KLMA on ‎10-21-2009 08:32 AM

I think the name is clever.  A "reading nook".  Never really got the name "Kindle".  Like others that name made me think og fire, or kindling, and burning books.  Wacky name!


I've not yet jumped on the eReader bandwagon, but I think I'll plan to look at this in person to see how well it "reads".


I don't understand why folks want to put a web browser on this device.  It's meant for reading books not the web.  Use your PC for that.

by MarkinStLouis on ‎10-21-2009 08:35 AM

I have purchased many books from over the years, which is now owned by B&N.  Recently I downloaded B&N's ereader program for my BlackBerry, and found out that these books (in .pdb format) could be read using it.  My question is this: will I be able to read my books from on the Nook?  If so, I'll buy one.

by MexicaliBill on ‎10-21-2009 08:42 AM

I have a couple of questions regarding using the Nook and I didn't see answers online, at least not yet.


- It says it supports newspaper susbscriptions, but doesn't say how.  I haven't seen any newspapers on your e-book store.  Is this through newspaper direct?


- I travel a lot internationally and wanted to confirm a comment about downloading existing purchases via wi-fi. If the wi-fi network requires an encryption key (i.e., secure network), assuming I have the key, can I type it in on the keyboard to connect? If I want to buy a new book and am out of the country, I must first go on a computer and make the purchase, then connect via wi-fi to download it?  If I have my laptop with me, can I also get it on my laptop and download it to the nook from my laptop?

by JillianH on ‎10-21-2009 08:48 AM

I have been a Kindle user for awhile now and this is definitely better than the Kindle.  B&N seems to have fixed all of the complaints and problems that people had with the Kindle (not supporting other formats, not being able to share books, great touch screen technology, etc.) 


If B&N really wants to get Amazon in the ebook market, you should offer a trade in for anyone who has a Kindle to get a Nook.  The investment I have already made into getting the Kindle and books for it make it difficult to think about switching over, but if Kindles could be trade in for Nooks I would totally be on board and be a lifetime customer at B&N.

by keith321 on ‎10-21-2009 09:18 AM

Offer support RSS feeds (Google Reader?) and I'm sold.