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 bn.com/nook or nook.com.

 

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.

Comments
by akokon on ‎10-20-2009 10:42 PM

Can you sell any eBooks you purchase and download?

 

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

by on ‎10-20-2009 10:43 PM

Nook -a corner. Usually used in the phrase over there in the book nook.

 

Kindle- to set on fire

 

Which one is stupid in refering to a book service?

by WVMikeP on ‎10-20-2009 10:45 PM

A missed opportunity.

 

I like to read books that discuss design.  Those have content that's in color.  I was hoping your reader would support book content with color as that's the Kindle's major failing in my opinion.  Now, I'll just have to keep waiting.

by mattMP on ‎10-20-2009 10:52 PM

The wifi only works in B&N stores?!?!?!?!? I don't mean to be cynical, but uhhh what good is the WIFI then? Is there any plans to change this in the future, so we can synch up on a home network? It would be nice to have a set of books and media (like mp3's) on the network which the reader can download. Believe it or not, many people would like to use this thing for stuff other then just purchasing ebooks from B&N. You know what I mean though.. If it has 3G.. And the wireless is locked down just to B&N what good is the wireless?

 

~matt

by mattMP on ‎10-20-2009 10:55 PM

Does it support rss? Will we have to pay a fee for the news if there is no subscription requirements.. Say I want to pull in slashdot on the news reader...

by phenomshel on ‎10-20-2009 11:04 PM

"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."

 

Kevin, thank you for answering, but what exactly does this mean?  Folders?  That you can navigate your ebooks on the e-ink screen (in a folder structure, I hope, I hope) instead of the LCD?    Please don't make me wait til Dec. 4th (nearest weekend to Nov. 30) after driving 60 miles to the nearest B&N store to find out the answer to this :-).

by bic101 on ‎10-20-2009 11:04 PM

I'd consider this but was hoping it would be 8" screen. Oh well, next comes iRex and Que.

Meanwhile, B&N has to look at its pricing scheme. Consider this:

 

books chosen randomly from my shelf:
(prices in this order: Amazon, B&N, Sony)

The Book Thief (Zusak) $8.63 $9.59 $10.79
Netherland (O'Neill) $9.99 $11.96 $9.99
Girl with a Pearl Earring (Chevalier)$9.88 $10.40 $12.60
The Tipping Point (Gladwell) $7.68 $9.99 $9.99
Enchantress of Florence (Rusdie) $9.99 $11.20 $9.99
Idiot's Guide to Learning Italian $9.99 $9.99 $13.26
Into the Wild (Krakauer) $9.83 $9.99 $13.45
Audacity of Hope (Obama) $9.99 $11.96 $9.99
Me Talk Pretty One Day (Sedaris) $9.99 $9.99 $13.49
Ted Kennedy : Scenes from an Epic Life $14.78 $22.40 $15.40

Total: Amazon: $100.75 B&N: $117.47 Sony: $118.95

That's 17% more (and even if you take away the most expensive one, Ted Kennedy book, it comes out to Amazon $85.97, B&N: $95.07, Sony:$103.55

That's still 11 to 20% higher for B&N and Sony. B&N needs to be competitive in prices too.

 

by clinton_roy on ‎10-20-2009 11:14 PM

Please bring out an international version, and quickly.

 

cheers,

by Kingavik on ‎10-20-2009 11:24 PM

The e-mail introducing Nook caught me practically with my finger on the button to order the International Kindle.  There are several features I like better on what you are offering--such as expandable memory and the ability to loan books.  However, I am not sure I can use the Nook effectively.   I am a U.S. citizen, I do have a U.S. billing address, but I am a resident of another country and sometimes do not visit the US for up to two years at a time.  I do not want to knowingly break any international copyright laws.  I understand I can read content purchased in the States but not purchase content while outside of the States--is that correct?  I am assuming it would also not be permitted (or maybe not possible--I'm not even sure if it is designed to work that way) to purchase and download e-books through conventional internet to my PC while outside the U.S. and transfer them in some way by some cable to the Nook?  It sounds from some things I've read on the Kindle discussion boards that some international customers (or U.S. citizens living abroad) have used a work-around like that, but I didn't see anything said about the legality of that.  I just want to be sure I understand perfectly what limitations I would be subjecting myself to before making my final decision--it's a big investment!

by Prash on ‎10-20-2009 11:30 PM

I was one of the those who couldn't wait for B&N e-reader to come out. Till yesterday, I thought I would be one of the first to pre-order the Nook. But now, I guess I will have to think about it. Here are some of my questions.

 

- Can folders be created (similar to what someone asked before me) so that I can categorize my purchases. I want to put general reading in one, work related reading in one, personal articles in one, etc.

- Is it possible to go back and forth more than one page at a time? For reference articles, I 'd want the ability to move back and forth easily. There is no mention of that feature in here.

- What about taking notes directly on the article? Again, for business related reading, I need to have this. I see that there is an option to sync notes between the Nook at other devices, but is there an option on the device?

- Will B&N have any claim on the content I already purchased? For whatever reason, will B&N delete my content without my permission?

 

Thanks.

by rpmcestmoi on ‎10-20-2009 11:45 PM

Bunch of questions and one comment.

Comment:  Glad to blow off the Amazon Kindle.  Angry that they do not collect taxes, harming our youth who are dependent on schools that depend on taxes.  I could go on but won't. 

 

Why not a discount for BN card holders?

Why not at least a color or two as choices.

Why not any books by John Dufresne available?  Amazon has them.

 

 

by jcort87 on ‎10-20-2009 11:52 PM

i just wanted to know how do you actually search for individual ebooks? unlike nook's competitor, nook has the colortouchscreen while the kindle has qwerty keyboard. does the touchscreen have a keyboard you just touch?

by lacefairy on ‎10-21-2009 12:17 AM

I was excited at the email I just got on the Nook. I had a Pocket PC a number of years ago and loved to read books on it but until now I didn't see any reason to get anything new but I was pleasantly surprised to see the larger size of the Nook. I may be out of the loop and find it is not new to be bigger than a Pocket PC/IPod but I never saw anything. So I am Happy. But after reading all the posting I have some questions.

 

1. Posh mentioned  "Is it possible to go back and forth more than one page at a time?" And I ask that too.

I love books with maps and love to refer back to them all the time and this could be an issue. Or would the bookmarks help in this case?

 

2. Will all books offered at B&N be available for Nook? Like even the Bible etc.

 

3. Can we "search" through a book for some key phrase or word that we want to find? Do we need to highlight it first?

 

4. I am also concerned about the price differences mentioned by bic101.

 

5. And lastly.... What do you mean rpmcestmoi, we don't get membership discounts?????? If I'm not buying books at the store anymore once I have a Nook(of which I truly have no more room for) I won't be getting membership deals???? Even on the eBooks????? Let alone the Nook????

Help. I want to preorder mine today but I need answers...Good ones!

by Kevin on ‎10-21-2009 12:31 AM

Some better information on Wi-Fi ... Here's what we say in the FAQs:

[nook] also automatically detects Wi-Fi hotspots -- either the free Wi-Fi in all Barnes & Noble stores or any pre-configured hotspots -- and will switch to use Wi-Fi's faster connection. With either connection, you'll be able to download eBooks wirelessly in seconds.

by JaxTJ on ‎10-21-2009 01:04 AM

I want this so badly but after reading the response, I will have to wait. Like Kingavik above, I am a US citizen living abroad.  I had been on the fence about buying an international Kindle prior to the Nook announcement and all of the things that kept me from buying a Kindle seemed to have been erased by the Nook.  A guy that sits in the cube next to me had actually already pre-ordered one this morning and had to cancel because of the Wi-Fi limitation.  I was planning on talking to my wife tonight about pre-ordering, but that will have to wait.

 

I'm not ignorant to business issues, and I'm guessing that there are probably either licensing issues that B&N has to deal with or shortsightedness of the suits upstairs trying to finagle another $20 like Amazon.  But this one oversight cost one definite and one probable sale just in my office of 20 people. I'm sure we're not the only ones.  I already own some Kindle books that I read on my iPhone, but now I will have to wait for a device as compelling as the Nook that isn't going to shut me out because of my location.  None of the Sony devices, in my opinion, offer the value that either the Kindle or Nook have right out of the box.  I'm ready for the Nook, but can I get some reciprocation?