News by Jake Humphrey on Tuesday October 20, 2009.
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Today Barnes & Noble introduced its first eBook reader, the "nook", an Android powered device that will compete with similar products offered by Amazon and Sony.
Paralleling Amazon's Kindle eReader, the nook has a built-in wireless radio for downloading new content anywhere. The nook, however, runs on AT&T's 3G network as opposed to Sprint's network, which the Kindle runs on. The nook also supports Wi-Fi connectivity.
Unlike the Kindle, the nook has both an e-ink screen for displaying the text of books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as a color touch screen for typing and sorting through content.
The nook also lets users share content with friends, similar to a digital library, for up to 14 days. Content can be shared with a variety of devices, including Apple iPhones, iPods, RIM and Motorola smartphones, and computers loaded with Barnes & Noble's own eReader software.
The nook is capable of storing up to 1,500 books out of the box, and also has a microSD card for storing additional titles. It will be available at the end of November for $259.
More information can be found by visiting www.nook.com.