Friday, March 19, 2010

B&N's 'nook' (eReader)

The introduction of eReader has opened new doors for those of us that like to 'hold' a book while reading. Apple's iPad has been predicted to change the industry...but the price may be a bit hefty for some. Not to worry, there are several fabulous gadgets available, and new ones being added all the time.

Such as Barnes and Noble's 'nook'.

At a competitive price of around $250.00, here is what I've found in researching the latest eReader on this site

The nook:

...includes everything necessary to start reading right away so you can basically turn the device on and start using it; once it is charged.
...offers two ways to browse. You can use the first ever full-color 3.5" touchscreen where you can use your finger to swipe through titles and tap to open the book you would like to read, or you can use the large virtual keyboard to find exactly what you are looking for.
Uses E Ink display technology--basically real ink that is digitized. Makes for a crisp reading screen.
...No-glare screen
...Has 5 adjustable text sizes
...has both AT&T's 3G Wireless Network and Wi-Fi technologies. You can receive Wi-Fi for FREE at any Wi-Fi hot spot and of course all Barnes and Noble stores will offer free Wi-Fi access to nook users.
...has 2GB on-board memory. Stores up to 1,500 books, newspapers or magazines. You can add a 16 GB memory card that will hold up to 17,500 books.

You can access eBooks -- including thousands of free classic titles and bestsellers by tapping the Shop button on your nook. A number of nook features apply only to eBooks purchased through Barnes & These are stored in your online digital library and include: bookmarks, highlighting, notes, lending, rating, recommending, and cross-platform reading. The nook also supports PDFs, as well as ePub and PDB files.
You can sample any eBook that Barnes and Noble has to offer before you decide to buy. Many bestsellers and new releases will cost $9.99.
You can use your current Barnes and Noble membership card to purchase your eBooks online.
With the nook you can easily bookmark, highlight words or passages, make notes and export notes or look up words with the built-in dictionary. When you bookmark, you will begin reading right where you left off.

If you happen to forget your nook at home you can easily continue reading on your iPhone, iTouch, Blackberry, PC or Mac through Barnes and Nobles FREE e-Reader software. Remember when you bookmark, your place will be saved whether it is on your nook or iPhone!
Share your eBooks with friends or family. Most eBooks can be lent for up to 14 days. You can send an eBook to their nook, computer or cell phone with Barnes and Noble's FREE e-Reader software. NOTE: However, it sounds like you will be able to share any given eBook title up to one time only.
Read up to 10 days without recharging and with wireless shut off. Wireless activity will drain the battery quicker.
Installed rechargeable Lithium battery that you can actually change out yourself. The expect the lifespan of a Lithium battery for up to 2-3 years. You can also charge your battery via either USB connection to your computer or a power adapter.
You can use your nook as an MP3 player and it holds up to about 26 hours of audio. Has built-in speakers and has a universal 3.5 mm headphone jack.
'nook' supports the following file types:
EPUBZ and e-Reader formats
MP3s and graphics loaded onto your nook via your computer or micro SD card
JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP files to create your own personal screensavers
You can load your own pictures onto you nook and create your own personal screen savers.
Be sure to check the coverage viewer for mobile broadband 3G coverage in your area.
If you unfortunately lose your nook device you can go to your B& account to de-register your nook or call Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-THE-BOOK (843-2665) to de-register the device from your account.
Every nook has a User Guide in its Library

Best of all, you can go to any Barnes and Noble & 'test-drive' a nook!

I'm planning to check one out this excited!
Until next time, happy eReading!
available via Champagne Books--
Amulet of Fate
Once a Rebel (book 1 in Orphan Train series)
Corsair Cove
and coming August 1, 2010...
Adrian's Angel