Barnes & Noble is claiming its Nook ebook reader is the planet’s “most advanced e-book reader”. The dimensions of the Nook are 7.7×4.9×0.5 inches and it weighs just 11.2 ounces. The unique feature about the Nook is the 6-inch 16-level E Ink Vizplex electronic paper display (EPD) on top and a 3.5-inch capacitive touch LCD on the bottom. The OS running the touch LCD? Android. Genius.
The Nook is expected to last for up to 10 days without wireless connectivity, which include WiFi BG and AT&T’s 3G. There is 2GB of internal storage and other features include: microSD, MP3 player, 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB and a built-in speaker. Supported formats include EPUB, PDF, MP3. Here’s the really intriguing part: just like how we currently experience Barnes & Noble, Nook owners can walk into a real store, connect via WiFi and browse complete ebooks. For free.
There is a ‘LendMe’ feature that allows lending of books for a day at a time to other ebook readers, mobile phones and computers. Barnes & Noble also has ereader apps for the iPhone and BlackBerry. The Nook is available for preorder for US$259. Initial shipments are expected to commence at the end of November.
There’s a really well-made video that goes through most of the important features at Barnes & Noble.