E-readers have definitely been one of the hot gadgets of 2009 and whilst many people are planning on purchasing the Kindle for a Christmas gift, a new kid on the block is about to be launched. At the end of November Barnes and Noble are set to unveil a shiny spanking new e-book reader called a ‘Nook’ which can hold up to 1,500 e-books.
With a sleek white aesthetic, what tech features makes the Nook superior to the Kindle? Here comes the geek bit. Firstly, the Nook has a multi touch coloured screen which can be used to browse books in a slick cover to cover style. This touch screen can also be used as a keyboard because with access to 3G and Wi-Fi you can even surf the web. The machine is the first to run Android OS; Google’s operating system written for mobile devices and if desired, the Nook has the option to be viewed in black and white.
The nifty gadget has 2GB of internal storage and MP3 player and supports open formats such as EPUB. Nook users also have added features such as bookmarks. Pretty snazzy?
The Wi-Fi ability is definitely a cool feature, yes and the Android OS, certainly. However, the gold factor which sets the Nook above the Kindle is that it allows you to swap e-books with your friends. One of the biggest problems with the current e-books is that you can’t lend or re-sell them and Barnes and Noble really have a huge advantage with the Nook as they are selling e-books cheaper than those available on the Kindle and paper versions, which of course, as an avid reader is a huge incentive.
Once you lend the e-book to a friend (the e-book can also be accessed through PCs or smart phones such as the BlackBerry and the iPhone) they will have access to it for 14 days and then it is immediately reverts back to the original owner – which saves the hassle of bugging your friend to return your books! The only disadvantage is that whilst your friend has access to the e-book, you are unable to read it.
With titles cheaper than those found on the Kindle and a whole bunch of new features which also allow for sharing and interaction with others, at a glance, I’d say the Nook is definitely in the running to kill off the Kindle.