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An electronic book reader developed by Barnes & Noble and based on the Android platform.

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Absolutely love my Nook!

  • Aug 11, 2010

I recently was given a Nook for my birthday, and I absolutely love it. Pros: The screen looks just like real paper, so no eye strain, no matter how many hours you sit there reading. The page turning buttons are placed in a very convenient place, so you don't have to move your whole hand across the screen like you do with the iPad Kindle App. (it was cool at first, but got very annoying and my finger was sore after reading a whole book with that app). It comes with free wi-fi. I got the 3G version, and it's a snap to connect to any wi-fi connections around me. It has an 'airplane mode' that you can turn on to up battery life by disconnecting from wi-fi while you are not using the internet. It has amazing battery life- With the wi-fi on, it lasts about a day of constant use. WIth airplane mode on, it lasts about a day and a half of constant page turning (I know- I have done it.) It charges quickly and can be charged by plugging the usb cable to a computer or by attaching the usb to the wall charger adapter. It comes loaded with some classics- Dracula, Pride and Predjudice, etc. and you can easily connect and download any book from bn.com. For people who don't have money to spend every time you want a new book, bn.com offers a huge selection of free ebooks. They even offer a new free ebook every friday called "Free Fridays". You can also download ebooks and load them easily onto the Nook. If you have a barnes and noble membership card, it does apply to most ebooks. Another pro- you can load music files onto your nook and listen to it while reading (I find it distracting when reading, but nice that I can listen to music while shopping or browsing the internet). It also comes with a games feature and comes with Chess and Sudoku. 
Cons- The screen doesn't light up at night, so it requires you to either have a light on in the room or a book light. Barnes & Noble does sell a light made specifically for the Nook- The Lyra book light, and it clips on to the Nook and the reviews say it leaves no glare like some book lights do. I haven't bought one (it's about 15 bucks) though I might because it's a real pain holding a book light and the nook. My only other con is that the internet is not the best if you are wanting to browse facebook, yahoo, etc. though it does awesome on dedicated newspaper websites like the new york times. This isn't a huge drawback for me, as I am always using it reading a book.

Overall, the pros very much outweigh the cons, and it is small and very comfortable to carry. It has a bunch of accessories to make it handy to carry and transport, store and use. I've used a Kindle too, but I strongly prefer my Nook and the feel of it. The iPad kindle app is cool, but I do often find myself distracted and end up using the iPad for games or internet. If you want a dedicated reader- the Nook is definitely the best choice.  

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review by . December 23, 2010
I bought the B&N Nook ebook reader after my dissatisfaction with my previous reader, the Sony PRS-600. I have previously looked at the Amazon Kindle that my sister owns, while it is a very nice reader, I typically shy away from any electronic device that doesn't support industry standard, and in the case of ebook readers, the Amazon Kindle doesn't support the ePub format, so my only other option is the B&N Nook.      After using it for more than 6 months, I am …
Quick Tip by . October 04, 2011
I've been very fortunate to have my Barnes and Noble Nook to use for my classes at UCSB. More than half of my required titles were available as ebooks at a drastically discounted rate. Not only that, but I have been able to convert all types of reading files into epub file types that can be read by the Nook. So, I have a lot of class data on the Nook, which is easier to carry around than my laptop. Plus, I can highlight and take notes on it.       It has been two years …
review by . April 05, 2010
How I feel about the nook:  I love to read using my nook.        The pros: I have had it about 2 months now and I can say that I am reading more now than I did before purchasing the nook.  It is light, reliable, and easy to carry around.  Purchasing books through the wireless 3G is a snap.  Most of the books I purchase and read on it are what I call "give-away books", meaning books I will read once and would not want to keep in my physical library. …
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
I recently got a Nook for my birthday, and I LOVE it. The screen is like actual paper- and the side buttons are extremely convenient for page turning without moving your whole hand. I love the touch screen feature at the bottom. All in all, better than the Kindle.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
When I went to Barnes and Noble to play with one of these, I planned on purchasing it. But it didn't even work in the store. The samples wouldn't download, half the time the pages wouldn't turn, and the bottom lcd screen seemed off whenever you tried to touch anything. The device looks awesome, but didn't seem to function as promised.
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
My personal favorite.
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The Barnes & Noble Nook (styled "nook") is an electronic book reader developed by Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. The device was announced in the United States on 20 October 2009, and was released 30 November 2009 for US$259. The nook includes Wi-Fi and AT&T  3G wireless connectivity, a six inch E Ink display, and a separate, smaller color touchscreen that serves as the primary input device.
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