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

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Great ebook reader

  • Dec 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 pretty positive about the reader, it has a very nice screen (which is the most important feature in a ebook reader) that is easy on the eye and with almost no glare, and B&N has released several firmware updates during that time which added several new features (games and browser) as well as fixed a few nagging problems (page flip speed is the main one), I find myself read a lot more than before, I probably read more books this year than the last 5 years combined. And another great thing about the Nook is that you can get a free ebook from B&N every Friday, some of the books they offered for free were not exactly the genre that I usually read, but hey, who can argue with free!

However, compare to the Sony PRS-600 and the Kindle, Nook felt a lot heavier, it's still not really heavy by any means, but if you had to hold it up without support for a long time, it might make a difference for someone, and even though the page flipping performance has been improved in the firmware updates, it still lags behind the other readers I have tried, this generally isn't a problem during regular reading, but if you had to flip back 10 pages to look for something, the slower speed can be a bit annoying.

Despite of some short-comings, the Nook is a very good reader, and with the recent price reduction, it definitely is a viable alternative to the market share leader, the Kindle, and since it supports industry standard, I felt a lot safer with my purchase, since I can still continue to buy books for it even if B&N cease to exist.

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December 23, 2010
Glad you are enjoying the Nook! I've had mine for about 6 months now, and I love it! Great review too!
December 23, 2010
I'm getting a free Samsung Galaxy Tab early next month as part of the mifi package I'm subscribing to so I'm having a little reservation about getting an ereader right now, just in case the Tab would adequately do the job! Having an eReader sounds like a very good idea though; I found myself buying less and less books over the years as it becomes a big hassle when I move and I moved quite a bit! However, as with you, I'm hoping to get back into the reading habit without having to go to the library and worry about the date I've to return those books! Sounds great... ha, only if someone is intending to get it for me for Christmas! ;-)
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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 . 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
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I was originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and I moved to the united states when I was 16 years old. I lived in Champaign, Illinois for 6 years before moving to California and have been here since.   … more
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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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