The ‘Nook’ electronic book from Barnes & Noble runs Android

October 21, 2009
    Barnes & Noble Nook

    Barnes & Noble Nook

    Step aside ‘Alex’, your 5 minutes of fame has come to an end. We now welcome ‘Nook’ from Barnes and Noble. We know for a fact they share similar physical specifications including the common 6″ E Ink display along with a 3.5″ LCD Color Touch Screen positioned below, but anyone not sure about the name? Those who grew up reading Dr. Seuss will remember “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and can perhaps recall Theodor Geisel’s Nook who took a look at the book on a hook. Trendy huh? Before we get into the Android stuff, hardware specs and all the usual items, what separates the Nook from its competitors, such as Alex from Sprint Design?

    First, Barnes and Noble address the age old tradition of lending your books to people when you have read them. This is one of the main complaints about the whole notion of electronic book readers which, so long as everyone has a Nook, can be addressed and we can all share and share alike. Well, it gets better. The technology used in the Nook that allows people to share their books also works with the iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC, and Mac OS. Second, like Alex, the Nook offers dual screens, including a gray-scale E Ink screen along with a separate color touch screen below the E Ink display. Alex, take note… touch screen. Now for the hardware and other technical specifications after the jump.

    • Android OS
    • Touch Control & Navigation
    • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
    • PDF and JPG support
    • 3G and Wi-Fi-enabled eReader
    • LendMe technology (share books digitally between iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac OS and, of course, the Nook.
    • Over 1 million ebooks at $9.99
    • Subscriptions to more than 20 major newspapers
    • Store over 1,500 ebooks

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