Posts Tagged ‘Barnes & Noble’

Nook Showcase

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Barnes & Noble updated its Nook eReader for iPad and added an app for iPhone. It also updated the Nook branding. Now you can download the Nook for iPad, Nook for iPhone, Nook for Android, Nook Wi-Fi, Nook Wi-Fi + 3G, Nook for PC, Nook for Blackberry, and Nook for Mac

Nook shares the same features across devices:

  • Over a million titles
  • Thousands of free eBooks
  • Sample any eBooks for Free
  • Share with friends
  • Sync info across devices
  • Adjustable text styles

Nook is trying hard to compete with Amazon, and it shows. The new UI looks nice, and since it is trying to differentiate itself from the Kindle’s software, you can lend your eBooks to your friends. You can read more about Nook and browse Barnes & Noble here.

Nook for Android

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Not to be outdone by Amazon’s Kindle, the Nook is now available as an Android app.

From the looks of it, there are a lot of the basic features offered by the Kindle.

  • Shop an extensive library, including free books
  • Sync the last page read and bookmarks
  • Custom fonts and font sizes
  • Share ebooks with friends

Of all of these, the e-lending feature is Nook’s best feature above those offered by the Kindle. The UI is more attractive, as it is in the reader version. Putting color in the UI makes a difference.

To use the Nook app, you have to create an account if you don’t already have one. You are then able to browse for books. I tried downloading a free ebook. Everything went fine, but it wanted to record a credit card number to keep on file. If I were paying for a book I wouldn’t have minded, but I just wanted a free book to check it out. The Kindle didn’t require me to provide a credit card for free books.

There are some definite positives about the Nook for Android. There are some positives for the Kindle for Android too, though. In the end, it comes down to what you are comfortable with. The Nook is a viable option.

E-Reader Pricing Battle Begins

Monday, June 21st, 2010

With the launch of the iPad, a lot of comparisons have been made between tablets and traditional e-readers. While the iPad is in its own class, the Kindle from Amazon and the Nook from Barnes & Noble have been compared against it. Both devices came up short at their asking prices due to their limited features by comparison. However, when classed appropriately among peer devices, the Nook and Kindle are more directly competing for the non-iPad crowd.

Barnes & Noble announced the Nook Wi-Fi, a lower-priced version of the popular Nook e-reader. The Nook Wi-Fi offers familiar features, and is available on all of AT&T’s Wi-Fi hot spots. The Nook Wi-Fi is priced at $149. The original 3G/Wi-Fi Nook is now $199, a drop of $60.

Amazon moved quickly on the news of the Nook announcement. Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but landing at $10 under the Nook 3G looks pretty intentional. Either way, it was about time the Kindle came down. With no color screen, no touch screen, and no Android tablet features, it was way too expensive. There has been some discussion (likely not at Amazon) that the ideal price point for the Kindle is $100, if it is to gain a lasting foothold in the e-book market. I think it would be a much more reasonable price, but at least it dropped as far as it did this time. An e-reader needs to compete against other e-readers, not a “full”-featured tablet like the iPad.

The e-reader pricing battle has begun. I am looking forward to a counter-move by Barnes & Noble. It may not happen soon, but I am sure something will happen. Let’s see if Sony jumps in on this price scheme. At $200, the Reader Touch remains on the top of the price tier. Let’s hope for a continued collective drop.