Posts Tagged ‘ebooks’

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.