Barnes & Noble Nook
|Developer||Barnes & Noble|
|Release date||November 30, 2009
21 June 2010 (Wi-Fi only)
|Introductory price||US$259 (Wi-Fi + 3G version) US$149 (Wi-Fi only version)|
|Operating system||Android v1.5, released 22 November 2010|
|Power||rechargeable, replaceable lithium-ion polymer battery|
|Storage capacity||2 GB internal storage
microSD expansion up to 16 GB
|Display||600 x 800 pixel, 6 inch
and a 3.5 inch 480 x 144 pixel
color control display
|Input||Color touchscreen, left/right paging buttons|
|Dimensions||7.7 in (196 mm) H
4.9 in (124 mm) W
0.5 in (12.7 mm) D
|Weight||12.1 oz (340 g) (Wi-Fi + 3G) 11.6 oz (330 g) (Wi-Fi only) 7.48 oz (212 g) (Nook Touch Reader)|
The Barnes & Noble Nook (styled "nook" or "NOOK") is a brand of e-reader developed by American book retailer Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. The original device was announced in the United States in October 2009, and was released the next month. The original Nook includes both Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity, a six-inch E-paper display, and a separate, smaller color touchscreen that serves as the primary input device. A Wi-Fi-only model of the original design was released in June 2010. The original line of Nooks was followed in November 2010 by a color LCD device called the Nook Color, in June 2011 by a second-generation E-paper device marketed as the Nook Simple Touch, and in November 2011 and February 2012 by the 16GB and 8GB versions, respectively, of the Wi-Fi only Nook Tablet. On April 30, 2012, Barnes & Noble entered into a partnership with Microsoft that will spin off the Nook and college businesses into a subsidiary. On August 28, 2012, Barnes and Noble announced partnerships with retailers in the UK, which began offering the Nook digital products to people in October 2012.
Nook Simple Touch (E-paper, 2nd Edition)
- Announced on May 25, 2011, the Simple Touch Reader (also informally referred as Nook 2nd Edition) was released on June 10, 2011 at a retail price of US$139. The Simple Touch is a Wi-Fi only Nook, with an infrared touch-screen, E-paper technology, and battery life of up to two months (or 150 hours, offering approximately 25,000 continuous page turns with Wi-Fi turned off). The device weighs 7.48 oz with dimensions of 6.5" x 5" x 0.47".
- On November 7, 2011, the Simple Touch Reader retail price dropped to US$99.
- On April 12, 2012, a version with built-in LED lights (called "Glowlight") was released with price of $139.
- On September 30, 2012, the Simple Touch Reader with Glowlight's price dropped to $119
- On December 9, 2012, the Simple Touch Reader retail price dropped to US$79.
Nook HD (LCD)
Announced September 26, 2012 and released November 1, 2012 along with the Nook HD+, Nook HD is a 7-inch tablet with a resolution of 1440x900. It is set to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and comes in two colors: snow and smoke (a dark gray). NOOK HD has a Texas Instruments 1.3 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM. It can play back video at 720p from the NOOK Video store, much like Amazon.com's Instant Video service. The Nook HD starts at US$199 for 8GB and US$229 for 16GB.
Nook HD+ (LCD)
Nook HD+ (stylized NOOK HD+) is Barnes & Noble's first HD tablet capable of playing back movies and television shows downloadable from NOOK Video store at 1080 pixels. Announced along with its younger brother NOOK HD on September 26, 2012, the NOOK HD+ is a 9-inch tablet with a 1920x1280 resolution. It is set to compete with the similar 8.9 inch Amazon.com Kindle Fire HD. It has a Texas Instruments 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor and is priced at US$269 and US$299 for 16 and 32 GB, respectively.
Nook Classic (E-paper, 1st Edition)
- 3G + Wi-Fi version
- This version made its debut on November 22, 2009, at a retail price of US$259. It was offered with built-in Wi-Fi + 3G connectivity for free access to the Barnes & Noble online store.
- The price was reduced to US$199 on June 21, 2010, upon the release of the new Nook Wi-Fi.
- The price was dropped to US$169 on May 25, 2011, in accordance with the announcement of the newer Nook Simple Touch Reader.
- In early 2011, Nook Wi-Fi + 3G was phased out due to shrinking demand.
- Wi-Fi version
- This version of the Nook 1st Edition, which supports only Wi-Fi (not 3G Wireless), made its debut on June 21, 2010, at a retail price of US$149.
- It was launched with Firmware Version 1.4 already installed. It is easily distinguishable physically from the Wi-Fi + 3G due to its white back panel, in contrast to the gray back panel of the Wi-Fi +3G version.
- A price reduction was made on May 25, 2011, dropping to closeout prices of US$119 in accordance with the announcement of the newer Nook Simple Touch Reader.
- In September 2011, the price was dropped again, to US$89.
- In late 2011, Nook Wi-Fi was phased out due to shrinking demand.
Nook Color (LCD)
Released on November 19, 2010 and priced at $249, the Nook Color comes installed with Android 2.1. The device is powered by a TI OMAP 3621 800 MHz processor, and has 512MB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, a 7" LCD screen, and a microSD expansion slot. On February 21, 2012, the price of the Nook Color was reduced to US$169. On August 12, 2012, the price of the Nook Color was reduced to US$149. On November 3, 2012 following the release of the Nook HD and Nook HD+, the price of the Nook Color was reduced to US$139.
Nook Tablet (LCD)
The Nook Tablet with 16G of internal storage became available on November 17, 2011 for US$249. A version with 8G of internal storage was made available February 21, 2012 for US$199, replacing the Nook Color in that price range. On August 12, 2012, the price of the Nook Tablet 8GB and Nook Tablet 16GB were reduced to US$179 and US$199 respectively.
Features and specifications
All models have the following features:
- Micro-USB connector
- Micro-SD memory card slot
|Display type||Capacity||Cellular data (3G)||Android
|Screen size (mm)||Screen resolution||Dimensions (mm)
|Weight (g), (oz)|
|Nook||2009-Nov-30||E-paper (E Ink) and LCD||2 GB||yes||1.5||152 (6 in) (E-Ink), 89 (3.5 in) (LCD)||600 × 800 (E-Ink), 480 × 144 (LCD)||124 × 196 × 13
4.9 × 7.7 × 0.5
|Nook Simple Touch||2011-Jun-10||E-paper (E Ink 2)||2 GB||no||2.1||152 (6 in)||600 × 800||127 × 165 × 12
5.0 × 6.5 × 0.5
|Nook Color||2010-Nov-19||LCD||8 GB||no||2.2||178 (7 in)||1024 × 600||127 × 206 × 12
5.0 × 8.1 × 0.5
|Nook Tablet||2011-Nov-17||LCD||16 GB||no||2.3||178 (7 in)||1024 × 600||127 × 206 × 12
5.0 × 8.1 × 0.5
On 29 October 2012, the rival Blackwells and Foyles bookshops, the John Lewis department stores, the Waitrose and Sainsbury's supermarket chains and high street catalogue retailer Argos launched the Nook e-reader in the UK - and from, November, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablet computers went on sale in the stores.
Nook e-Reader applications for third party devices
Nook Free Reading Apps
- For Computers
- Windows PC
- For Smartphones
- iPhone (& iPod touch)
- For Tablets
- Android Tablet
- NOOK Kids for iPad
Nook for Web
The Nook for Web tagline reads: "Read Instantly on any browser".
Mobileread describes (NookStudy or NOOKStudy) (also styled as Nook Study) as "a free eTextbook application from Barnes and Noble that provides a suite of digital study tools. It is available for Windows and Mac OS X." NookStudy cannot be used on Nook ereaders; rather it is designed for use only on PCs, Macs, and iPads, and permits one to read e-Textbooks "on up to two (2) computers".
NookStudy offers two categories of benefits: the ability to read ebooks and other content that is accessible via other eReading devices, and the ability to read eTextbooks purchased from Barnes & Noble, which are meant to be read on one's computer via the NOOKStudy application. According to Barnes & Noble's NookStudy FAQ's: "You cannot use your NOOK or mobile device to read textbooks as the screens are too small to properly view the contents."
In The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder describes capabilities possessed by NookStudy that render it superior to other eReading software for reading textbooks. For example, he writes:
- "you can do multiple types of annotations (highlight, asterisk, question) and you can do asterisks and questions in 7 different colors. You can also attach text notes as well as search Wikipedia, Google, Dictionary.com, Wolfram Alpha, and Youtube. And I just noticed that you can attach a link to the webpage you just found through the search. Attaching the link isn’t easy, but it can be done.
- Some of the other neat features include having multiple ebooks open in tabs, and a second TOC for annotations.
- If you purchase an ebook through Barnes & Noble and let the credit card you used to buy it expire you lose the rights to re-download material until a valid credit card is entered into the account.
- Nook for Mac users have noted that the Nook for Mac app has compatibility issues with Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion). While the app requires OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard), many users have documented the performance issues under Mountain Lion (and consequently all Macs sold since July 2012).
- The file table on the Nook is locked, meaning that external programs such as Calibre cannot be used to automatically organize uploaded files. All organization must be undertaken on the device itself, one book at a time.
- A book can only be lent up to six times through LendMe.
- 3M Cloud Drive
- Adobe Digital Editions
- Amazon Kindle
- Comparison of e-book readers
- Kobo eReader
- List of Android devices
- OverDrive, Inc.
- Sony Reader
- Tablet computer
- Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg and Geoffrey A. Fowler (October 20, 2009). [It is similar to the Amazon Kindle, though, as the top two e-readers. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703816204574483790552304348.html "B&N Reader Out Tuesday"]. The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 21 October 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
- Ina Fried (October 19, 2009). "Barnes & Noble's 'Nook' said to cost $259". cnet news. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
- David Carnoy (October 14, 2009). "Barnes & Noble's 'color' e-book reader photos leaked". cnet news. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
- Ziegler, Chris (2011-11-07). "Nook Tablet announced: $249, available November 17th". The Verge. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- Barnes & Noble (February 21, 2012). "Press Release - Barnes & Noble Introduces NOOK Tablet™ – 8GB For Incredibly Low Price of $199: New Addition to Hot-Selling, Highly Rated NOOK Tablet Line Offers Fastest, Lightest, Most Powerful Tablet with the Best in Reading and Entertainment, Now in 8GB, at an Amazing Value". Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Microsoft invests $300 million in Barnes & Noble". Boy Genius Report. April 30, 2012.
- "BN.com". Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "BN.com". Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- Carnoy, David. "B&N drops prices on Nook Tablet and Nook Color". CNET. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Barnes & Noble Reports Q2 Net Loss Of $6.6M, Says NOOK Is Now A $220 Million Business". TechCrunch. December 1, 2011.
- "Microsoft and Barnes & Noble team up on e-reader business". LA Times. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- Last-minute delay to UK Nook launch, Lisa Campbell, The Bookseller, London.Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and HD+ tablets will come to UK in November, Ian Steadman,wired.co.uk, 26 September,2012.Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- "Nookstudy". MobileRead.com.
- "Software News: NookStudy is a serious threat to the Kindle textbook market". The Digital Reader. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
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