New cheaper Nook e-reader announced

In its battle with Amazon.com for the e-reader market, the bookseller Barnes and Noble has just announced a new version of its original Nook e-reader that's cheaper than previous models. The new Nook, which is WiFi only, is already available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble web site for $139. That's the same price as Amazon.com's WiFi only Kindle device but still more expensive than the version of the Kindle that's ad supported for $114. The new Nook will ship on June 10.

The new Nook has a six inch screen but is fully touch sensitive which allows the Nook to both be smaller and also eliminate the need for a physical keyboard. The E-Ink based screen is supposed to have 50 percent better constrast than the original version of the Nook. It also has a very long battery life. Barnes and Noble claims the battery will last up to two months on one charge compared to "just" one month for the Kindle (though as always your own mileage may vary).

The new Nook weights 7.5 ounces and has 2 GB of storage space although the MicroSD card slot will allow for up to 32 GB of additional storage space. While the OS is based on Android 2.1 the Nook won't support the Android Market to add more apps to the device. Barnes and Noble will still sell its larger color Nook e-reader, which has support for both WiFi and 3G and has added support for apps and games, for $249.

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That looks good, unfortunately I could get larger e-ink reader, maybe around 8-10".
Anyway very good for tha price, android and PDF handling also a ++.

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Hmm, seems like there's an anti-glare screen protector as part of the official accessory set. What gives? I thought this fancy eInk thingo was supposed to be readable in direct sunlight?

Low price + touchscreen = win, I think

dewaaz said,
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Hmm, seems like there's an anti-glare screen protector as part of the official accessory set. What gives? I thought this fancy eInk thingo was supposed to be readable in direct sunlight?

Low price + touchscreen = win, I think

Maybe because there is never a complete absence of glare? Even if you use anti-glare there is always SOME glare. I'd say test it out first and see if you really need a screen protector.

The iPad and iPad 2 have a glass screen, which would probably be considered high glare. But I haven't had problems with reading either out in direct sun light. So long as I'm not looking at photos and just reading black on white text it is fine. Sure, not as good as an e-ink display, but usable.

But how long will we have to wait for something from Amazon, do you think? Have there been any rumours of anything?

I was thinking of picking up an e-Book reader within the next month or so, and a cheap Nook looks good because of the touchscreen!

thommcg said,
Great specs, though as a Kindle 2 owner I'll hold off and see what Amazon will offer next.

Indeed. Amazon will likely have something after this, seeing as the Kobo also just went all touchscreen

sopharine said,
I love the elegant design. Way better without those hideous keyboard and button on the kindles.

I agree. The kindle has a lot of wasted space IMO.

sopharine said,
I love the elegant design. Way better without those hideous keyboard and button on the kindles.

Obviously the biggest difference is one has a touch screen, the other does not. Personally I don't want my e-reader to have a touch screen. It's bad enough when I notice the few smudges that eventually work their way onto my Kindle, but for touch screen only device for reading? No thanks!

Guyro said,
what format does it support?

I'm gonna take a stab and say that since it is a Nook, it will be like the other Nooks (of which I have two) and support EPub.

Guyro said,
what format does it support?

From the SPECS page:

Supported file types
NOOK supports these popular formats:

ePub
PDF
Graphic: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP