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 Post subject: The Barnes & Nobles NOOK
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:02 pm 
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Looks exactly like the KINDLE, with a dash of color at the bottom and maybe two or three extra features.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/?cds2Pid=30919

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Re-inventing the wheel... :roll:


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The colour bit seems like a pointless waste of power (unless it shuts down when you're reading), but being able to loan your books out is a feature I can see spreading quickly to other devices.

I'll be interested to see what happens with B&N and Fictionwise.

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I understood the colour bit to be a separate touch-sensitive screen. Since e-ink screens aren't touch-sensitive, e-readers use clunky buttons. But the Nook uses two screens instead. Seems like a workable compromise to me...

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They can be - either by putting something over the e-ink screen (like the latest Sony) or by putting something underneath it (like - I think - the iLiad).

I can see a touchpad being useful, but the screen not so much. I don't really need to browse my books on a tiny colour screen to choose which one to read...

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Rolnikov wrote:
They can be - either by putting something over the e-ink screen (like the latest Sony) or by putting something underneath it (like - I think - the iLiad).


Yes, but I read that the results were unsatisfactory. Putting a touch-sensitive layer over the e-ink screen results in glare, putting it under makes it much slower to render the page.

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