New e-book reader gets into every nook and cranny
American book giants Barnes & Noble have launched their own e-book reader, and unlike the Kindle it looks like it might belong in this century. It's called the Nook and has a colour screen for one thing, plus it's touchscreen for another. It runs on the Android OS, will have wireless connectivity and cost the same as a blunty-designed Kindle. But it's another feature that everyone is getting excited about, and one that potentially dooms the last great selling point of the paperback - the ability to loan e-books to friends and family. And according to Gizmodo, a dose of common sense will be applied to e-book pricing and titles will cost significantly less than their physical counterparts. That makes perfect sense, given the lack of production or distribution costs.
Although Barnes & Noble is primarily a US brand, the company did launch e-book store in July. The Kindle might be on the way to the UK, but wouldn't you rather hold out to see if the shiny, touchscreen, colour Nook is launched in this country?