For those who've considered abandoning their first-generation Kindle or bit of Sony ebook awkwardness, Barnes & Noble just sweetened the pot. The book and Nook seller is offering 30 free Nook books when you exchange your old ebook reader for a Nook.
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Well, well, well. Barnes and Noble's Simple Touch Nook made no mention of having web browsing capabilities. But if you type any URL into its search bar, that web page will magically appear before your eyes.
Yesterday, the Amazon Kindle's battery life was listed at a respectable one month. Today - a day after the Nook Simple Touch Reader claimed a two-month battery life - Kindle experienced a sudden leap in longevity. Keeping up with the Barneses, eh?
The Nook Simple Touch Reader can rest comfortably in your hand for hours on end. It's noticeably lighter than the Kindle, and the contoured back coupled with the rubberised matte finish gives you a good grip. More hands-on impressions ahead.
Barnes & Noble has cordially invited us to special announcement next Tuesday morning! They're playing it coy on the invite, but they already let it slip in a filing that May 24th happens to be the day they're setting loose a "new eReader device".
The update dropping for the Nook Color today is the big one: It tries to take the Nook Color all the way to a full-blown tablet for $US250.
Want to read Kindle ebooks on a colour screen? One man rooted his NookColor (which runs Android), and loaded on the Kindle app. You can follow the instructions and do it too, if you dare.
The Nook Color's built on top of Android but seemed limited in its potential to be a killer Android tablet by the way it'd run apps. Well, the reality is, it could be a solid little Android tablet after all.
It's possibly the most polished Android tablet yet. But it doesn't run Android apps. It's a reading device. But it's using a bright LCD screen. It's $US250. The Nook Color's a bundle of fascinating paradoxes. Should it live or die?
Between the major software overhaul in November, a mystery announcement next week, and the introduction of Nook to the all-powerful Walmart ecosystem, it looks like Barnes & Noble might be making the ebook reader race interesting just in time for the Christmas holidays.