Just in time for end of the year gift shopping, Barnes and Nobel (BN.com) has launched it’s very own ebook reader.
It looks like a decent competitor for Amazon’s Kindle
and, at least at the moment the same, fairly high price – $259.
There’s even a .pdf spec sheet that compares the two side-by-side. The biggest difference seems to be that the Nook has a color touch screen. How useful that will turn out to be, and how it will affect battery life is unknown.
I’ve only gotten my hands on one Kindle. I was all set to buy one when Amazon unpublished George Orwell. As near as I can tell, what rights we readers have to material downloaded to our ebook readers is still unclear.
Frankly, ever since Booklocker sued Amazon I’ve been a bit suspicious of a company I used to love unreservedly. Their position on Orwell unnerved me. And of course we don’t know what BN’s attitude will be.
But the Nook also has something called LendMe™ which let’s you lend books you own to friends “up to 14 days for free” sounds good. I’d make it 30 days or even 60, but BN seems headed in the right direction.
The technology also allows you to read on other devices, including iPod and BlackBerry with BN’s free ebook reading software – another step in the right direction.
Will I buy a Nook? Not today, but I do like the things I’m reading. Next step is to find some reviews, or get BN to send me one for review… anyone know how to do that?
Image from BN.com