Monday, June 21, 2010

Nook price cut to $199, Wi-Fi only model launched

Barnes & Nobel has launched a Wi-Fi only version of the Nook e-reader. This is accompanied by a Nook price cut to $199, Wi-Fi only model launched at $149. This makes the Nook an e-reader that is easily affordable by so many of us that had been watching the $250 Amazon Kindle and waiting for their price to finally start going down. (Reports indicate the Amazon Kindle had a price cut to $189 soon after the Nook's price was cut.)

The six inch display size of the Nook is smaller than the average paperback novel, more like the size of the area of the text on a page inside the novel. It also features a color touch screen that allows you to navigate the book.

The nook has a 2 GB memory, which allows it to store approximately 1,500 e-books, and with an expansion slot for microSD cards you can keep the equivalent of the Library of Congress stored in your briefcase. You can easily get started toward that with over a million e-books available and over 500,000 free e-books ready to be downloaded and read.

While the nook does not support Word documents, it does support PDF files, which can be directly loaded and read on the Nook.

Supported e-book formats: EPUB and eReader.

Something to be explored further is the LendMe&tm; feature, an e-reader first with the Nook.

Features for personalization include a replaceable back cover to allow you to personalize it using five different color choices, and a screen saver that allows you to upload your own JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP images.

Power: replaceable rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery, allows up to ten days of reading time, without wireless on, before recharge.