Barnes & Noble Nook eReader Review

Posted: May 5, 2010
Barnes & Noble Nook eReader Review

2010 means it's time to upgrade your reading skills, which means taking on Barnes & Noble's new feature rich eReader. Kevin Pereira and Chris Hardwick review the Nook with its E Ink display, color touch screen and more for $260.

What You Need To Know

  • The Nook is definitely on the smaller side of eReaders.
  • It's about 8" long and 5" across.
  • It's a little thicker and heavier than it looks.
  • Most E Ink displays are laggy, so the Nook tried to imrpove the standard eReader interface with a color touch screen that runs on Android.
  • Overall, the user experience requires a learning curve.
  • Everything you see on the E Ink display is controlled by the color touch screen.
  • At first, you feel kind of disconnected because wen you do something on the touch screen, it takes a few seconds for the E Ink display to register.
  • It doesn't help that the touch screen itself is a little laggy.
  • We know they can improve on it since they just released a firmware update that sped up performance.
  • After a few days, we got used to it. It's not better than using an iPad but it's better than a Kindle.
  • It's always connected to AT&T's 3G network with no extra charges, and has Wi-Fi, which makes it easier to browse and buy books than the Kindle.
  • The store has over a million titles to choose from and searching the database is really easy.
  • Prices seem kind of steep (up to $15 for a Top 100 Title) but it's competitive with the Kindle and iTunes store.
  • You can lend eBooks for 14 days to your friends that have the Nook or the Barnes & Noble eReader App.
  • You can sample almost any eBook for free.
  • The Nook also knows if you're in a Barnes & Noble store and lets you read complete eBooks for free in the store.

The Price

  • $260


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  • lowkevmic

    I'm impressed, I really though Chris was going to do a compare and contrast between the nook and the ipad. Although he did make a quick mention to say that it's not as good as the ipad(as if we didn't already know), but overall I still will just stick to a good ol fashioned book.

    Posted: May 10, 2010 8:40 AM
  • Sovs

    Why not just buy an Iphone or Android Phone and download Stanza or Aldiko and read for free?? They both come out cheaper than buying some of these readers

    Posted: May 7, 2010 9:16 AM
  • Alpha Klerik

    So far I'm a big fan of the device compared to the rest out there. Wish there could have been some more details on formats and the DRM at their store. From what I've found they've enabled their own variation of Adobe's ebook DRM but will read DRM-free books which makes this a winner for me. The Kindle I think is now no where near my list.

    Posted: May 7, 2010 5:29 AM
  • Reedo2000

    I didn't know if you guys knew this, but if you typed 0.00 into the search while shopping, it'll pop up with all the free book options.... which there are a lot of...
    You totally hit the nail on the head about lecherous people. It's bad enough when some customers want the ebook price for books in the store or try to haggle the price down of a bargain book.

    Posted: May 6, 2010 11:59 PM
  • Aerindel_Prime

    The only problem with real books is what to do with them after you read them. If you read a lot it only takes a few years before you need to build extra rooms onto your house to hold the thousands of pounds of books you have bought, either that or box them up and stack them out in the garage to rot.

    I switched to audio books a couple years ago just because it so damn convenient to have your whole library nicely organized in your computer instead of in boxes.

    Posted: May 6, 2010 10:04 PM
  • bobbyman128

    By George he's right! Nothing is as cool as purchasing a cool book and sitting for a few hrs to read.

    Posted: May 6, 2010 8:09 PM
  • Secondtooth

    Funk that!..You will never beat a stinky old book

    Posted: May 6, 2010 4:10 PM
  • Joshua W.K.

    Why must you make us sit through a commercial for EVERY segment...overkill!

    Posted: May 6, 2010 2:05 PM