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Barnes & Noble Introduces Ebook Reader; Collaborates on Standards
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (www.barnesandnobleinc.com) announced the launch of nook (www.nook.com), its wireless ebook reader. The new device is an Android-based wireless touchscreen ebook reader with an E Ink display and a secondary color touchscreen for navigation. Features include AT&T 3G wireless, Wi-Fi, 2-week digital-book lending, free browsing in Barnes & Noble stores, e-reader software for other mobile devices that are synced with the nook, memory for up to 1,500 ebooks, removable 16GB MicroSD card, and support for the open EPUB ebook format.
The company says that nook features many industry firsts as it is the first Android-based ebook reader and the first reader to offer a color touchscreen for navigation along with an E Ink display. For fast connectivity, nook is the first ebook reader to provide, at no additional costs to customers, both 3G wireless access on AT&T's mobile broadband network and access to Wi-Fi for Barnes & Noble in-store browsing and enjoyment. And to help friends share their reading, nook is the first ebook reader to offer digital lending for a wide selection of ebooks.
nook will begin shipping at the end of November with a price of $259. Barnes & Noble is taking pre-orders now in stores and at www.nook.com.
In related news, Barnes & Noble and Adobe Systems, Inc. (www.adobe.com) announced plans to collaborate to standardize the open EPUB and PDF ebook formats as well as develop a content protection standard based on their technologies. Barnes & Noble is adopting the Adobe Content Server to copy protect ebooks, and Adobe is integrating Barnes & Noble's e-reader social content protection technology into Adobe Content Server and Adobe Reader Mobile SDK (software development kit).
Source: Barnes & Noble
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