Oct 21 AT 10:38 PM Taylor Wimberly 36 Comments

5 reasons the Nook will top Kindle

Update (10/30): Kindle pre-order has exceeded expectations. Order your Nook from Barnes & Noble today.

It was only a week ago that we learned Barnes & Noble was preparing an Android-powered eReader and now the device is official. Nook was unveiled yesterday and is already available for pre-order at $259. B&N is pushing Nook as “The world’s most advanced eBook reader” and we tend to agree with them.

I went ahead and pre-ordered the device and here are 5 reasons why I think it could top Amazon’s Kindle.

1. Powered by Android

It is hard to tell from the online demos, but Nook is actually powered by Android. This opens up the possibility to future applications which could extend the functionality of the device. Barnes & Noble has said they are open to the possibility of releasing a SDK for developers if the community demands it (and we will).

“We haven’t announced anything regarding putting out an SDK or setting up a developer environment, but we do think Android offers some exciting opportunities in that way,” Lynch said this morning during a conference call with reporters. “We do think – just because of all the excitement and all the development around Android – we do think that putting out an SDK and a developer environment would be something exciting for us and our users.”

We also expect the Android community will quickly hack the device and contribute their own cool additions.

2. Dual screens

The Nook features a 6 inch e-ink display and a 3.5 inch color touchscreen LCD. The touchscreen is capacitive and allows users to navigate their eBooks library, purchase new content, read the news, access and other content. Kindle only features a single 6 inch e-ink display.

3. WiFi access

Unlike the Kindle, Nook includes WiFi access. This will allow the device to be connected anywhere in the world. Barnes & Noble also offers special content and promotions when users connect to the WiFi at any Barnes & Noble store. Users will be able to access full eBooks for free when in a Barnes & Noble store.

4. Lend books to friends

Purchase a great book and want to lend it to a friend? Users can share their eBooks with friends using one of the eReader clients. Books can only be lent to one user at a time and are automatically returned after 14 days.

5. More for less

The Nook is available for pre-order at only $259 which is cheaper than the latest generation Amazon Kindle for $279.99 $259. Customers who pay less for the Nook will have access to additional features like memory expansion via microSD slot, replaceable battery, native PDF support, and support for the open EPUB eBook format (PDF).

Still not sold? Watch the promo video.

For an in-depth comparison, check the official site (PDF).

Update 10/22: Kindle price was lowered to $259.99 after this was posted.

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  • Jeremy

    Looks like the Kindle has dropped to $259 now. Followed the link in your post, who knows if it’s a permanent price drop.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Nice find. That price was lowered right after I posted this. I updated the story.

  • akashwani

    It sure sounds better than Kindle. Another step up for Android!

  • Bill

    I agree this is cool, but the Spring Design Alex reader seems to be ready-to-go with Android, including a “normal” sized color touchscreen.



  • Kenny Higgins

    That’s a smokin’ hot gadget right there!

  • http://twitter.com/brbd brbd

    Looks good indeed, but where are the books? I just checked at B&N’s website whether the books I’m about to buy from Amazon (some math and AI stuff) are also available from them, but nope. You know, I’m not really into Danielle Steel or Harry Potter like stuff.

    Would be cool if I could use the Nook and still order books from Amazon.

    • dg

      Barnes and Noble owns eReader.com. BN has stated there are more titles already available for the Nook than for the Kindle. This can only be accurate if the nook supports eReader.com

  • http://davehong.yelp.com Dave H.

    The eReader format is more readily available than Kindle’s, too! If Kindle could read DRM MobiPocket files (like, legitimately), I might have jumped and got one way earlier. I wonder if I can copy books I’ve purchased from Fictionwise to removable media and read them on a Nook…

    • dg

      The answer is yes. Check out mobileread.com. Calibre converts between all the formats and nothing prevents you from removing DRM from books you legally purchased.

  • no

    Okay, now please please please, B&N, don’t be flaming assholes and screw paying customers like Amazon. Please?

    • http://davehong.yelp.com Dave H.

      What do you mean?

  • i dont get it

    why in the world would u spend $250 just to be able to read a book that you as of yet havent purchaed?


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  • http://yellowrex.com William Furr

    I like this! It’s actually got me thinking about getting an e-reader.

    • http://yellowrex.com William Furr

      I wonder how this compares to the Entourage eDGe.

  • Straightening You Out

    Let me straighten you out again. I’m a big fan of the Nook, but you’ve just said some plainly incorrect things.

    1) Wifi. Yes, there’s Wifi, but you won’t be able to download books when you’re outside the U.S. if you haven’t bought them already. From B&N’s FAQ:

    Can I use my nook while traveling abroad?
    X Yes, when you travel abroad, you can read any files that are already on your nook. You can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots that do not use proxy security settings, such those commonly used in hotels, and download eBooks and subscriptions already in your online digital library. You cannot, however, purchase additional eBooks and subscriptions.

    2) You can only lend a book once. Total. Not once at a time. Again, from their FAQ:

    Can I lend eBooks from my nook?
    X Yes. With our new LendMeâ„¢ technology, you can now share from nook to nook. But it doesn’t stop there. Starting Nov. 30th, you can lend to and from any device with the Barnes & Noble eReader app, including PC, Mac OS®, BlackBerry®, iPhoneâ„¢ and iPod® touch. All you need to know is your friend’s email address. You can lend many of your eBooks one time for a maximum of 14 days. When you use our LendMeâ„¢ technology, you will not be able to read your eBook while it is on loan, but you always get it back.

    Here’s the link to the FAQ: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/support/

  • Michael Dennis

    Those 5 reasons make me want to buy it. Especially the fact that it has Android. The one reason I won’t buy it: price.

  • Deej

    I will never own a nook because it’s Barnes and Nobles. However, I would love to see other devices (not Barnes and Nobles) (they are the wal-marts of books stores evil to the core) take Android to the e-book level.

    • Straightening You Out

      This is just a ridiculous statement without any shred of proof. Is Amazon (or anyone) any better?

      • Mr. Fry

        I worked for B&N and learned to hate them. We had to shill a certain percentage of our customers membership cards, or have a talking-to from our manager after the shift…reminding us why we should be selling the cards. Which as you may know, cost $30 and don’t pay themselves off unless you buy more than $300 in books from B&N a year…what a rip

        • not quite right

          Um, actually it’s $25 and you also get 20% off of hardcovers, so depending on what you buy, you most definitely do not have to spend at least $300 a year. I work at B&N and have to try to sell them, but I have several customers actually to convince other customers to buy one while they’re waiting in line because they think the $25 is worth it.

  • dg

    A big wait and see for me is what version of Android is this device running. The Alex by Spring Design appears to be a straight Android implementation with extras added. Your quote regarding the potential availability of a SDK in the future makes me wonder if this Android is open.

    No Market, Maps, GPS, or the ability to install my own apps is a big “I’ll stick with my Kindle” for me. (Yes I own a Kindle and a MyTouch3G)

    • Straightening You Out

      Aw, someone’s upset that he didn’t wait to buy an e-reader until the holiday season, even though if he did a shred of research he would have known that a lot of new options would be available?

      Here’s a tissue.

  • http://www.siriusapplications.com/ Isaac Waller

    Can I load APKs on it? Might be cool to have Android Market on it…

  • Tristan

    I love the Nook. I must buy it! Although I’ll wait for the price to go down.

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  • karese morgan

    I am thinking about buying the kindle because I love romance and paranormal book, and amazon ebook prices are way cheaper than BN. Even though I love the style and design of the nook, its the price of the book that really matter in the long run, so unless BN lower their prices by december 17 I will be ordering the kindle. I hardly read a book more than twice so the extra space dont matter to me, and I would have stick to libraary but when new book comes out

  • Megan

    Reason 2- Dual screens- yes its pretty, but you can do those things on a kindle too, just no touch screen

    Reason 3- kindle has free internet access internationally and also has a web browser(even if it is a slow one). Purchased books are downloaded within a minute, usually faster.

    Reason 5: Price is the same now. Kindle now supports PDFs natively, though converting them to the right format is also free. Memory expansion- may be needed if nook expands the functions but do you really need more than 1500 books at a time?

    Both Devices seem very similar but since I spend a lot of time driving, so i really appreciate the text to speech function on the kindle.

  • http://Website James Paneal

    I wonder what these android developers can do with a low powered device like this with an eink screen…dunno. I can’t wait until Kindle will have a E-ink touchscreen…ugh would be great. A comparison between Nook and Kindle 2:


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    Wonder if there’s any chance of a Nook app in the Android Market?

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    Kindle is so much better. The nook breaks very easily and is made ffrom very cheap plastic. Not like abs plastic . And its operating system is not so great. Kindle is much better and it has a bigger library.

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