An overview of the Barnes & Noble, Inc. family of ereaders the Nook. What is the difference between Nook and NookColor?

eBook Readers like the Nook are used by many people today. A recent study conducted by the American Booksellers Association confirmed that Americans now buy more electronic books than paperbacks.


This is a sign that people are becoming more receptive to electronic book reader devices.

Barnes and Noble, the number one bookseller chain in the US has also joined the band wagon in creating its own eBook reader to compete directly with others in the market.

The company’s Nook ereader line has been very successful, already commanding a 25% share of the eBook market. 

Nook Tablet

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Following up on the much publicized release of the Amazon Kindle Fire, the largest American based book retailer, Barnes & Noble releases their version of an eBook reader Tablet PC combination, the Nook Tablet. After the success of the Nook Color, which some crafty hackers figured out how to root and transform into a viable tablet device, Barnes & Noble took the hint and did essentially something similar. As an Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system device, the Nook Tablet is a step behind the current trend to use the tablet oriented Android 3+ OS, which may not be such a bad thing at all.

With a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 1GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, it is set up to clearly outperform the Kindle Fire. Longer battery life and larger storage – 16 GB towards Kindle’s 8 GB – just add to this impression. The storage can be extended with up to 32 GB per MicroSD, another thing that is missing from the Kindle Fire. The seven-inch VividView color touchscreen provides a 1024 x 600 resolution at 169 PPI on a high resolution IPS display. Wi-Fi is provided, a headphone jack and a microphone is built-in; all possible formats of eBooks and eDocuments are supported, as are most of the common video and audio codecs.

An additional plus is the capability to load a “regular” Android OS by means of a MicroSD card, which basically opens the Nook Tablet to function as a regular tablet device without voiding the warranty. Just boot with the built in OS and you are back to the basics; this includes a possible use of a more advanced Android system that may come forth in near future and be adapted for just such use. Barnes & Noble offer countless in-store amenities, from eBooks to music galore, with eMagazines as an added extra. Free cloud storage is provided, as are several most wanted apps and games through the B&N app store. The access to the Android Market is barred, but, as already mentioned, there is a simple workaround. All in all, this is a very good tablet for a pittance of a price when compared to the competition with comparable hardware. Take a closer look in our Nook Tablet review… 

Nook Color eReader

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The NookColor, is an interactive eBook reader that is slowly evolving into a tablet PC. Recently it has been upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo, it is unique to any other eBook reader on the market.

It has a color LCD touch screen, interactive features such as animations for children’s eBooks. There is also a special Nook Newsstand that gives owners access to subscribe to magazines and newspapers in full color, delivered to your device.

With the upgrade of the Operating system to Android 2.2 you can now enjoy Adobe flash videos, a full featured e-mail, more apps & games such as the popular angry birds.

It also comes with Office document editing capabilities that allow users to edit and create documents. The Color model also supports the ePub formatin addition to PDF and multimedia files.

It has an 8GB internal storage for around 5000 eBooks and can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. All these make for a very good eBook reader that is second to none in the market right now. The lending feature is still available and is great for sharing books and information with other Nook enthusiasts. Read our full Nook Color review… 

The Nook Simple Touch reader

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In June 2011 Barnes and Noble introduced the new Nook Simple Touch reader which has replace the Nook 1st Edition. The nook no longer has the second LCD screen but is all touch. It now has the E Ink® Pearl technology that increases the quality of the text from the regular E Ink®. It weighs 35% less than the first Generation Nook at only 7.48 ounces (212g) compared to 11.6 ounces (328g). It is 6% thinner and 21% more compact. The most impressive improvement is that the eReader can last about 2 months with Wi-Fi turned off. It currently does not sport a 3G version. It was designed for ease of use, trying to reach a broader consumer. It still has all the great features that the Nook 1st Edition had, such as book lending , adding your own pictures and supports the following file types: ePub, PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP. 

The Nook 1st Edition eReader

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In late 2009, Barnes and Noble were rumored to be entering the eBook market which had at that time been and still is dominated by the Amazon Kindle.

Since most eBook devices that were available were utilizing the E ink® technology, it was no surprise that the first device that Barnes and Noble came out with used the same technology.

One of the highlights of the Barnes and Noble device is that it not only supported the E ink® technology but also had the largest eBook library and newspaper and magazine deals that only Amazon had at that time.

The other highlight that made big news was the second 3.5 inch LCD touchscreen that was included on the reader to allow users to browse eBook covers in color and navigate through menus using the touchscreen.

The ereader was available in two variations with a 3G and Wi-Fi model. Following the initial success, B&N released the NookColor in late 2010 as the world’s first LCD color eBook Reader.

Barnes and Noble has two different models, Nook and the Nook Color. All models are targeted towards a specific audience and at different price points.

The Nook is designed to compete directly with the Amazon Kindle and other E ink® technology based eBook readers and has many great features that set it apart from the others.

In addition to supporting the Publisher friendly ePub format, it also has a lending feature that allows users to lend a copy of an ebook to others for a period up to 14 days.

While the other user has the eBook, the original buyer will not be able to access the eBook on their Nook. The eReader also has customizable screensavers and daily email feeds that can be sent to the user’s Nook.

With Wi-Fi turned off the battery can last up to 14 days depending on how much it is used. Available in a 3G model or a Wi-Fi only model, it is an affordable alternative to the Amazon Kindle for anyone who wants to try it out and is already familiar with Barnes & Noble, Inc. 


One of the highlights of B&N’s offerings is their integration with other eBook readers and mobile devices. Your purchases are stored locally but can also be accessed from your Banes and Noble account and also from another device such as an iPad or a tablet PC via the Nook Reader app.

They also have an extensive ebook store with over 2 million and exclusive access to newsstand which can be delivered automatically to your device every morning, ready for your morning coffee.

Barnes and Noble’s devices are very competitive and are a good alternative to most eBook readers that are on the market. Their innovative features such as eBook lending and interactive features as well as the Nook Color LCD touch screen make them attractive. In addition you also get to enjoy free Wi-Fi access in Barnes and Noble retail.