Just last week, Barnes & Nobles unveiled an all-new NOOK e-reader featuring a 6-inch touch-enabled E-ink display that replaced all navigation controls except for one simple home button. The new e-reader was touted to be lighter, smaller, and possess at least double the battery life when compared to Amazon's Kindle.
Amazon and B&N are taking pot-shots at each other this week, each competing on whose ereader lasts longest. As ereaders gain in popularity and become more mainstream, too, I'm increasingly asked which model I'd go for and, more often, whether I'd pay extra for those with integrated 3G or save my money and opt for WiFi-only instead. Funnily enough, my stance on 3G ereaders is the complete opposite of my thoughts on 3G tablets.
The aftermath of the new Barnes & Noble NOOK being announced has seen the ebook retailer locked in a battery life battle with arch rival Amazon, as the two firms spar over whose ereader lasts longer. Having seen B&N launch the touchscreen NOOK with the claim it would run for up to two months on a single charge, Amazon tweaked its own Kindle battery life estimates to match based on the presumed usage equation: wireless off and 30 minutes of use a day, or half what it had originally accounted for with the Kindle figures. Turns out, though, B&N is using no such sum, and reckons the new NOOK has demonstrably more stamina.
Barnes & Noble has outed its latest ereader, an all-new B&N NOOK, complete with a touch-enabled display and a 6-inch E Ink Pearl e-paper screen. The new NOOK weighs in at a mere 7.5oz - the third-gen Kindle is 8.5oz in comparison - and the new display apparently has 80-percent less flashing as it refreshes than the dual-display original NOOK.
If you're planning to get a Barnes & Noble NOOK Color e-reader thinking you can sideload a bunch of music and movies to it, think again. Today, it was discovered that a new version of the NOOK Color is hitting stores that has been partitioned to allow only 1GB of its 5GB storage for sideloaded content.
Cloud services are a big deal today for a lot of consumers and companies that sell tech. Storing things on the cloud has a lot of promise to allow documents and files to be shared easily, and it makes for easy streaming of your own digital content including movies and video to any device wherever you might be. Amazon has its own cloud service that helps provide services to users of the Kindle and it seems Barnes & Noble wants some of that action too.
Barnes & Noble has sent out invitations to a New York City event later this month, presumably to debut the company's latest ereader. The invite for the May 24 launch gives nothing away, but thanks to an SEC filing last week we already know that there's new hardware on the way.
Barnes & Noble's NOOKcolor turned out to be surprising success among those not only looking for an ereader but a bargain Android tablet as well, and with its latest firmware update B&N was all too pleased to enable the iPad-rivaling functionality. Now, the company has quietly revealed it will be launching a new ereader on May 24, according to an 8-K SEC filing.
The Barnes & Noble NOOK Color eReader is really setting itself apart from the competition. Earlier this week, the eReader got a firmware update that brought new features including NOOK Email and apps. The ability to download apps is perhaps the niftiest part and included several games for the eReader. New games will likely be piled on quickly, and today's latest release is the Aces Bubble Popper from Concrete Software, who also released Aces Jewel Hunt and Pocket Ants for the device.
In a move that's aimed directly at Fathers and Mothers days, Staples will soon be picking up the NOOK Color in both its physical locations and online office supplies store. This is an oddity of an announcement if you consider the push Barnes & Noble has made to make sure everyone knows that this device is made for their books, their magazines, and their children's books. On the other hand, perhaps a fabulous cross-branding is exactly what the NOOK Color and Barnes & Noble needs to take off into outer space!