The Barnes and Noble nook has been available (mostly) for a few months now, so why shouldn't the rumors about what's coming next start up? Seems perfectly natural to us. And, after we reviewed the original and gave it a few high praises, we're just as interested as anyone else to hear about whatever it is that Barnes and Noble may be cooking up in the technological ovens.
It comes as little surprise, but Best Buy have announced that - as of April 18th - they will be offering the Barnes & Noble nook in their retail stores. The nook will be priced at $259.99, and be sold alongside B&N ebook gift cards for those wanting to give the dual-display ereader as a present (or if they're unwilling or unable to use their credit card).
It's Wednesday. And interestingly enough, we're probably not the only ones considering today "the day before." The day before what? Well, it's the day before we get to fire up our legendary, homegrown liveblogging system again. We'll be at the iPhone OS 4.0 event, and hopefully you'll join us as we detail what's going down with the latest software update from Cupertino. Until then, we've got tonight's Daily Slash. As we go forth, we'll look into the best of the best in the R3 Media's network. And in the dredge net, we've got the most notorious eReader rumored to make a retail appearance soon, and we have Nintendo telling the world that the iPad isn't for gaming. Then we've got lightsabers that will save your from the dark. And finally, a cellphone that goes way out of its way to be ridiculous.
E Ink-owning heavyweight PVI have apparently been showing off their latest color ereader display prototypes to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in both 6-inch and 9.7-inch sizes, ahead of mass production in Q4 2010. The news follows earlier comments from PVI's VP of marketing that color E Ink devices would begin shipping in Q1 2011.
Apple have made no secret of the fact that they're positioning the iPad as an ideal ebook reader device, but if Barnes & Noble have their way - and if they can navigate the App Store guardians - iBooks won't be the only way to buy ebooks on the tablet. According to the retailer's blog, a version of their free B&N eReader app - already available for the iPhone and iPod touch - is in development for the iPad, and B&N expect it to be ready at roughly the same time as the iPad itself.
Barnes & Noble have been in touch to confirm that everybody who preordered a nook and was given a pre-Christmas shipping date will, indeed, get their new ebook reader in time for Christmas. Meanwhile ongoing demand for the dual-display device means that the second batch of units won't actually begin shipping until February 1st 2010.
If you’ve been waiting to connect your Nook to Barnes & Noble wireless so that you can enjoy all the free browsing along with exclusive content and promotions – you can now do so after a quick over the air update with version 1.1 software. The update should also improve on core speed and performance improvements.
The Barnes & Noble Nook is a slick device for sure. It proved to be much more popular than the bookseller expected leading to big delays in shipping the product this Christmas. A cool as the Nook is, there are some issues that need to be addressed and a new firmware for the device has been released.
The Barnes & Noble nook continues to show its true colors as a curiously hackable platform rather than a mundane ebook reader, with the artful nookDevs team now having unlocked browser functionality. The hack follows on from Pandora streaming radio, which was added to the nook yesterday, and has allowed the nookDevs team to use Twitter, access Facebook and look at other sites.
Navigation is handled by the touchscreen, with the webpage content shown on the larger E Ink panel. Since the nook has both WiFi and 3G, it's possible to browse even outside of your regular WiFi networks; however we imagine AT&T, who Barnes & Noble partnered with to provide the cellular coverage, won't be too pleased if nook owners begin hammering their data network.
Points of note include Android seemingly being loaded onto a 2GB internal microSD card - potentially a cause of sluggish OS performance - and a Samsung S3C6410 processor that's actually capable of OpenGL ES 1.1/ 2.0 among other things. The Android install itself, meanwhile, is a generic OS 1.5 build with some B&N customization on top
What should be interesting is how the nook gets hacked, especially given the interesting hardware. The nookDevs contributors have already figured out a way to spoof the DNS and feed content to the nook as if it came from B&N.