Barnes & Noble nook is an e-book reader developed by Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. The device was announced in the United States on October 20, 2009, and is expected to be released by November 30, 2009 for $259 USD. The nook will compete with the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and other readers, and will include Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity, a six inch E Ink display, and a separate, smaller color touchscreen that serves as the primary input device.
- Main article: nook Features
The nook is the first electronic book reader to be based on the Android platform (which was initially developed by Google), and has a MicroSD expansion slot for extra storage. One differentiating feature of the nook is the LendMe feature: some books are licensed by their publishers for sharing. In those cases, the purchaser is permitted to share a book once, with one other user, for up to two weeks. Users will be able to share purchased books with others who are using Barnes & Noble's reader application software for iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac OS X, and Windows.
The nook was made available for pre-order in the United States for $259 USD following its launch on October 20, 2009 and is expected to begin shipping on November 30, 2009. Barnes & Noble has said the device will be available on November 30, 2009 for demonstrations in its stores. Due to the large amount of Pre-orders there are now three different ship dates depending on when customers ordered Nook. The first shipment will arrive as planned on November 30th, the second shipment will arrive on December 7th, and the most recent shipment will arrive on December 11th. The multiple ship dates are the result of a larger than expected demand for Nook and the impossibility to fill all the orders by November 30th.