To Buy or Not To Buy The Barnes & Noble Nook

Came across an interesting article on Washington Post where the editor-Rob Pegoraro shares his experience of the Barnes & Nobles Nook (that he did not buy but borrowed from one of his co-workers). This is the feedback that he has to give about Nook although some of it might not fit the comments from his recent interview of Barnes & Nobles digital-devices vice president Doug Gottlieb::

Although B&N says the device runs only on AT&T’s 3G service, it works on that carrier’s far more extensive 2G “EDGE” data network, too.

* While just the Nook and B&N’s Windows reader program can send loan requests now, the company plans to add that capability to the Mac, iPhone/iPod touch and BlackBerry versions of that application by March. (The BlackBerry reader software can’t receive loans either, but Gottlieb said that should be fixed next week.)

* While the Nook uses only the ePub format, downloads to B&N’s other reader programs come in the older PDB format (those of you with Palm handheld organizers may remember that file-name extension; yes, this is the same thing). Gottlieb said that the 2.0 releases of its reader software due late this winter will also accept ePub files; at that point, re-downloading a book will get you an ePub file instead of a PDB document.

* I copied a couple of PDF files to the Nook, and they looked pretty much as they did on a computer — just without color of any sort. Larger PDFs may take a while to display, though. I also copied over some MP3s; the Nook’s music player includes a shuffle function and runs in the background, allowing your reading to have the soundtrack of your choice.

* The Nook runs Google’s Android operating system, but I didn’t even mention that in the review because I never saw any sign of the underlying, Linux-based software. Naturally, that hasn’t stopped some enterprising souls from hacking into a Nook to make it to do other things.

I am sure while reading this you must wondering whether to buy or not to buy the Nook? Well! whatever you decide please do feel free to leave your comments here



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2 responses to “To Buy or Not To Buy The Barnes & Noble Nook

  1. I was reading something about this on and I started to wonder if the Kindle app will be ported to the iPad, therefore allowing access to Amazons library and lower prices, anyone know?

  2. I am exclusively looking to buy the Apple iPad, and I am amazed to see what kinds of gamez and applications will be programmed for it. I just don’t get the idea some of the nitpicky criticisms in this site. Size of the bezel?? Pffff!

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