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Barnes & Noble NOOK ebook reader (WiFi + 3G)[B&W]

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  • E Ink main display with 16-level gray scale [B&W]
  • Color touchscreen navigation panel
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Barnes & Noble
  • Model Number: NOOK WIFI + 3G
  • Display Size: 0.00 inches

Product Description

Choose an eBook using the beautiful color touch screen, then watch it appear instantly on the E Ink® display, where text appears as crisp as a printed page. The 16-level gray scale display offers great contrast with no glare or backlight. Choose from five font sizes so you can read with ease.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.9 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN 1400599997
Item model number NOOK WIFI + 3G
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3.4 out of 5 stars 252 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #66,411 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Date first available at Amazon.com November 25, 2009

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My review includes details of Kindle 3, the newest version! With the time period, I could still return my nook, but I'm still completely in love with it and don't want the kindle for the reasons below.

I was one of those people who was averse to the idea of an e-reader for a long time. I liked the feel of a real book, I was in love with free books at the library, why would I start paying for them? Then, my library got "overdrive", which is e-books FREE from the library. Then one day soon after, I woke up and the urge for an e-reader was there. The Nook was my final choice. It took a lot of back and forth and research to get to this point. I bought and tried the Sony Touch reader, returned it, and went and got the Nook. I really honestly wanted the Kindle most, because I'm a loyalist. I love Amazon and felt really comfortable here if I decided to actually start purchasing books again. But below, I'll give you comparisons to the three big readers and the reasons I got the nook:
- Nook(N) by barnes & noble
- Kindle 3(K) by amazon.com
- Sony Reader Touch(ST)
1. My biggest decision maker was Epub. This is the format in which you can take ebooks out of the library, so I needed whatever I got to be Epub friendly.

N: The Nook is epub friendly. As well as PDF, and many other formats.
K: The Kindle won't use Epub, which was all I needed to know. It mainly uses it's own Amazon format,while it also uses PDF, mobi and a few others. It makes me feel like Amazon is being greedy, wanting us to only use and buy books from the amazon site. Don't they understand that I love my library?
ST: Sony reader is Epub friendly. pretty much the same as the nook.

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Despite all of the negative reviews, I decided to take a chance and buy the nook, once I tested it out at my local B&N. I loved the look and feel of this device and was looking forward to the convenience of buying more books without adding more clutter to my already cluttered bookcases. I read all of the pros and cons of owning a Kindle and compared it to the pros and cons of owning a nook. The nook won because of its versatility (epub format, book lending, etc).

My nook arrived on January 28th. Since then, I've experienced one crash and had to figure out how to use the touchscreen so that I can flip the pages without having to use the arrow keys. The latter took some practice, but I eventually mastered it and have been enjoying this feature ever since. I've also read three books in the space of a week, which is a personal record for me, as it normally takes two weeks for me to read a single paperback, longer if I'm reading an ebook on an LCD screen.

The eInk technology is fabulous. I can read all day (and do) without eyestrain. The letters are very crisp on a plain white background. Even better, you can adjust the font size from small to extra large. Not only that but the nook comes with several fonts: Amasis, Helvetica Neue and Light Classic. I'm happy with the Amasis as it resembles Times Roman.

My only complaint so far is that I am not able to categorize my books into categories. At the moment, I'm forced to wade through my list until I find the book that I want to read. B&N has already sent out an update, which is a good improvement over the old interface. While the touch interface can be a bit buggy (Sometimes you have to flick your finger more than once or use the arrow keys to turn the page.
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First let me start by saying this is not my first E-Reader. I had a Sony PRS-505 that I sold on E-Bay in anticipation of loving the Nook. It was great, a few years old and I loved the possibilities of the Nook. From the bullet list of its "features" it is the ultimate device, reality is much different. After the 1.1.1 patch was installed, a patch that promised great improvements, here are my observations:

The Bad:

1. Battery life is grossly, I mean grossly overstated. They say 10 days in "Airplane mode", I'm going to be generous and say maybe, maybe two days-- if and only if you shorten the color display blank time, change pages by the button instead of swiping the touch screen, etc. as recommended for "hypermiling" the device. If you leave the wi-fi and wireless on and use the other default settings for blanking the display, the battery will deplete quickly enough that the battery display reads like an animation. It reminds me of an old 1968 four-barrel Cadillac Eldorado that gets 5 miles per gallon. You barely use it and it needs to be filled up again.

2. The color screen used for navigation has tiny selection buttons that will cause you often to choose the wrong menu item. Also, some features that would have been better on a button or multi-directional switch require that you wake up the color screen and use it for navigation. For example, scroll up and down.

3. The form factor was thick and clunky. Almost entirely made of plastic.

4. Buggy software crashed and misbehaved, OFTEN.

5. Free preview download of books often would not format correctly--- missing characters, centered text on one page, justified on another. Complete sentences cut off or missing, pages missing. Note: If you buy the book it would be formatted perfectly.
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