Barnes and Noble Reveal New Touch-Enabled Nook
Barnes and Noble announced today their new updated version of the e-ink reading platform, the Nook. The new Nook has undertaken a large design overhaul compared to the original Nook. The new device does not contain a predominant e-ink display and a smaller touchscreen LCD, but instead just a 6-inch touch-enabled e-ink display. The display shares many of the same technological characteristics as the new previously just-announced Kobo e-reader with a Zeforce infrared touch layer (the touch layer is built-in the screen rather a separate layer on top of the screen) and Pearl e-ink technology that highlights “80-percent less flashing” than previous e-ink displays. The device also sets a record in usage time when mentioning the device is capable of two months (!) of usage on a single charge.
The Nook’s exterior, while plain, will feature a matte back for more comfortable handling while on the front, the display with the notable “n” button for quick returns to the new and improved home screen. In the interior of the device, an 800MHz processor with 2GB of onboard storage and Android 2.1 will power the e-reader. In addition to easier overall navigation with the touchscreen, the Nook will now be able to highlight text, search up words, and also enter text using the onscreen keyboard.
The new Nook is available for pre-order online and in-stores right now and will begin shipping on June 10th at a price of $139.
*Keep in mind, the Nook is only available in the USA, but importing of the unit will be very common practice in Canada.
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