E-reader debuts in time for holidays

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

Barnes & Noble Inc. is introducing a new Nook e-reader with a color touch screen for $249 as competition among e-reader makers heats up ahead of the holidays.

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Oct 30, 2010
 
The Nook Color will not run apps straight out of the Android Market, but that does not mean it cannot run them. In fact, they have done a lot of tests on apps from standard Android smartphones and they pretty much run on Nook Color, which has Android 2.1 under the hood.(The Nook native interface and apps are just standard Android application layers.) Barnes & Noble special Nook SDK runs on top of the standard Android one and gives developers access to exclusive extensions and APIs for the Nook and its interface. So porting Android apps is not difficult. B&N says it is more like optimising them for Nook than porting them.
Nook Color screen is supposed to be better (less reflective) for reading than iPad thanks to new LG screen with anti-reflection coating.
It allows to watch videos, listen to the music, view Office documents and PDF's.
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The nook and kindle sound good but avoid the Kobo. The company continues to release new apps and a just released a new WkFi reader but they ignore the old readers. Features they promised for the first reader are on the new reader the firmare update for the first reader has yet to be delivered. kobo says it is 'weeks' away. Their website promotes these features without making it clear that they remain unavailable.

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