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Barnes & Noble ships Nook Color early, faces minor delays

updated 09:50 am EST, Tue November 16, 2010

Nook Color goes out to advance buyers

Barnes & Noble today said it had started shipping the Nook Color to early pre-orders. Its e-reader and tablet crossover should reach some as early as today and through the rest of the week for those who either ordered online or reserved the device at a store. A "very limited" number of retail units are also available both at Barnes & Noble's own stores as well as Best Buy, Books-A-Million and Walmart.

Orders have already been heavy enough that new online orders won't ship until November 26. The bookseller has warned that buyers may need to commit soon to guarantee a reader before the end of the year.

The Nook Color is both an attempt to leapfrog Amazon and other traditional e-reader creators by being the first with color but also a means of stemming cannibalization by tablets like the iPad. It has deliberately avoided running a standard implementation of Android and is running an Apple-like curated platform where apps have to meet certain experience and interface guidelines. The initial device will have support for Pandora radio and a handful of games.

Along with the new hardware, Barnes & Noble promised that its update for original Nooks should be available next week. The download will primarily speed up the grayscale readers and improve sync.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    $100 overpriced

    Considering its Android competitors, and that nook reader is available for generic Android readers, this thing is about $100 overpriced. It should come with at least $100 worth of free download credit..

  1. onehere

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Nook Color is better for $249


    Nook Color is better for reading than iPad and better for everything else than Kindle. Nook Color is better for $249. 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. 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 specs:
    - $249 with free shipping
    - 7 inch Color LG Touchscreen 16 million colors with anti-glare coating 1024 x 600 delivering 169 pixels per inch.
    - 8GB built in memory expandable to 32 GB with microSD card.
    - Formats supported: EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MP4.
    - Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), USB port
    - OS: Android 2.1
    - Processor: TI 800 Mhz ARM Cortex A8-based, 45nm OMAP3621

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