Here is some research into one of the e-readers available which is called the NOOK.
The first Nook e-reader was developed by the American book retailer company Barnes and Noble, who are stationed in New York.
Versions of the Nook
There are currently 8 versions, but only 6 are available now.
The original version of the Nook was referred to as the 1st Edition and had both 3G and WiFi. They then introduced the WiFi only model on the 21st June 2010. This no longer included the costly 3G edition and there was a white back instead of a grey one.
Just 8 weeks before Christmas in 2010 saw the introduction of the Nook Colour. As well as selling one million copies of the Colour on Christmas day alone, it also sold millions of copies of the device in the weeks leading up to the holidays.
This was the first Android Tablet produced that had a full colour 6″ screen as well as a user-interface which had been customised. The Colour was also billed as an e-reader rather than a tablet.
The next Nook to be introduced was the Simple Touch which was released in June 2011. It has an almost square screen which is black and white. The size is 6.5 x 5 inches.
The Simple Touch with Glowlight was introduced in 2012 and has an identical squarish shape like the first version as well as having built in LED lights which are on the display.
In 2011, the Nook tablet was released and is similar to the Colour in appearance, with the key chain loop that is in the lower left corner.
Then in 2012 came the Nook HD and HD+. The HD version has the smaller 7″ screen and is available in two colours, these are Snow and Smoke.
The HD+ was only released in black and had the keychain hole in the lower left corner, the same as the colour and the tablet. It also has a 9-inch screen making it larger than the HD.
The Nook’s Features
Barnes and Noble said that when the original Nook was released, it was a unique reader and was the first time that a small colour LCD screen had been paired with an e-ink display.
They also indicated that the reading experience was similar to the early Sony and Kindle devices that users were already used to.
There was one difference, in that it allowed you check out more things in full colour as well as navigating between menus by using the colour touchscreen.
The Original Nook and the WiFi only model both had screens which were 6″ by 3.5″inches. When the Simple Touch and Simple Touch Glowlight were introduced, the screens were only 6″. They increased the size of the screen to 7″ in the Nook Colour, tablet and the HD and then further increased the size to a 9″ screen on the HD+.
The battery life of the Nook varies greatly between all the versions as you get 9 hours battery life on the HD and HD+, 9 hours without wireless on the Tablet and 8 hours without wireless on the Colour. However, on the Simple Touch with glowlight you get 1-month battery life and that is without wireless and with the glow-light on then on the Simple Touch you get 2 months battery life without wireless. On the 3G + WiFi and the WiFi only models you get 10 days battery life.
There are lots of other features on the Nook which you can find at (Barnes and Noble) and there is also a video tour of all the versions available as well.
The Nook Price
Listed below are the prices for each version of the device.
- HD+ – $269.00
- HD – $199.00
- Tablet – $159.00
- Colour – $139.00
- Simple Touch (Glowlight) – $119.00
- Simple Touch – $99.00
It appears that both the original versions have been discontinued and are therefore no longer available.
Number of Books the Nook Holds
I have tried to find out how many books each different version of the device can hold, but the only thing I can come across was that with 32GB you can have as many as 32,000 books stored at the one time.
Pros and Cons of the Nook
Unfortunately, I could not find information on all the devices but did find the pros and cons for the Colour.
Pros of the Colour
Functionality -There are 1024 x 600 resolution and more than 16 million colours which provide vibrant graphics and pictures. This means that surfing the web as well as reading magazines and children’s pictures books are more interesting.
It has a wide viewing angle which allows users to show the text or even images to another person without it being distorted and because the glare has been reduced by the glass being laminated it means that reading outdoors will not be taxing on the eyes and for ease of reading in dim light or at night, the screen is backlit.
On the Colour, as well as having the full-colour photos, the graphics and video, the user can also navigate the functions like turning pages and pulling up menus just by swiping or tapping a finger on the screen.
Efficient Web Browser – To access the internet there is the requirement for Wi-Fi. However, there is an almost complete web browser experience with the Colour as the pages are quick to load and the navigation between the websites and the pages is easy and fast.
There are also some pre-loaded games within the “Extras” section of the device and also the option to buy Android apps from Barnes & Noble as the device is run on an Android operating system
Reading Material – The user has the option with the Colour to download different newspapers and magazines along with being able to select from over 2 million eBooks from the inventory at Barnes & Noble.
It appears that with 8GB of memory, you can store up to 5000 books which are text-based. However, the number of books that can be stored will be reduced as graphics and pictures use more memory. If more space is needed you can add 32GB.
Cons of the Colour
Large Size – As the Nook Colour weighs in at almost a pound, it is rather heavy for being an e-reader and may not be a good feature for people who need to carry it with them constantly.
Short Battery Life – The battery life on the device is rather poor as you will only get 8 hours from it and that is only if there is no Wi-Fi as the LCD colour display uses up the energy.
If you are a very keen reader, you will need to charge the battery almost every day and as the only way you can do it is by using a Nook AC adapter then you will need to make sure that you pack the adapter if you are going away.
Limited Internet Access – As the Colour can only be used with Wi-Fi. When accessing the internet, if you don’t have Wi-Fi in your home you will have to either install it or have a Wi-Fi access point close by. Because this could then entail having to make a trip to the nearest location to use the device, it could be the biggest factor in whether to buy this device or not.
Where to get Books for the Nook
There are a few websites online that you can download books onto the Nook either free of charge or to buy, but I think that Barnes & Noble have the biggest choice. Some of the other sites are freebiesabout.com, ebookfriendly.com and cnet.com.
My Overall Opinion
While doing the research on the Nook, it seems that although it appears to be a good device for reading and storing books and has other good features as well, I personally would prefer to use the Kindle.
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