Today Barnes & Noble finally unveiled their foray into the eReader world that Sony and Amazon have thus far been dominating with the Nook. At first glance, it looks suspiciously similar to a Kindle and does have many of the same features–instant ebook downloads, $9.99 best sellers, E ink display, in text dictionary, and wireless connectivity. That said, Nook has upped the ante with a few additional choice features over the competition
- Color 3.5″ touchscreen to navigate titles via cover flow and act as on screen keyboard
- Ability to share books with friends who use the Barnes & Noble eReader software on iPhone/Blackberry/home computer
- In store feature allowing a user to browse through an entire ebook’s text–as long as they are within the brick and mortar store
- Micro SD expansion slot
- Runs Android OS
B&N also promises to have in-store Nook kiosks at 1300 stores for potential users to have some one on one time with the device. It looks like this holiday season is gearing up to feature a Kindle v Nook showdown. Nook is currently available for preorder through Barnes & Noble for $259, with an expected first shipment towards the end of November.