Barnes & Noble Nook

The Barnes & Noble NOOK: a LOOK inside e-book devices

An e-book reader is a relatively new device intended for those who like reading whenever there is such an opportunity. It allows carrying the whole library in only one device and even listening to audiobooks!

NOOK is known to many people all over the world as an e-book device brand created and developed by the Barnes & Noble. The history of the NOOK devices started with the original e-book reader announcement in the USA in October 2009. This event was followed by the original NOOK e-book device in November.

The first generation device is available in Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity. It has a 6-inch E-ink screen and, moreover, the device is fitted with an additional touch screen that performs the function of the primary input device. The original NOOK e-book devices belonging to the Nook 1st Edition are now discontinued models.

The Nook Color equipped with a 7-inch LCD display appeared on the market in November 2010. The device is intended for a wide audience and capable of viewing colored versions of books, magazines, periodicals, newspapers and so on. Great attention is paid to children as a big part of this e-book device audience.

There is a limited number of books for children available for the NOOK Color including interactive animations and the professional voice feature which allow children to simply listen to an audiobook without straining their eyes. 8 GB of internal memory (only 5 out of them available to the user) allows storing about 6 thousand books or a hundred of audiobooks. If the memory space in not sufficient, you can expand it by using microSD and microSDHC cards. The heart of the Nook Color is a 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor manufactured by Texas Instruments. The e-book reader supports almost all popular formats including E-PUB.

The June of 2011 was marked by the second generation e-book reader release - the Nook Simple Touch. The device has an E-ink display with 800x600 resolution. The screen has a touch screen based on a network of infrared beams. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a USB port for a simple connection to the computer and battery charging.

Among a great variety of features a LendMe feature is worth attention. By using it users can share different books with others by the book's publisher authority. A publisher permits the buyer to give one book to one user for the period of maximally 2 weeks. This feature is also available in precedent devices.

The Nook Simple Touch is fitted with 2 GB of internal memory (1 GB can be used) which is equivalent to about 1000 books. Memory expansion with microSD and microSDHC (up to 32 GB) is also possible. A built-in web-browser allows surfing the Internet. There is a vast support of text and image files including PDF, EPUB; JPEG, BMP and others except for txt and rtf.

The next Barnes and Noble's step was a tablet computer called the NOOK Tablet. Its 16-GB version was released on November 17, 2011, whereas a 8-GB version became available a year later. The major component of the device is a standard 7-inch display. There is a microSDHC slot which provides memory expansion up to 32 GB.

Along with 8 or 16 GB of internal memory, this is enough for storing thousands of books and hundreds of audiobooks. The NOOK Tablet is fitted with a dual-core processor running at 1 GHz. The list of supported media file formats is quite big including text, audio and video formats.