The Nook Colour Ereader: A Review

The release of Barnes and Noble’s Nook Colour ereader is an exciting landmark, for it takes much of the features and advantages of the ordinary ereader and elevates it to a higher level. At the same time, it has enough features as to qualify as a tablet in its own right.

Nook has the readability of such ereaders as Kindle. The latter uses E-Ink technology, which does not use backlight and can be clearly used even under the bright light of the sun. With Nook, it is a whole new ballgame. It is a colour ereader utilizing LCD technology, giving clear, crisp text and images in the full spectrum of visible hues.

Nook has a large touch screen on the outside and an Android and Omap on the inside. It has the features one can expect from such devices, such as a slot for Micro SDHC cards for up to thirty two gigabytes and eight gigabytes of internal storage. It looks and functions like a Samsung Galaxy Tablet in many respects, but optimized for reading.

Its display provides a wider angle of view and higher color resolution than most LCD screens. The screen is treated with a special process of optical bonding and lamination in order to reduce glare and provide readability even under direct sunlight; a function that defines black and white E-Ink based ereaders so well. Any and all lighting conditions can be handled adequately. It still needs to be perfected, but it is already well on its way to totally eliminating glare.

This feature is enough to justify considering this colour ereader against the black and white ereaders. It features fifty percent more contrast than its predecessor, using the E-Ink Pearl advanced technology, with a sixteen-level high contrast grayscale, displaying clear and crisp texts.

This technology is geared towards one point: a much efficient and better reading experience. Its purchase is backed by more than two million books that can be downloaded within seconds. With the high technology and crisp color, Nook is even ideal for reading illustrated children’s books to the kids before sleeping.

Unique features such as the Fast Page lets the colour ereader scan any material quickly. And Nook Friends is an interactive community wherein sharing and recommending between friends become possible, further enhancing the reading experience of everyone. The Lend Me technology even lets friends swap books freely.

Unbelievably, Nook has the longest lasting battery charge, with a single charge lasting for up to two months. It has so far the longest running charge in the whole array of eReaders in the market today.
One can shop for books, newspapers and magazines on Nook with a simple touch of the screen. It can store up to a thousand of these materials. With Nook, one carries an entire library inside his own pocket. There are more than two million books, newspapers and magazines that can be downloaded. Many of these are totally free, while most of the others are priced cheaply at less than ten dollars. There is also a function that lets one pre-order upcoming books and magazines so that one is instantly updated with the latest publications.

One can even get recommendations on the top best sellers, booksellers’ picks, and suggestions based on one’s tastes. In addition, there is the support of forty thousand booksellers backing up the Nook experience, ready and able to help at any time.

And if one takes his Nook inside any Barnes & Noble shop, a huge array of books can be read free of charge for up to one hour per day. Plus, getting one’s Nook into the store entitles the customer to unique deals and treats at the café.

And if one is not satisfied with the two million books available, Nook can even let him borrow any eBook from one’s local public library, for as long as it is in the ePub format. Nook has no such restrictions found in other colour ereader brands.

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Nook Colour Ereader