Barnes & Noble is now unveiling their own electronic reader, the Nook, according to the New York Times.
The device features color touch-screen controls and a gray-and-white reading display. It will cost $259…According to an advertisement in the New York Times, “the Nook will permit readers to lend their digital books to friends and download books wirelessly.”
The Nook will join other e-Readers, like the Kindle, one from Sony, the IRex and Plastic Logic, then, of course, there’s also the app so books can be read on the iPhone.
The advertisement for the Nook says that consumers will be able to “access over one million e-books, newspapers and magazines.” About 500,000 of the books available at BN.com can be downloaded free, through an agreement with Google to provide electronic versions of public domain books that Google has scanned from university libraries.And, lastly, I found this piece of information in the New York Times article interesting:
According to the Codex Group, a consultant to the publishing industry, the number of people who own e-readers is expected to roughly double to about 3.8 million by the end of this year, from about 1.6 million in August.