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Matthew Day
Matthew Day A geek London, GB

The Nook gained considerably more exposure due to a recent sale, with the non-lit model (possibly clearance) going for £29.99 and the cheapest frontlit around at £69.99

Like the Kobo (and unlike the Kindle) the Nook supports "Overdrive" library lending via Adobe Digital Editions, and as well as its "home" bookstore, can be loaded with DRM-free and ADE DRM books from others.

It's touch, but also has buttons for common tasks..

A BIG drawback, there is no browser, it used to have a "secret" browser but that was removed, and a rumoured update (of browser & email capability) never appeared.

The biggest supporters though, will often be talking favourably about their "rooted NST".

The Nook Simple Touch (or glow) rooted to gain access to the Android operating system, allowing a range of Android apps to be run, subject to the limitations of the e-ink display, old version android (2.1), and no camera. sound or GPS, If they officially opened it up, they would have a huge hit!

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Opinion 3 years ago
Tom Baker writer
Tom Baker Staff Writer Derby, UK

No doubt you've seen them – on the streets, on trains – and thought 'that person's Kindle looks weird'. Maybe that's a little unfair, but it's the closest comparison; the Nook is US book giant Barnes and Noble's entry into the e-reader arena (e-rarenda. No?), and along with having more functionality than Amazon's, it's a lot cheaper too.

Although chances are it could get a lot cheaper, if sales – and Barnes and Noble in general – continues upon its current downward spiral. That's not necessarily a reflection on the Nook itself: by all reports it works as well as its competitors, and the HD versions have added functionality like watching videos and being able to have different profiles for multiple readers on one reader.

That said, it also has many of the problems of the Kindle and Kobo, namely the excessive DRM, which means you can't really lend stuff out like you can a normal book. Also, weirdly, if the credit card you used to buy a Nook book (oh hey, that rhymes!) expires, you lose the book... Which is...weird. I'm not sure the Nook has that much to set it apart from the Kindle and the Kobo, but that may be just as in its favour as against it! Either way, don't expect it to convince your book-shy kid to read...

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