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Old 10-21-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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Nook Color? I wish

Is the upcoming Nook a color e-reader? Barnes & Noble doesn't comment on rumors, but CNET has been in communication with a source who says the company will unveil a new Android-based full-color touch-screen e-reader next Tuesday, October 26.

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Old 10-21-2010, 08:16 PM   #2
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Have fun chasing rumors.

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Old 10-21-2010, 08:24 PM   #3
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This one is plausible, given that the existing Nooks are clearly not going away (in fact, expanding to Walmart stores).

I expect the Nook Color, if it exists, to have a more or less standard LCD screen.

There have been bad ebook readers with this configuration, but a relatively low-end 7" Android tablet is a very good fit to B&N's existing Nook software base. It is all about the software, I expect the Pocketbook IQ to be significantly better than the Pandigital Novel for example.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:34 PM   #4
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For me, I still need e-ink for long-term reading. I have a Kindle, and an iPad already. If I get a replacement e-ink reader, it will be a new Kindle.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:21 PM   #5
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If this is true, glad I didn't wait and bought a K3, I am one of those that gets sore eyes from LCD screens.

That said, considering how so many people seem to want their K3 to be a mini-iPad and not just an e-reader, this will probably be a success.
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:06 AM   #6
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:51 AM   #7
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I don't understand why people want colour readers... It'll only be the cover that's in colour... A paper/hardback novel reads in black on white.

How much time do you spend on looking at the cover?
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Old 10-22-2010, 05:20 AM   #8
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@lene1949:
I am one of those wishing for colour eInk.
I'm reading, amongst fiction, astronomy formulae books and other technical books. Technical codes, formulaes and (multi line) graphs do stand out if in colour.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:54 AM   #9
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They might do it but it won't be eInk
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:19 AM   #10
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If it is lcd - I'm not interested. If they come out with a mirasol, I admit I'm going to be awfully tempted even though I have very little use for a color eReader. Just the geek in me says "new.new.new.new.new.I.want!"

I don't read magazines, manga, or comic books. Maybe I'll have to start.
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If it is lcd - I'm not interested. If they come out with a mirasol, I admit I'm going to be awfully tempted even though I have very little use for a color eReader. Just the geek in me says "new.new.new.new.new.I.want!"

I don't read magazines, manga, or comic books. Maybe I'll have to start.
I would think it would be LCD.
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:03 AM   #12
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I think the color unit makes sense from a couple of perspectives.

1. If reports are to be believed, at least for the next 5-6 months, Pearl screens are going to be limited to Amazon and Sony readers. It wouldn't make sense for B&N to bring out a Nook 2 with a vizplex screen -- particularly if Nook Firmware 1.5 really increases the page turn rate and if it has a positive impact on the battery.

2. The existing color LCD readers generally leave something to be desired. I have yet to read a particularly positive review of any of them. If B&N and Pocketbook implement their units more effectively, with a decent touch screen, wifi and enough horse power to use for other multimedia, they could become something of a poor man's iPhone.

3. Some people just want color screens on their readers. To people who primarily read fiction, it might not make much sense, but to fans of graphic novels...

4. Frankly, I think it is probably in B&N's interest to get as many devices with their book store as possible out there.

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And don't forget that a color Nook would make the current Kindle suddenly look obsolete. Even if the Kindle had superior features.
Consumers can be so shallow sometimes.
Barnes and Noble have been playing "catch-up" to Amazon for some time now. This could be a ploy to gain the initiative.
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And don't forget that a color Nook would make the current Kindle suddenly look obsolete. Even if the Kindle had superior features.
Consumers can be so shallow sometimes.
Barnes and Noble have been playing "catch-up" to Amazon for some time now. This could be a ploy to gain the initiative.
I don't get it. If the rumor is true, the screen will not be e-ink and the price will be almost twice as much as the wifi kindle. How would that make kindle obsolete?

Also whom are they targeting the device to? The book worms prefer e-ink devices; while the multimedia/social crowds would look at ipads for bells and whistles and tend to be casual readers. How can the new Nook help B&N's book business? I don't understand B&N's strategy at all.
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I don't get it. If the rumor is true, the screen will not be e-ink and the price will be almost twice as much as the wifi kindle. How would that make kindle obsolete?
According to geek.com, the color Nook will be $250.

That's a reasonable price for such a device. But I think the question is who would pay $250 for a limited-use device when for slightly more, they can get a full Android tablet the same size?
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