This isn’t newnews, but I’ve covered a few other eReader apps lately. I decided to try out the eReader apps that Barnes and Noble is offering.
I’m sure you’ve heard of BN. They’ve been in the book business for years. Currently they have a bookstore online at barnesandnoble.com. Here’s a screenshot:
They also have a portable eReader device called the Nook similar to the Amazon Kindle and the Borders Kobo. Here’s what the Nook looks like:
If you already have one of the following; iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, PC or Mac, then you can download and run one of the free BN eReader apps. I recently tried out the PC version of the BN Reader. Here are two screenshots for you.
The BN eReader app for the PC doesn’t seem to have built in access to the online store. Instead, when you click on the store, it launches your default web browser to visit there. I don’t know if it works that way on other devices such as the iPad. ‘
Other than that, it seems to be just as easy to use as all of the other eReader applications I’ve tried.
If you like to read and you like Barnes and Noble stores, the Nook and the free BN Reader apps are going to be good tools for you.
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Recently, I told you how to grab plenty of eBooks from Amazon and read them in the free Kindle apps. I had also told you previously how to access thousands of free eBooks using FBReader. I’m not lying when I tell you that I have plenty of stuff to read. Despite that, I was pleased to see that the well known Borders book store was opening an online Borders eBook store. Can they compete with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Books-a-Million and maybe (in the future) Google?
Borders has a little eBook reader named the Kobo, for about $150. It will let you shop, order and read the eBooks over any Wifi connection. It’s very cute and weighs less than 8 ounces. It’s size makes it easy to bring along anywhere you go. The 6-inch display should make reading fairly comfortable.
This last Christmas, my daughter gave me a Borders gift card. At the time, I had no idea if I would ever use it. As soon as I found out that Borders went online, I went out and bought my Christmas present and started reading it in the free Kobo eReader app.
The eReader app isn’t complicated, it’s easy to use and it’s also available on several platforms: PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android.
It’s not so cute, but it does allow you to shop, order and read all the eBooks in the Borders eBook store. Here you can see what it looks like on my Windows netbook (screen rotated by iRotate).
Will the Borders eBook store be a big hit? I can’t say for sure, but I’m enjoying it until my gift card runs out of money. I love to read :)
Looks like Acer wants to grab a share of the eBook reader market from Apple and Amazon. The company demonstrated the Acer LumiRead L600 e-reader at the ongoing Computex. The LumiRead L600 looks very much like the Amazon Kindle. The eBook reader packs in a 6-inch e-Ink display, having a resolution of 800*600. The device also has a D-pad and a 37 key QWERTY keyboard.
The device is powered by a Freescale iMX357 processor running at 532 MHz, and has 128MB of RAM. The device was kept under the glass at the ongoing Computex, so no further information is available about the device. Acer did not mention anything about the price and the launch date of the device.
In any case, the Acer LumiRead L600 e-reader has a very tough task ahead. Grabbing share from the Apple iPad, which is selling like hot cakes, is surely going to be a herculean task.