Barnes & Noble has officially unveiled its new "Nook" e-book reader today, and it's shaping up to be quite the contender for Amazon's Kindle. The Nook features a dual-screen display, which is comprised of a 6" E-ink screen and a color capacitive touchscreen for navigation.
It is powered by Google's Android OS, backed by AT&T's 3G network, and supports Wi-Fi -- though, it will only connect to Barnes and Noble stores at launch according to Engadget
, and there will also be no Web browser. It is outfitted with 2GB of internal memory (expandable to 16GB with a micro SD card), weighs 11.2 ounces (versus the Kindle's 10.2 ounces), and has a 10-day battery life (the Kindle has 14).
Barnes & Noble's e-reader also doesn't support text-to-speech functionality, despite being able to play MP3 files and having a built-in speaker system. That said, the Nook has one extremely valuable feature: it allows you to lend out e-books you've purchased for 14 days. Nook users will be able to send participating e-books (it's up to publishers) to any Nook, iPhone, iPod Touch, select BlackBerry and Motorola Smartphones, as well as Windows or Mac computers that have Barnes & Noble's eReader software
The Nook is currently up for pre-sale
at a price of $259, and it will ship in late November.