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Thursday News: B&N unveils 2 new tablets; A look at print...

Nook Tablet

B&N announced two new tablets yesterday.  One is a 7″ and the other is a 9″ tablet. Their features don’t vary a great deal from the Kindle Fire or Google’s Nexus tablet but there is one stand out feature.  The new Nooks have profiles so that the family can share the same device but have access to different books, movies, apps and content.  This has been a feature I’ve been longing to have ever since my daughter started reading on digital devices. The devices ship on Nov. 1

Nate at the Digital Reader has some hands on impressions of the devices. (Part 1 and Part 2)  Of note is that BN appears to be going the way of Apple and introducing a proprietary charge cable which I absolutely hate.  I also wasn’t sure if there was any video out for the tablets.  IPad and the Amazon Fire tablets have video out.  Why is that an important feature?  Well, because you can buy the movie for your iPad and simply hook up the iPad to the TV and play the movie that way. Otherwise, the movie you bought on your tablet device is stuck on that tablet device for viewing.

The software, like Nate says, it what sets the Nook tablets apart from other devices but the content is limited.  B&N, for instance, has no music store unlike Apple, Google and Amazon.  It is unknown how robust the video store will be.  I’m a little disappointed we aren’t seeing greater technological strides. I’m not sure what I was expecting but something akin to what Microsoft was promising with its tablet announcements given that Microsoft made a multimillion dollar investment in the Nook.

Nook HD+ $269.

  • Supports 1080p Full HD
  • 1920 x 1280 pixel resolution and 256 ppi
  • Has external memory slot
  • WiFi
  • Audio: MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AMR
  • Video: MP4, 3GP, WEBM, AVI
  • Gallery(pictures): JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Reader/Other: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, FOLIO, OFIP, CBZ, TXT, RTF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, PPSX, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, LOG, CSV, EML, ZIP

Nook HD $199 in white and grey.

  • Supports 720p
  • 1440 x 900 pixel resolution and 243 ppi
  • External memory slot
  • WiFi
  • Audio: MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AMR
  • Video: MP4, 3GP, WEBM, AVI
  • Gallery pictures: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Reader/Other: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, FOLIO, OFIP, CBZ, TXT, RTF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, PPSX, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, LOG, CSV, EML, ZIP

 

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

2 Comments

  1. Deb
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 06:26:08

    I’m with Nate H- I don’t really care about the hardware. But I wonder how many of the applications I’d be able to take advantage of on my Nook tablet. I’m thinking of video, but I’m also thinking of Nook Channels. Also hoping support for my device doesn’t dwindle.

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  2. Shelly
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 12:31:48

    I don’t see me switching from my Kindle, or adding a Nook, but I love the idea of different user profiles connected to the same device. My kids are young right now, but once my daughter starts reading more, I’d love for her to share my device. Now, there’s no way I’m comfortable having her access my full archived items. I’ve already bought a bunch of Kindle childrens and YA books for her (and me), but I guess I’m going to have to monitor her reading if Amazon doesn’t provide this type of service.

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