Wednesday Midday News: Nookcolor
Barnes and Noble invited press to view its newest edition to the Nook family. The NOOKcolor is a tablet like reader that runs on the Android operating platform. The tablet has an IPS screen which is similar to the iPad and is capacitive, again like the iPad and iTouch/iPhone. Where it differs is internally. BN hasn’t given the internal specs yet, but it has 8 hours of reading time IF the wifi is turned off. The internal memory is 8 GB of space with an external memory slot. This means that your movies, if the nook can sufficiently power video, will likely have to be stored on a remote memory cards. There is wifi but no 3G. Even though it is built on the Android platform, this is not an Android tablet with access to the Android App store. Instead, you will be allowed only to use apps available through the not yet up and running BN Nook App store.
The screen is 7″ and the device weighs just shy of one pound. At $249.00, it is half the price of the low end iPad and $100 more than the low end nook/Kindle. I’m curious about this but unsure who the market is. A color reader? A crippled Android tablet? The price point seems high if you are trying to get parents to buy it for their kids because the device itself is really a single use device – reading. This move by BN is also curious given that Android tablet PCs will be announced by the bucketful between now and January 2011. Case in point is today’s ACER presser which shows off the to-be-produced slate of ACER tablets with price points of $299 to $699.
Susan K gave me a heads up that rumors are a floating around the internets that Apple is interested in buying Sony. Apple has billions (yes, billions) of dollars of cash on hand, but to buy Sony? The gaming platform might interest them but the computing part? The music part? Maybe it is the content making part of Sony that Apple is interested in. After all, wouldn’t it be great for Jobs if he didn’t have to deal with record labels (or publishers)? (This is a facetious and rhetorical question).
Someone on Twitter put up the link to this gorgeous state library in Lenin. It’s very very grand.
The NY Post has a feature on the latest cover model du jour and it is not the guy from Jaci Burton’s Perfect Play but rather one Timothy Adams.
New York's newest Fabio has ravished the covers of more than 100 romance novels in the past seven years. The Jersey-born, East Village-dwelling hunk's scorching body of work includes "My Immortal Assassin," "Sins of the Highlander," "Welcome Home, Cowboy," "Caressed by Ice" and that literary classic, "Unfinished Business with the Duke." Adams ticks off his titillating roles: "I've been a gladiator, a cowboy, a dad, a tycoon, sometimes shirtless, sometimes with costumes, sometimes with women in a clinch."
My response? I don’t recognize him with his head or shirt on even though Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches (who is quoted in the article) says that his head actually appears on the covers.
In an interesting divergence of opinion and practice, Carina Press is going DRM Free on digital galleys at NetGalley and Ellora’s Cave is not sending out review copies until after the book is published. Ellora’s Cave is instituting this new policy in hopes of cutting down piracy. I guess reviewers are, according to EC, responsible for piracy? I’m pretty sure that EC isn’t going to reduce piracy with this measure, but it will likely reduce exposure of its publications. We don’t receive review copies from Ellora’s Cave so I don’t have the text of the memo that went out to reviewers.