If you still remember, Barnes and Noble introduced its Nook in October 2009. It was a hot release of the Christmas season, but in fact, B&N experienced big supply & demand issues and spent the holiday season making announcements and updates about when people who were lucky enough to pre-order would actually receive their Nooks.
And to tell the truth, we’ve forgot about the Nook since the holidays, but yesterday it’s back and available to the rest of us. Barnes and Noble announced yesterday that the Nook is available online and will hit physical stores later this week.
The Barnes and Noble’s Nook includes a color, touch-sensitive display for navigation and wireless downloads via AT&T’s 3G network or Wi-Fi. It has 2 Gbytes of internal memory, enough for about 1,500 titles, and a MicroSD slot to increase capacity. The device runs a variation of the Android operating system, but currently doesn’t support any third party apps.
The Nook always looked like a solid Kindle competitor and is definitely a worthy consideration for anyone looking for a dedicated e-reader. The retail price for the Barnes and Noble’s Nook at the official website is $259. [BarnesAndNoble via PCWorld]