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Barnes & Noble、ハイブリッド電子ブックリーダーNookを発表、259ドル

Ittousai, @Ittousai_ej
2009年10月21日, 午前02:51 in 3G
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米国最大の書店チェーン Barnes & Nobleがついに独自の多電子ブックリーダーデバイスを発表しました。名称は「Nook」。電子ペーパーディスプレイの下部にナビゲーション用のタッチスクリーン液晶を備えること、またアマゾン Kindleとおなじく3G モデムを内蔵してどこでも書籍の購入ができることに加えて、リアル書店内のWiFiでは電子本すべてを試し読みできるなど、B&Nならではの実店舗連携が特徴です。

ハードウェアとしてはE Inkの16階調 Vizplexディスプレイを読書用のメイン画面として、カラーのタッチスクリーンをナビゲーション用に使うハイブリッド構成が最大の特徴。上画面は広く高精細かつ日光の下でも読みやすい視認性を備えつつ、下画面ではカラーのカバーフロー的表示でライブラリを素早くブラウズしたり、ソフトウェアキーボードで検索など、E Inkでは不可能な点を補完します。E Inkディスプレイは表示の保持に電力を消費しないため、バッテリー駆動時間は無線をオフにした場合で約10日間。

そのほかハードウェア仕様はAT & Tの内蔵3Gモデム (通信は無料)、802.11b/g WiFi、内蔵2GBストレージ + microSDHCスロット。オーディオブックや音声教材には、内蔵モノラルスピーカーまたは3.5mmヘッドホンジャックでmp3も再生できます。本体サイズは約195 x 125mm、厚さ約12mm、重さ317g。

OSはAndroidをベースとしており、電子ブックの基本 ePUBフォーマットのほかPCなどから転送した自前のPDF文書を読むことが可能。B&Nで購入した書籍については Nookどうしのほか、iPhone や BlackBerry、PCにも最大2週間「貸す」ことができるのもユニークな機能です。iPhoneなどに提供されるリーダーアプリは 「ここまで読んだ」をNookと同期可能。Kindleとおなじく、腰を据えて読めるときは専用リーダー、ちょっとしたすきま時間にはiPhoneでといった使い分けができます。

アマゾンに対抗する帝国である B&Nならではの実店舗連携としては、店舗のWiFiを無償で使え独自のキャンペーン情報などを得られるほか、紙の本と同様、店内ならば電子本のすべてを「立ち読み」できることなど。B&Nはまだ買っていない本も持ち込んで良いカフェを多数の店舗で併設しているタイプの本屋です。デバイスとしてのNookは家電量販店などのほか、全米 800店舗近いB&Nのリアル書店で販売される予定。本体価格は259ドル。うわさの段階からさんざん引っ張っただけあって、本気でKindleを殺しに来ました。続きは発表会の画像と紹介動画、プレスリリース本文。

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  • Barnes & Noble will sell extra rechargeable batteries, though pricing has yet to be posted
  • A whole slew of covers are available, some of them by known designers
  • Extra accessories include the Lyra Light, Matte Screen Film Kit and AC Adapter & USB Cable Kit, though none are showing prices just yet
  • A 2-year protection plan is available for $69.96, and B&N claims that "if anything goes wrong, it'll fix or replace the nook for free." YMMV.





Product Highlights:
  • Try, Then Buy - Once you sample for free, buying ebooks is easy. An entire book downloads wirelessly in seconds. Many bestsellers and new releases are just $9.99.
  • No reading glasses required! Choose from 5 different font sizes so you can read with ease. The best-in-class E Ink ® display with a 16-bit gray scale offers great contrast with no glare or backlight making for hours of reading enjoyment.
  • Just add an expandable Micro SD card , purchased separately, to add to your nook's 2 GB of internal storage space. Besides your ebooks, magazines and newspapers, add pictures, music, and personal documents. PDFs load directly and look great.
  • Sample eBooks for free just about anywhere you are, on us. Browse eBooks, magazines and newspapers on AT&T's 3G Wireless Network or on Wi-Fi. And every Barnes & Noble has free Wi-Fi, so you can connect at lightning fast speeds.
  • With 2GB of memory, nook stores up to 1,500 books, newspapers and magazines. Need even more space? Just add a memory card for storage of up to 17,500. An entire library light enough to take with you everywhere, so you'll never be without your favorites.
  • Never lose your place. Use the virtual bookmark to bring you back to the last book you've read, right where you left off. If you forget your nook at home and are stuck on a bus, keep on reading with your iPhone™, or BlackBerry®, using our free eReader software.
  • You can share nook to nook, but it doesn't stop there. Using the new Barnes & Noble LendMe™ technology... you will be able to lend to and from any iPhone™, iPod touch®, BlackBerry®, PC, or Mac®, with the free Barnes and Noble eReader software downloaded on it.
  • Control your nook with an easy-to-use full-color touchscreen, created to work seamlessly with the crisp, clean E Ink ® display. Just use your finger to swipe through titles and tap open your next read.
  • Visit the store, turn on your nook, and see what pops up on your screen. It's as simple as that. You will get exclusive content, special discounts and more. And soon, you will be able to read entire eBooks for free at your local Barnes & Noble.
Designed for a Better Reading Experience

  • nook feels great in hand and features a contoured, easy-to-hold back. About the size and weight of a paperback book, nook is thin, small and portable. Its best-in-class E Ink® Vizplex™ display is easy on the eyes with text as clear and crisp as a printed book. And with no glare or backlight and adjustable text size, you can read comfortably for hours. Our minimalist design puts the focus on the content, not the technology, welcoming the reader to dive right in.
Color Touch Screen for Easy Navigation

  • The first-ever color touch screen for navigation on an eBook reader offers an immersive experience, inviting you to virtually browse through brilliant cover art, flip through an expansive library, or search using a virtual keyboard. The combination of color and touch on the beautiful lower screen make navigating nook intuitive and simple, even for the tech novice. nook presents the controls, navigation and keyboard you need, only when you need them.
Download eBooks Wirelessly
  • With fast 3G wireless and Wi-Fi access, nook is the most-connected eBook reader. Browse and instantly download eBooks, magazines and newspapers simply and seamlessly on AT&T's 3G wireless network, the nation's fastest, with no set-up required or additional wireless costs. Connect to the complimentary Wi-Fi, provided by the AT&T Wi-Fi network, in Barnes & Noble stores and download at broadband fast speeds.
Lend eBooks to Friends
  • With nook's breakthrough LendMe™ technology, lend a wide selection of eBooks to friends free of charge, for up to 14 days at a time. Just choose the book you want to share and send it to your friend's nook or iPhone, iPod touch, select BlackBerry® and Motorola smartphones, PC or Mac® with Barnes & Noble eReader software.
A Continuous Reading Experience
  • With ―Reading Now,‖ your virtual bookmark, nook brings you back to the last book you've read, right where you left off. And it works across a range of devices. If you forgot your nook at home, Barnes & Noble's free eReader software on your iPhone, select BlackBerry and Motorola smartphones or laptop lets you pick up where you left off, including annotations. And when you're reunited with your nook again, the Reading Now page will be updated and ready to go.

Over one million stories. Any time, anywhere.
  • Browse and buy from our extensive collection of over one million eBooks, including thousands of free titles, virtually anywhere you are. Get your favorite eBooks, newspapers and magazines, plus exclusive reads from Barnes & Noble, delivered via fast and free wireless, with no PC required.
Portability and Personalization
  • You can also easily transfer PDF-format documents from your computer to access and read business documents, legal contracts and travel information on your nook. And transfer your photos to create custom screensavers.
Save Time, Money and Space
  • Carry up to 1,500 eBooks using nook's 2GB of memory, and a virtually unlimited library using nook's expandable memory slot, which will hold up to 17,500 eBooks on each 16GB MicroSD card. Buying eBooks is simple and seamless. With just two touches, you'll be able to purchase and download eBooks in seconds. And many bestsellers and new releases are just $9.99, so you can enjoy more for less.
Listen to nook
  • Using a standard pair of stereo headphones, plug into nook and listen to your favorite songs (MP3s), uploaded through your computer. Use the headphones or built-in speakers to enjoy listening to audiobooks, podcasts, lectures and more.
Protect Your nook in Style
  • nook comes with a removable back cover which you can personalize from a selection of four additional great colors. You can also chose from a range of accessories by renowned designers and brands as kate spade new york, Jack Spade, Jonathan Adler, Tahari and others.
Experience nook at Your Local Barnes & Noble
  • Customers will be able to browse complete eBooks for free on nook at any Barnes & Noble store, whether or not the actual book is in stock, beginning later this year. Plus settle into the café and get exclusive in-store-only content, free eBooks, special offers and much more using Barnes & Noble's complimentary WiFi, provided by the AT&T Wi-Fi network.




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