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 Post subject: Barnes and Noble eBook Reader for under £30
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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

That makes the cheap-as-chips e-reader cool now, right?


By Tony Smith - The Register



In a perhaps desperate bid to drum up sales, Barnes & Noble is selling its Nook E Ink-based e-book reader for a pound less than 30 quid - a discount of £50.

If you want the version with an illuminated screen, it’ll be £69 - £40 less than it usually is. Oh, and the firm’s 9-inch Nook HD+ tablet has also had its price slashed, from £229 to £179.

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The E Ink tablets in particular aren’t half bad and, unlike Amazon’s Kindle equivalents, use the closest thing we have to a universal DRM system: Adobe’s copy-protection software. As such, the Nooks can take books bought not only through B&N but also from most rival online bookshops that support the ePub format. Apple’s iTunes is the notable exception.

B&N says the price cut to Raspberry Pi levels is for a “limited time only” in the UK, which might suggest the impending arrival of newer models if it hadn’t been claimed earlier this year that the company was thinking about quitting the e-book reader market altogether.

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B&N Nook SimpleTouch with Glowlight

The New York Times reported such a shift was in the pipeline just before B&N posted full-year financial results for 2012 that showed its Nook division making a loss of $261.7 million on sales of $933 million, e-books and other digital content as well as hardware. Content sales were up, device sales were down year on year, so it’s not surprising B&N might want to think about paring back the range of readers it offers.

Read El Reg’s Nook with Glowlight review.

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I wasn't overly bothered at £79, but for £29 I might just get one of these. Just thought I'd share in case anyone else was in the market for an eBook reader.

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Well, I ordered mine. It's not the best ereader or the one I'd normally recommend, assuming you were paying full price, but it is a bit of a bargain at just £29 including delivery. :D

Probably all sold out now, the website was when I ordered so I ended up getting one from Asda Online.

I've got 100s if not 1000s of old books converted to ebooks that I've been meaning to read through for too long, and there's 1000s more available for free online and this gives me the perfect way to read some of them without getting severe eye strain from the monitor... or paying Amazon an increasingly larger fee for their print on demand service to get a paper copy.

Gotta love those eInk screens, I think they're marvellous, and you can even root this reader to run full blown Android instead of Barnes and Noble's own more limited Android-based GUI, so then it becomes an eInk tablet which I can surf on too. :geek:

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Give us a review when you get it con.

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Give us a review when you get it con.


Will do. :thumbup:

I got an email yesterday saying it's on it's way; I didn't mind the delivery delay at all considering the low price.

Still a pity it didn't come sooner though, as I think I may have bought more than one once I've got my hands on one to test out.

I've also been thinking of a use for a Raspberry Pi, another truly remarkable piece of kit for under £30. Best idea so far is games emulation/arcade cabinet project. :drool: These things are tiny are more than powerful enough to run MAME or your preferred emulator of choice, simply needs a screen, microSD card, a couple of joysticks and buttons and somewhere to mount it all. :geek:

There are some really cool projects people are coming up with for it.
Click The Link...http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/12/10-raspberry-pi-creations-that-show-how-amazing-the-tiny-pc-can-be/


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It's really good IMO, I'm very happy with it. :thumbup:

Especially for the price. :drool:

Once you get used to the non-backlit e-ink screen not being a traditional screen (I didn't think it was worth an extra £40 for three LEDs you can turn up and down) you forget it's an electronic device at all because it looks and after a while feels (strangely) exactly like paper apart from the characteristic flash of the eink screen every now and again. Weird at first, but hardly noticeable after a while.

It's very easy on the eyes and you can read right up until bedtime without keeping yourself awake with the glare of the screen making your eyes tired because there is none.

The device itself it simplicity itself to use, two big buttons either side of the screen turn the page forward/back and scroll up/up the page, though swiping to turn the pages and scroll works like a traditional touchscreen works too. The center 'Nook button' is the options menu and gives one touch access to your home screen (where it remembers your last book read/page number for one touch resumption of reading) library, book store, search and settings, with five little icons that appear across the bottom of the screen.

It charges via USB with a supplied micro-USB-to-USB cable (a plug-in charger is an optional extra though I've seen them for under a fiver on Amazon) which took about 3 or 4 hours to fully charge not the 6 hours it said, probably depends on your PCs power supply as to how much juice it can deliver and how quickly.

Still on it's original charge and plenty of power left after all this time (currently 91% charged), I've dragged and dropped several hundred old ebooks and it's barely dented the storage space due to small filesizes but that isn't a problem anyway due to the SD card expansion slot. I have many hundreds of very old philosophy, ancient history, esoteric knowledge, archeoastronomy and cosmology books etc. many from the 18th/19th and early 20th century with most of them out of copyright so freely available as PDFs/epub files... so it's not cost me a penny in reading material either.

I used to read this stuff on my PC monitor but found I couldn't read all day because I'd get eye-strain eventually, but now it's not a problem. I'd also occasionally pay Forgotten Books for a print-on-demand copy but since they partnered with Amazon their freely available stuff is now £10 a pop so it's not much of a bargain anymore. As it is, I avoid that too and still have a physical copy I can hold in my hands that's so much like a book you forget it's not.

I'd recommend one of these to anyone who reads often.

My only regret is not buying a couple of them as backups.

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Alright sounds good, cheers.

I might get one eventually. I've borrowed my mams kindle for a couple of weeks to see if I'll use it a lot.

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Alright sounds good, cheers.

I might get one eventually. I've borrowed my mams kindle for a couple of weeks to see if I'll use it a lot.


Good idea.

Which Kindle is it, the eink or regular screen?

Mrs C has a 7" Archos tablet which is great for video or browsing anywhere, but these eink screens absolutely trounce regular screens as a pure reading device imho. It's a bit specialised, but it just depends what you're looking for, an ebook or more of an all-rounder.

I'm finding I'm using mine more and more as I get used to having it and you forget it's a device at all which is handy because then it's not distracting you from your reading.

Still not sure I'd have spend £79+ on one, but for under £30 I'm impressed. Just checked, and Argos for one still have stock in at the knock-down price if anyone is interested.

Click The Link...http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5011276.htm


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Getting one of these for my birthday.

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Getting one of these for my birthday.


I wouldn't be without mine.

Did you get the same low price?

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Parents getting it for me, think they paid 35 from amazon as all the 29 quid sellers were out of stock. Still a good price comparatively though I think. Have you rooted yours?

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Parents getting it for me, think they paid 35 from amazon as all the 29 quid sellers were out of stock. Still a good price comparatively though I think. Have you rooted yours?


Can't argue with the price then. Still a bargain imo.

Nah not rooted it, saw no need. Not yet, at least. I've had little time and besides, it works fine as it is.

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Sounds good to me.

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Sounds good to me.


I was actually looking forward to doing more with mine, and still might one day it's easy enough to do, but it's not really suited for things other than reading, at which it excels. EG It's not got the screen for watching video but you could watch it subtitled I suppose, there's no sound for music, and while it'd be possible to get something like MAME or other emulators running on it I'm not sure it'd be much fun on the black and white screen.

But if you want to play with yours, there's guides out there but be sure they match your firmware version before you proceed. Apparently the instructions differ slightly for the newer firmware is all.

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Well, I've read some of a book on it and it's been pretty flawless so far. Easy to get the book on there, quick to load up. I'd say it's arguable more fluid than the kindle when it comes to turning pages too. I've taken to tapping on the screen rather than using the buttons too.

As for watching a film on it...can't imagine i'll do that. Maybe if it was like a silent Charlie Chaplin thing but even that would usually have the music.

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Well, I've read some of a book on it and it's been pretty flawless so far. Easy to get the book on there, quick to load up. I'd say it's arguable more fluid than the kindle when it comes to turning pages too. I've taken to tapping on the screen rather than using the buttons too.

As for watching a film on it...can't imagine i'll do that. Maybe if it was like a silent Charlie Chaplin thing but even that would usually have the music.


Glad you like it. And me neither, not with that screen but then that's not what I bought it for.

I was slightly tempted by the Kindle at first from a hardware POV because it's sold at near cost so very good value, but in the end I simply didn't fancy all the additional messing about that would be required to use it as I wanted to due to the locked down nature of it all, and Amazon's expensive store and their propitiatory .AWZ file formats with built in DRM etc.

A win for the simplicity of the B&N that just does what I need out of the box. The old sci-fi fan in me still feels a bit Star-Trekie reading off a thin little tablet, suppose the kids will take it for granted these days.

Showing my age now. :ninja:

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Out of interest guys, can you recommend any good sites for free ebooks? Just ordered my eldest a Kobo vox for his birthday and need to get some on it for him.

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Legit free books?

Project guttenburg has a lot, is legal and is even endorsed by Amazon on their website. - www​.gutenberg.org

Amazon has a lot of free books too in the kindle store, you'll need to convert them to work on a kobo though. Use software called Calibre to do that.

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