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04/23/2010

B&N Adds Browser To E-reader, Competes With Ipad


I see the other e-readers, that were slightly diminished when the “more options” iPad came bursting on the scene, are scrambling to add extras NOW so they can stand a little taller against king iPad and keep a viable share of the market…Look forward to seeing many more improvements from all…including iPad!

From Associated press through Cain’s New York Business:

An update to Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader will also allow users to browse complete books in B&N stores at no cost in another application in testing.

(AP) – Barnes & Noble says a software update to its electronic reader the Nook will let users surf the Web and play games.

The update will also allow users to browse complete books in Barnes & Noble stores at no cost in another application in testing.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook uses Google’s Android operating system. When it was launched, executives said Android applications could be developed for the Nook. The games, which includes chess and Sudoku, are the first Android applications.

Dedicated e-readers have been threatened by the launch of Apple’s iPad earlier this month. Amazon.com’s Kindle also offers a basic Web browser.

Nook users can download the update at www.nook.com/update.

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