Fans starving for Barnes & Noble Nook make Kindle 2 look old

Fans starving for Barnes & Noble Nook make Kindle 2 look old Christmas is a huge time of year for retailers both on and off the web and strong demand for the Barnes & Noble Nook is a great example of that. The company just recently started accepting pre-orders and it’s already sold out with new orders not shipping until January 4th. It gives the Nook a jazzy entrance to a market currently dominated by Amazon’s Kindle 2 and Sony’s eBook Reader.

No major announcements have come from Amazon yet in regards to how the company will take the Kindle 2 to the next level and Barnes & Noble certainly plans to take full advantage of that. The company already ramped up its production though demand continues to exceed supply. A spokesman says “while we increased production based on the high consumer interest, we've sold out of our initial Nook allotment available for delivery before the holidays,” according to AFP.

Currently the Nook and Kindle 2 cost the same amount, $259, but the Kindle 2 has international access while the Nook has an interactive touch screen. Right now buzz on the touch screen is making a dent in consumer mind share, but overall the Kindle 2 seems to be pulling in more search traffic.

Google Trends: Kindle and Nook

More time is necessary to see the environmental effect of people reading E Ink screens versus mashed up and flattened tree pulp. Perhaps equally as important as their new way of bringing books to people, both devices could help keep paper products out of our landfills.

In the meantime, anyone who receives a Nook this holiday season can count themselves lucky.

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Hi

After reading your article I looked to see if the new Nook would be available in the UK anytime soon but can't get any info on that.

Do you know when it might be released outside the US?

Lindy

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I have yet to actually work with the Nook but I do have a Kindle 2... which I love.  It will be interesting to see if people like/dislike the touch screen.  I know that I will be getting rid of my touch screen phone and opting to go back to the "all buttons" type as I tired of inadvertently clicking on the screen.  I am not sure that the touchscreen option of the Nook would appeal to me.  And, according to an informal poll at Amazon, owners of Kindle 2's are "older" and may not like the touch screen.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out. 

I have yet to actually work with the Nook but I do have a Kindle 2... which I love.  It will be interesting to see if people like/dislike the touch screen.  I know that I will be getting rid of my touch screen phone and opting to go back to the "all buttons" type as I tired of inadvertently clicking on the screen.  I am not sure that the touchscreen option of the Nook would appeal to me.  And, according to an informal poll at Amazon, owners of Kindle 2's are "older" and may not like the touch screen.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out. 

Comparision between the two electronic book readers. I think Amazon scored this holiday season and Nook failed, because of their shortage. I think that if B&N made ten times as many Nooks, they would have sold them out as well. Maybe...

Showdown: Kindle 2 vs. Nook compared

Earlier in June this year, I had to blink my eyes over and over again because Barnes and Noble introduced a new WiFi only Nook for $149 and also cut the price of the original Wi-Fi and 3G enabled Nook from $259 to $199. Now I'm more excited about the Nook Color which is limited to only being a color e-reader. I'm really starving for this ARM Cortex A8 800MHz processor which I can already feel as a great tablet.

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