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screen-shot-2010-06-21-at-10-56-04-pmOn Tuesday, Barnes & Noble unveiled its own version of an e-book reader called the Nook. The Nook is available for pre-order for $259 (I am not sure when it will actually be shipped) and at first glance appears to be a cooler and more advanced version of the Kindle.

I’ve long resisted the e-book reader trend since paper bound books hold much more appeal to me. But even I have to admit that the Nook offers some nifty features. Here are a few that grabbed my attention:

– Nook is an Android-powered e-book reader with a color touch screen

– Using WiFi connectivity (which the Kindle does not have), owners can browse complete e-books for free while at a Barnes & Noble store.

– You can browse and purchase over 1 million titles, plus magazines and newspapers. Apparently, thousands of titles are also free and you get free access to any books available through Google Books.

– The Nook allows for bookmarking, making notes, highlighting passages and looking up words mid-sentence.

– The battery is rechargeable (don’t seem like a big deal, but it’s a real pain when it’s not).

– And the most IMPORTANT feature they’re touting: you can actually lend books to your friends who also have the Nook for up to 14 days.

If you’re interested, you can fully compare the Nook and the Kindle here.

So what are your thoughts? Would you even consider buying an e-book reader in the first place? If so, are the Nook features enough to sway you away from a Kindle or another e-book reader? Has anyone pre-ordered theirs?

Look forward to hearing from you!