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Barnes and Noble Nook gets a reception fit for a king

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All hail the Barnes and Noble Nook, king of the e-reader heap.

After weeks of speculation, the bookseller Barnes and Noble has officially unveiled the Nook, an e-reader touted as the world's most advanced. Where does this leave the Amazon Kindle 2? Temporarily boxed out. Coverage of a Nook event in New York city today dominated the publishing and tech blogs, with sites such as Channel Web opining that the "Nook has the hooks" to take down its competitors.

"Barnes & Noble's new Nook e-reader is the e-reader that competitors must now beat," David Coursey of PC World writes today. "So long Kindle 2, it was nice knowing you, but a better reader has come along. And just in time for the holidays, too. If Amazon doesn't have a new model up its sleeve, it will be a Merry Christmas at B&N and a sack of coal for Amazon."


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