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Is the Barnes & Noble Nook a Tablet?

Barnes & Noble released a huge update for its Nook e-reader today. It has upgraded its operating system to Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, and is now able to support Adobe Flash Player. The Nook also now offers full email, about 125 apps, and interactive, full-color books and magazines.

A new Nook Friends app makes the e-reader even more like a tablet by allowing users to share, recommend and comment on books in a social networking setting. It also sports an LCD screen instead of the traditional e-ink display, which many e-readers use.

The e-ink display is easier on the eyes when you’re reading, but isn’t as quick to load and cannot fully support colors. The Nook also has a lower price tag than most tablets. It starts at $249.

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