Before the Apple iPad stole the ebook media limelight with its iBookstore, the Barnes & Noble nook was the most eye-catching e-reader on the market thanks to its second color LCD screen.
To celebrate the free-for-all availability of the device, we’ve rounded up 10 excellent accessories for the nook to help enhance your e-reading experience.
Although technically the nook only comes in white, those prepared to pay a little extra can get a color model, thanks to the made-to-measure rear covers and front frames Barnes & Noble offers. The back panel can be replaced with a “Signature Rear Cover” adding not only a burst of color, but a smooth and soft-touch texture while the frames likewise spice up the front.
Cost: From $18.95
Sold as a replacement battery for when your nook’s battery hits its limit as far as charge cycles go, you could also use this as a swap-in option in you’re going to be away from power for longer than the 10 days battery life Barnes & Noble claims, just as long as you are handy with the bundled Philips screwdriver – the use of which is required to carry out the swap.
3. Lyra Light
The Lyra Light has been designed especially for the nook offering the correct-sized cushioned grip pad to clip onto the top of your ebook reader without obscuring any of the screen. It offers a flexible neck and a white LED light to illuminate the nook’s E-Ink display once the darkness creeps in, meaning you can keep on reading as the lights go down.
The FlexStand claims to offer “an outstanding hands-free reading solution” with flexible rubber feet and adjustable legs to position your nook just where you want it on flat or sloped surfaces. It can be used in either portrait or landscape positions and the stand curls up for compact on-the-go portability.
While the nook’s innovative dual screen design offers you more than the average e-reader, it also means there’s double the risk of a scratched screen. Keep your nook’s double display blemish-free with this screen kit that offers anti-glare protection, easy application and a cleaning cloth for buffing up your fave e-reader.
There’s a whole host of GelaSkin designs available to nook owners offering arty protection for all tastes. If however, none of the designs take your fancy, you can take advantage of the new “Create Your Own” option that lets you decal your nook with your own photo or design for a truly unique cover.
Cost: From $19.95
Offering protection against water, dust, dirt, sand and frost, this waterproof case is a little like an anorak for your nook – it’s not going to win any beauty contests, but it will make sure your $259 gadget is protected on the beach. The nook slips directly into the pouch while the transparent surface claims “easy interaction” with the keyboard and navigation buttons.
There are a plethora of cases for the nook available but if you want to go down the more handmade route, then take a look at what the crafty folk of Etsy are offering. A growing number of sellers are offering handmade cases complete with padding and pockets that will fit the nook in a choice of funky fabrics that you won’t see in the shops.
ColorWare will customize a nook to your exact color requirements, offering a palette of shades to color in the front and back of the device, as well as the logo, which you can play around with using the online design studio. The service is available to those who want to send in their existing nook for $135 or for a new model with the nook and customization priced at $410.
10. Oberon Design Leather and Pewter Case
Something a little different, Oberon Design’s leather and pewter nook cases are made to order by a few leathergoods artisans in Santa Rosa and offer unusual designs inspired by nature and Celtic art with sun-, dragon-, tree- and flower-themed designs to name just a few. They won’t appeal to everyone, but certainly offer an alternative to the ubiquitous neoprene.
More e-reader resources from Mashable:
– Can E-readers and Tablets Save the News?
– 10 Must-Read E-books for Social Media Lovers
– 10 Excellent Accessories for Your Amazon Kindle
– Apple iPad: A Comprehensive Guide
– 4 Reasons the Kindle is Dead, 4 Reasons It’s Not
|OK, now I was good with this until I saw the ‘TrendyDigital WaterGuard Waterproof Case’ — is that a ziplock? Seriously? Okay, now that I’ve had my laugh – what do you want to bet I have one of those silly ziplock-thingies before it’s time for vacation?
I do like the leather & pewter case! Snazzy!!
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