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Nook Tablet = do-it-yourself audiobooks

Read into the Nook’s microphone , and add your own narration to kid’s picture books. There’s plenty of press on today’s announcement of the newest competitor in the eReader wars, but the unique addition of an on-board mic really caught my eye. The promo video highlights the “Read and Record” ability, which allows a child or adult record the text for later playback – a do-it-yourself audiobook + narration. Details are few right now, but I can see this as a fantastic literacy tool in the classroom to foster fluency, or as wonderful cross-generational storytime sharing. But that’s just one of the very attractive features of Nook Tablet. So yes, I did just pre-order the Nook Tablet. Which should arrive 4 days after my Kindle Fire. To add to the drawer with the Nook Simple Touch, Kindle Keyboard, Nook Color, and (now antique) original Sony Reader. Promise you won’t tell my family members.



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

2 Comments on "Nook Tablet = do-it-yourself audiobooks"

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  1.' Andrea Eshelman says:

    Thanks for this insight, Mary. Both ideas – literacy tool and storytime sharing are fantastic! I wonder how easy it is to transfer or send your narrated story to a loved one?

    I do love and recommend your blog to friends and colleagues!

    Thank you again,


  2.' Sue-Ellen says:

    USA Today in the Wednesday, November 16, Money section did a great job comparing the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. The article pointed out the reading feature mentioned in your blog. Check out the article to see more comparisons between the two.

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