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Barnes & Noble announces a new Nook for your grandma

May 24, 2011 |  8:58 am

Barnes & Noble Chief Executive William Lynch took the stage in the company's flagship Union Square store in Manhattan Tuesday to announce the new Nook, which they're calling the Simple Touch Reader. It's "for Grandma," Lynch said.

The new Nook has a black-and-white e-ink screen and is a full touch screen -- so readers can tap on the screen to turn pages, highlight words and even make notes, with a pop-up onscreen keyboard. The new Nook is WiFi only -- something Barnes & Noble executives say their readers want -- and will replace the two other black-and-white Nooks currently on the market. (The Nook Color will continue to be a tablet offering from the company.)

Barnes & Noble says the new Nook will ship "on or around" June 10, in time for Father's Day delivery, although in the past the company has not met shipping deadlines.

For a complete rundown on the tech specs of the new Nook, check out an upcoming post at our Technology blog.

-- Carolyn Kellogg