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Barnes & Noble to announce new eReader on May 24

May 5, 2011 | 11:59 am


Barnes & Noble is set to announce a new eReader on May 24, according to a regulatory filing from the company.

"In a meeting with investor analysts on May 4, 2011, Barnes & Noble, Inc. ... indicated it expects to make an announcement on May 24, 2011 regarding the launch of a new eReader device," Barnes & Noble said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The bookseller and eReader maker didn't detail what the new device would be called, cost or look like.

But so far, Barnes & Noble's two eReaders have been called the Nook and Nook Color. The Nook, which sells for $149, features 2 GB of memory and a 6-inch eInk screen similar to that of the rivals Amazon Kindle eReader and Sony Reader.

The Nook Color has a 7-inch color touchscreen, 8 GB of storage space, runs on a limited version of Google's Android operating system and sells for $249.

Last month, Barnes & Noble released an update to the Nook Color that pushed it more in the direction of tablets, adding its own app store with games such as Angry Birds, a native email app and a Nook Friends social network, which allows users to see what their friends are reading, check out book reviews, loan or borrow eBooks, share how far along in a book they are and recommend titles to friends.


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Photo: A Nook Color and Nook eReader side by side. Credit: Northeast Kansas Library System